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Eat Cetera: The Hunger, The Paella, The Cold Soup

<p>Top Chef alum Camille Becerra (<a href="http://ny.eater.com/archives/2008/11/disaster_report_a_firsthand_account_of_the_paloma_fire.php">RIP Paloma</a>!) and hospitality guru <a href="http://alanphilips.com">Alan Philips</a> are bringing their pop-up restaurant series <a href="http://www.thehungernyc.com">The Hunger</a> back to NYC. For four fleeting nights starting August 3rd, their second "guerrilla culinary" installation at The Yard in Soho Grand Hotel will serve al fresco Argentinean <em>Asado</em> (barbecue), focusing on meats grilled on a <em>parrilla</em> style grill. Becerra says she is also influenced by SoHo's "South American and European influences." The set-up aims to drop jaws; sip sangria or yet-to-be-announced specialty cocktails at a 70 person communal table "under the stars" (weather permitting!), surrounded by a 20 by 10 foot photo installation, summer lanterns, and a 10 foot-long open-air grill—all set to the the Argentinean tango/rock-influenced tunes of DJ Claudius Raphael and Nick Cohen. </p><p></p><em>310 West Broadway, <a href="http://www.thehungernyc.com">www.thehungernyc.com</a></em>


<p>From the kitchen of Gonzalo "Mr. G" Bermeo's El Porron comes a big paella meal made from scratch, offered at a special price of $30 starting August 2nd. The feast is comprised of one tapa of your choice; Paella Valencia with chicken, veal, Spanish chorizo, and assorted sea food; and a glass of sangria to wash all the flavors down. Note that this is no fast-food affair: The meticulously handmade paella takes 30 to 40 minutes to prepare. Interested diners should make a reservation with Diego, stat!</p><p></p><em>1123 1st Ave, (212) 207-8349</em>


<p>In this summer's <a href="http://gothamist.com/2010/07/27/nycs_third_heat-related_death_repor.php">fatal heat</a>, the only thing we ought to be eating are ice cubes. Now, <a href="http://www.melimelorestaurant.com/">Meli Melo Restaurant</a> has come up with a brilliant (and delicious!) solution: The Midtown French and Mediterranean-infused restaurant has rolled out a menu of cold soups to keep you refreshed. Selections include a pea soup topped with goat cheese crumbles, Mediterranean mussels soup, a classic curry-based Senegalese soup with mussels, vine tomato and strawberry soup, and a melon soup made from watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe. Slurp them all up all through August!</p><p></p><em>110 Madison Ave, (212) 686-5551, <a href="http://www.melimelorestaurant.com">www.melimelorestaurant.com</a></em>