Padma Is So in Bed With Sons of Essex

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She loves these guys.

First she guest-starred in the Sons of Essex promo video, purring, "The Lower East Side is delicious," and now she's all, "Oh my God, what??" about a surprise birthday party there. People magazine says Padma was stuck in Texas filming Top Chef during her real birthday, on September 1, but she got her celebration on this week at SOE. (Earlier in the day, she took a trapeze lesson.) Whatever the connection is, Matt Levine and Michael Shah's restaurant officially opens tonight and Bowery Boogie says that the "forward deli operation is already servicing customers this morning." [People]