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Frank Bruni delivered a zero-star review to Kurve in today's Times. After complaining about the puzzling service and frequent menu substitutions, he wonders how any restaurateur could "pour this much money and this much vanity into a project and bungle it to the extent that the Kurve brigade does?" [NYT]
Noah Tepperberg's plans for the space formerly occupied by Earth weren't approved at a community board meeting last night, but they weren't denied either. [GS]
♦ The early reviews have been mixed for the new tapas bar Txikito. [Eater]
♦ The latest drink trend involves adding a blob of bacteria and yeast to sweetened tea. [NYP]

♦ What are chefs thankful for with Thanksgiving around the corner? Todd English says his kids, while Wylie Dufresne says he's just thankful to still be in business. [Metromix]
♦ Alan Richman seems impressed by the glamorous clientele at Charles, even if the food itself isn't top notch. [GQ/Forked]
♦ The Observer profiles Canadian super-chef Susur Lee, who is running the show at Shang, the forthcoming restaurant inside Jason Pomeranc's Thompson LES. [NYO]
♦ Nick Paumgarten praises nearly everything about Convivio in his review for the New Yorker this week. [NYer]