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Thursday Opening Report: Sweet and Lowdown, Aperitivo, Ponty Bistro Certified Open, Morton's Tomorrow

Brasserie Athenée, on West 46th

1) Downtown Brooklyn: Flo Fab reports that Chicago-based steakhouse Morton’s will open in Brooklyn tomorrow, and writes: “The downtown Brooklyn branch of this meat palace, accommodating some 300 carnivores, will open Nov. 21.” Meanwhile the Brooklyn Paper takes a bizarre video tour. Status: Not Open. Opening tomorrow. 339 Adams Street, Brooklyn; 718-596-2700. [NYT]

2) Lower East Side: Grub Street reports on the opening of Sweet and Lowdown wine bar, writing: “Tree-huggers beware: The candlelit space is where American oak trees came to die, and is a departure in style from owner Israel Katz's flowery other venture, Le Jardin Bistro. Wine collector Scott Sinawi curated Sweet's wine list from the domestic regions...There are small plates and even a mini-cupcake assortment from How Sweet It Is bakery next door for dessert.” Status: Certified Open. 123 Allen Street; 212-228-7746. [GS]

3) East Village: The formerly plywooded Bespoke Chocolates from Union Sq. Cafe's Rachel Zoe Insler is reportedly opening this week according to TONY . They write: "Rachel Zoe Insler (Union Square Café) debuts a chocolate shop, tucked into an East Village alley. Her signature: a pretzel-and-sea-salt caramel truffle. Status: Not open. The new projection is December 2. 6 Extra Place, off of E 1st Street between Bowery and Second Ave. 212-260-7103. [TONY]

4) Midtown: Flo Fab also briefly reports on the opening of Aperitivo in midtown, another wood-burning oven pizza joint. She writes: “Wood-burning ovens will fire up on Nov. 19 for pizzas of varied geometry and toppings. There is a broader Italian menu.” Status: Certified Open since last week. 780 Third Avenue; 212-758-9402. [NYT]

5) Midtown: The Times also has a brief blurb on Darbar Grill: “With a menu that cruises the Indian subcontinent, this satellite of Darbar on East 46th Street opens Nov. 19.” Status: Certified Open. 157 E. 55th Street; 212-751-4600. [NYT]

6) Gramercy: TONY has the scoop on a new fusion restaurant called Ponty Bistro. They write: “Witness the fusion of French and African cuisines at this Gramercy restaurant from Senegalese chef Elhadji Cisse (Mercer Kitchen).” Status: Certified Open.218 Third Avenue; 212-777-1616. [TONY]

7) Midtown: And finally, TONY reports on the opening of Brasserie Athenée. They write: “A new addition to Restaurant Row, this simple French eatery serves typical brasserie fare such as onion soup, escargots and steak tartare." Status: Certified Open. 300 W 46th Street; 212-399-1100. [TONY]

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