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Monday Opening Report: Flex Mussels Certified Open; Vinegar Hill House Tomorrow

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Vinegar Hill House in Plywood Days [Photo Credit]

1) Vinegar Hill: NYMag has it that a new restaurant from Sam Buffa and Jean Adamson of Freemans named Vinegar Hill House is set to open this week in this tiny fringe nabe. They write: “Adamson describes her menu as Moosewood Cookbook–ish in its focus on grains, legumes, and vegetables, which are intended to supplement smaller portions of protein. Her fish will be sustainable and her meats broken down from whole animals procured from Fleisher’s, the upstate cult butcher, all cooked in the wood-burning oven. Also on offer: a raw bar, an American-cheese-and-homemade-cracker board, and $9 classic cocktails—liquor license pending.” Status: Not Open. Soft-Opening tomorrow. 72 Hudson Street, Vinegar Hill; 718-522-1018. [NYM]

2) Upper East Side: NYMag also reports today on the opening of Flex Mussels, a new eatery going into the former Zócalo space (which may be a contender for worst name of the year). They write: “Bobby and Laura Shapiro run two restaurants on Canada’s Prince Edward Island, and this week, they’re importing one of them to New York. Flex Mussels will occupy the Upper East Side space that formerly housed Zócalo, which has been furnished with artwork from P.E.I., plus an oyster bar manned by John Bil, three-time Canadian oyster-shucking champion. Chef François de Mélogue, a Robuchon alum, handles the rest of the seafood-centric menu, which spotlights P.E.I. mussels cooked in 23 sauces, for $16 to $18 a pound.” Status: Certified Open. 174 E. 82nd Street; 212-717-7772. [NYM]

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