1) Lower East Side: Bowery Boogie notes that the owners of Alta in the West Village have opened Cata at the corner of Bowery and Stanton. The two-level bar has a notable focus on gin-and-tonics, with upwards of 20 different offerings, according to Thrillist. Status: Certified open; 245 Bowery, (212) 505-2282.
2) SoHo: A new Italian spot Principessa opened last week, celebrating its grand opening with a number of brunch specials this weekend. (One special is the bacon, egg, and cheese pizza with prosecco pairing for $15.) The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday and for brunch Saturday and Sunday. Status: Certified open; 199 Prince St., (646) 682-7377.
3) MePa: Last Friday, a new food truck called The Lobster Tank started doing business at the corner of 15th Street and 10th Avenue. The truck's owners serves lobster rolls and other "Montauk inspired fare" from a 1957 Airstream, and also offer picnic blankets and hula hoops for hanging out in the park at that corner. Status: Certified Open; 10th Avenue at 15th Street.
4) Williamsburg: Zagat Buzz learns that Fabbrica opened last weekend on North Sixth Street. The café, restaurant, bar, and gelateria will eventually be a "one stop shop" for Italian fare, but for now it's just open for coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. Full service restaurant to come soon. Status: Certified open; 40 N. Sixth St., (718) 387-2167.