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Semilla Opens With a Prix Fixe Veggie-Focused Menu; SNOB Offers Chocolate Mezcal Fondue

Comfort Diner is soft opening, Bed-Stuy gets a new coffee shop, and more.


Williamsburg: José Ramírez-Ruiz and Pam Yung just opened the brick and mortar location of their popular pop up Chez José in the old Lake Trout space. The $75 dinner is served at a small bar and the menu, like before, is very veggie focused. Expect bread from Yung, who previously ran a bread CSA. Status: Certified Open. 160 Havemeyer Street #5, 718-782-3474.

The Comfort Diner


Lower East Side: The second outpost of The Comfort Diner opened recently in the old Noah's Ark Deli space. The menu includes diner classics like meatloaf and chicken pot pie, but is a bit smaller than a truly classic diner menu. The restaurant is still in soft open mode, so all bills are 20 percent off for now, reports Bowery Boogie. Status: Soft open. 399 Grand Street, no phone yet.

Chelsea: Hotel Americano has transformed its rooftop bar into a winterized bar and restaurant called SNOB. The menu is French bistro with some Latin touches. Dishes include a Oaxacan cheese crepe with mushrooms and chorizo. There's also a chocolate mezcal fondue with fruit, and house-made brioche for dipping. From one side of the space there are views of the Hudson River, from another, views of the Empire State Building. Status: Certified Open. 518 West 27th Street, 212-216-0000.

Le Fanfare


Greenpoint: New Italian restaurant Le Fanfare opened in late September offering a number of fish options, house-made squash ravioli, and cannoli for dessert, reports Greenpointers. There's seating at small tables as well as a large farmhouse-style shared table. The restaurant hosts live jazz on Friday evenings. Status: Certified Open. 1103 Manhattan Avenue, 347-987-4244.

Astoria: The team behind Sweet Afton and The Penrose, along with several other places, recently opened a gastropub called The Bonnie. There are two bars in the space and a seasonal pub menu. Status: Certified Open. 29-12 23rd Avenue, no phone yet.

Williamsburg: Lifelong Brooklynites and childhood friends Ehab Zahriyeh and Jack Yehya recently took over a shwarma and falafel shop and changed it into Maison des Crepes, which serves savory buckwheat galettes and sweet/dessert crepes. There are also fresh juices, smoothies, and thin waffles, reports Fork in the Road. Status: Certified Open. 287 Bedford Avenue, 718-486-5150.

Burly Coffee


Bed-Stuy: Burly Cafe recently opened selling Colectivo Coffee, a Milwaukee-based roasting company, according to Brownstoner. Status: Certified Open. 832 DeKalb Avenue, 718-388-0013.

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