1) Chelsea: Diner's Journal reports that the latest entrant to the ever-growing premium burger landscape, Elevation Burger, is now open in Manhattan. It's the 10th location in the chain that started out in Virginia, whose burgers are organic, pesticide-free, and antibiotic-free, just to name a few of their traits. Status: Certified open; 103 W. 14th St. 212-924-4448.
2) Lower East Side: Grub Street brings word that Berkli Parc is now open but only for coffee, pastries, and other light fare. Owner Mark Hernandez is hoping to unveil the full menu next month but customers will have to satisfied with the free wi-fi for now. Status: Certified open; 61 Delancey St., 212-966-2737.
3) Greenpoint: Without much fanfare, popular food cart Calexico has opened up a brick and mortar location in Greenpoint.
According to Fast Food NYC, their hours are presently limited - 5:30pm to midnight Tuesday to Sunday and closed Monday but should eventually be open until later in the night which will work out nicely since this location has a full bar, a first for these guys. Status: Certified open; 645 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint, 347-763-2129.
4) East Village: The NY Times has the lowdown on Olivia Bistro, a restaurant from Alain Bennouna serving Mediterranean-North African dishes. Status: Certified open; 424 E. 9th St., 212-477-4333.
5) East Village: Zagat notices that the curiously named Bahr|ché is open for business in the Sculpture for Living right on Astor Place. They write, "inside you’ll find soft mood lighting, warm wood paneling and a well-curated list of international wines sold by the glass, carafe or bottle. Popular purveyors such as Murray’s Cheese, Intelligentsia, D’Artagnan and Bouchon Bakery will help supply the ingredients for the menu, which consists of charcuterie, organic and farmstead cheese, a small selection of savory dishes and an assortment of cakes from Black Hound New York." Status: Signs point to open; 26 Astor Pl., 212-260-2220.