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Playa Betty's, Banana Leaf, Bottle & Bine, and More Open

Plus: A South Street Seaport favorite reopens in Brooklyn.

The dining room at Playa Betty's
The dining room at Playa Betty's
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1) Upper West Side: Surfer chic bar and restaurant Playa Betty's is now open with a menu of tacos, dharma bowls, and tostados. The project from Reunion Surf Bar partners Tom Wilson and Eugene Ashe is suited to larger groups, which can hang out in the beachy space with a selection of five margaritas. Status: Certified Open; 320 Amsterdam Ave., 212-712-0777

2) East Village: Popular Sri Lankan restaurant Banana Leaf moved from its Chelsea location to the East Village, opening in the new location recently with the same menu of curries, biriyanis, and Sri Lankan breads. In particular, Banana Leaf offers "hoppers," a bowl shaped bread with a variety of filling options. Status: Certified Open; 328 East 6th St., 212-674-8884

3) Midtown East: Dinner is now being served at Bottle & Bine, a new American restaurant with both a five-course prix fixe and a la carte options like beet dumplings and braised short rib. Chef Angie Berry was previously chef de cuisine at Asiate and has also done stints at Gotham Bar and Grill and Del Posto. Lunch and brunch will debut in January. Status: Certified Open; 1085 2nd Ave., 212-888-7405

4) Boerum Hill: Grandma's House, a South Street Seaport restaurant that was destroyed in Sandy, has now reopened in Brooklyn with its hearty American food and old-timey decor. Expect the return of the restaurant's ribs, chili, mac and cheese, and burgers. Status: Certified Open; 364 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, 718-623-3872

5) Astoria: Mussels 'N Sausages, a restaurant from cookware designer Francis Staub, is now open on Ditmars Boulevard. It offers a menu of a sausages from around the world, according to DNAinfo. Status: Certified Open; 35-01 Ditmars Blvd., Queens, 718-606-6532

6) Astoria: More than 40-year-old Greek bakery Lefkos Pirgos reopened in a new location this month after losing its lease elsewhere in the neighborhood earlier this year. It offers pastries like apple turnover, strawberry shortcake, baklava, ravani, and kataifi, according to the Astoria Post. Status: Certified Open; 33-02 Ditmars Blvd., Queens, 718-932-4423

7) Upper East Side: People behind The Gilroy and Spigolo now also have Copper Kettle Kitchen, an American farm-to-table restaurant with shareable dishes. Options include potato pierogis, eggplant meatballs, grilled octopus, and chicken pot pie. Status: Certified Open; 1471 Second Ave., 212-744-1100

8) Lower East Side: A Mexican joint with the Google unfriendly name Taco Recipes opened on Essex Street, as first reported by Bowery Boogie. The menu includes typical Mexican fare like quesadillas, tacos, and nachos, as well as chicken wings and noodles. Status: Certified Open; 23 Essex St., 212-353-1886

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