1) Williamsburg: Salil Mehta and his wife Stacey of Laut opened a Malaysian "night market"-themed restaurant, Pasar Malam in Brooklyn late last week. The 60-seat space is decorated with vendor signs, like those seen at night markets throughout Malaysia. The menu is a mix of street food and traditional dishes. Expect items like rojak, a salad of jicama, mango, cucumber and pineapple, tossed with a shrimp paste dressing and the rambly burger, which is wrapped in egg and topped with cheese, cabbage and Maggi sauce. For dessert, Mehta is serving kaya toast — white bread topped with sweet coconut egg jam. Status: Certified Open. 208 Grand St., 718-487-4576.
2) Williamsburg: Brothers Matt, Dave, and Adam Urbanos opened Sugarburg, an airy new bar next to the Lorimer-Metropolitan station a couple of weeks ago. The bar's name is a throwback to an old neighborhood nickname. The menu is still growing, but for the time being, Bedford + Bowery reports the trio is serving dishes like shrimp tacos and a version of poutine (fries topped with cheese curds and gravy) in which the cheese curds are breaded and fried with a bit of Cajun spice. Status: Certified Open. 519 Metropolitan Ave., (718) 599-1219.
3) Little Italy: Two Australians recently opened Two Hands, a healthy café sandwiched between two Chinese beauty salons. According to DNAinfo the menu includes fresh-squeezed juices and pre-made sandwiches and salads made with ingredients from classic Italian food shop Di Palo's. For breakfast the café offers an acai bowl topped with granola, hemp seed, coconut flakes and pecan nibs. Status: Certified Open. 164 Mott St., (917) 475-1815.
4) Gramercy: The healthy fast casual chain EXKi from Belgium opened its first New York location last week. The grab-and-go spot is selling smoothies, salads and some warm dishes like roasted beets with goat cheese, red onion, a free range egg and hazelnuts. Status: Certified Open. 257 Park Ave. South, (929) 236-3954.
5) Greenwich Village: Georgian restaurant Tbilisi has relocated from Gravesend to the city, reopening with the name Old Tbilisi Garden, according to DNAinfo. The restaurant features a variety of regional versions of khachapuri, Georgia's signature cheese bread, plus meat dumplings and other traditional dishes. The space also has a rear garden and a full bar. Status: Certified Open. 174 Bleecker St., (212) 470-6064.
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6) Hells Kitchen: Chef Manuel Horado of Thalia recently opened pizzeria Annabel nearby. The menu includes items like spinach and goat cheese gnudi, roasted pork shank with polenta and some unusual pizzas like one topped with ricotta, duck prosciutto and blueberry chutney. The modern-rustic space seats 74 and is currently open for dinner and late night drinks. The team also plans to add lunch and brunch hours. Status: Certified Open. 809 9th Ave., 212-245-2215.
according to DNAinfo. The food at their new restaurant is inspired by northeastern Thai cooking. Status: Certified Open. 85-32 Grand Ave., 917-832-6881.
8) Lower East Side: Ariel's Tapas has taken over the former Pinalito City space and given it a fresh look with marble bars and tall stools, reports Bowery Boogie. The menu features chorizo empanadas and jalapeno margaritas. Status: Certified Open. 293 East Houston St., 212-982-3222.