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Here, now, is a roundup of restaurants that recently opened in New York City. Do you know of a restaurant or bar that just opened or closed in your neighborhood? Please let us know. We'll spread the word.
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1) Fort Greene: Habana Outpost, the Brooklyn sister to Manhattan's Habana Cafe, now has a takeout spot across the street. According to DNAinfo, Habana To-Go has expanded its menu to include things like a portobello and goat cheese burrito, plus classics like the Cuban sandwich. And unlike the Outpost, which is closed all winter, this one is open all year round. Status: Certified Open. 650 Fulton St., 718-858-9500.

[Photo: By The Way Bakery/Facebook]

2) Upper West Side: A Westchester-based gluten-free, dairy-free, Kosher bakery called By The Way Bakery opened its Manhattan outpost last week. The menu includes cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and cakes like red velvet, lemon, and coconut by the slice. Status: Certified Open. 2442 Broadway, 212-877-0806.

[Photo: Nine Chains/Facebook]

3) Ditmas: The team behind the Farm on Adderly has opened a bread bakery nearby. Along with a variety of loaves and foccacia, Nine Chains sells buns stuffed with things like slow-cooked pork, plus breakfast, soups, and sandwiches. Status: Certified Open. 1111 Church Avenue.

4) Chelsea: Sushi Seki, a favorite of local chefs and the late night crowd, opens a second location today, in the former R.U.B. BBQ space on 23rd Street. The Post reports it will have a 14 seat sushi bar, plus a cocktail bar and a main dining room. Status: Opens Tonight, 208 W. 23rd St.

5) Midtown: The owners of Astoria ramen favorite HinoMaru have opened Lucky Cat Ramen in the former Social Eatz space. Midtown Lunch reports that the menu is "completely different" from HinoMaru, but the ramen styles offered range from tonkotsu to shoya to nagoya. Status: Certified Open. 232 W 53rd Street.

6) Greenpoint: Oasis, the popular cheap falafel joint just off the Bedford L has opened a second location in Greenpoint. The new spot, off of McGuinness Boulevard, serves the same menu of shawarma, various Middle Eastern sides, and $3 falafel sandwiches. Status: Certified Open. 230 Calyer St., 718-389-4680.

7) Greenpoint: A Portuguese grill called Raizes Churrascaria opened on Nassau Avenue last month. The restaurant takes up a large space in a former auto body shop, and serves a menu centered on seafood, with dishes like char-grilled sardines, and salt cod in potato gratin. According to Greenpointers, the house special is Rodizio, a combo meal of various grilled meat skewers. Status: Certified Open. 139 Nassau Ave., 718-389-0088.

8) Bushwick: New pizza spot Union Pizza Works opened last month. Owner Giorgio Voglino is from Milan, and serves a menu of classic Italian pies, plus a few salads and pastas. The early word from Bushwick Daily and from Yelp is quite good. Status: Certified Open. 423 Troutman St., 718-628-1927.

9) East Village: Figaro Villagio, the bar and restaurant that took over the former Banjara space is now open. The very long menu includes pastas, burgers, salads, and red sauce classics like eggplant parmesan and chicken Scarpariello. Status: Certified Open. 344 E 6th St., 917-877-1164.

10) Williamsburg: Macaron vendor Woops, a regular of holiday markets and mall kiosks, has opened a brick and mortar bakery and coffee shop called The Bakeshop by Woops. It sells cookies and breakfast items along with a rotating menu of macaron flavors. Status: Certified Open. 548 Driggs Ave., 718-384-4410.

Habana To-Go

650 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY