Finish Your Food or Pay the Price at Hayashi Ya; Joe Biden Drops Into the Elephant

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Your mother would approve. UWS Japanese spot Hayashi Ya charges $26.95 for all-you-can-eat, but there's a 30 three percent surcharge for those who don't manage to join the Clean Plate Club. [CBS]

Joe Biden briefly dropped into the Elephant for his daughter-in-laws 40th birthday. [NYP]

Prospect Heights' Garden Cafe came in first for food and service in Zagat's 2009 Best of Brooklyn guide. [Zagat]

Even the worst-named restaurants in New York have a story behind them: Dirt Candy's owner, for example, was tired of one-word restaurants. [Metromix]

White Star and Rusty Knot are among Citysearch's top new bars of 2008. Notably, all the bars named are cocktail- (rather than wine- or beer-) focused. [Citysearch]