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Three New Ramen Shops, Mr. Purple, Cemitas El Tigre, and More Open

Ramen's popping up all over, but Mr. Purple's warm-weather ready with a rooftop pool.

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Gerber Group launched Mr. Purple on Wednesday at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side.
Gerber Group launched Mr. Purple on Wednesday at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side.
Mr. Purple

1) Lower East Side: Gerber Group debuted a new rooftop bar and restaurant called Mr. Purple this week at Hotel Indigo. It will be serving some treats from local spots like 2nd Avenue Deli, Russ and Daughters, and Il Laboratorio del Gelato, and there's 6,000-square-feet of outdoor space with a pool. Status: Certified Open; 180 Orchard St., 212-237-1790

2) Sunnyside: Mexican sandwich shop Cemitas El Tigre, which got its start at Smorgasburg, opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant last week. The 10-layer sandwiches are made with Mexican sesame seed buns, but you can also order the shop's carnitas and barbacoa in burrito or taco form. Status: Certified Open; 45-14 48th Ave., Queens, 929-296-3946

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3) Lower East Side: A new ramen shop called Mr. Taka debuted on Allen Street last week. It was opened by two friends from Japan. One of them, chef Takatoshi Nagara, used to own a place called Bigiya in Japan, which the Michelin Tokyo guide listed as a top 25 ramen restaurant. Status: Certified Open; 170 Allen St., 212-254-1508

4) Astoria: Michelin Bib Gourmand ramen spot HinoMaru opened a second location called Hinomaru Ko on Monday with eight different ramens, sushi, and appetizers like pork buns and fried squid legs. Eater's Robert Sietsema recommends adding a fireball, a spicy pork meatball that releases its heat into the broth. Status: Certified Open; 42-06 30th Ave., Queens, 718-77-8838.

5) Park Slope: A long-awaited ramen shop — even anticipated by comedian John Hodgman — opened on Seventh Avenue last week. Ten-Ichi Ramen will serve chicken, miso salmon, organic tofu, and pork ramen, ranging from $11 to $13. Status: Certified Open; 382 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn

6) Prospect-Lefferts Garden: The brothers behind Flatbush Caribbean restaurant MangoSeed are opening pizza place ZuriLee PizzaBar on Wednesday night at 5 p.m.. Pizzas at ZuriLee have a Caribbean influence, like a pie with seasoned jerk chicken and an oxtail-infused pie. Status: Certified Open; 755 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, 718-513-6804

Blank Slate

Blank Slate, a new cafe in Nomad.

7) NoMad: Coffee shop and cafe Blank Slate opened last week with breakfast, sandwiches, salads, and small plates. The chef, Barry Frish, used to work in the kitchen at Restaurant Marc Forgione, and the coffee is from Laughing Man, a roaster co-owned by actor Hugh Jackman. Status: Certified Open; 121 Madison Ave., 212-683-7800

8) Midtown: Cupcake trend pioneer Magnolia Bakery opened its sixth New York location on the lower level of Penn Station, near the ACE subway stop, on Wednesday. For the opening, Magnolia created a $4 Penn Station cupcake with chocolate cake, white chocolate buttercream, and a chocolate disc that says the station's name. Status: Certified Open; Penn Station lower level, 212-462-2860

Magnolia Bakery

9) Upper East Side: The second U.S. location of popular Japanese bakery Harbs opened last week, bringing cakes with matcha and red beans imported from Japan. Options are largely light and airyStatus: Certified Open; 1374 Third Ave.

10) Upper West Side: Seasonal salad chain Sweetgreen opened its sixth New York location this week. Proceeds from the first day of business went to Edible Schoolyard NYC, a nonprofit teaching kids to eat healthy. Status: Certified Open; 311 Amsterdam Ave., 212-496-4081.

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