1) Columbia Waterfront: The very sweet looking farm to table Orchard Cafe has opened on a sleepy section of Columbia Street. The airy space boasts lots of seating at the bar and at small tables for two. The breakfast menu includes fresh pastries, house granola with yogurt and honey, and a daily "healing juice." The cafe also serves seasonally inspired plates like cauliflower with raisins, walnuts and celery, and buckwheat soba made with zucchini, pickled carrot and white corn. There are also vegetable, cheese and smoked fish boards. Owner Julie Solovyeva hopes to add "beer, wine and spirits from Brooklyn and elsewhere in New York, as soon as the cafe's liquor license is approved," reports Brownstoner. Status: Certified Open. 257 Columbia St., no phone.
2) Clinton Hill: Abdo Najem, a veteran of Court Street's now-shuttered Downtown Bar & Grill (it's now a Rag & Bone) has opened Hops Hill. The bar serves 12 craft beers that rotate each week and a small plates menu. Najem is planning for the long haul, and tells DNAinfo: "We signed a 10-year lease...So this is the real thing." He hopes to add single malt whiskeys to the menu soon. Status: Certified Open. 886 Fulton St., no phone.
[Courtesy of Big Smoke Burger]
3) Chelsea: Canadian chain Big Smoke Burger opened its first New York outpost last week, serving burgers that are "gamier, spicier, and maybe even smokier," than the standard American patty, says Fork in the Road. The menu also includes chicken, lamb, and veggie patties with toppings like smoked Canadian cheddar, cilantro-feta spread, and horseradish mayo. Canadian favorite poutine also makes an appearance. Orders are placed at a counter, but food is delivered to the restaurant's large picnic tables. Beer and a back patio are coming soon. Status: Certified Open. 70 7th Ave, 917-475-1995.
4) Lower East Side: The long-awaited Copper & Oak opened last week. Owner Falvien Desoblin is a veteran of The Brandy Library and has brought with him a love of brown liquors. The space has two long bars, one with seating, the other simply for standing. Bowerie Boogie says to expect small plates of "comfort food." Status: Certified Open. 157 Allen St., 212- 460-5545.
[Courtesy of Washington Market Tavern]
5) Tribeca: Washington Market Tavern is opening tonight. The menu, which was crafted by BLT alum Aksel Theilkuhl, lists dishes like lamb tartare and morels & toast, in four categories: raw, garden, ocean, and farm. Status: Certified Open. 41 Murray St, 646-964-4860
6) Lower East Side: Roman's Italian Delicatessen opened yesterday bringing "An honest-to-god Italian Delicatessen" to the neighborhood, reports Bowerie Boogie. The small shop sells traditional Italian sandwiches with freshly made mozzarella and imported meats like prosciutto, capicola, mortadella, and sopressata. The shop also sells fresh pasta and sauces to make at home. Status: Certified Open. 157 Allen St, 646-964-5285.
7) Tribeca: Arnaud and Cecile Cannone opened the fourth outpost of their Macaron Café. In addition to 18 flavors of macaron (all made by Cecile) and several other French pastries, the shop offers daily sandwich and salad specials. The interior has pink touches and a long high-backed leather bench that curves through the space. Status: Certified Open. 303 Greenwich St, no phone yet.