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Eater Tastings: McNally Makes Minetta Shine, Plaza Merry-Go-Round, East Village's Oldest John?

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This week's top dish from Eater, Curbed's restaurant, bar, and nightlife blog...

1) Greenwich Village: All culinary eyes are on the intersection of MacDougal and Minetta Lane, as Keith McNally's achingly lovely salvage job of dying neighborhood institution Minetta Tavern gets ready to reopen. After revealing the interior earlier this week (in two parts!), Eater goes back to the well with a series of before-and-after shots. McNally, you win.

2) Central Park South: So, first The Plaza got rid of the latest chef to set up shop in its storied Oak Room. Then a chef within the David Burke empire suspiciously upped and quit, leading to speculation he'd take over the sagging jewel. And wouldn't you know it, he did!

3) East Village: Red-sauce joint John's of 12th Street has been doing business for 100 years, but who goes there? Answer: "East Village oldtimers...though travel guide write-ups bring in a fair amount of curious tourists."

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