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Peri, Prima Strada, 'Montral-Style' Bagels Coming Soon

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1) Lower East Side: Bowery Boogie reports that Peri Wine Bar, a new Mediterranean wine and tapas spot in the old Essex Ale House space on Essex near Houston, is almost ready for its debut: "Peri will serve Mediterranean cuisine for lunch and dinner, and the obligatory brunch option on the weekends. Menu items include everything from salads, Crostini, and traditional meze plates, to skirt steaks and salmon." It will open for friends and family this Thursday and to the public a few days later. [POST-PLYWOOD]

2) East Village: EV Grieve gets some shots inside the old Elephant space on 1st between 1st and 2nd Aves. It's currently being gutted to make way for Prima Strada, a new Italian restaurant from the folks behind Summit Bar over on Avenue C. [PLYWOOD]
3) Cobble Hill: Brownstoner learns that shuttered neighborhood fixture Near East Pita Bakery, will return to its original subterranean space at 183 Atlantic Ave. It'll be run by the original owner's son and will serve Middle Eastern fare. [PLYWOOD]

4) Upper East Side: Grub Street learns via City Biz Real Estate that The London Candy Co., an outfit selling "cupcakes and all types of candy imported from the United Kingdom," is moving into a storefront at 94th and Lexington. [PRE=PLYWOOD]

5) Brooklyn Heights: Two is a trend. Brownstoner learns that just a year after Montreal-style deli Mile End debuted nearby, a new cafe serving "Montreal-style bagels" along with cakes and pastries is setting up shop on Clinton and Atlantic. Hardcore Montreal bagel enthusiasts know that if it's not imported (a la Mile End), it's not the real deal. Argues one tipster, "You can't have 'Montreal-style bagels' the same way you can't have "New York-style pizza' in Kansas. It's the regional shit that goes into it, the water, etc." Either way, could be a good addition. [PLYWOOD]