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Vanguard Wine Bar, Libertador, and More Now Open

1) Kips Bay: Le Bern alum Soa Davies is the chef at Vanguard Wine Bar, which quietly opened just before New Year's, according to the Commercial Observer. It's owned by Stefan Mailvaganam, a partner in Bar Carrera in Greenwich Village and Custom American Wine Bar in Williamsburg, and Davies's features small plates with American and French influences to match the wine list. Status: Certified Open; 530 Second Ave., 212-447-9463.

2) Cobble Hill: An Argentinian steakhouse called Libertador is now open at the corner of Henry and Baltic in Cobble Hill, notes Brownstoner. It's a sister restaurant to Libertador Parilla Argentina on the Upper East Side. Status: Certified Open; 158 Baltic Ave.

3) Astoria: Paul Gee's vet Stephen Menna opened a new Neapolitan pizzeria called Tufino Pizzeria Napoletana a week before Christmas, per Grub Street. The menu features 18 different pies, as well as salads, panini, and "fried treats" like calzone and stuffed mozzarella. Status: Certified Open; 36-08 Ditmars Blvd., 718-278-4800.

4) Upper West Side: Zagat learns that a New Jersey-based bagel chain called Simit + Smith has opened on West 72nd, with plans to open 20 shops in New York City. The chain sells simits, which are a variation on the bagel popular in Greece, Turkey, and elsewhere. The next location will be on John St. in the Financial District. Status: Certified Open; 124 W 72nd St., 212-496-6605.
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Vanguard Wine Bar

520 Second Ave., New York, NY

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