1) Upper East Side: Chef Cornelius Gallagher, formerly of Oceana, Daniel, and Bouley, returned to the New York dining scene last week with the opening of Dragonfly. His first solo venture, the 68-seat restaurant offers an Asian-American menu inspired by the bold flavors of street food from all over Asia. It's currently open for dinner with brunch service to follow shortly. Status: Certified Open; 1463 Third Avenue, (212) 203-5518.
2) Union Square: Zagat reports that Tilman Fertitta of Morton's and Chart House fame has opened his new steakhouse Vic & Anthony's in the old Angelo & Maxie's space. This is the first Manhattan location of the chophouse chain, which has locations in Vegas, Texas, and Atlantic City. Status: Certified Open; 233 Park Avenue S., (212) 220-9200.
3) Jersey City: The couple behind the blog Smith & Ratliff ventured over to Jersey City to report on former Momofuku Noodle Bar chef Kevin Pemoulie's first solo venture Thirty Acres. The restaurant boasts 40 seats and a menu that's heavy on local seafood, and most dishes are priced under $20. Status: Certified Open; 500 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, (201) 435-3100.
4) Coney Island: According to Amusing the Zillion, Steve Bitetzakis opened the new Steve's Grill House over the weekend. The menu remains the same as the old spot with things like chicken wings, hamburgers, corn dogs, french fries, and more, but the restaurant has been relocated to a new trailer next to the Scream Zone at the BK Festival on Stillwell. Status: Certified Open; BK Festival on Stillwell Avenue, Coney Island, Brooklyn.
5) Coney Island: Another report from Coney Island: Cha Cha's of Coney Island made its triumphant return over the weekend in the old Surf & Turf Grill space on Surf Avenue. The restaurant is still undergoing renovations and will only be serving up drinks and $2 brick-oven pizza on the weekends for the time being. Status: Certified Open; 1315 Surf Avenue, Coney Island, Brooklyn.
6) East Village: An Eater tipster shares that the popular Long Island Japanese restaurant Kotobuki opened its first Manhattan location last week. The menu is similar to that of the other three locations, including sushi and sahimi a la carte, "creative and ingenious" appetizers, and entrees from "the special list." The new spot is now open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner seven nights a week. Status: Certified Open; 56 Third Avenue, (212) 353-5088.
7) Prospect Heights: Brownstoner reports that Sam Mason's new mayonaise shop, Empire Mayo, is now open on Vanderbilt Avenue. 12 different flavors of artisanal mayo are available for $6-$8 each. Status: Certified Open; 564 Vanderbilt Avenue.
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— Claire Nugent