1) East Village:
2) Crown Heights: There's a new restaurant on Bedford Avenue called Catfish, writes I Love Franklin Avenue. The New Orleans-inspired spot, with a wide selection of cocktails, whiskey, and Cajun dishes, is open for lunch and dinner daily, with plans in the works for brunch and a raw bar. Status: Certified Open; 1433 Bedford Ave.
3) Williamsburg: Pichet Ong and the Sripraphai team's collaboration Qi Thai Grill has opened after a number of delays. Per Grub Street, the menu combines small plates from the Sripraphai folks, like beef tendon larb, and several savory dishes (in addition to desserts, of course) from Ong, like Chiang Mai sausages and a riff on Buffalo wings. Status: Certified Open; 176 N Ninth St., 718-302-1499.
4) East Village: Over on Curry Row, there's a new Indian restaurant called Malai Marke in the former Taj Mahal space. Per the Local, it's by the owners of the mainstays Singapura and Dhaba and it features a lengthy menu by Junoon alum Karti Pant. Status: Certified Open; 318 E Sixth St., 212-777-7729.
5) Midtown West: A Midtown Lunch tipster notices a new banh mi joint called Saigon 9 West, which?at least according to Yelp?seems to have opened in early December. The restaurant has a short menu of banh mi and summer rolls, plus a handful of drinks. Status: Certified Open; 348 W. 47th St.