1) East Village: EV Grieve blogs about the opening of Zucker Bakery, a new addition to the East Village. This bakery was pioneered by an East Village resident Zohar Zohar who has had previous experience in New York City restaurants. This bakery will feature Stumptown coffee and baked goods inspired by the owners’ European and Middle Eastern heritage. Status: Certified Open; 433 E. Ninth St., 646-559-8425.
2) Cobble Hill: Grub Street reports that a new restaurant called Jolie Cantina is now open. The food is a fusion of Mexican and French, no doubt inspired by owner Benjamin Tretouts who is French-Italian and the chef Eliseo Gonzaga who hails from Mexico. This team has worked together for the past seven years at Jolie Restaurant. Status: Certified Open; 241 Smith St., at Douglas St., 718-488-0777.
3) Park Slope: Gothamist and Here's Park Slope both report that the highly anticipated Fleisher's butcher shop is now open on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Sackett. The shop serves various cuts of organic meat, including sausages and cold cuts. You can also get pies, milk, eggs, and pantry items. Status: Certified Open; 192 Fifth Avenue; 845-338-6666.
4) East Village: EV Grieve discusses the new Chinese restaurant Hot Kitchen that opened last week in the East Village. They were awarded a beer and wine license in August and will begin delivery sometime this week. Their menu contains old Chinese staples that New Yorkers love as well as a few items for the more adventurous. Status: Certified Open; 104 Second Avenue.
5) Prospect Heights: The second outpost of the Sunburnt Calf just opened in Brooklyn. This Australian/Asian-inspired restaurant is currently only serving drinks, but they'll begin dinner service this weekend. Status: Certified Open; 611 Vanderbilt Ave., 347-915-1000.
6) Chinatown: Kuaile Le Hand Pulled Noodle Restaurant recently opened in Chinatown and serves not only the popular hand pulled noodles but also the slightly more obscure Kuaile noodles, also known as peel noodles. It is also noted that this small restaurant is serving up some “dope” dumplings and is worth checking out, just be aware that staff’s ability to speak English is limited. Status: Certified Open; 28 Forsyth St., 212-941-7678.
7) Fort Greene It appears that Baguetteaboutit is now soft open in the old L’Epiciere location. According to its Facebook page, it's a “deli, cafe, bistro” serving up a little bit of everything and bringing some of Paris to Brooklyn. Status: Soft Open last Saturday; 270 Vanderbilt Avenue, 908-770-2800.
— Sarah Rose