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New York has a roundup of bars and restaurants where you can catch the debate tonight. [Daily Intel]
♦ How are restaurateurs coping with the recession? They're opening for breakfast and staying open later. [NYT]
Frank Bruni checks out the UES vegan restaurant Candle 79 this week and gives it one star for its "top-notch produce." [NYT]
♦ Chef Charlie Palmer opened Aureole during the stock market crash of 1987, so it only makes sense that he's in the process of moving the eatery to a bigger venue right now. [NYO]

♦ First people were buying knockoff Louis Vuittons, now they're saving money by eating at knockoff restaurants, apparently. [NYP]
♦ A look inside Shang, the still-unopened restaurant inside Jason Pomeranc's Thompson LES. [Eater]
♦ A new Dutch fast food restaurant called Danku is opening in Midtown at the end of the month. [GS]
♦ A guide to the best pasta in New York. [Metromix]
♦ The SoHo wine shop Vintage New York has shut down. [Eater]
♦ The Algonquin Hotel is serving Obama and McCain martinis until Nov. 4th. [NY Barfly]
♦ Haggling over food prices? It works sometimes, in case you're wondering. [NYP]