Mmm, Whale Sashimi; Check Your Pants at the Door

One of the Times’ ever-ambivalent world travelers goes to Japan. But if eating whale sashimi is wrong, he doesn't want to be right. [NYT]

Noho is for pedestrians: a helpful guide to its restaurants. [NYT]
Related: Our Noho lunch spots. [Grub Street]

Secrets of a hat-check person, revealed. It turns out women are checking not only their coats but also their pants. [NYP]

The Department of Labor orders Nobu and Mercer Kitchen to pay back employees thousands of overtime dollars that they were cheated out of. [NYP]

Bay Ridge's old-school Tiffany Diner finally recognized — now that it's being torn down. [NYT]

East Village bar goes to war with neighbor; owners worried about new noise-code rules. [NYT]

Daily News rounds up the latest diet books. [NYDN]

Hungry Girl rounds up some pasta substitutes. [NYDN]