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Dish: Blue Ribbon Bar, Amy Ruth's South, Westville East, Monteleone, Hurapan Floating Market Room

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1) West Village: The Brothers Bromberg, Bruce and Eric that is, add to their Bedford and Downing Streets stable with the opening of Blue Ribbon Bar, part food bar and part holding pen for their perennially packed Blue Ribbon Bakery. As the Robs have it, "the menu will feature Blue Ribbon–baked bread, cheeses, some new additions to the menu of toasts on offer around the corner at Blue Ribbon Market, and a few baked dishes like snails and short ribs." The opening is slated for today, however at post time there's no answer at the venue. Do call ahead. (34 Downing St., nr. Bedford St.; (212) 691-0404) [NYM]

2007_02_ressiemaes.jpg2 Midtown West/Hell's Kitchen: The legendary Amy Ruth's of Harlem has opened an outpost of their world famous soul food joint on 8th Avenue at 39th Street, called Ressie Mae's Soul to Go. Midtown Lunch is all over this one, with the following color: "Surprisingly, there are some who are not with me on this chicken and waffles thing. Those people are communists (I don’t even know what that means? but I’m sure it’s true.) These are the same people who probably eat every last bite of their eggs and bacon before biting into their pancakes. Craziness. Lucky for them (and all of us for that matter), Ressie Mae’s serves up all kinds of delicious soul food, all made from the same recipes used at Amy Ruth’s? and their lunch specials are so cheap it makes me wonder how we got so lucky." (612 8th Ave. (btw. 39th & 40th), (212) 382-3886) [Midtown Lunch]

3) East Village: Plywood listee Westville East opens today at 5 PM in its new Avenue A and 11th Street digs. If you're vaguely remembering another Westville East, your memory serves correctly. This is Jay Strauss' second attempt to migrate his refined diner Eastward, though this time he's probably picked a better location (11th and A versus 14th between First and Second). The original Westville is on W10th Street, of course, and has been making hipsters and locales alike wait up to 90 minutes for tables since in opened in 2003. At Westville East, there are 40 seats, which should make things go a bit smoother. (173 Ave. A, at 11th St.; (212) 677-2933) [EaterWire]

4) Carroll Gardens: Following a shutter stint, Monteleone, a neighborhood fixture since 1902 has morphed into F. Monteleone & Cammareri Bakery & Cafe, joining forces with another longstanding Carroll Gardens institution. Lost city has more: "It has a swanky new awning lit up by five large globe lights. Inside, they've kept the original tin ceilings and terrazzo floors (or, at least, a very nice fassimile thereof). The counter is along the right as it always was and there are a few cafe tables along the left." Opened last week. [Lost City; Photo by Gowanus Lounge]

5) West Village: Hurapan Kitchen, itself a Dish alum, has opened a "Floating Market Room", complete with a Floating Market Menu. The space, located on the lower level of the West Village Thai restaurant, comes in addition to the venue's shiny new liquor license. Wondering what in the hell a 'Floating Market Room' is for? Let's go to the PR: "The purple-hued, lounge-like space is ideal for intimate dinners and features a choice of two menus: the restaurant's regular menu, as well as a new Floating Market Menu." Duh. (29 Seventh Avenue South (Bedford/Morton), 212-727-2678) [EaterWire]

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