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The Plywood Report: Recess, Szechuan Gourmet, Testaccio

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1) Greenwich Village: A tipster sends over pics of the soon to be Recess, the restaurant taking over the former Spice location at 10th and University. Concerning the "Pause, Taste, Escape" tagline, the tipster writes: "laughable." [PLYWOOD]

2) Midtown: Midtown Lunch brings the exciting news that the two starred Szechuan Gourmet is opening another location on 56th between Broadway and 8th: "The menu will have all the old favorites from the location on 39th btw. 5+6th, plus some new stuff (according to the employee I spoke to.) They hope to open this Tuesday..." [PLYWOOD]

3) East Village: EV Grieve reports that Caffe Buon Gusto, the Italian coffee shop and restaurant with two uptown locations, will be opening up an outpost in theformer Zips space on 5th and Avenue B. But, as Grieve asks, "is there really a need for another Italian restaurant in the neighborhood?" [PLYWOOD]

4) Long Island City: Outer B reports that Testaccio, a high end Italian spot, aims to class up LIC, "This is just what LIC needs, a taste of Manhattan..." [PLYWOOD]

5) Clinton Hill: According to the folks at Clinton Hill Blog, a bakery will be opening at 886 Fulton. The location has housed both the short-lived J and J Cafe and a computer repair shop. [PLYWOOD]

6) Fort Greene: Brownstoner nots that Sans Souci, a new Caribbean restaurant, will be opening at 330 Myrtle Avenue between Carlton and Washington Park. [PLYWOOD]

7) FiDi: Always Hungry has some new details on Harry's Italian Pizza Bar, opening in the old Gold St. space in 10 days: "The menu will elaborate on Adrienne’s and include its renowned Old-Fashioned Pizzas. Aside from pizza, the big draws will be: family-style pasta portions (fitting considering this family-owned venture is under Peter’s management), a Meatball Hero, Steak Pizzaiolo, Stuffed Artichokes and Baked Clams." [PLYWOOD]

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