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Soup dumplings explode in Downtown Brooklyn, and more restaurant opening intel.

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1) Greenwich Village: Ravi de Rossi — the prolific restaurateur who opened Avant Garden and Mother of Pearl earlier this year — has a new bar dedicated to sparkling wines and Champagne. Riddling Widow also offers non-sparkling reds and whites. The main food option is bread & butter with four types of salt, but the menu also has oysters on the half shell and cheese plates. Tanner Walle, a veteran of Terroir, is the beverage director/bar manager. Status: Certified Open; 127 MacDougal St., 212-598-1809.

2) Lower East Side: Dimes Deli is a counter-service cafe in the space that originally housed Dimes before it moved into a bigger space across the street. The menu at Sabrina De Sousa and Alissa Wagner's newest venture includes a breakfast burrito, acai bowls, salads, sandwiches, rotisserie chickens, and market vegetable sides. Soon, the team will open a market next door with groceries and items from the "Dimes apothecary" line. Status: Certified Open; 143 Division St., 212-240-9410.

3) East Village: Arepa Factory is a Venezuelan cafe in one half of the old Cafe Pick Me Up space on Avenue A. The restaurant offers four types of arepas — traditional, chia, spinach, and oatmeal — with eight possible protein fillings, nine sauces, and about ten other toppings. Snacks and finger foods are also available, and the restaurant has a beer and wine license. Status: Certified Open; 147 Avenue A, 646-490-6828.

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4) Midtown West: Lower East Side Greek favorite Souvlaki GR now has a sister restaurant on West 56th Street in Midtown. The menu includes a wide variety of pita sandwiches, plus pastries, spreads, salads, fries, and desserts. The Midtown outpost also has a bar and a small grocery section, and the restaurant offers delivery via GrubHub and Seamless. Status: Certified Open; 162 W 56th St., 212-974-7482.

5) Williamsburg: The team from Lower East Side farm-to-table cafe Black Tree just opened a sequel on Metropolitan Avenue. The new restaurant has a bar with barrel-aged cocktails, and a chef's table where Sandy Dee Hall plans to serve 7 to 11-course tasting menus for around $85. The dinner menu will change often, and the chefs plan to highlight one animal or concept each week. The menu right now focuses on duck, and it will switch next week to something else. Status: Certified Open; 261 Metropolitan Ave.,718-387-7612.

6) Midtown West: The third location of Sushi Seki has a first-level izakaya, of sorts, dubbed Bar Seki.  The menu has Japanese-influenced cocktails, shareable small plates, oysters, and entrees like sake-braised short ribs and pistachio-crusted salmon. The second floor is devoted to sushi, and the restaurant also has a few PDRs and a small counter where kappo meals will be served. Status: Certified Open; 365 West 46th St., 212-262-8880.

7) Downtown Brooklyn: Yaso Tangbao specializes in Shanghai-style soup dumplings and street food dishes. Chef Zongxing Tu formerly worked at Joe's Shanghai. Status: Certified Open; 148 Lawrence St. 929-337-7599.

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8) Upper East Side: The menu at the new Calexico features sizzling fajitas, carne fries, chipotle pork tacos, and vegetable enchiladas. The beverage list has jalapeño mint margaritas, beer from Sixpoint Brewery, and a house riff on the pina colada that's made with pineapple-thyme infused tequila. This is the fifth outpost of the New York-based Mexican chain. Status: Certified Open. 1491 Second Ave., 347-967-5955.

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9) Greenpoint: The old Mark Bar space is now a pub called Whiskey Burger. The menu includes many types of burgers, plus comfort food dishes like Buffalo wings and mac & cheese. The drinks list has craft cocktails, beer, wine, and small-batch whiskies. Status: Certified Open; 1025 Manhattan Ave., 718-349-0022.

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