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Bettolona, FPB, Andaz's Bar in the Cellar Certified Open

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1) Midtown: Gothamist has a look at the underground bar in the Andaz 5th Ave. hotel. No name for it yet but "bar in the cellar" seems to be the one that's sticking. They'll be serving small plates from chef Roberto Alicea and cocktails by Alchemy Consulting. Status: Certified open; 485 5th Ave., 212-601-1234. [Gothamist]

2) Harlem: Sebastiano Cappitta, whose portfolio of restaurants includes Bettola and Acqua, adds Bettolona to that list. In a nod to the current recession, appetizers start at $6, pizzas at $11 and no dish will be over $17. Sadly, no alcohol yet as they are waiting on a liquor license.Status: Certified open; 3143 Broadway, 212-749-1125. [ENY]

3) East Village: The Feed reports on Bedlam, a Victorian-themed cocktail bar from the owner of East Village gay bar Eastern Bloc. This one is hetero-friendly with a decor that's evocative of the era, including taxidermied animal heads lining the space. See some pictures of it over on Grub Street. Status: Certified soft open; 40 Ave C, 212-228-1049. [TONY]

4) Greenwich Village: The New York Times brings word that PFB from François Payard and Marlon Abela, owner of the A Voce restaurants, is now open. The glass walls allow visitors to peer into the 7,500-square-foot bakery that'll be churning out the pastries, breads, cookies, and cakes on the menu. Status: Certified open; 116 West Houston Street, 212-995-0888. [NYT]

5) East Village Grub Street reports that Billy Hurricane's, a Mardi Gras-themed bar serving the kind of drinks you'd expect to find down in the Big Easy is now open. To counter the potent punch these drinks are expected to pack, there's a menu with Cajun staples like beignets and jambalaya. Status: Certified open; 25 Ave B, 646-692-6216. [NYM]

6) Chelsea: The New York Times reports that Brats: Dogs & Weiners, Daniel Angerer's homage to his Austrian roots, will be opening this Saturday. Besides the eponymous brats, both classic and inventive, they'll also be serving shakes, beer, wine, and sake. Status: Opens Saturday; 362 W 23rd St., 646-350-2557. [NYT]

7) Astoria: The Feed files on L'Artiste, an Astoria bistro serving French classics with former Bouley chef Tuhin Dutta at the helm. Status: Certified open; 42-20 31st Ave., Astoria, 646-309-7504.. [TONY]

8) Flatiron District: The Strong Buzz reports that Restaurant i, a modern American restaurant with Asian influences in the still-to-open NY Charles Hotel, is now open but only for dinner from Monday through Saturday, with lunch and brunch to come later. Status: Certified open; 893 Broadway, 646-398-9663. [The Strong Buzz]

9) Midtown: The New York Times files on The Strand Restaurant in the Strand Hotel and its three chefs - Greg Gilbert, Hector Tice, and Kelvin Fernandez. The 115-seat American bistro serves classic American cuisine for lunch and diner. Status: Certified open; 33 W 37th St., 212-584-4000. [NYT]

10) Greenwich Village: From the tipline comes word that Astoria burger joint Bare Burger has opened a second location in Greenwich Village, their first in Manhattan. Status: Certified open; 535 Laguardia Pl., 212-477-8125. [ENY]
—Gary Wong


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