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French/Japanese Restaurant Bara Coming Soon; Malatesta Team Plans Spaghetti Incident

Brigadeiro Bakery will dedicate itself to a Brazilian sweet; Birdbath Bakery is adding a new outpost in Nolita.


East Village: Bara, a new French/Japanese restaurant, is getting ready for a December opening in the old Prima space at 58 East 1st Street. The project is a joint venture from Momofuku vet Ian Alvarez, who will run the kitchen and barman Klye Storm, who recently did a stint at French Louie. An early menu features buckwheat noodles with oxtail and prawns, and duck breast with tea and sunflower. [EV Grieve]

Lower East Side: The chef-owner of the West Village favorite Malatesta, Emanuele Attala, is hoping to open Spaghetti Incident (yes, like the Guns n' Roses album) at 231 Eldridge Street. He's in the application process at the moment, and his tentative menu for the community board looks like straightforward Italian, with pasta dishes like ravioli in butter and sage, and orecchiette with sausage. [BB]

brigadeiro bakery


Soho: Brazilian pastry chef Marianna Vieira is planning to open her first brick and mortar Brigadeiro Bakery next month. The shop will specialize in the classic Brazilian treat, which is somewhat similar to a chocolate truffle. Vieira has been selling the sweets out of her home for sometime and is raising funds on Kickstarter for the store. [VV]

baba's pierogies

Gowanus: Baba's Pierogies, an Eastern European restaurant is hoping to open at 295 Carroll Street around christmas. The pierogies will come with filling options like the traditional cheese and potatoes, and the not so traditional Nutella or mac and cheese. Owner Helena Fabiankovic, who is from Slovakia, will use her grandmother's pierogie recipe. [DNAinfo]

Prospect Heights: Mini coffee chain Hungry Ghost is working on its fourth location at the corner of Sterling Place and Flatbush Avenue, in the space that until very recently housed another coffee shop, Prospect Perk. [Fucked in Park Slope]

Nolita: Birdbath Green Bakery, the little sister of City Bakery, is opening at 45 Spring Street. The location will be the 8th in the city. The team shuttered its East Village outpost this summer and has long had signage up in Greenwich Village but nothing seems to be doing at that location last we checked.

Brooklyn Heights: Signage is up for a place called 128 Dumpling House at 128 Montague Street. According to the Brooklyn Heights Blog, no one has been hanging around the space lately, so it's unclear when it will open. [Brooklyn Heights Blog]

Lower East Side: Benson's, a new "gourmet burger" joint is hoping to reverse the bad karma at 179 Essex Street. The place has been home to a number of restaurants in recent years, including Casa Humo and Bar Chevere. The Benson's team is still in application mode. [BB]

Coffee Shop

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Lower East Side: A new coffee shop and bakery is planning to open around Thanksgiving in the former Joe's Rocket space at 61 Delancey Street. [PLYWOOD]

West Village: Chef David Standridge who previously worked at Market Table and L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon is looking to hire sous chefs and other staff for a "new seasonal American" restaurant. No word on the exact location yet. [Culintro]