1) Soho: The owners of poplar Upper East Side lounge and steakhouse T-Bar just opened a second outpost downtown. The new restaurant has the same menu as the original, with dishes that range from tuna tartare to a pizza margherita. T-Bar Soho inhabits the old Angolo Soho space, which has now been outfitted with rock and roll decor and a stone communal table up front. Check out the full menu at the bottom of this post. Status: Opening Tonight. 331 W. Broadway, (212) 775-0404.
[All photos by Marguerite Preston, except where noted]
2) Midtown: A grilled cheese spot called The Pullman Kitchen opened earlier this week. The menu, which Gothamist reports comes from Buttermilk Channel vet Bruce Dillon, ranges from the classic sharp cheddar and tomato to a chicken and waffles sandwich. There are also a few sides, plus beer, wine, and cocktails like the caprese, made with vodka, olive juice, muddled cherry tomatoes and basil. Status: Certified Open. 959 Second Ave., 212-888-7404.
3) Gramercy: In hopes that the second time's the charm, Lyric Diner has reopened in its old space, after its owners briefly tried and failed to replace it with the more expensive Greek restaurant Taverna. Owner George Kalogerakos recently told DNAinfo that the new and improved diner would be similar to the old one, but with a bar and late-night menu. Like the original, it's open 24-7. Status: Certified Open. 283 3rd Ave., 212-213-2222.
[Photo courtesy of Isola]
4) Upper West Side: Restaurateur Sebastiano Capitta, of Acqua, Bettola and others, has resurrected his original restaurant, Isola, which shuttered in 2006, in a new space. Isola on Columbus serves pizzas, pastas, and classic Italian entrees like veal scaloppine, many of which are cooked in the restaurant's wood-fired brick oven. Status: Certified Open. 994 Columbus Ave., 212-665-2970.
5) Murray Hill: Restaurateur Shiva Natarajan, who also owns Chote Nawab, Malai Marke, Dhaba, and Chola, has just opened Kokum in Curry Hill. The restaurant has a lengthy menu of South Indian dishes, including a few sections dedicated to street foods like dosas and uttapam. Status: Certified Open. 106 Lexington Avenue, 212-684-6842.
6) Upper East Side: The Jeffrey Craft Beer & Bites, a craft beer and cocktail bar from Patrick Donagher of LIC's Alewife and former food blogger Andy Freedman soft opened a couple of weeks ago. It has a draft system with 30 taps, plus four taps for wine and bourbon, and a growler and espresso bar up front. A full menu is still a few months away, but for now there are bar snacks from chef Michael Haigh, and alum of The Vanderbilt. There's also a big yard out back, where the team will host a pig roast for the official opening party this Saturday. Status: Soft Open. 212-355-2337.