1) Midtown: Midtown Lunch writes that the second NY location of Baja Fresh is scheduled to open. "They’ve 'passed the health inspection, and are cleared to go- but are still putting some finishing touches' on the space." Status: Certified Open; 1441 Broadway, 212-764 9084.
2) FiDi: Grub Street and Thrillist bring word that Tony Fantastico is opening up an addition to his restaurant Ancora, to be called Pasta Bar. In addition to a look at the menu, they say that "the annex will be decorated with prints by photographer Ron Galella." Status: Not open; Opening September 22nd; 11 Stone St., 212-480-3880.
3) Midtown: Midtown Lunch is psyched about the opening of Gulluoglu on 52nd and 2nd Ave.: "Known mostly for their extensive selection of Turkish baklava, the first American branch of this popular Turkish chain opened on Coney Island Ave. in Brooklyn back in 2005, but this is their first Manhattan location." Status: Certified Open; 982 2nd Ave (on 52nd), 212-813-0500.
4) Williamsburg: Serious Eats reports that Vertuccios, a new pizza joint on McCarren Park, has been opened. A fan of the recently deceased Brick Oven Gallery is not a fanStatus: Certified open; 232 North 12th St., no phone number listed.