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Thursday Opening Report: De Nova Cafe, Panca, Griff's Gelati, and Mad 46 Certified Open

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


1) East Village: Bottomless Dish reports that De Nova Café opened yesterday after months of delay. Here’s the scoop: “The menu is a bit strange for a place that looks and feels like a coffee shop. At the counter they offer the usual--pastries, bagels, coffee, various other drinks like raspberry iced tea. But the sit-down menu is a cross between random American pub-grub (like nachos) and small plates with a decidedly Greek flavor (grape leaves served with yogurt salad; a feta cheese and olives small plate).” Status: Certified Open. 182 Avenue B; no phone listed. [Bottomless Dish]

2) Tribeca: As mentioned earlier today, Duane Park has opened its walk-up gelateria Griff’s Gelati next to the newly opened restaurant this week. Details are as follows: “ from noon to 10 p.m. daily and serves a small roster of homemade ice creams like toasted sesame, Key lime and chocolate-orange, along with child-friendly flavors like vanilla, $3 to $5 in cones or cups. Sorbets and nicely tart frozen yogurt made from Greek yogurt are also served” Status: Certified Open. 157 Duane Street; 212-732-5555. [NYT]

3) Midtown: Rooftop bars are spreading like wildfire across midtown, with the latest installation being Mad 46, atop the The Roosevelt Hotel according to ZagatBuzz. They write: “Mad 46, is a new Midtown nest perched on top of The Roosevelt Hotel near Grand Central Station; look for a block-long, runway-like space featuring western skyline views, waitresses in itty-bitty black dresses and the usual pricey specialty cocktails and snacks.” Status: Certified Open. 45 E. 45th Street; 212-661-9600. [ZagatBuzz]

4) West Village: As we reported on Tuesday, the former Pardo’s has reopened as Panca. We called to get the scoop and found out it’s still the same owners, just a concept change. The focus has shifted from Peruvian rotisserie to Peruvian seafood and other traditional dishes but still features a spacious outdoor café for these warmer months. A walk-by confirms open status. Status: Certified Open. 92 7th Avenue South; 212-488-3900. [EaterWire]

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