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The Dish: Public House, Öko, Kyochon Chicken, Caffè Emilia

1) Public House: We'll leave it up to PR gal Gabrielle Bernstein to tell you why Public House, a new pub in Midtown serving basic American food (chicken fingers, spinach and artichoke dip, steak), is worth your time and money. From the press materials, “Public House is positioned to be Midtown's first bar/restaurant scene that is equally fantastic on both levels...Public House is exactly what its name implies: a home where the public can gather. Like the melting pot of New York, Public House is bringing people, food and a healthy political debate over menu items." (140 E 41st St between Lexington and Third Aves; (212) 682-3710) [Eater Inbox]

2) Öko: Multiple fro-yo parlors have opened recently in the city, but chains like Yolato and Pinkberry haven't shown Brooklyn any love. Well, now someone is stepping in to fill the gaping frozen treat void in Park Slope: Deborah Stanton, of Deborah in the West Village, has opened Öko, an eatery that rivals Birdbath in it's eco-friendliness. Per TONY, we learn that "The counters and walls in the ten-stool shop are made from compressed sunflower seeds, and the spoons are crafted from potato starch." The place is serving two flavors daily, to be topped with a variety of fruits, candies and syrups. (152 Fifth Ave between Douglass and DeGraw Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn; (718) 398-3671) [TONY]

3) Kyochon Chicken: The Korean Fried Chicken craze just won't end. Kyochon Chicken, a chain that boasts over 1,050 locations, has opened in Flushing. Two more outposts are opening soon in Bayside. (156-50 Northern Blvd between 156th and 157th Sts, Flushing, Queens; (718) 939-9292) [NY Times]

4) Caffè Emilia: According to NY Mag, this petite East Village cafe is currently only serving sandwiches (made with Falai Panetteria's bread), coffee and, we'd assume, some other small bites and drinks. A full menu and a wine list are in the works. (139 First Ave between 9th St and St. Marks Pl; (212) 388-1234) [NY Mag]

5) Dean's: A reader (or a someone shilling under the guise of a reader—your guess) fills us in on a new dining spot on the Upper West Side: "a place called Dean's has opened up on 85th and Bway. From the outside, it looks totally cheesy and unassuming. Then you walk in and see a space that seats probably 300 people and is, in fact, quite nice... very ornate, clean, simple -- worth taking a look. The italian fare is standard but quite good, and the pizza is by far the best in the area ... it's owned by the same people who run Patsy's. anyway, just letting you know... maybe you want to investigate further." Possibly a second location of this Dean's in Midtown East? [EaterWire Inbox]

6) Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory: The Dumbo-based ice cream parlor has opened an outpost in the far reaches of Greenpoint. Right now, they're offering seven flavors. (97 Commercial St nr Manhattan Ave, no phone yet) [One Sweet World]

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