West Village: Roberto Passon of Aria has opened sister restaurant Cotenna in the old ‘ino space, reports Grub Street. The kitchen is offering bruscette, salumi, grilled meats, and pastas. The space has gotten a new look, and now feels more like a wine cellar. 21 Bedford Street, 646-861-0175.
East Village: Speakeasy Dead Drop, which is named for covert communications between spies, recently opened in the basement of beneath North River. Guests press a button and then await further instructions. The bar seats 25 and offers a relatively small cocktail list, put together by Colby Zito (formerly of Eleven Madison Park, Maialino). There's a small menu of snacks, plus a black burger kind of like the one Burger King now serves in Japan except fancier, filled with gruyere truffle cheese and topped with black garlic mayo and black trumpet relish on a black bun. 166 1st Avenue.
Midtown: Japanese food company Kobe Bussan Group, which operates 680 supermarkets and 800 restaurants in Japan, recently opened the 200-seat restaurant Shabu Shabu Kobe Midtown. The restaurant is serving a broad Japanese menu including izakaya dishes, sashimi, tempura, and, of course, shabu shabu. 3 West 36th Street, 212-695-8855.
Crown Heights: Apothecary Kitchen, a healthy cafe recently opened in the Mountain Alternative Health Center. The menu is seasonal, and currently includes a chickpea and eggplant sandwich and a curry and vegetable plate, reports DNAinfo. 903 Franklin Avenue.
West Village: Sean Olnowich, who is already the executive chef at The House and Bounce Sporting Club, is now also cooking at at The Lodge Club NYC, which looks a bit like a ski lodge. The menu is American with some Asian influences. There are fried pork belly skewers with a pomegranate glaze, and king oyster mushrooms with kale, Chinese sausage, and an egg. On the other end of things, there's also a Lodge Burger with cheddar, roasted tomato, a fried egg and "secret sauce". 35 West 8th Street, 212-253-2999.
FiDi: Another outlet of Bareburger recently opened downtown. The menu allows diners to pick their bun, patty, veggies, sauces, and bacon. There are also several vegetarian options and salads. 155 William Street, 646-657-0388.