1) Red Hook: Last weekend, the owners of Alma opened Brooklyn Crab, their massive new indoor/outdoor seafood shack overlooking the Brooklyn waterfront. The menu includes mussels, crab cakes, grilled littleneck clams, peel and eat shrimp, steam pots, lobsters, crabs, steaks, and fried chicken. The restaurant has a full bar and soon they'll have a mini golf course out back. Brooklyn Crab also offers free shuttle service to and from the Carroll Street F and G Stations. Status: Certified Open; 24 Reed Street, 718-643-2722.
2) Vinegar Hill: Last weekend, Jean Adamson and Sam Buffa quietly opened their new cafe, Hillside, right next to their first restaurant, Vinegar Hill House. The space seats about 30 people, and the menu includes cheese plates, roasted bone marrow, pork pâté, oysters, and a fruits de mer platter. Hillside is open for dinner every night except monday, and it's open for breakfast and lunch on the weekends. Status: Soft open for the next few weeks; 70 Hudson Avenue, 718-522-7957.
3) Lower East Side: Bowery Boogie learns that a group of former Souvlaki GR team members have opened a new cafe called Forgetmenot. It serves salads, small plates, and grilled items like a burger, mixed grill plate, steak sandwich, and chicken panini. The space features a lot of tchotchkes and reused materials. Status: Certified Open; 138 Division Street.
4) West Village: A new bakery and restaurant called Bakehouse is now open on Horatio Street. The menu includes charcuterie and cheese plates, as well as entrees like steak au poivre, grilled chicken, and a burger with ricotta cheese and caramelized onions. The restaurant opens at 7:30 a.m. every day. Status: Certified Open; 113 Horatio Street, 646-559-9871.
5) Midtown East: A new restaurant and lounge called Noir is now open on 50th Street between Lexington and Third avenues. Michelin-starred French chef Jean-Yves Schillinger is cooking a menu of American cuisine with French influences. The bar is managed by Adam Delgiudice, formerly of the Florida Room in Miami. Check out the menus here. Status: Certified Open; 151 East 50th Street, 212-753-1144.
6) Bushwick: The Brooklyn Paper reports that a new Russian restaurant called Mazell recently opened in the neighborhood. The menu features things like borscht, a Scotch egg topped with caviar, and Moscow salami with dark rye bread. The space features a full bar. Status: Certified Open; 247 Starr St.
[Photo: Brooklyn Crab]