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Khemistry Bar Brings a Lab Theme to Bed-Stuy; Morris Sandwich Opens Its First Shop

Plus, more openings around New York.

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Bed-Stuy: Apothecary-inspired Khemistry Bar opened on New Year's Eve. Brown apothecary bottles hold house-made bitters behind the concrete bar, and the host stand is a vintage library card catalog. To complete the look, there are lab stools and classroom chairs. The food menu isn't available online yet, but DNAinfo says there are crostini with avocado and jalapeno, orange pork chops, and a lemon herb roasted chicken. The Lab, a 3,000 square-foot outdoor space in the backyard is still in the works. Status: Certified open. 216 Malcolm X Boulevard, 347-715-6458.

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Carroll Gardens: Courtney Walker and Mike Vacheresse recently opened Travel Bar in the old Half Nelson space. Vacheresse built the bar menu at Bar Masa and several other Manhattan restaurants. At his place, there are both classic and signature cocktails including the "Get Off My Lawn" (Carpano di Torino white vermouth, Montenegro Amaro, Herbsaint, Agnostura Bitters, and muddled apple). To eat, there are meats and cheeses, a few flatbreads, French onion soup, and shakshuka. Status: Certified open. 520 Court Street.

Crown Heights: Glady's owner Michael Jacober opened his sandwich shop, Morris on Friday. It's the first permanent outpost for the popular grilled cheese truck, and the small menu offers "big trouble in little China" (Sichuan braised pork, pickled cabbage, hoisin, on a house-made flatbread bun), and of course Morris's well-known grilled cheese. Expect more locations to open in 2015. Status: Certified open. 569 Lincoln Place.

East Village: Coffee shop Cafe Silan soft opened recently, reports EV Grieve. It serves house-made pastries baked with natural sweeteners like silan (date paste popular in the Middle East), and there are also plans to add a beer and wine license down the road. Status: Soft open. 280 East 10th Street.

Financial District: Bareburger opened a location in a particularly restaurant-starved section of FiDi, says Tribeca Citizen. It's only competition will likely be nearby Zaitzeff, which flips some excellent but expensive burgers. Status: Certified open. 155 William Street.

Astoria: Jujube Tree Asian Vegan Cuisine started offering a menu much like Wild Ginger in December says We Heart Astoria. There's a macro bowl, General Tso's soy protein, jade mushrooms, and plenty of faux meat on the menu. Status: Certified open. 35-02 30th Avenue, 718-545-1888.