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1) East Village: Flo Fab reports that the first Manhattan outpost of Roberto Santibañez’s Mexican hot spot Fonda is now open on Avenue B (the original is in Park Slope). This 60-seat restaurant offers bar food, brunch dishes, and mezcals, and the menu features regional items like Yucatan shrimp and enchiladas suizas. Santibañez tells Flo that “In Brooklyn, this is a neighborhood place, a hangout, and I hope it will be the same in Manhattan.” Status: Certified Open; 40 Avenue B, 212-677-4096.

2) Flatiron District: West Coast Mexican chain Wahoo's Fish Taco opened earlier this week, offering burritos and tacos prepared on-site with fresh ingredients, plus a full bar. This is Wahoo's fifty-fifth location and its first in New York City. Status: Certified Open; 333 Park Ave. South, 212-466-3330.

3) Williamsburg: The team from Anella and Calyer just opened Bellwether, their new restaurant and bar in the old Royal Oak space. The menu features a lot of shareable small plates, including several lightly composed shellfish dishes, plus things like tripe mole, blackened chicken, and a hanger steak with tomato jam. Live DJs will play music during every single service, and the owners note that the space is equipped with "one of the best new sound systems in the city." Status: Certified Open; 347-529-4921, 594 Union Ave.

4) Tribeca: Lotus Blue, possibly the first ever restaurant in Manhattan to specialize in food from China’s southwestern Yunnan Province, opened on Tuesday night tonight on Reade Street. The menu features Yunnan-inspired dishes like a banana blossom and mango salad, steamed pork belly with candied plums, and sesame pumpkin pancakes for dessert. They also have a specialty cocktail menu with drinks made with things like Thai chili-infused vodka and jasmine tea-infused tequila. Status: Certified Open; 110 Reade St., 212-267-3777.

5) Washington Heights: Buddha Beer Bar opened about two weeks ago with 24 taps for brews like Brooklyn Blast (from Brooklyn), Stone Ruination (from California), and Two Brothers Bitter End (from Illinois). They also offer 30 types of bottled beers including a number of craft ales as well as the usual suspects like Bud Light and Red Stripe. Their menu features nibbles such as cow heart skewers, deep fried pizzas, and Korean or Mexican style tacos. Status: Certified Open; 4476 Broadway, 646-861-2595.

6) Upper East Side: Flo Fab also brings word that Doppio Senso, a new Italian spot on the UES is now open for dinner and weekend brunch. Chef/owner Emanuele Simeoni, formerly of Barbaluc, has created a menu of traditional Italian fare, and the drinks are being handled by Christina Bini, who previously made those bug cocktails at White & Church. Some of her new creations include: tiramisu martinis, Italian spritzes and "spicy chocolatinos." Status: Certified Open; 1626 Second Ave., 212-772-8700.

7) Hell’s Kitchen: The Film Center Café on 9th Ave. has been replaced with an Italian restaurant, Vucciria. The new spot, named after an Italian market town known for its fresh food, is serving Southern Italian cuisine, plus a wide selection of Italian wines. Status: Certified Open; 635 Ninth Ave., 212-262-2525.

8) Midtown East: Brabant Belgian Brasserie, a Belgian restaurant serving over 60 Belgian beers and an authentic Belgian menu from a true Belgian, chef Armand Vanderstigchel, opened earlier this week. To take a look at the full menu, download the PDF here. Status: Certified Open; 316 E. 53rd St., 212-510-8588.

9) East Village: EV Grieve reports that New York has been graced with its 186th Starbucks location. Replacing The Bean on the corner of First Avenue and Third Street, this is Starbucks's first venture into the neighborhood. Locals have protested the arrival of the 'Bucks and still aren't exactly welcoming the coffee shop with open arms. But there is good news for the Starbucks fans in the area: this store has been selected as one of the few locations to serve the limited-release flavors from their line of Starbucks Reserve™ coffee. Status: Certified Open; 49 1/2 First Ave., 212-777-1752.

10) Hell’s Kitchen: Time Out reports that chef David Buico is now serving Italian plates inside a new restaurant in the Holiday Inn on 31st Street. Contorno’s is open for business and serving breakfast, $10 lunches, dinner and late night snacks and drinks. The menu includes items like pasta-less "ravioli" (goat cheese encased between roasted yellow beats), homemade sausages, hand rolled ricotta gnocchi, and oven roasted branzino. Status: Certified Open; 30 W 31st St., 212-760-0301.

11 & 12) Upper West Side: The Serafina Restaurant Group has taken over a portion of the UWS, opening two restaurants at Broadway and 77th Street. Geisha Table, a tiny outpost of their UES Japanese restaurant, seats 23 at a communal table where diners can share items like sushi, dumplings and ceviche. Flo Fab reports that the restaurant is not taking reservations. Next door, Serafina Upper West, the chain's sixth spot in the city, is open and offering the same menu as the other locations. Status: Both are Certified Open; 2178 Broadway, 212-595-0094 (Geisha), 212-595-0092 (Serafina Upper West).
— Claire Nugent

Wahoo's Fish Taco

333 Park Ave., New York, NY

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