1) Williamsburg: Brothers Graham and Max Fortgang recently opened MatchaBar, the city’s first matcha focused café. Beyond the basic matcha, they serve everything from matchaccinos and matchamole (that’s matcha quac). There’s also Toby’s Estate Coffee and sandwiches from Cobble Hill’s Watty & Meg, reports Bedford and Bowery. Status: Certified Open. 93 Wythe Avenue, 718-599-0015.
2) Prospect Heights: The fish-focused King’s Clam Bar opened late last week. The seafood is sourced from Sea to Table and prepared simply with a mix and match selection of sauces and salads, reports NYC Nom Nom. The restaurant’s kitchen is helmed by Bill Seleno who back in the day worked at Albert Hall Tavern. Status: Certified Open. 622 Washington Avenue.
3) Midtown East: David Colston, a vet of Prime Meats, Corton, and Ko, opened The Upsider last week. The menu has a raw bar section, a vegetables and grains section, and a meat section with items like twice cooked pork belly with baby turnips and perilla kimchi, and a charcuterie platter. Cocktail’s have a slight 60’s bent to them. Status: Certified Open. 1004 Second Avenue, 646-726-4760.
4) Lincoln Center: Lincoln Center Kitchen opened recently on the first floor of Avery Fisher Hall. The restaurant is open to the public, and during performances music is piped in from the concerts upstairs. The menu is American, and main options include baby chicken with Anson Mills grits, and a pork chop with kale and a green apple compote. Status: Certified Open. 10 Lincoln Square Plaza, 212-874-7000.
5) Upper East Side: Argentine-born Carlos Barroz opened La Pulperia last week, serving a menu of "rustic Latin" food. Dishes include lobster taquitos with grilled pineapple, Sriracha, avocado cream, and Japanese mayo; manchego and corn empanadas; and pacu fish ribs from Brazil. Status: Certified Open. 1626 Second Avenue, 212-933-0757.
6) Union Square: The W at Union Square recently added Studio, an art covered lounge in the old Lilium space. The space is a project with Spanish American artist Domingo Zapata. Cocktail options include a "create your own" gin and tonic bar with house made tonics. To eat there are small plates of arancini, charcuterie, and bruschetta. Status: Certified Open. 201 Park Avenue South.
7) West Harlem: BTH (short for by the Hudson) opened late last week in a space that has wrap around windows overlooking the Hudson. The owners are hoping to help reinvigorate the neighborhood in part by hiring local staff. The menu jumps around a bit with guava crab cakes, a pumpkin soup, and a seafood tower. Status: Certified Open. 712 West 125th Street, 212-222-2841.
8) Jackson Heights: Sushi chef Angela Juo recently opened Okawa in Queens. There she's preparing sushi rolls like the "American Dream," which includes fried white fish and crab, reports DNAinfo. Status: Certified Open. 77-05 37th Avenue.