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New York takes a long look in this week's issue at The Box, Simon Hammerstein's infamously sleazy club. Don't read it if you're eating or you're easily offended by tales of snot and/or raw sewage. [NYM]
♦ Fresh trouble for the Cipriani family: The head of the State Liquor Authority, Daniel Boyle, says an aide to Governor Paterson tried to "intimidate" him into renewing the family's liquor licenses. [NYP]
♦ Opening this week: Macao Trading Co., brought to you by the team behind Employees Only; Carroll Gardens' Buttermilk Channel; and Perle on Pearl Street. [NYM]
♦ The Observer has put up its list of top 10 new bars. [NYO]

♦ An interview with Christina Tosi, Momofuku's pastry chef. [NYM]
♦ Rickshaw's dumpling truck is now operating on weekends. [The Feed]
♦ Details on the opening of the Ace Hotel in February, which will feature a ground-floor restaurant by Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield. [W]
♦ The John Dory is open; Grub Street has the menu. [GS]
♦ The Post's Steve Cuozzo to restaurateurs and chefs upset with negative reviews: "Take your beating like a man." [NYP]