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Harbs Bring Japanese Cakes to Chelsea; Caffe dei Fiori and Tarallucci e Vino Go Italian on the UES

Bed Stuy gets a new American, Union Square a pan-mediterranean, and more.

Kat Odell

Chelsea: Harbs, the popular Japanese cake shop, has opened its first location outside of its native country, right here in NYC. There are freshly baked cakes using ingredients like matcha and red bean imported form Japan on the menu, that will set diners back a whopping $12 a slice. There are also sandwiches on spongy white bread, teas, and coffee. Status: Certified open, 198 9th Avenue, 646-336-6888.

Photo courtesy of Tarallucci e Vino

Upper East Side: Tarallucci e Vino has opened a cafe at the recently renovated Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The cafe is open to the public, does not require ticketed admission to the museum itself, and also includes access to the museum's garden. The menu is not posted yet, but expect the same assortment of fresh pasta and panini sold at the restaurants other location. This marks the fourth outpost of the popular Italian mini-chain. Status: Certified open. 9 East 90th Street, 212-849-8483.

Union Square: Despite being named after an ancient Turkish city, Adalya offers a pan-Mediterranean menu with wines from around the world. It is owned by the same team as next door neighbor Pierre Loti. Status: Certified open. 55 Irving Place, 646-896-1441.

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Upper East Side: Caffe dei Fiori opened last week, bringing yet another Italian option to a neighborhood seemingly rife with them. The menu offers pastas in the $20 - $30 range, entrees generally come in under $40, save for the chart topping $64 Dover sole. Status: Certified open. 973 Lexington Avenue, 212-327-3400.

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Ridgewood: Onderdonk & Sons brings craft cocktails to a neighborhood that many consider the new frontline in the hipsterfication of NYC. The bar is owned by Brian Taylor who also owns The Pencil Factory bar in Greenpoint. Since Onderdonk & Sons does not have a full liquor license all cocktails are made using beer and wine. That apparently has not hurt business, the bar has been packed since they opened, reports Gothamist. Status: Certified open. 566 Onderdonk Avenue, 718-555-1212.

Lower East Side: Chaurra brings a new "nightlife concept ... focusing on the niche cuisine of Uruguayan food" to Essex Street, reports Bowery Boogie. The menu features skirt steak with chimichurri, a beef Milanesa, and a section of Uruguyan sandwiches called chivotos. The space formerly houses Pulperia, the failed market and tapas bar, whose short tenure in the space did accomplish one thing: It secured a beer and wine license, which Chaurra is now using. Status: Certified open. 131 Essex Street, no phone.

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Williamsburg: Salad slingers Sweetgreen soft open their first Brooklyn location today with a "pay what you want" charity event benefiting Education Through Music. They will officially open tomorrow offering the popular menu that includes collaborations with such luminaries as David Chang. Status: Certified soft open, 162 N 4 Street, 347-987-3863.

Jackson Heights: Spicy Tibet, a new venture from the the owners of Tibetan restaurant Friends Corner Cafe, opened earlier this month. The new space is larger, allowing for more seating and an expanded menu which includes an "American chopsuey," according to DNAInfo. Status: Certified open. 75-04 Roosevelt Avenue, no phone.

Photo Courtesy of Eugene & Co.

Bed Stuy: Owner Tara Oxley has opened her 44 seat new American restaurant Eugene & Co.; the once unnamed chef has now been revealed as Savannah Jordan, who worked at Le Bernardin and Mary’s Fish Camp. Oxley is the design director for BR Guest Hospitality. The menu isn't bucking any trends with dishes like a kale salad and crispy pork belly, but maybe that's exactly what the neighborhood needs. Status: Certified open. 397 Tompkins Avenue, 718-443-2223.

Midtown West: The Hummus & Pita Co. continues to spread out across the city, opening their fourth location in Midtown West; a neighborhood which is frankly awash with similar options, although most of those are admittedly sold on the street. Status: Certified open. 616 8 Avenue, 646-944-4500.

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