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1) Greenpoint: Fifth generation fishmonger Vinny Milburn and chef Adam Geringer Dunn opened their raw bar and fish market Greenpoint Fish & Lobster last Wednesday. The two are selling locally sourced and seasonal fish along with a menu of lobster rolls, ceviches, oysters, fish tacos, and pad Thai made with kelp instead of noodles. Status: Certified Open. 114 Nassau Avenue, 718-349-0400.
2) Crown Heights: Gwen Woods and Fifi Bell-Clanton worked in music and fashion before opening The Crabby Shack recently, explains Fork in the Road. The menu is exclusively crab dishes, including Alaskan crab legs, crab tacos, crab sliders, and a butter sauce-coated crab roll, reports Fork in the Road. The pair plans to add crab mac and cheese along with a shrimp dish in the fall. Status: Certified Open. 613 Franklin Avenue, (718) 484-1507.
[Courtesy of San Marzano]
3) East Village: Brothers David and Kamram Malekan, who previously owned pizzeria San Marzano on the Lower East Side have moved their business a bit further north and transformed it into a pasta restaurant. The menu offers six pastas, all of which are made in house, and 11 sauces which can be mixed and matched. Among the options are a gluten free pappardelle, pesto sauce, Bolognese, and a wild boar ragu. Status: Certified Open. 117 Second Avenue, 212-777-3600.
[Courtesy of Torino]
4) Midtown West: Italian seafood restaurant Torino opened last week. The kitchen is helmed by Italian native Lulu Gutierrez who is turning out dishes like octopus terrine, rigatoni in squid ink, and buccatini with clams. The space seats 65 but has room for an additional 100 outside. Status: Certified Open. 1700 Broadway, 212-757-2233.
5) Financial District: Cedar Local opened recently on a quiet street downtown. The bar serves two different cocktail menus, one dubbed "old money" the other "new money." The former features classic cocktails and the latter newer, house-made drinks, reports DNAinfo. To eat there are "bites" like empanadas with almond chipotle aioli and larger plates like a New York strip steak. Status: Certified Open. 25 Cedar Street, 212-344-3467.
6) Jackson Heights: Saw Shack, which calls itself a retro modern Chinese takeout joint, is run by a family of five immigrants who moved from Malaysia to the United States 21 years ago. The chef, aka "Daddy" Saw, cooked at places like Zen Palate and Gobu. The menu is entirely vegetarian, says DNAinfo. Status: Certified Open. 84-22 37th Avenue, 718-898-2768.
7) Lower East Side: Argentine spot Balvanera opened its doors in the old Azul Bistro space, reports Bowery Boogie. The spot is named for a neighborhood in Buenos Aires, and is serving updated classics like empanadas stuffed with corn, roasted peppers, provolone, and aji amarillo, and beef tongue with pickled vegetables. True to any Argentine menu, there are several steak options. Status: Certified Open. 152 Stanton Street, 212-533-3348.
8) Soho: Regina Katopodis, who co-owns Astoria's well respected Artopolis Bakery has opened Pi Bakerie, which sells a wide range of Greek pastries including koulouri (sesame seeded circles) and several variations of baklava, reports Grub Street. The menu also includes Greek classics like moussaka and pastitsio. Status: Certified Open. 512 Broome Street, 212-226-2701.
[Courtesy of Bluestone Lane]
9) West Village: Australian-style coffee shop Bluestone Lane has opened a third location which it's calling a collective (though there is no readily apparent collective business model). In addition to the coffee menu, the shop offers a brunch and dinner menu of gluten-free fare like avocado toast, buckwheat banana bread topped with maple mascarpone, and baked salmon with kale salad on beetroot hummus. The shop is also serving beer and wine. Status: Certified Open. 55 Greenwich Avenue, 646-368-1988.