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1) West Village: Work has finally begun in the old Alfama space. The lovely corner spot has sat vacant since the Portuguese restaurant closed last August. Know what's going in? Send it to the tipline. [PLYWOOD]

2) Williamsburg: A tipster sends in a photo of a new hilariously named restaurant in Williamsburg on South 4th and Havemeyer. For the uninitiated, Traif is anything considered non-Kosher in the Jewish faith. Because what this town really needs is some more pork on the menu. [PLYWOOD]

3) Williamsburg: A number of 'Burg residents have sent in new photos of the old Bonita space, which is finally showing signs of life. [PLYWOOD]

4) Lower East Side: Bowery Boogie noticed that work has finally begun on Casa Mezcal, the four story Mexican cultural center with a restaurant, workshop, cinema, gallery, and tequila bar on 86 Orchard. [PLYWOOD]

5) East Village: EV Grieve reports that plywood has gone up for the new restaurant taking over the former Madras Cafe space near 4th St. It's going to be called Heart of India. [PLYWOOD]

6) Upper East Side: A press release reveals a new branch of BRGR is going in at 1026 Third Ave. between 60th and 61st. The space, across from Dylan's Candy Bar, is 1,700 square feet. The restaurant has one other location in Chelsea and hopes to open several more in 2010. [PLYWOOD]

7) Williamsburg: A tipster reports that the East Village's Cafe Mogador is opening another branch across the water on North 8th and Berry. [PLYWOOD]

8) South Slope: Thistle Hill Tavern, the new locavore restaurant cheffed by an 'inoteca alum is getting closer to opening. The plywood is finally down from the space and the sign in the window (above) announces the arrival to the neighborhood. They should be open within the next few weeks. [PLYWOOD]

9) Gramercy: Feast reports that the Scoditti family, owners of Brio and Brio Forno on the UES, is opening a new "hipper, younger" outpost in the Gramercy/Flatiron area this summer. [PRE-PLYWOOD]

10) Harlem: Roving photog Will Femia notices a great deal of new restaurant spaces on Frederick Douglas Blvd between 110th and 120th Street. His photos of just a few of those space complete the gallery. [PLYWOOD]

Casa Mezcal

86 Orchard Street, Manhattan, NY 10002 (212) 777-2661 Visit Website


229 South 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (347) 844-9578 Visit Website


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