1) Greenpoint: Tonight Calyer, a new restaurant from the folks behind local spot Anella, opens after a wet weekend of friends and family dinners. The restaurant is dark and moody, with a long, wooden bar, antique fans, windows covered with shutters, and plush banquette seating for 45. The food here is a roster of about a dozen vaguely South American and Caribbean-leaning small plates, including fluke crudo with avocado, stewed oxtail, bacala mousse with a Scotch egg, and flank steak with chimichurri. Status: Opening tonight; 92 Calyer St..
2) Midtown: LA coffee chain favorite The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf opens its first New York branch in Midtown today on Broadway and 39th. More info here. Status: Certified Open; 1412 Broadway.
3) Prospect Heights: Chuko, the new ramen spot from Morimoto alums David Koons and Jamison Blankenship quietly opened to the public last week, serving ramen and starters like shisito peppers and tomato sliders. According to Facebook, they're taking a breather right now and will reopen to the public on Wednesday. Status: Opening for good on Wednesday; 552 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, 718-576-6701.
4) Greenwich Village: Meanwhile, a totally unrelated Bean coffee shop is open in Greenwich Village by the Strand bookstore. The Bean is a coffee shop on 1st Avenue and East 3rd Street that expanded over to Broadway and 13th and may soon be expanding within the East Village. They sell coffee, sandwiches, pastries (often vegan), and offer free wifi. Status: Certified Open; 824 Broadway, 212-432-5550.
5) East Village: Flo Fab reports that Singapore native Larry Reutens will open his new Malay/Chinese/Indian/what-have-you restaurant Masak in the East Village tomorrow. Apparently, the name "refers to an expression for playing with food." Status: No answer at the restaurant but it may open tomorrow; 432 East 13th St., 212-260-6740.
[Calyer by Femia]