1) West Village: Beloved neighborhood spot the Grey Dog has finally made its return to Carmine Street. The cafe has three other locations in the city, but was forced to close its original on Carmine back in 2011. Now it's open in a new spot just down the block, serving the same menu of pancakes, omelettes, salads and sandwiches. According to Gothamist, the neighborhood is pleased. Status: Certified Open. 49 Carmine St., 212-462-0041.
2) East Village: The new Manhattan outpost of the Red Hook Lobster Pound opened yesterday on Extra Place. It serves a similar menu to the original, with lobster rolls, lobster caprese salad, clam chowder, and some non-seafood options like hotdogs. There's beer on tap, and owner Susan Povich tells Grub Street that both outdoor seating and delivery are coming soon. Status: Certified Open. 16 Extra Place, 212-777-7225.
3) Williamsburg: Max, the well-liked East Village trattoria that shuttered last year, has opened a new location in Brooklyn. The new spot on Driggs, which has been in the works since before the original closed, offers the same menu of Italian classics like fried calamari, rigatoni with sausage and meatballs, and a variety of pizzas. It's open for lunch and dinner. Status: Certified Open. 740 Driggs Ave., 347-987-3645.
4) Soho: Crown Group partner Sean Largotta opened Il Principe in the Hotel Hugo yesterday. The Italian menu from Sant Ambroeus and Casa Lever vet Carlo Bigi includes a version of eggplant parm, as well as dishes like salt cod ravioli and Portugese octopus with braised escarole and chickpeas. Status: Certified Open. 525 Greenwich St., 212-608-1211.
5) Bushwick: A third outpost of Brooklyn's Variety Cafe opened yesterday. The new space is huge, and owner Gavin Compton (who also owns Miller's Tavern) plans to move his coffee roasting operation there. As of now it serves coffee, tea, espresso, and a selection of breakfast pastries. Status: Certified Open. 146 Wyckoff Avenue.
6) Park Slope: A tiny Asian-Southern fusion restaurant has opened on Union Street. Wangs serves dishes like Korean-style chicken wings, a fried chicken banh mi, and collards with Chinese sausage and ginger. The owner tells Park Slope Stoop that the name comes from the way people with a southern accent say "wings". Status: Certified Open. 671 Union Street.
7) Jackson Heights: A new Tibetan/Nepali/Indian has opened in the space that once held a different Tibetan restaurant, Norling Tibet Kitchen. The space has been divided up, so the new place, Chautari, is smaller than its predecessor. The menu includes Nepali standards like momos and laphing noodles, and there is a small stage in the corner where musicians play Indian and Nepali music on the weekends. Status: Certified Open. 74-15 Roosevelt Ave., 718-424-4994.
8) Jackson Heights: Colombian wine bar Bocaito is now open on Northern Boulevard. It serves cocktails as well as wine, plus dishes like empanadas, ceviche, arepas, and churrasco. There is brunch on weekends, and Brownstoner reports it will open a small backyard when it's warm enough. Status: Certified Open. 81-15 Northern Blvd., 347-617-1606.