Nobu Owner Melts Down; Date Night Goes Casual

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Nobu owner Richie Notar had a sleeping pill and alcohol induced meltdown on a red-eye flight on Monday. [NYP]

• The new trend in New York date-night dining is decidedly casual. [NYT]

• Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals converted Natalie Portman to veganism. [HuffPo]

• Since Dennis Rosen became chairman of the State Liquor Authority six weeks ago, applications have been processed in a much timelier fashion. [NYT]

• A mosque across the street from the Breslin is not happy about the restaurant's alcohol and pork. [NYO]

Nello is being sued by two meat and fish purveyors. [NYP]

• Though Ad Hoc at Home is billed as Thomas Keller's most accessible book yet, home cooks may still find it challenging. [WSJ]

• The latest trend in Brooklyn bartending: keeping a weapon beneath the bar in case of violence. [Brooklyn Paper]

• A survey of chefs' worst kitchen injuries reveals that Perilla's Harold Dieterle once finished service with a severed tendon. [Metromix]

• Playwright Paul Rudnick basically lives on sweets. [NYT]

• Meat companies are not happy about the "Meatless Mondays" recently instituted in Baltimore public-school cafeterias. [Atlantic Food]

• A man dressed as Colonel Sanders managed to finagle his way into the U.N., where he then posed for a photo with General Assembly president Ali Treki. [Telegraph UK]

• Food-blogger Luisa Weiss of the Wednesday Chef has gotten a book deal. [Eat Me Daily]

• Pennsylvania police recently stumbled upon what they thought was a meth lab, but turned out to be a defunct wine-making operation. [NYP]

• Joe Bastianich and Ivy Stark are among the chefs and restaurateurs running in the New York marathon. [TONY]

• Contrary to prior reports, Beer Table will not be opening a second location in Chelsea Market. [Diner's Journal/NYT]
Earlier: Beer Table and Jacques Torres Expand to Chelsea