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Korilla BBQ and The Bruffin Go Brick and Mortar, Plus a Cafe With Board Games and More Openings

Plus Saki replaces Kotobuki, Trattoria Bianca comes to Midtown, and more.

Nick Solares

East Village: Saki, a sushi restaurant which is somewhat curiously "presented by" the Sushi of Gari team, soft opened this weekend in the old Kotobuki space. 56 3rd Avenue.

East Village: Korilla BBQ's first brick and mortar location, which hosted a preview meal last week, appears to be open full time now, serving up Korean-style burritos, rice bowls, and more. 23 3rd Avenue.

Lower East Side: The Smorgasburg vendor behind the hybrid pastry known as the Bruffin recently opened its first brick and mortar location, The Bruffin Cafe, selling a dozen varieties of its filled brioche-meets-muffins at co-working space The Yard, says The Lo-Down. There are both sweet and savory options. The team is also on the docket at the new Gansevoort Market. 85 Delancey Street.

Midtown: Trattoria Bianca, which opened last week, is hoping to bring an upscale dining option to the area around Penn Station. Julian Clauss-Ehlers, a veteran of several Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe is helming the kitchen and Michael Whiteman (Rainbow Room, Windows on the World) is consulting on the project. 481 Eighth Avenue.

Williamsburg: Board game fanatics Mike Sanderson and Kim Hackett recently opened Rivals Boardgame Cafe where diners can play games while eating, reports Fork in the Road. The small menu includes a pretzel log with honey mustard, and short rib sliders. 686 Grand Street.

Greenpoint: Apothecary and juice bar Botica & Co. started selling its healthy elixirs out of its first brick and mortar location recently, says Bedford + Bowery. The owners claim that the drinks will cleanse, fight cancer, raise libidos and (oh so charmingly) offer herbal enemas.  607 Manhattan Avenue.

Midtown: Zibetto Espresso Bar opened its second location two weeks ago. The small Italian menu focuses almost exclusively on coffee. There are a few sandwiches and cornetti (Italian croissant) available too. 501 5th Avenue.

Midtown East: Open Kitchen, a cafeteria/market mini chain opened a new location today alongside an outpost of its sister company Pure Green, a smoothie and juice company. 33 East 33rd Street.

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