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Empanada Mama, VBurger, By The Way Bakery, and More Open

Steak and seafood chain Ocean Prime also debuted a New York location.


1) Lower East Side: After getting kicked out of the Lower East Side by a luxury residential development, Empanada Mama returned to the neighborhood over the weekend. It's bigger than the previous location, and it sounds like the restaurant will be serving up its expansive empanada menu to the nightlife crowd. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. Status: Certified Open; 95 Allen St., 212-673-0300

2) Greenwich Village: A vegan burger spot called VBurger has opened near Union Square, specializing in vegan versions of classic burgers and sandwiches. Menu items include a portobello steak sandwich, a fried "UnChik'N" sandwich dipped in chickpea batter, and a spicy black bean burger. Status: Certified Open; 815 Broadway, 212-533-8777.

3) FiDi: Popular Cambodian sandwich shop Num Pang opened its seventh location last week, the first of two locations planned for the Financial District. Besides signatures like the five-spice glazed pork belly sandwich, Num Pang is currently offering seasonal specials like a pulled turkey sandwich with pickled cranberries. Status: Certified Open; 75 Broad St., 646-964-4150

4) Upper East Side: Gluten and dairy-free kosher bakery By the Way, originally from Westchester, opened its second New York City outpost on the Upper East Side in October. It offers cookies, brownies, scones, and cakes — all with its unique flour mix made of white rice, brown rice, potato starch, and more. Status: Certified Open; 1236 Lexington Ave., 212-988-3300

5) Herald Square: Godiva has opened a true cafe-style location at the Macy's in Herald Square, complete with a large communal table and cafe seating. It's the first cafe of its kind in North America. The first 250 guests to a grand opening party on Sunday at 2 p.m. will receive free chocolate-dipped strawberries. Status: Soft Open; Sixth floor of Macy's, 151 W. 34th St. 212-494-5920.

-321 Ice Cream Parlor

At -321 Ice Cream Parlor, they use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream.

6) Williamsburg: A liquid nitrogen ice cream place called -321 Ice Cream Shop quietly opened on Grand Street earlier this fall. The shop makes flavors like green tea Kit-Kat and cookies & cream on the spot. It can be fun to watch, but be ready for a line. Eater critic Robert Sietsema visited last week, and the six-person line didn't move in 15 minutes. Status: Certified Open; 288 Grand St., Brooklyn

7) Midtown: Columbus, Ohio restaurateur Cameron Mitchell has debuted the Midtown location of his seafood and steak restaurant Ocean Prime. It's the 11th location of the chain, which has restaurants across the country. Status: Certified Open; 123 West 52nd St., 212-956-1404

8) Boerum Hill: Building on Bond's 1970s spinoff bar Robert officially opened last month. It features an old jukebox, a changing selection of records, and cocktails made with New York liquors. Status: Certified Open; 104 Bond St.

9) Greenpoint: Archestratus Books and Foods combines the literary with the culinary in its new Greenpoint cookbook shop-cum-cafe. The food has an Italian slant — based on influence from owner Paige Lipari's grandparents — and offers specials like salmon pasta, and broccoli rabe with garlic and hot peppers. Status: Certified Open; 160 Huron St., Brooklyn, 718-349-7711

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