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Archie & Sons, Flatiron Hall, Skal, Vacca and More Open

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1) East Village: 50s-style luncheonette Archie & Sons just opened on Third Avenue near St. Marks Place. According to EV Grieve, owner Howie Cohen previously ran a restaurant called Archie's Deli on Long Island for almost 20 years, and he is also a part-owner of the Papaya King brand. The menu features straightforward, classic deli fare like macaroni salad and tuna sandwiches. Status: Certified Open. 23 Third Ave., 646-823-9423.

2) Upper West Side:A whiskey and beer-focused sister to The Tangled Vine just opened right across the street from the Amsterdam Avenue wine bar. Barley & Grain serves a menu of "American comfort food classics" like cowboy steaks and shortribs. West Side Rag reports that the menu also tries to "weave in beer and whiskey influences" as much as possible. It's open now for dinner only, but the owners plan to expand the hours soon. Status: Certified Open. 421 Amsterdam Ave., 646-360-3231.

3) Flatiron: Flatiron Hall, the new Flatiron counterpart to Houston Hall, opened recently in an old sporting goods store on Broadway. The beer hall consists of two antique-filled floors, with dining tables and a Victorian-era bar upstairs, and long beer hall tables and a projector screen for sports games below. Flatiron Hall is open for lunch, dinner, and brunch as well as for late night drinking and bar food. Status: Certified Open. 38 West 26th St., 646-790-3200.

4) Lower East Side: A new Nordic spot called Skal opened earlier this week in the space formerly occupied by Les Enfants Terrible. Bowery Boogie hears that the restaurant has a menu of Icelandic dishes, and the owners plan to smoke their own meat and fish. There will also be some foodstuffs for sale. Status: Certified Open. 37 Canal St., 212-777-7518.

5) West Village: The wine bar Virgola opened yesterday in a space that was once an alley. Along with wine, the bar offers an always-changing selection of oysters, cheeses, and charcuterie options, plus a few extras like ceviche. The narrow space has room for about seven tables, half of them lined up along a red banquette. Status: Certified Open. 28 Greenwich Ave.

6) Inwood: A massive 5,800 square foot restaurant called Vacca Grill & Lounge opened recently in a relatively restaurant-poor area of Inwood. The menu from Mesa Grill vet Humberto Leon is Latin-inspired, and it includes a lot of steak and seafood options. The space also includes a Champagne lounge, and functions as an art gallery featuring Dominican artists. Status: Certified Open. 416 West 203rd St., 212-544-0070.

Archie & Sons

23 Third Ave., New York, Ny