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Norman's Cay, Nugget Spot, and More Certified Open

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1) Lower East Side: The owners of Grey Lady opened their newest restaurant, Norman's Cay, on Friday. Like the Grey Lady, it's a seafood oriented restaurant, but this time with Caribbean leanings. It's got a beachy interior with a palm tree-clad upstairs bar, and Bowery Boogie reports that the menu includes dishes like red snapper ceviche and coconut shrimp. Status: Certified Open. 74 Orchard St., 646-481-1229.

2) East Village: Yet another single-dish restaurant opened its doors over the weekend: The Nugget Spot. Besides the expected chicken nuggets, this fast-casual joint also offers pork, fish, cauliflower, and mozzarella nuggets. There are also four different breading options, which range from coconut to Cheeze-it, and a long list of dipping sauces to go with. There are also a few sides, and the restaurant does serve beer, but only Budweiser at this point. Status: Certified Open. 230 E 14th St., 646-422-7426.
3) Murray Hill: Whitman & Bloom Liquor Company, a two-story restaurant and bar, opens today. Zagat reports that chef Eldad Shem-Tov, formerly of Aquavit and Alain Ducasse, is serving a menu of Mediterranean-influenced small plates like pickled fresh sardines, and ravioli with burnt beets. The restaurant also has a wine bar where diners can get cheese and charcuterie with housemade breads, plus there's a working fireplace. Status: Certified Open. 384 3rd Ave., 212-725-4110.
4) Greenpoint: The storied Park Luncheonette, which closed four years ago after decades as a soda fountain, a cameo in The Departed, and a brief stint as a revamped diner, reopened this weekend. Now it's under the ownership of the team behind Matchless and No Name, who according to Bedford + Bowery plan to "keep the traditional diner feel." The new place is open 24 hours, has a full bar, and will soon open up a to-go window for pizza and coffee. Status: Certified Open. 334 Driggs Ave., 718-383-3571.
5) Midtown: As previously noted, the Shake Shack opened its Grand Central location on Saturday. Just like the other four Manhattan locations, there were burgers, shakes, and long lines. There were also those new fresh-cut fries. Status: Certified Open. 87 E 42nd St., 646-517-5804.

6) Chinatown: A new location of the bubble tea spot CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice opened recently on Division Street, replacing a different bubble tea chain, Quickly. This is not, as Bowery Boogie claims, the first outpost for Manhattan proper: There are a couple others in midtown, and another recently opened in the East Village. Unfortunately there's no giant blue mascot at this newest spot. Status: Certified Open. 79 Division Street.

7) Alphabet City: A new cafe called Kamakura Coffee Shop opened up recently. According to EV Grieve, it's your standard coffee shop fare: coffee and espresso drinks and some vegan baked goods. No seating inside, but while it's still warm there's a wooden bench on the sidewalk. Status: Certified Open. 543 E. Fifth St.

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