1) Lower East Side: Tonight, 60 seat Chinese restaurant Yunnan Kitchen begins its first dinner service. Backed by owner Erika Chou, formerly of The Standard Grill, and executive chef Travis Post of Franny’s, the restaurant specializes in cuisine from the Yunnan Province. Expect market driven ingredients and dishes like house-smoked crispy pork belly, Shao Kao skewers, and pan-fried goat cheese. Status: Opening Tonight; 79 Clinton Street, (212) 253-2527.
2) Park Slope: Skylark Bar on Fifth Avenue in the old Timboo's space opened late last week, reports Here's Park Slope. The new spot, which has a noticeably less divey vibe than the former watering hole (which had been in the neighborhood since 1969), has 14 beers on tap, a happy hour from 4–7 p.m., and seven different sandwich options. Status: Certified Open; 477 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, (347) 227-8196.
3) Cobble Hill: The new Middle Eastern restaurant, Levant Brooklyn, opened yesterday, notes Brownstoner. The spot will serve "Middle Eastern mazzeh, grills and manakeesh (a cross between pita and pizza)." Brunch and dinner are served daily, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Status: Certified Open; 316 Court Street, Brooklyn.
4) Park Slope: People's Pops opened a brick and mortar location on Union Street last week, writes the Village Voice. There are five ice pops in rotation and two options for shaved ice. Status: Certified Open; 808 Union Street, Brooklyn.[Photo: Here's Park Slope]