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French-Japanese Restaurant Bara Debuts Tonight; Flushing Has a New Food Court

Plus, a place to get a custom bike and cappuccino and more openings around town.

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East Village: French-Japanese restaurant Bara is opening today in the old Prima space. The menu — crafted by Momofuku vet Ian Alvarez — includes a preserved artichoke gratin with goat feta, crispy chicken with chili vinegar and herbs, and a yellow seafood curry with charred pineapple and potatoes. Drinks come from Kyle Storm, who worked the bar at French Louie. Options include a number of sakes, along with wine and cocktails. Status: Certified open. 58 East 1 Street.

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Carroll Gardens: The new, Italian-owned Maglia Rosa doubles as a custom-made bike shop and cafe. There are panini, La Colombe coffee drinks, pastries from Saraghina, and some very fancy bikes. There are also a few seats at vintage kitchen tables and free wifi for those who need a place to work for a bit. Status: Certified open. 2 Fourth Place, 347-227-7643.

new york food court


Flushing: A new food court joined the Flushing Chinatown ranks last month. New York Food Court, is a bit like a knockoff of New World Mall, but there are good dishes to be found, reports Chopsticks and Marrow. Check out the Sichuan street food at No. 25 and Liang Pi Wang's No. 10 noodles with pork. Status: Certified open. 133-35 Roosevelt Avenue.

Neapolitan Express

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Harlem: Pizza truck Neapolitan Express opened its first location last week in the Harlem Commissary and Restaurant. The space doubles as a space for community philanthropy and has a rooftop garden. The owners will open a second brick and mortar location this Friday at 40 Wall Street. Status: Certified open. 232 East 111th Street.

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Bed-Stuy: Bar Lunatico opened with a Brazilian music bash on Friday night, reports Brownstoner. The owners call the bar "a little space that would feel like home for musicians, lunatics, and lovers of the good things in life." Status: Certified open. 486 Halsey, 917-495-9473.

Union Square: Morton's Grille, a casual off-shoot of Morton's The Steakhouse opened last week. Status: Certified open. 233 Park Avenue South.

Midtown: International bubble tea chai Gong Cha opened a small outlet focusing on high quality teas with minimal toppings, reports Midtown Lunch. Don't expect super sweet teas or juices here, the house specialty is green tea with milk foam. Status: Certified open. 75 West 38th Street.

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