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Three Restaurants That Opened In NYC Last Week 12/1/2014

When one restaurant’s doors close, another’s open in fast-paced New York City, and today, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a pie shop opens in the Lower East Side, a French comfort food restaurant takes the place of a former dive bar, and a Korean grill finds a home in Astoria.

Don Korean Grill, 42-06 30th Avenue, Queens, 718-777-8838

Get a kimichi French fry fix in Astoria when you head to Don Korean Grill. The restaurant makes its own kimichi in-house. The cash-only spot is serving a variety of chicken wings as well as bibimbap, kimchi fried rice, and Korean rice cakes. Don Korean Grill is open for dinner Monday through Friday and for lunch and dinner on weekends.

Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street

Located in what was a dive bar, Happy Ending is a French restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef commanding the kitchen. Diners can expect dishes like foie gras, grilled mustard chicken, and steak de canard. The interior is quirky with its retro art and leather and striped banquettes. Happy Ending is now open for dinner.

Petee’s Pie Company, 61 Delancey, 212-966-2526

Petee’s Pie Company opened just in time for Thanksgiving, and it turns out pies made with local produce and natural ingredients. Owner Petra “Petee” Paredez is serving up flavors such as salty chocolate chess, coconut custard, brown butter honey pecan, and maple walnut.

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Six Restaurants That Opened This Week In NYC – 11/21/2014

When one restaurant’s doors close, another’s open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a Brooklyn spot from an Ai Fiori alum, a cupcake shop in the East Village, and a soba-heavy restaurant in Alphabet City.

Almanac, 28 Seventh Avenue South

After closing Mas (La Grillade), a restaurant where all menu items were cooked over a wood fire, Galen Zamarra brings us Almanac, which focuses on seasonal ingredients. Earlier this week, Zamarra told us, “At Almanac, we’re not just going nose-to-tail for pig, but we’re looking at nose-to-tail anything. Pumpkin, carrot. We want to be responsible and use all of the food.” Almanac is now open for dinner nightly.

Cooklyn, 659 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, 347-915-0721

Located in Prospect Heights, Cooklyn is a new restaurant from Ai Fiori alum Anthony Theocaropoulos. When we spoke to Theocaropoulos earlier this week, he told us, “I have a pedestal to do my type of food. I have full carte blanche for what I want to do. I couldn’t ask for a better team.” The menu is European with an Asian twist, so diners can expect dishes utilizing items such as octopus, pork belly, sea urchin, and lamb.

Dojo Izakaya, 38 Avenue B

Sushi Dojo’s David Bouhadana has opened his offshoot, Dojo Izakaya. The restaurant is serving a variety of homemade soba noodle dishes topped with vegetables, fish, fried tofu, and more. Diners can also feast on a pork sandwich on homemade white bread, Japanese fried chicken, and a soba risotto. For dessert, look for soba tea brûlée, a buckwheat tea-infused crème brûlée, or Mineoka tofu, a Japanese-style rice pudding.

Lyfe Kitchen, 248 West 55th Street, 212-265-5933

Lyfe Kitchen has opened its first location in New York City. The self-proclaimed fresh-casual spot focuses on vegetables and whole grains, and nothing on the menu reaches over 600 calories. Entrees include flatbreads, egg sandwiches, quinoa pancakes, and noodle bowls.

Sweet Generation, 130 First Avenue

Taking over the former First Avenue Pierogi & Deli is Sweet Generation, a cupcake shop funded by an Indiegogo campaign. Owner Amy Chasan is whipping up an assortment of baked goods, from cupcakes to brownies to cupcake sandwiches. The shop will also be offering cupcake decorating workshops.

Via Carota, 51 Grove Street

After months of anticipation, Buvette’s Jody Williams and I Sodi’s Rita Sodi bring us Via Carota. The Italian restaurant offers a menu of pastas, fish, vegetables, and crostini.

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Four Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week – 11/14/2014

When one restaurant’s doors close, another’s open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: an Italian restaurant with a burrata bar, a nautical-themed bar in Greenwich Village, and another steakhouse in Midtown.

Florian, 225 Park Avenue South, 212-869-8800

Restaurateur Shelly Fireman brings us Florian, an Italian restaurant serving pastas, pizzas, soups, and selections from a 12-seat burrata bar. The cocktail menu has been crafted by Florence-born bar manager Francesco Desideri and includes classics such as limoncello and negronis.

Mastro’s Steakhouse, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, 212-459-1222

Hollywood hangout Mastro’s Steakhouse has opened a location in New York City. The restaurant offers a menu of steaks, seafood, and sushi, sides like lobster mashed potatoes, and desserts like warm butter cake.

The Edge, 101 Edgecombe Avenue, 212-929-9688

Located on Edgecombe Avenue in Harlem, The Edge is a café serving coffee, pastries and small bites. The brick-lines space has a cozy, quintessential coffee shop vibe.

The Folly, 92 West Houston Street

Owned by the team behind The Brooklyneer, The Folly is a cocktail bar with nautical touches. The restaurant’s dinner menu is seafood-heavy, with dishes such as lobster mac and cheese, kombucha oyster shooters, and salt cod tater tots.

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Four Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week – 11/7/2014

When one restaurant’s doors close, another’s open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a West African-Haitian restaurant in the East Village, a dessert-focused spot in the West Village, and a new Japanese eatery in Brooklyn.

Dessert Club, 27 Bedford Street, 212-691-2426

Tomorrow, the team behind ChickaLicious brings us Dessert Club, a sugar-filled space with hybrid pastries like tres leches brûlée and cookie éclairs. Diners can also enjoy a $32 prix fixe menu that offers three courses. Dessert Club is now open daily.

Le Marécage, 137 First Avenue, 212-777-1677

Mamadou Bamba has lived in Stuy-Town for the past 35 years, and now, the Ivory Coast native has opened Le Marécage not far from his apartment. The West African-Haitian restaurant serves Haitian-style pate and West African pastels, and many other dishes unique to the community.

Salt + Charcoal, 171 Grand Street, Brooklyn, 718-782-2087

Japanese eatery Salt + Charcoal is open for business. Chef and partner Jiro Iida joined forces with Teruyuki Takayama and Kei Sugimoto for this venture. Diners can expect a few sashimi and sushi roll options as well as robata fare. The menu includes skewers such as duck, bacon-wrapped shrimp, and wagyu ribeye.

Sisters, 900 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 347-763-2537

Flatbush Farm owner Damon Gorton brings us SISTERS, a new restaurant that aims to be a Clinton Hill neighborhood go-to. Gorton told us earlier this week that “the kitchen is relatively tiny. We’ll be doing what we do at the Farm, but scaled down.” Diners can expect a nice cocktail program, as well. SISTERS is slated to debut on Saturday, and will be open from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily.

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Three Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week 10/31/2014

When one restaurant’s doors close, another’s open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: a gastropub in Astoria, a veggie-focused restaurant in Williamsburg, and a California-inspired spot from Stephen Starr.

Semilla, 160 Havemeyer Street #5, Brooklyn, 718-782-3474

José Ramírez-Ruiz and Pam Yung have opened Semilla, a veggie-centric restaurant in Williamsburg that channels the success of the pop-up they ran for months nearby. The small space has just a handful of counter seats, where the pair, aided by one front-of-the-house staffer, serve a $75 fixed price menu of in-season dishes. Look now for pumpkin soup — served in a tiny pumpkin — and a vegetable fall roll with rutabaga, grapefruit, mustard greens and more. Yung once operated a bread CSA, and she’s serving whole-grain baked items here, too. A recent night brought a seeded sourdough rye, delivered hot from the oven with Cow Bella butter. Semilla is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

The Bonnie, 29-12 23rd Avenue, Queens

Owned by the folks behind Sweet Afton and the Penrose, the Bonnie is striving to be a local Astoria watering hole. The space features two bars with a custom cocktail menu as well as an extensive menu for dinner and snacks. The gastropub focuses on staying seasonal, so expect menu changes as the weather changes.

Upland, 345 Park Avenue South, 212-686-1006

Chef Justin Smillie, formerly of Il Buco Alimentari, has partnered with restaurateur Stephen Starr to bring us Upland, a restaurant inspired by the chef’s California hometown. The cavernous space, last home to Spanish restaurant Manzanilla, is marked by a glowing wall lined with preserved lemons and wine. The menu is split into pizzas, appetizers, pastas, and entrees, and diners can expect dishes like pear pizza, crackling pork rib, and farro spaghetti served cold with Maine sea urchin. Upland is now open daily for dinner, with plans to open for lunch and brunch soon.

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Four Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week – 10/24/2014

When one restaurant’s doors close, another’s open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: A food truck establishes a brick-and-mortar location in the East Village, Five Points transforms into Vic’s, and Alex Stupak’s highly anticipated taco shop makes its debut.

Empellón Al Pastor, 132 St. Marks Place, 646-833-7039

Alex Stupak’s latest restaurant is his most casual yet. The menu includes a variety of tacos, short rib barbacoa, chips and guacamole, and more, and most of the menu items are just $4 each. We ate at the heavily graffitied joint earlier this week and enjoyed the al pastor taco. Empellón Al Pastor is now open for dinner nightly.

Korilla BBQ, 23 Third Avenue

Founded by New York native and Columbia graduate Eddie Song, Korilla BBQ now has a brick-and-mortar location in the East Village. The food truck became nationally recognized after appearing on the Food Network show “The Great Food Truck Race.” This location is the first of four. The Korean-barbecue-themed menu includes spicy pork, bacon kimchi fried rice, and red kimchi.

Red Pipe Cafe, 71-60 Austin Street, Queens

Located in Forest Hills, Red Pipe Cafe is an organic coffee shop brewing Counter Culture Coffee. The cafe also offers organic juices, smoothies, breakfast dishes, and sandwiches. Red Pipe Cafe is open daily.

Vic’s, 31 Great Jones Street, 212-253-5700

Cookshop, Hundred Acres, and Rosie’s co-owner Vicki Freeman has opened Vic’s in the former Five Points location. The menu includes pastas, pizzas, and a number of vegetable-centric dishes. The space is light and airy with green accents scattered throughout.

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Three Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week – 10/17/2014

When one restaurant’s doors close, another restaurant’s doors open, and every Friday, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a boardgame café in Bushwick, juice in Greenpoint, and a brioche-muffin hybrid in the Lower West Side.

Botica and Co., 607 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn

Greenpoint is now home to an apothecary and juice bar thanks to Botica and Co. The all-natural spot is serving teas, boosters, coffee and a variety of fresh juices. Feeling sick? The cafe may have the remedy you are looking for, whether it be for a hangover or the common cold.

Bruffin Café, 85 Delancey Street

Another week, another restaurant devoted to a food hybrid. The Bruffin, a brioche-muffin that gained popularity at Smorgasburg, now has a permanent location at The Yard, a co-working space. Bruffin Café is open daily.

Rivals Boardgame Café, 686 Grand Street, Brooklyn, 347-763-2832

At Rivals Boardgame Café, opened by board game enthusiasts Mike Sanderson and Kim Hackett, diners can play games while chowing down on finger foods and sandwiches. The place is open Tuesday through Sunday until 11 p.m.

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Three Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week 10/10/2014

When one restaurant’s doors close, another’s open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: whole hog barbeque in Bushwick, Acadian food in the East Village, and a casual French spot in Brooklyn.

Arrogant Swine, 173 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-328-5595

Bushwick’s long-awaited whole hog barbecue restaurant is finally open: Tyson Ho’s Arrogant Swine serves up North Carolina-style ‘cue. While pork reigns supreme here, diners can also feast on turkey legs, spare ribs, macaroni and cheese, and more. Arrogant Swine also keeps 20 beers on draft and a wide selection of bottles.

King Bee, 424 East 9th Street, 646-755-8088

Acadian food has arrived in New York City via King Bee, a new restaurant in the East Village. We spoke to owners Eben Klemm and Ken Jackson earlier this week, who primed us on this type of cuisine, which comes from French immigrants who moved through Canada down to Louisiana. King Bee’s menu includes duck fricot, poutine râpée, and much more. The restaurant is now open for dinner.

Le Fond, 105 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-389-6859

Former Lambs Club chef de cuisine Jacob Eberle has opened Le Fond, a casual French restaurant. The menu includes items such as rabbit terrine, pork tenderloin, and a burger made with Pat LaFrieda beef. The restaurant is open every night except Monday for dinner.

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Two Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week – 10/3/2014

When one restaurant’s doors close, another’s open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week was a slow one for openings, but here are a pair of new entrants.

Lincoln Center Kitchen, Broadway at 65th Street; 212-874-7000

We got a sneak peek at Lincoln Center Kitchen earlier this week. Chef Ed Brown created the menu, which includes items such as corn chowder with crabmeat, a short rib burger, and chicken pot pie. Lincoln Center Kitchen is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and for lunch on Friday and Saturday, when there is a matinee show.

Morsi, 22 Warren Street, 212-577-2725

Taking the place of Brick is Morsi, an 80-seat Italian restaurant. Italian for bites, Morsi is serving up everything from sweet potato gnocchi to free range lemon chicken to calzones. Chef Kenneth Johnson, formerly of Pescatore, is running the kitchen. Morsi is now open for dinner everyday except Sunday.

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Four Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week – 9/26/2014

When one restaurant’s doors close, another’s open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a beer hall is ready for Columbia students, the West Village gets a coffee shop, and shots and beer are being served together on Houston.

Bernheim & Schwartz, 2911 Broadway, 212-335-2911

Bernheim & Schwartz is a 250-seat beer hall located near Columbia University. The space offers beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as dishes such as pastrami Reuben spring rolls, chicken tikka masala wontons, and grilled bratwurst.

Boilermaker, 13 First Avenue

Kitschy Golden Cadillac threw in the towel a few months ago, and in its place is Boilermaker, a bar from much of the same team plus Erick Castro, who owns San Diego’s Polite Provisions. When we went to the bar earlier this week, and we found a brown spirits-focused cocktail list, a 12-deep tap menu, and a list of beers and shots. Hungry? No worries, Boilermaker offers burgers, wings and other bar fare.

The Back Room at One57, 153, West 57th Street, 212-897-2188

The Back Room at One 57 is not a steakhouse, says its chef, it’s a grill — and it offers a number of carnivorous dishes. We visited earlier this week, and Chef Sebastian Archambault told us, “We have a beautiful double broiler. When I look at this piece of equipment I say, ‘What can we do here?’ To think about it, we can do beautiful meat, yes, but so many things. So I will use this equipment, this grill, to go through a line of ingredients that we are not used to seeing in an American grill.” The Back Room at One57 is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

The Elk, 128 Charles Street, 212-933-4780

After being introduced to the world of coffee through her brother and cousin, Claire Chan opened her own house of brew, The Elk. The West Village café offers pourover coffee as well as a selection of teas from Harney & Sons. Diners can also shop The Elk’s array of soaps, rugs, candles, and other home goods from local vendors.