1) Flatiron: Granduca di Sicilia opened on west 24th Street last week, with a menu of traditional Sicilian fare like pizzas, pastas, risottos, and a number of fish dishes like mussel soup and tuna over ratatouille (check out the full menu here). Almost all the details in the space were imported from Italy. Status: Certified Open; 30 West 24th Street, 212-837-1610.
2) Upper East Side: A Fine Blog reports that yet another location of Southern California chain The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has opened on the corner of 83rd Street and Third Avenue. It serves the usual selection of coffee and pastries, and the space has a "quiet room" as well as "coffee lockers." Status: Certified Open; 83rd Street and Third Avenue.
3) West Village: Robert Sietsema reports that recently shuttered Doma Cafe has reopened a few blocks away on Morton Street. It's now called Doma Na Rohu, and the space is "more restaurant-like and less coffee-house-like, with a counter featuring seating and plenty of window tables." The menu includes a handful of German and Austrian dishes like wienerschnitzel and a sausage sampler. Status: Certified Open; 27 1/2 Morton Street, 212-929-4339
4) Brooklyn Heights: Grub Street learns that a new French bistro is now open on Atlantic Avenue called Chez Moi. Chef Dustin Taylor formerly worked at Daniel and Alain Ducasse, and one of the owners formerly worked at The Standard Grill and Indochine. The menu includes many bistro classics like steak frites, onion soup, and escargot. Status: Certified Open; 135 Atlantic Ave.,Brooklyn Heights, 347-227-8337.
5) Upper West Side: Blu Cafe by Tavalon is a new cafe from tea wholesaler Tavalon. The menu includes several different tea beverages and sodas, plus baked goods. Status: Certified Open; 120 Riverside Boulevard (at 66th Street) 212-580-1200
6) Williamsburg: Tipsters send word that Mahzen Grill, a promising new Middle Eastern restaurant, is now open. The menu features kebabs, salads, whole fish entrees, and other tradtional Middle Eastern fare. Mahzen Grill currently has a solid 5.0 rating on Yelp. Status: Certified Open; 739 Grand St., 718-302-2010.
7) Park Slope: Brownstoner learns that a second location of diner favorite Dizzy's has opened in the "cursed" 5th Avenue space that formerly housed Comida, Playa, Night & Day, Lookout Hill, and others. Status: Certified Open; 230 5th Avenue.
8) Brooklyn Heights: Brownstoner also notes that the very first Brooklyn location of Le Pain Quotidien is now open with its usual menu of pastries, salads, soups, and coffee. Status: Certified open; 121 Montague Street.
9) Midtown East: A new combination Malaysian/Chinese/and Thai restaurant called Singapura is now open on Lexington Ave. They offer takeout and delivery. Status: 106 lexington Avenue, New York, NY; 212-684-6842, 106 Lexington Ave.
[Photo: A Fine Blog]