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Mimi Cheng's, Meatball Shop, Koa, and More Now Open

1) East Village: Sisters Hannah and Marian Cheng opened Mimi Cheng's Dumplings last Thursday, turning out home-made dumplings inspired by their mother's recipes. The shop serves three varieties of savory dumplings including the Mimi Cheng, stuffed with pasture-raised chicken, and zucchini, the reinvented classic, made with pork, baby bok choy, and cabbage, and the mighty veggie, made with kale, zucchini, free range eggs, and shitake mushrooms. All of the meat is sourced from Fleisher's Butcher in Brooklyn. The menu also touts a dessert dumpling made with banana and topped with powdered sugar. All of the dumplings can be boiled or fried and come with a secret dipping sauce. Seasonal, house-made drinks are also available. Status: Certified Open. 179 2nd Ave., 212-533-0169.

2) Bushwick: Italian pasta is getting the ramen bar treatment at Bushwick newcomer Pasta Shop, according to Bedford + Bowery. Roman-born owner Antonio Pergoli Campanelli imports pasta and a number of his other ingredients from Tuscany. The menu features eight pastas, three of which are Roman classics: rigatoni alla carbonara, cacio e pepe, and rigatoni alla amatriciana. Seating, as at the traditional ramen shops that inspired Campanelli, is available along two bars. Status: Certified Open. 234 Starr Street, 718-708-5610.


3) Upper West Side: The Meatball Shop opened its sixth location this weekend. Like its other shops, the new location features five varieties of meatballs on its menu, including beef, spicy pork, chicken, veggie, and a daily special like tandoori lamb balls. The shop also hosts an ice cream cart that sells ice cream sandwiches made with flavors like sweet corn or lemon frozen yogurt, packed between dark chocolate fudge, hazelnut snickerdoodle, or butter cookies. Status: Certified Open. 447 Amsterdam Ave., 212-422-1752.


4) Midtown: Joining the trend of Aussie-inspired cafes is the aptly named Hole in the Wall Coffee just south of Bryant Park. The no-seat shop offers coffee from Denver-based roaster Novo, but will feature guest roasters each month, according to Fork in the Road. Flat whites along with other espresso drinks are available, as are croissants from Balthazar and doughnuts from Dough. Status: Certified Open. 420 Fifth Ave., 646-682-9510.


5) Flatiron: The former Sen space now houses the recently opened Koa, reports Zagat. The restaurant is run by the late wrestler and Benihana restaurateur Rocky Akoi's widow Keiko Ono Aoki and the Sen team. Japanese "Iron Chef" Yuji Wakiya will helm the kitchen, serving modern Chinese fare with Japanese accents. Lunch service starts tomorrow. Status: Certified Open. 12 West 21st St., 212.388.5736.

6) Bushwick: Neighborhood native Michael Avila returned to Bushwick to open The Coffee Shop last week. Avila trained with Giovanni Finotto of the popular East Village espresso shop I Am Coffee. The coffee shop will host regular live events with artists and musicians, according to DNAinfo. Status: Certified Open. 203 Wilson Ave., 347-264-8296.

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7) Stuy Town: City Wings Cafe opened its doors recently selling boneless and bone-in wings that can be tossed in any of seven sauces that include Buffalo classic in mild, spicy, or death levels of heat, Jamaican jerk, or Bangkok Thai curry. Tofu nuggets also appear on the menu, as do 13 varieties of bubble tea, and a handful of salad options including one tossed with vegetarian duck. Status: Certified Open. 347 First Ave., 212-982-8291.

8) Chelsea: Italian dessert shop is serving zaeti veneziani, a Venetian polenta and raisin cookie and pizette, bite-sized pizzas made from pastry dough, reports DNAinfo. The 30-seat bakery, which is owned by Selvaggia Pizzetti, who hails from Rome, also carries 18 flavors of gelato like strawberry-mint, peach-saffron, and carrot-orange. Status: Certified Open. 546 Sixth Ave.

9) Midtown West: Hell's Kitchen alum Scott Leibfried recently opened fast casual spot ReViVer, according to Time Out New York. The restaurant bills itself as "the perfect union of culinary art and nutrition science," and the menu includes a tomatillo tri-tip, a Balkan chicken burger, and Moroccan grilled tofu. Status: Certified Open. 934 8th Ave., 917-750-9093.

10) Gowanus: Aunt Patty D's a gourmet Italian ice shop has opened a stand in the front of computer repair shop Brooklyn Geek, Park Slope Stoop reports. In addition to the ices the shop sells smoothies and slushies. The ices are supplied by Johnny & Tino's, an Italian ice and ice cream company by Prospect Park. Status: Certified Open. 432 4th Ave.

Mimi Cheng's Dumplings

179 2nd Ave. New York