City Backs Down on Calorie-Info Law; Gordon Ramsay Accused of TV Fakery

The city, stared down by the adamant opposition of big restaurant chains, has pushed back implementation of its calorie-info law for three months. [NYP]

The former manager of Dillons, the midtown restaurant to be rescued by Gordon Ramsay on his new show, is suing the chef, claiming the program was a prime example of fake TV with planted customers, rotten meat put out for dramatic effect, and worse. [NYP]

The citys best hamburgers are all the product of one great butcher, Pat LaFrieda, whose custom grinds, though secret, are geared to each restaurants cooking methods. [Mens Vogue]

Pastry chefs (you know the type) are breaking out on their own and opening up places that serve whatever kind of savory creations they feel like. [NYT]

Seamus Mullens ordeal was worse than you can imagine, leading the chef to beg at one point for a knife with which to cut off his own leg. [NYP]
Related: Subas Seamus Mullen Goes Through Something Even Worse Than an Opening [Grub Street]

Yuji Wakiya, the Japanese chef behind Ian Schragers haute Chinese restaurant Wakiya, will be unleashing some major pepper on the city, partly in the form of a dish called fiery pepper hunt. [NYT]

Marcus Samuelsson will open Merkato, a Pan-African restaurant in the old Sascha space,
in mid-September; Danny Emerman and Anthony Briaticos new meatpacking wine bar, Zampa, is open but is a month away from a liquor license. [NYT]
Related: Bivio, Bottino, and Now Bovino: A Wine Bar to Make the West Village Glad [Grub Street]

Rachael Ray visited Washington Square Parks dosa man, and you can see the encounter tonight at 11:30. [Eat for Victory/VV]