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LYFE Kitchen, Turkey's Simit Sarayi, and Colombia's Devotion Botica del Cafe Come to New York

Plus a new tiki bar in Forest Hills, and more openings around the city.

Nick Solares

Midtown West: Fast-casual and healthy chain LYFE Kitchen — which stands for "love your food everyday" — opened its first New York outpost today. The spot specializes in healthy food, with options for those sticking to paleo diets and those who are gluten free. Breakfast options include smoothies and quinoa buttermilk pancakes. At lunch and dinner there are various flatbreads and "bowls" like one filled with Thai red curry. There are also several "waters" made with things like orange ginger chia, and cocktails. Status: Certified open. 248 West 55th Street, no phone yet.

Devotion Botica del Cafe

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Williamsburg: Colombian artisan coffee company, Devotion Botica del Cafe opened its first roasting plant and cafe stateside. The airy space has a large skylight, exposed brick walls, and a green wall with plants growing out of it. Status: Certified open. 69 Grand Street, no phone.

The folly

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Noho: The Brooklyneer team is now occupying the old Buskers space with a bar called The Folly, reports Gothamist. The place has been entirely redone, and now has a nautical theme with large wood beams arching overhead, like the hull of a ship turned upside down. The menu is small and seafood-focused, with items like grilled octopus and potatoes confit skewers. House cocktails include Tapping the Admiral (Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Ancho Reyes, clementine, and pomegranate molasses). Status: Certified open. 92 West Houston Street, 646-726-4740.

Simit Sariyi

Greg Morabito

Midtown: Turkish bakery Simit Sarayi started baking Turkish bagels (called simits) recently at the chain's first American outpost. In addition to the simits, there are fresh baked loaves of bread with sesame seeds, sandwiches, and sweet pastries. Status: Certified open. 435 Fifth Avenue, 646-922-7876.

Forest Hills: Ian Present, Sofia Present, and Valentin Gonzalez, who count Pegu Club, PKNY, and Maison Premiere on their resumes recently opened a tiki bar/cocktail lounge called End of the Century Bar. "Queens hasn't seen the same cocktail movement yet....But we'd like to help change that," Ian Present told Time Out. Status: Certified open. 104-08 Metropolitan Ave, 718-544-1624.

West Village: A second location of Latin tapas restaurant Macondo, from the old Rayuela team, has now opened in the former home of Melibea. Expect dishes like a scallop ceviche with green apple, mint and jalapeno. Status: Certified open. 2 Bank Street, no phone.

Midtown East: Kosher restaurant Hummus 21 recently opened. It serves Middle Eastern laffa wraps with falafel, shwarma, chicken schnitzel, and of course, hummus, says Koshertopia. Status: Certified open. 1055 1st Avenue, 212-371-2161.

Lower East Side: Les Jardins de la Duchesse opened this morning, serving 10 varieties of eclairs, six sweet and four savory. Options, according to Bowery Boogie, include bacon-wrapped goat cheese, salmon and wasabi, and of course the more traditional chocolate. Status: Certified open. 138 Orchard Street, no phone.

Astoria: Don Korean Grill opened two weeks ago serving three varieties of house-made kimchi (regular, cucumber, and mango) in dishes like bibimbap and kimchi French fries, reports We Heart Astoria. There are also several wing options. Status: Certified open. 42-06 30th Avenue, 718-777-8838.

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