1) East Village: Handsome Dan's, the Williamsburg candy and sno cone shop, has opened an outpost on First Avenue. Like the original, the walls are lined with candy jars filled with classic candies. It also offers fresh cotton candy, and owner Daniel Levin tells Bedford + Bowery that he plans to add sno cones and fresh squeezed lemonade soon, as well as new cotton candy flavors like earl grey and rose. The store is open until 10 p.m. for those late night gummy bear cravings. Status: Certified Open. 186 First Avenue.
[Photo: Facebook/Chalk Point Kitchen]
2) Soho: Matt Levine and former Arthur on Smith chef Joe Isidori have opened Chalk Point Kitchen in the old Tailor space. Grub Street has a look at the menu. Chalk Point Kitchen serves greenmarket-driven fare with a few Asian influences, including dishes like Vietnamese steak salad, pan chicken with Chinese greens and whipped potatoes, and mussels with kimchi and bacon. Cocktails like a kale martini made with fresh pressed juices echo the ones from Levine's Cocktail Bodega days. As noted yesterday, the restaurant also has a very educational Twitter account. Status: Certified Open; 527 Broome St., 212-390-0327.
3) Midtown: Craig Hopson, the former executive chef of Le Cirque, and Frank Roberts, formerly of Rose Bar, just opened a French-influenced restaurant near the Plaza Hotel called Beautique. The space has a mirror-lined staircase, rose petal colored wallpaper, and a big crystal chandelier. Hopson's menu includes dishes like spring pea soup with compte dumplings, a smoked trout Waldorf salad, crab flan with pork belly and malt caramel, and duck breast with rhubarb, bulgur, and sunchokes. Status: Certified Open. 8 West 58th St., 212-753-1200.
4) Greenwich Village: La Panineria, an Italian sandwich shop, opened recently on West Eighth Street. It sells classic sandwiches like speck with taleggio, and prosciutto with mozzarella, plus a few pastries. Coffee, beer, and wine are also available. For a little more background, Grub Street has the story of how owner Mario Pesce, who immigrated from Italy three years ago, went from being one of those shirtless greeters at Abercrombie & Fitch to opening the shop with his family. Status: Certified Open. 1 W. 8th St., 917-388-3257.
5) Ridgewood: A new barbecue joint called Dish opened earlier this week. According to the Facebook page, it also serves "country breakfast" and "hand smashed burgers," plus, from the looks of it, ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken, and more. Status: Certified Open. 57-42 Myrtle Avenue.
6) East Village: Bubble tea chain Kung Fu Tea has opened in the space on St. Marks Place that once held Japadog. According to Bedford + Bowery, it serves all the standard bubble teas and slushes, plus espresso drinks, and customers can choose exactly how much ice and sugar they want. Status: Certified Open. 28 St. Marks Pl., 917-285-4285.