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Monday Opening Report: Pomme de Terre, Insomnia Cookies, Dolce Vita Certified Open

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This is the Monday Opening Report, a regular feature that provides the precise status of venues reported as open elsewhere. As per standard operating procedure around here, your contributions are so very welcome.


1) Ditmas Park: Pomme de Terre was reported open this week by NYMag, and Ditmas Park Blog has some early reviews from commenters: "It was jammed and the wine and food tasted great. pate chou (cheese puffs), duck on endive, cod croquettes, gruyere on toast and chicken on baguettes flowed from the kitchen all looking and tasting first class." Status: Certified Open. 1301 Newkirk Avenue, Ditmas Park; 718-284-0005 [Ditmas Park Blog]

2) East Village: A tipster comes through with details of a new Italian eatery with some very “creative” plywood (see above), to open today in the East Village called Affettati. “Walked past them finishing it yesterday. Small cafe with delivery. Grabbed a menu. Selling colazione, insalata, antipasta, bruschette, affettati, aged cured meats, formaggi, and classic italian sweets. The owner also owns the smoke/cigar shop down the street.” Status: Unknown. No answer to phone calls. 131 East 7th Street; 212-228-6875. [Eater Inbox]

3) West Village: Today’s NYMag reports on the opening of once late night-only cookie spot, Insomnia Cookies, right near Elettaria on West 8th street. Here’s the lowdown: “Until now, oversized Insomnia Cookies baked in a commercial West Village kitchen have been a phone call or mouse click away only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. But this week, the company opens a bricks-and-mortar retail shop, still in cookie-run distance of its target demographic, but conveniently open during regular business hours to satisfy daytime cravings.” Phone calls confirm open status. Status: Certified Open. 50 West 8th Street; 212-228-2373. [NYM]

4) East Village: Last week Cutty had word that Bowery Electric, the new bar to open in the former Remote Lounge space had quietly opened, with an official opening this Wednesday. ZagatBuzz also reported on it back in February. Details, per Cutty, are as follows: “It’s a simple affair à la Midway, R Bar, and others, dimly lit by Edison bulbs: Horsehair-type stools at a long bar in the front room (eight beers on tap) and some tables in the boxy back room, where of course Remote Lounge’s surveillance stations used to be. The basement is apparently still being renovated, and the bouncer told us there will also be a second floor"; Phone calls confirm soft-open status. Status: Certified Soft-Open. Official opening is Wednesday. 327 Bowery; 212-228-0228. [Cutlets]

5) Nolita: The former Da Domenico’s space has become Dolce Vita, a new Italian spot that Cutty is reporting open for business. Here's some menu info: “Cyre plans to remedy that by cooking with local ingredients and making his own pasta, sauces, and stock. Lunch will offer the option of a $32 prix fixe, featuring items off the dinner menu...The restaurant is BYOB for now, but once a license comes in, Cyre’s roommate Erica Oldensky (who happens to be the wine director at Sfoglia) will pick out some suitable vintages.” Phone calls confirm it open. Status: Certified Open. 181 Grand Street; 646-688-4110. [Cutlets]

6) Astoria: Joey in Astoria has the scoop on a new restaurant called Vue Café that she reports opened recently. An early review of a meal here: "Chef Randall Benjamin offers up an eclectic menu, focusing on hearty meat and seafood dishes. My fiancee and I shared the sweet and sour spare ribs, topped with sweet pickled onions and red peppers. Our entrees also didn't disappoint"; Status: Certified Open. 12-14 31st Avenue, Astoria; 718.726.4400. [Joey in Astoria]

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