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Morgans, Picnic, Cafe Grumpy, and More Certified Open

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1) Prospect Heights: A new barbecue restaurant called Morgans opened on Flatbush Avenue last week. The pitmaster, John Avila, is a veteran of the famed Franklin Barbecue in Austin, TX. He tells the New York Times that he's making classic dry-rubbed brisket, pork, sausage, turkey, and chicken. The space has a large outdoor patio. Status: Certified open. 267 Flatbush Ave., 718-622-2224.

2) Bed Stuy: Sureshan Pather, the owner of Black Swan, is opening a massive barbecue joint and rock venue in Bed-Stuy tonight. According to Fork in the Road, Beast of Bourbon has a barbecue hall with picnic tables and meat by the pound, plus a smaller bar called the Flying V, which sells cheaper beers and hot dogs with Southern-style toppings. The main menu includes brisket and smoked chicken wings, plus sides like dirty rice and pimento mac and cheese. There are 42 beers on tap, and a long list of bourbons and bourbon cocktails to match. Status: Certified open. 710 Myrtle Ave., 718-123-4567.

3) Midtown: Friedman's Lunch just opened a second location not too far from Penn Station. The new spot serves the same menu of seasonal, standard American fare like soups, salads, burgers, and sandwiches, for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. And just like at the Chelsea Market original, this location offers gluten-free versions of just about everything on the menu. Status: Certified open. 132 W 31st St, 212-971-9400.

4) East Village: Chef Nicholas Nostadt, formerly of Williamsburg's Berry Park, opened Picnic this week. The menu leans towards the Midwest, with dishes like a roquefort and bresaola cheese ball, fried chicken with housemade ranch dip, boiled peanuts, and "puppy chow." Status: Certified open. 117 Second Ave., 212-777-3600.

5) Meatpacking District: The latest clubby spot to spring up in the Meatpacking District is Bar Nana, a cocktail lounge on Gansevoort St. The bar has a South American bent, which means Pisco and cachaca cocktails and a Latin tapas menu. According to Zagat it's named after Emile Zola's novel Nana, about a streetwalker who rises to the upper classes. Status: Certified open. 63 Gansevoort St., no phone.

6) Midtown: Cafe Grumpy just opened its fifth location near Times Square. The new glass-fronted spot, located in an Art Deco building, looks a little sleeker than the Greenpoint original, but it serves the same coffee and housemade pastries that are available at the other outposts. Status: Certified open. 200 W 39th St., 646-449-8747.

· All Coverage of Openings [~ENY~]


267 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 718 622 2224


267 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY

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