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Florian Offers an Antipasti Table, Sekend Sun Starts Pouring in Astoria, and More Openings

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The UWS gets a Maison Kayser and Midtown gets vegan sushi.

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Astoria: Ba'sik bar owneres Jay Zimmerman and Derrek Vernon opened Sekend Sun late last week. Zimmerman describes it: "If The American Bar at The Savoy and your favorite dive bar had a baby, this would be it." Food like Buffalo fried oysters with corn pudding is from Locanda Verde vet Gary Tackett. Drinks include house special, the black baby grand (Jameson, China China Amer, orange flower water, bitters and a sugar cube). Status: Certified open. 32-11 Broadway.


Flatiron: Shelly Fireman, the man behind Trattoria Dell'Arte and Redeye Grill, is opening his first restaurant in quite some time today. Florian is in the old Wildwood BBQ space. There's a sculpture of a large woman called "Miss Hospitality and a gold painted "Selfie Chair" where guests can take pictures of themselves and the statue. The menu, like the one at his restaurant Fiorello, sports an extensive selection of antipasti, along with thin crust pizzas and house-made pastas. Breakfast will be added soon. 225 Park Avenue South

Upper West Side: Maison Kayser opened its latest outpost on marathon Sunday. This one seats 48 and sells the bakery's classic breads and sweets. Meanwhile, the French bakery is expanding its location along Bryant Park, creating space for a 160-person restaurant. Status: Certified open. 2161 Broadway

East Village: Ivory Coast native Mamdou Bamba recently opened a West African-Haitian restaurant called Le Marécage, reports the Village Voice. The menu includes Haitian pate and West African pastels. Status: Certified open. 137 First Avenue, 212-777-1677.

Salt and Charcoal


Williamsburg: A robata grill spot named Salt + Charcoal recently opened, reports the Village Voice. Chef Jiro Iida trained in Tokyo and is now serving a menu of Wagyu carpaccio, uni shooters, sashimi, and various skewers. Status: Certified open. 171 Grand Street, Brooklyn, 718-782-2087.

El Luchador


Fidi: Taqueria El Luchador soft opened Friday night serving tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. There's also Mexican Coke and horchata. The place is named for Mexican wrestlers (known as luchadores), says DNAinfo, and pictures of some of the luchadores hang on the walls. The team is waiting on its beer and wine license and also plans to add lunch and breakfast service. Status: Soft open. 87 South Street, (347) 721-6888.


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Midtown: Long Island Greek fish restaurant Limani recently opened its second location, this one in Rockefeller Plaza. The restaurant's name means seaport in Greek and appropriately offers a very fish focused menu including whole fish baked in salt. The space has a blue and white theme and a large silver fish mobile hanging in the center of one of the dining rooms. Status: Certified open. 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-858-9200.

Midtown: Fast casual vegan sushi restaurant Beyond Sushi just opened its third location. The menu replaces fish with seasonal fruits and vegetables. There are also wraps, gluten free options, and hand-pressed juices. Status: Certified open. 62 West 56th Street, 646-964-5097.

East Village: Whole Foods on the Bowery recently added a seafood shack that sells lobster rolls, lobster bisque, and various fried seafood dishes. The store also recently added a somewhat generic sounding barbecue place in the old Yuji Ramen space. Status: Certified Open. 95 E Houston Street.

Duet Brasserie

West Village: The Grotto space and bakery at Duet Brasserie has opened in the old Centro Vinoteca space. Breakfast is offered all day including 10 variations of eggs Benedict. The team already operates Duet bakery in Mill Basin, Brooklyn and is planning to open a main dining room space next to the Grotto and bakery. Status: Certified open. 37 Barrow Street, 212-255-5436. Update: A rep for the restaurant sends word that the opening has been delayed until November 18 and that the concept is changing. The downstairs dining room will operate as an informal breakfast and lunch space and at night be joined by the upstairs for a more formal dinner service with a $75 four course prix fixe and a 10 course tasting menu for $200.

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