1) Bushwick: A cafe called Palates, so-named because all the furniture is made out or repurposed shipping containers, opened in December. It serves a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches, all in the $5 range, plus coffee and pastries. The owner tells Bushwick Daily that it will stay open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays, when there will be live music. It also offers takeout and delivery. Status: Certified Open. 251 Wilson Ave., 718-483-8225.
[Photo: Hudson Café]
2) West Village: The team behind the Móle restaurants recently opened Hudson Café, an all-day restaurant on Hudson Street. It serves coffee, pastries, egg sandwiches and more in the morning, soups, salads, and panini for lunch, and then turns the pastry case into an oyster bar at night. The dinner menu includes dishes like Moroccan spiced lamb shank and mussels in mustard-fennel broth. Status: Certified Open. 628 Hudson St., 212-390-1744.
[Photo: ROYCE' Chocolates]
3) West Village: Japanese import ROYCE' Chocolate has opened it's third Manhattan location. It sells a range of boutique bars, truffles, cookies, and other confections in a sleek white space. Status: Certifed Open. 253 Bleecker St., 646-524-5554.
4) Park Slope: Turkish wine bar Pierre Loti opened its first Brooklyn outpost recently. The menu of tapas and larger plates is shorter than the three Manhattan locations, at least for now, but the dishes, like halloumi salad, veal sausage, and grilled branzino, are similar. The restaurant is open for dinner and weekend brunch. Status: Certified Open. 78 Fifth Ave., 347-889-6524.
5) Midtown: A new sandwich shop specializing in braised meats soft opened this weekend. As Grub Street reports, Untamed Sandwiches uses sustainably raised meats for sandwiches like a cider-braised pork shoulder with cheddar, broccoli rabe, red-pepper jelly, and mustard. Other meats include goat, chicken and brisket, plus a couple vegetarian options. R.L. King, the chef at the Heath, helped develop them menu. Status: Certified Open. 43 W. 39th St., 646-669-9397.
6) Astoria: Build-your-own sushi restaurant Pink Nori has soft opened in Queens. The menu allows diners to choose up to three types of meat and three types of vegetable or other fillings for a customized sushi roll, but also offers traditional sushi and sashimi, plus some hot dishes like pork katsu and udon noodles. DNAinfo reports that chef Andy Tan has experience at restaurants like Morimoto and Nobu. Status: Soft Open. 36-06 30th Ave., 718-685-2365.
7) East Village: Japanese street food kiosk Otafuku has moved to a bigger indoor space on the same block. Now it's Otafuku x Metedai, and serves the same selection of takoyaki, okonomiyaki, yakisoba and the like. Status: Certified Open. 220 East 9th St., 646-998-3438.
8) East Village: A new juice spot called beQu has opened in the space that housed the 9th Street Bakery for 87 years before it closed last summer. The shop, which relocated from Carroll Gardens, serves all the usual juice and smoothie suspects, plus soups, salads and sandwiches. Status: Certified Open. 350 E 9th St. 718-702-6373.