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The Plywood Report: Braeburn, Okiba, Lasagna, Uncle Louie G & More!!

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1) East Village: From a tipster regarding a gutted space on 3rd Ave: "I live on third and 10th and I've been noticing some heavy construction going on round 60 3rd Avenue. It's still in plywood but last Friday the big door was open and I snuck in a few photos. It looks like a restaurant with the bar. build out seeming to be almost complete." [PLYWOOD]

2) West Village: Zagat reports on the pre-plywood news of Braeburn opening on Perry St.: "This summer, chef Brian Bistrong (The Harrison, Bouley, Lespinasse) goes chef-owner when he opens Braeburn in the West Village with partner John Paul O'Neil. The menu's focus will be New American, with seasonal ingredients – including vegetables from Bistrong's own garden – combined with French cooking techniques." [PRE-PLYWOOD]

3) Midtown East: The New York Sun brings word on Obika, a new cheese bar on Madison: "Obika, the mozzarella bar that has created a furor in Rome, Milan, and London, has its sights on New York City. The corporate Web site says its next opening will be at 590 Madison Ave. (at 56th Street), and plywood...surrounds a space in the atrium of the office building at that address." [PLYWOOD]

4) Hell's Kitchen: WhatISee has the news of the opening of a new Hell's Kitchen Italian joint, creatively named Lasagna: "Apparently a new chain in the city is coming to Hells Kitchen where the former Xing was shuttered in January." [PLYWOOD]

5) Boerum Hill: The Brooklyn Paper reports: "Uncle Louie G, the ice cream shop with eight Brooklyn locations from Park Slope to Bay Ridge, is opening another outpost. A store is currently under construction on Smith Street between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street." [PLYWOOD]

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