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Obicá, Ugly Duckling, Hamilton's and More Now Open

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1) Flatiron: After brief delay from smoke, Mozzarella bar Obicá opened last Thursday in the old Bar Stuzzichini space. The restaurant is importing a variety of mozzarella from Campania region of Italy twice a week. In addition to the cheese, the menu includes salumi, antipasti, pizza and pasta. The Italian chain also operates a kiosk in the IBM building in Midtown, under its original name, Obiká. Status: Certified Open. 928 Broadway, 212-777-2754.

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2) Boerum Hill: Once dubbed the ugliest building in Brooklyn, 166 Smith Street is now home to craft beer bar and restaurant Ugly Duckling, reports DNAinfo. The bar, which opens around lunchtime, has 30 beers on tap and plans to host evenings of live music. Menu options include "ugly poutine" with provolone, sweet BBQ duck confit, and gravy, several salads, and burgers. Status: Certified Open. 166 Smith St, 718-451-3825.


3) West Village: Hamilton's Soda Fountain & Luncheonette is now open in the old Tremont space on Bank Street. It dubs itself an "homage to the New York of the 1940s, when automats dotted the streets and a perfect day involved a rollerskate through the park followed by a pop into the local soda fountain." The large menu is reminiscent of an old school diner, listing lots of sandwiches and egg options, along with milk shakes, six different phosphates, and three rickeys. Status: Certified Open. 51 Bank Street, 212-661-1515.


4) Bushwick: Kings County Bar, home to Brooklyn's infamous smallest penis pageant, has a moved few blocks and merged with the recently-shuttered 1 Knickerbocker to become Kings County Saloon. The bar is serving large fishbowl drinks, ground brisket and short rib burgers, buffalo wings, and a requisite kale salad, according to the Daily News. The bar will also host regular live music performances. Status: Certified Open. 1 Knickerbocker Avenue, 347-987-3751.

5) Lower East Side: Wedding and specialty cake bakery Silk Cakes opened its commercial space to the public this past weekend. The shop is known for its Asian designs and flavor combinations like chocolate cake with green tea buttercream. Status: Certified Open. 53 Ludlow Street, 917-892-5851.

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6) Hell's Kitchen: Belgian beer house The Jolly Monk opened recently serving exclusively Belgian beers, moules prepared six different ways and frites with six dipping sauces including Sriracha ketchup and avocado herb. The bar also has regular beer happy hour specials. Status: Certified Open. 701 Ninth Avenue, 646-657-0080.

7) Lower East Side: A yet-to-be-named grilled cheese restaurant recently opened on Allen Street, reports Bowery Boogie. The spot serves a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches like the "crispy goat" with chèvre, goat gouda, bacon and avocado on multigrain toast and "sloppy joe" with ground beef, cheddar, mascarpone, and pickled jalapeños. Beer and wine to help wash down the sandwiches are also on offer. Status: Certified Open. 188 Allen Street, no phone.

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8) Williamsburg: An outpost of Juice Generation has opened in Williamsburg. The location is the chain's 12th in New York and its first outside of Manhattan. Menu options include fresh pressed juice, smoothies, acai bowls and "medicinal" cures like the "cold warrior" and "ginger fix." Status: Certified Open. 210 Bedford Avenue, 718-782-5075.

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9) Gramercy: Latin inspired Mezcla opened on 2nd Avenue at 19th Street earlier this summer in the space that formerly housed Capucine. The menu includes snapper ceviche, queso fundido, salmon tacos, and a couple of paella options. Status: Certified Open. 327 Second Avenue, 212-505-8500.

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10) Upper West Side: Mexican seafood restaurant Chico Julio opened this weekend with a backyard seating area and vibrant teal colored bar. The spot is named for a deep sea diver who owned a beachside cantina in Veracruz. The menu includes fish meatballs in a ginger-peanut fish broth, picked octopus, and skirt steak with refried beans on a baguette with pickled jalapeño. The bar menu focuses on tequilas and mescals sourced from artisan distillers. Status: Certified Open. 768 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-749-2929.

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