Bruni on Bobo, Crackdown at La Esquina

Frank Bruni of the Times visits Bobo this week, and awards one star to new chef Patrick Connolly for his "ambition" and "good intentions," although he also points out that the restaurant "hasn't wholly surrendered its attitude and put service before sheen." [NYT]
The NYPD shut down Serge Becker's "guerilla" election night party at La Esquina last night. [NYO]
Boqueria's Soho location has been granted a liquor license and should be open by next week. [GS]

Chef Camile Becerra's restaurant in Greenpoint, Paloma, is now closed following a fire last night. [Eater]
The Daily News' Danyelle Freeman loves the crab chowder at Bussaco in Park Slope. [NYDN]
The website for Bravo's Top Chef has posted a map with 250 restaurant recommendations from the show's judges and contestants. [Top Chef via GS]
Bourbon bars should become more popular now that the weather is getting colder. [NYP]
A Q&A with chocolate maestro Jacques Torres. [Metromix]
A few suggestions on where to find the city's best hot chocolate. [The Feedbag]
Crif Dogs in the East Village gave away free hot dogs today to celebrate Obama's victory. [GS]