1) Lower East Side: Melt Bakery opened its brick-and-mortar location this weekend. The ice cream sandwich shop was previously using the spot as a prep kitchen for their pop-ups at the High Line and Hester Street Market. Status: Certified Open; 132 Orchard Street.
2) Midtown: Burger joint Five Guys opens its doors today for lunch in its new Times Square location. The menu is the same as at the other locations. Status: Certified Open; 253 W. 42nd Street.
3) Coney Island: Grimaldi’s Pizzeria opened its Surf Avenue location in Coney Island this past weekend. ATZ reports that the a 3-D, light up model of the Brooklyn Bridge adorns the sign, and vintage photos and city renderings pay tribute to the pizza shop’s new Coney Island digs. Status: Certified Open; Surf Avenue & Stillwell Avenue.
4) Midtown: The Parlour at the Roger, formerly known as Hotel Roger Williams, opened last week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s new menu, designed by Goat Town chef Julie Farias, offers soda dipped fried chicken, oyster po' boys, and a grilled cheese with New York white cheddar from Murray’s Cheese. Cocktails prepared by Hotel Griffou alum Johnny Swet include classics like the Mint Julep and the Rye Mahattan. Status: Certified Open; 131 Madison Avenue, (212) 448-7000.
5) Hell’s Kitchen: Last week Ktchn opened for dinner and late-night dining in The Out hotel. Chef Dale Schnell of Setai New York has created a menu of New American fare. Mixologist Duane Fernandez Jr.’s signature cocktails include drinks with infused vodka like the Steaming Hot, made with serrano chili-infused Russian standard vodka. Breakfast and lunch should roll out soon. Status: Certified Open; 510 West 42nd Street, (212) 947-2999.
6) Lower East Side: Fork in the Road learns that Landbrot recently opened its second location. This one has a smaller menu, but longer hours. German-style bread loaves will be baked at the original location and brought over to the sister store. Status: Certified Open; 185 Orchard Street, (212) 260-2900.
7) Downtown Brooklyn: Also via Fork in the Road, Seattle’s Best Coffee opened its first Brooklyn location last Thursday. Employees at the new Livingston Street store will be giving away free small cups of coffee this Wednesday between 5:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Status: Certified Open; 253 Livingston Street.
8) Greenwich Village: Seasonal pop-up Imperial Woodpecker Sno-balls has reopened on MacDougal Street. The shop’s 17 flavors include Bahama Mama, Bananas Foster, Hurricane, and Praline. Status: Certified Open; 124 MacDougal Street, (251) 366-7777.
[Photo: Midtown Lunch]
— Ashley Mason