1) Upper West Side: Slightly Oliver, a new Upper West Side restaurant with cocktails created by Albert Trummer, is scheduled to open today. It comes from the folks behind Tolani and Jones Woods Foundry. Status: Scheduled to open today; 511 Amsterdam Ave., 212-362-1098.
2) Lower East Side: Little Muenster, a new gourmet grilled cheese centric restaurant, is now open on the Lower East Side. They serve almost a dozen classic and creative grilled cheese combinations, all with the $1 option of adding bone marrow butter. Status: Certified Open; 100 Stanton St., 212-203-7197.
3) Soho: Flo Fab reports that Dominique Ansel, a pastry chef at Daniel for six years, opened his eponymous bakery in Soho yesterday: "Besides croissants, macarons and éclairs, he is baking a few specialties that are not everyday indulgences in New York. Among them is a tall fluted cake, the gâteau battu, which comes from Mr. Ansel’s native Picardy, north of Paris, and is halfway between brioche and poundcake but lighter than either one." He also sells sandwiches, quiches, soups and salads. Status: Certified Open; 189 Spring St., 212-219-2773.
4) Williamsburg: Over in East Williamsburg, a restaurant has come to fill the void left by the dearly departed Motorino. Some vets of Gallery Bar and The Breslin have opened Basik, a 40 seat spot (with a 35 seat garden) specializing in cocktails and light fare. Status: Reps announced a Nov. 1 opening, but it's not confirmed open; 323 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, 347-899-7599.
5) Upper West Side: Reps announce that Elizabeth's Neighborhood Table, an American comfort food spot with a unique look (there's a white picket fence and all), opened this week on the Upper West Side. They serve items like crab cakes, burgers, pork chops, and vegetable tempura. Status: Certified Open; 680 Columbus Ave., 212-280-6500.
6) Park Slope: Here's Park Slope reports that the Valley Shepherd Creamery shop on 7th Avenue is now open for business. They're selling 20 varieties of cheese, most of which are made on their New Jersey farm. Status: Certified Open; 211 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn, 347-889-5508.
7) Park Slope: Zagat reports that chef Andres Rodas of Park Slope restaurant Fragole opened a new spot Piccoli Trattoria earlier this week: "The new 40-seat eatery will focus on rustic fare that pairs local produce with ingredients sourced directly from the homeland. Expect dishes like fettuccine with braised rabbit ragu and mushrooms or sea scallops wrapped in speck and served with a rosemary sauce. Status: Certified Open; 522 6th Ave., Brooklyn, 347-264-1154.