1) Midtown: Potbelly Sandwich Shop, the Chicago sandwich chain storming Manhattan, opened a location at 30 Rockefeller Center yesterday, much to the glee of the Midtown lunch hordes. They serve sandwiches, soups, and shakes from 10:30AM – 9PM on weekdays and 11AM – 5PM on weekends. Status: Certified Open; 30 Rockefeller Center.
2) Williamsburg: New bourbon and grilled cheese bar Noorman's Kil officially opened to the public last night in the old Art Land space on Grand Street near Lorimer in Williamsburg. The bar, which features a spacious and leafy backyard, serves three cocktails and half a dozen grilled cheeses at the moment (cocktails $8, sandwiches $4 - 6) alongside an impressive and lengthy bourbon and whisky list and almost a dozen beers on tap. Status: Certified Open; 609 Grand St., Brooklyn, 347-384-2526
3) Chelsea: A reader writes in to note that Eat Here Now Now Eat Here, a new taco truck, has launched in Chelsea and the West Village. She writes that they're "whipping up breakfast burritos all day as well as shrimp, pork, steak, chicken and tilapia," adding, "The truck is in Chelsea on the weekdays at 16th St. and 10th ave and in the West Village during the weekends. Stan the owner is the guy who opened up Tortilla Flats in the 80’s." Status: Certified Open; 16th Street and 10th Avenue on weekdays.
4) Park Slope: Here's Park Slope reports that Zito's Sandwich Shoppe is open on 300 7th Ave. in Brooklyn. Fresh mozarella is made in-house daily, they get their beef and veal from Ottomanelli's, pork from Faicco's, and other cold cuts are from Salumeria Biellese. Says HPS, "It's as if Zito's is at the nexus of a hundred years of the best in New York City Italian Deli." Status: Certified Open; 300 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn, 718-499-2800.
5) Chelsea: El Cid, a longtime tapas spot that closed in Chelsea in 2008, has reopened in a new space. Flo Fab reports that Francisco Bermeo, who started as a busboy at the original, is running the show. Status: Certified Open as of last week; 174 Eighth Ave., 212-524-6818.
[Potbelly by Femia]