1) Murray Hill: Andy Yang of Rhong-Tiam and Pichet Ong, who previously worked for Jean-Georges, are opening Sachi Asian Bistro today. The menu is pan-Asian but the team describes it as "power food, that gives you energy and nourishment." There's seating for 100, including five seats at a sushi bar. Status: Certified Open. 713 2nd Avenue, 212-297-1883.
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2) Lower East Side: Basement bar Chloe81 launched a new space upstairs last week. The ground level of the building, now dubbed Chloe81 Blue, or just Blue, is a swanky oyster bar. The design and vibe is similar to downstairs but with an airy, lighter feel. Status: Certified Open. Chloe81 Blue, 81 Ludlow Street, 212-677-0067.
3) Williamsburg: Husband and wife team Eldad and Inna Mashiach recently opened cute café Re.Union. Menu items include a kale and red quinoa salad, house-cured salmon, a balsamic blueberry and goat cheese sandwich, and rosewater flan, according to Brownstoner. There's also Stumptown coffee and pastries from Balthazar. Status: Certified Open. 544 Union Ave, 718-599-3670.
4) East Village: Just in time for the end of summer, Red & Gold Crab Shack opened serving a simple menu of crab boils, reports EV Grieve. Options include Atlantic red crab, Florida golden crab, and lobster. Each order comes with two "add ons" like corn, potatoes, shrimp, mussels. There's a small outdoor seating area along the sidewalk. Status: Certified Open. 30 St. Mark's Place, no phone.
5) Williamsburg: Cow & Clover, which calls itself a wood-fired kitchen, opened recently. The team hasn't posted a menu online but it looks like a double-decker modern, rustic farm to table restaurant. "We strive to procure locally, organic when possible to make the freshest, great tasting 'simple food' utilizing our two stone ovens…" promises the restaurant's Facebook page. Status: Certified Open. 291 Kent Avenue.
6) Greenwich Village: Shu Han Ju, which bills itself as an "Authentic Chinese Food" restaurant opened in the old Famous Ray's Pizza location, which was more recently Famous Roio's. The menu has all the American Chinese standbys like "orange flavor chicken," but also offers a handful of more interesting dishes like frog cooked with ginger, scallions and peppers. Status: Certified Open. 465 Avenue of the Americas, 212-428-8800.
7) Flushing: Cindy Ng is cooking the food she grew up eating in Hong Kong at her new restaurant Grandma's Dim Sum, reports DNAinfo. Here, the dim sum is ordered from a menu, not trotted around on carts. The house specialty is Peking duck. Status: Certified Open. 40-24 College Point Boulevard, Level B., 718-888-3326.
8) Midtown West: Gay sports bar Boxers recently opened what an owner is calling a "hybrid bar," appealing to a Midtown lunch crowd as well as gay sports fans, reports DNAinfo. According to the owner: "At noon, when people from J.P. Morgan are here having lunch, [bartenders] won't be shirtless…Later at night, when the place sets up like a club, the shirts will likely come off." Status: Certified Open. 215 W. 40th Street.