1) East Village: East Village favorite, The Bean, opened a new location yesterday about a block away from its original spot. The new location is a little larger, but the same personal and friendly service has carried over. Status: Certified Open; 54 2nd Ave. at the corner of East 3rd Street.
2) Greenpoint: Here’s Greenpoint reports on the opening of Oak and Iron, the new bar from the group behind Lady Jay’s in Williamsburg. The jukebox plays country western and the decor and ambiance mirror that theme. They have twenty whiskeys, twelve beers on tap, and a large selection of cocktails to make any drinker feel at home. Status: Certified Open, 147 Franklin Street.
3) Tribeca: The Tribeca Citizen brings the scoop on TriBeCafe reincarnation Ristorante Aglio. This restaurant is a collaboration between the owners of B Flat and Greenwich Grill and the space has remained the same, as has the somewhat formal service. The restaurant is serving Italian food from all the different regions of Italy. Status: Certified Open; 277 Church (between White and Franklin), 212-343-0277.
4) East Village: EV Grieve writes that new Vietnamese restaurant Sao Mai opened on Saturday. The eatery opened in the site formerly occupied by vegetarian restaurant Quantum Leap, which shuttered in November. The restaurant will serve some vegetarian dishes for the sake of the old Quantum Leap regulars, as well as typical Vietnamese offerings. Status: Certified Open; 203 First Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets.
5) East Village: The owners of Penny Fathering have taken over the space next door (formerly Cosmic Cantina) and opened a restaurant called Linen Hall. Status: Signs point to open; 101 Third Avenue.
6) Lower East Side: According to Bowery Boogie, Papaya Food, a Japanese-Thai fusion restaurant, opened this past weekend. The restaurant does not currently offer any alcohol, but that may change after last night's Community Board 3 meeting. They are looking to acquire a beer and wine license. Status: Certified Open; 249 Broome Street.
7) Upper East Side : The Village Voice blogs about City Swiggers Beer Store and Tasting Room, which just opened on the Upper East Side. Beer lovers should rejoice with the over 200 bottle beer choices, beer on tap that can be put in 32 and 64 ounces growlers, and a knowledgeable staff. A cozy bar is located inside, where you can taste any of the 14 beers they have on tap. Status: Certified Open; 320 East 86th Street, 212-570-2000.
8) Williamsburg: Edric Har, who formerly worked at Cru, Veritas, Le Bernardin and also as a private chef, is now chef and owner of Brooklyn Wok Shop. He worked with his wife to create a menu that Grub Street writes will feature "standards incorporating hormone- and antibiotic-free meats, as well as stocks and sauces made from real bones and scratch, not powders and bases. The result is a pared-down menu of snacks (buns and wings), soups (wonton, short ribs), and Cantonese staples like General Tso's and orange beef, all made with better ingredients.” The restaurant is now only open for dinner, but in the next few months they will be serving lunch and doing deliveries. Status: Certified Open; 182 N. 10th Street 347-889-7992.