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Opening Report: Catskill-Inspired Bar Livingston Manor Opens; Rugelach Bakery Petite Shell Debuts

Plus, many more openings around NYC.

Devra Ferst

1) DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — When Grand Army opens on Hoyt Street, it will have some company. Two blocks north, on a rather lackluster block, Franklin Avenue's Crown Inn team has opened Livingston Manor. The large space subtly nods to the old towns of the Catskills, notes BK Magazine. The drink menu offers cocktails like the Livingston Fizz (bourbon, citrus, ginger, egg white, and heavy cream, and soda water). The food menu offers light snacks. Status: Certified open. 42 Hoyt Street.

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2) UPPER EAST SIDE — Dedicated rugelach bakery Petite Shell is offering the traditional Jewish baked good in flavors like jalapeno cream cheese, white chocolate, Granny Smith apple, and the traditional chocolate. To pair with it, there's custom roasted coffee from Forty Weight Coffee Roasters in Ithaca. Status: Certified open. 1269 Lexington Avenue.

3) PARK SLOPE — Owner Binh Douglas named his bar/restaurant Henri on Fifth for his son, and says his son's heritage is the inspiration for what appears on the menu. The food is a mix of Vietnamese, Native American, African American, German, and French influences. That means, bahn mi "tacos," Sriracha deviled eggs, and a few grilled cheeses. Come spring, there will be outdoor seating, and diners are encouraged to use the restaurant's selection of retro board games. Status: Certified open. 279 5th Avenue, 347-294-4631.

4) PARK SLOPE — The owners of Bogota Latin Bistro recently opened Miti Miti Taperia. The tapas spot offers roasted pumpkin hummus, a Spanish seafood salad, and the classic bacalao croquetas, reports the Park Slope Stoop. Status: Certified open. 138 5th Avenue, 718-230-3760.

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5) LOWER EAST SIDE — Uruguayan restaurant Charrua is now serving a selection of chivitos (the national dish/sandwich of Uruguay). Here, various meats are stuffed into bread and topped with melted cheese and ham, and sometimes French fries. There are also a couple of salads and empanadas. Status: Certified open. 131 Essex Street, 212-677-5838.

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Mauricio J. del Bosque

6) WEST VILLAGE — After a bit of a delay, La Loteria opened last week, offering a few ceviches and some tacos including one strangely topped with pasta, tomato-jalapeno-cumin paste, veggies, and Mexican crema. Status: Certified open. 29 Seventh Avenue South, 212-858-9096.

7) WEST VILLAGE — Three Saul alums recently opened a sports bar called Game, notes Grub Street. While checking out games on 12 TVs, diners can eat upscale bar food like lamb ribs rubbed with pastrami spices, smoked wings, and an oxtail short-rib chili. Status: Certified open. 248 West 14th Street, 212-675-7236.

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Courtesy of Dos Toros

8) FLATIRON — Dos Toros recently opened another location, its sixth in the city. The menu here is the same as at the other outposts of the hit California-style Mexican chain, so expect lots of tacos and burritos. Status: Certified open. 295 Park Avenue South, 347-946-6225.

9) TRIBECA — Newcomer Adoro Lei is offering some serious pizza in a nightclub-esque space, reports Tribeca Citizen. The long pizza list is divided into red and white pies all named after people. That includes pizzas like the Cecila (ricotta, parm, pine nuts, fresh mozzarella, cinnamon, and chives), as well as a fried pizza and a gluten free option. Status: Certified open. 287 Hudson Street, 646-666-5096.

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Robert Sietsema

10) WEST VILLAGE — French import Aux Merveilleux De Fred recently opened serving mini French cakes. Status: Certified open. 37 8th Avenue.

11) SOHO — Tod A. Wilson, who was a contestant on Shark Tank, opened his first Manhattan location of Mr. Tod's Pie Factory recently. There are Southern desserts like cobblers and pies, plus wings late at night. Expect more outposts to open nearby in 2015. Status: Soft open. 431 West Broadway.

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