Showdown at Ago, Alain Ducasse Gets Defensive

Mirco del Vecchio, the executive chef of Ago, says he'll sue Robert De Niro for breach of contract if he's replaced at the restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. [Page Six]
Why is Alain Ducasse's Benoit earning such bad reviews? Ducasse blames American journalists who "don't quite understand French bistro." [RG]
Ruth Reichl paid an early visit to David Bouley's recently-relocated Bouley and describes it as New York's "loveliest restaurant." [Gourmet]
The reservation line is officially open for John Dory, the Brit-themed restaurant by April Bloomfield, Ken Friedman, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich that is scheduled to open on November 24th. [Eater]

The Daily News' Danyelle Freeman visits Cipolla Rossa this week and finds herself surprised to find "such serious cooking from such a chintzy-looking restaurant." [NYDN]
Commerce is opening for brunch beginning this weekend. [GS]
A comprehensive guide to eating out on Thanksgiving. [Metromix]
Photos and gossip from last night's pre-opening party at Shang. [GS, Eater]