1) Lower East Side: Nightlife man Rob Shamlian's new LES oyster bar Tiny Fork opened last week. The menu's split into cold, raw bar options and hot dishes like oyster sliders, Dungeness crab cakes, and a lobster roll. Per The Lo Down, Shamlian applied for a second liquor license for a basement club there, but that was denied. Status: Certified Open; 167 Orchard St.
2) East Village: The longtime home of Life Café on Avenue B has become Maiden Lane, by a pair of former GMs from Torrisi and Parm. It's in soft open mode, EV Grieve reports, serving up food and non-alcoholic drinks while waiting for a liquor license. The menu (not online yet) is regionally-sourced and designed to pair with the beverage program, which is coming with that license. Status: Soft Open; 343 E 10th St.
3) Cobble Hill: The newest location of local burger chain Bareburger opens today, notes Patch. The 45-seat restaurant?the chain's 11th location?has the same menu of locally-sourced, sustainable, organic burgers as the others. Status: Opens Today; 145 Court St.
4) Union Square: Also per Grieve, the Hyatt Union Square is finally open, which means its restaurant, The Fourth, is open as well. The Fourth bills itself as an "all-day American Brasserie" by the owners of Toqueville. Status: Certified Open; 134 Fourth Ave., 212-253-1234. UPDATE: As it turns out The Fourth will actually open in mid-May, and is just serving coffee and the like to hotel patrons.
5) Fidi: A Philly-style sandwich shop (
think cheesesteaks hoagies not cheesesteaks) called Dave's Hoagies is opening today. Sandwiches run between $10 and $12. Status: Opens Today; 26 Cedar St., 212-248-1000.