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Thursday Opening Report: Ritz Asia, Bossa Nova Brazil, Deniz, Crooked Tail Cafe Certified Open

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1) Greenwich Village: Both TONY and Metromix report that plywood vet, (and supposed Nobu ripoff) Ritz Asia is now open. From TONY: “A former Nobu Atlantis chef oversees this pan-Asian restaurant. Some of the dishes are familiar (black cod with miso glaze), while others don’t inspire déjà vu.” Status: Certified Open. 189 Bleecker Street; 212-228-3366. [TONY; Metromix]

2) Hell’s Kitchen: A PR tipster informs us of a new Brazilian eatery called Bossa Nova Brazil opening in Hell’s Kitchen. They write: “The owners are Patrick Lima and Ciro Colantonio (Pietrasanta, Rachel's, Le Refuge). The menu showcases authentic Brazilian dishes, such as Bolinho de Bacalhau, cod fish croquet Portuguese style ($7); Frango Bossa Nova, fried chicken sautéed in white wine, garlic and oil ($14); and Picanha Na Chapa, sizzling grilled top sirloin ($18).” Status: Certified Open. 772 Ninth Avenue, 212-586-5005. [Eater Inbox]

3) Fort Greene: The folks over at Fork in the Road share some news on the opening of Deniz, a new Turkish eatery in Ft. Greene. They write: “Finally, Deniz (662 Fulton Street, Brooklyn), has opened. Co-owner Yucel Yuksel lives in Bensonhurst, where he also co-owns the Turkish fast food restaurant Istanbul Fast Food (2202 86th Street, Brooklyn). His patrons there compelled him to take his Turkish fare to a sit-down venue, and he felt like there was a Turkish food void in Fort Greene. The restaurant bills itself as "Turkish Mediterranean"; most of the dishes are traditional Turkish with a couple of basic Italian red-sauce-white-sauce pastas thrown in "just in case someone wants pasta," says Yuksel.” Status: Certified Open. 662 Fulton Street, Fort Greene; 718-852-6503. [VV]

4) Chinatown: Grub Street reports that Chinatown has received (shocker) another noodle joint and plywood vet called Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles. They write: “If you’re a fan of the Lanzhou-style pork-bone soup at Super Taste, you’ll find a similar product at Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles, which silently opened just a few days ago on Doyers Street. Sadly, the noodle-pullers are out of site, but you can occasionally hear them in the kitchen, slamming down globs of dough (everything’s cooked to order) before stretching and twirling it into thin strands. The house special is a hearty noodle soup of beef-and-chicken broth, tripe, tendon, short rib, and veggies.” Status: Certified Open. 1 Doyers Street; 212-791-1817. [GS]

5) Park Slope: The Brooklyn Paper does a write-up on two new slope sandwich joints including two-week-old Crooked Tail Café. Here’s the lowdown: “Crooked Tail Café opened at the corner of President Street two weeks ago and is already earning fans for its uniquely comforting speacialty: a lasagna Bolognese sandwich ($5 on a roll, $6.50 on a hero). Co-owner Louis Turko says there’s nothing better, especially paired with one of his fine coffees. “ Status: Certified Open. 272 Third Avenue, Park Slope; 718-852-1414. [BP]

6) Lower East Side: A tipster snaps a pic of the newly opened branch of Porto Rico Imports in the Essex Street Market. Meanwhile Grub Street has this to say about : "With a new kiosk from the venerable Porto Rico Importing Company, Essex Street Market gets its first bona fide coffee shop—and, if owner Peter Longo has his way, a smokeless roaster in an empty stall nearby. He’s already got whole-bean competition: La Tiendita, a retail arm of the Lower Eastside Girls Club, is a rare source for organic shade-grown beans from Café Alta Gracia, writer Julia Alvarez’s Dominican farm." Status: Certified Open. 120 Essex Street; 212-312-3603. [GS; Eater Inbox]

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