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♦ A peek inside Elsa, which will be the only bar in the East Village to serve beer out of an antique sewing machine (as well as sell bespoke suits) when it finally opens next Tuesday. [Eater]
♦ Tickets are still available for this year's Chocolate Show on Pier 94, which started today and continues through the weekend. [GS, Metromix]
♦ Grub Street has put together a guide to restaurant recession specials across the city. [GS]

♦ Hog Pit barbecue is opening tomorrow in the Flatiron space that was formerly Black Pearl. [Eater]
Tom Colicchio says he'll be eating dinner in the Craftsteak lounge during the Top Chef premiere on Wednesday night. Just in case you want to stop by and say hi. [The Feedbag]