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The Eater Goes National Party

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Co-founder Lockhart Steele takes Eater national.

You don’t need me to tell you that Eater, the obsessive restaurant website that knows more about most places than their owners and chefs do, has recently gone national. All my friends read it at least a dozen times daily (“I’ve already checked Eater 17 times today,” said a manager at Daniel Boulud’s DB Bistro Moderne yesterday at lunchtime). Their new website has comprehensive coverage coast to coast, with more, more, more nightlife. How did the Eater crew celebrate? With a secret Eater party at, where else, the third floor of The Spotted Pig. There were Eater founders Ben Leventhal and Lockhart Steele working the room (well, Steele worked the room; Leventhal set up shop on a banquette). There was venture capitalist Fred Wilson and his wife (Gotham Gal) Joanne Wilson. There was chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who’d jumped from the Michelin Guide’s party to Spice Market to the Pig with his new friend Momofuku’s David Chang. There was Boulud, about to tell his friend JGV what alias Times critic Sam Sifton is currently using. For further recap of the evening, I’ll look to Eater’s new nightlife editor Scott Solish, who was also, of course, in attendance.

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