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Black Ant's Mario Hernandez Opening Gardenia; A Chinatown Tea House in Windsor Terrace

Plus, a "Korean-American" tavern in Prospect Heights, and more.

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West Village: Jorge Guzman Hospitality, which is behind Black Ant and Ofrenda, plans to open a Latin/Mediterranean restaurant called Gardenia at 64 Downing Street sometime next month. Chef and partner Mario Hernandez, who also helms the kitchen at Black Ant, will offer dishes like oysters on the half shell with smoked tomatillo mignonette, grilled octopus with romesco, and grilled sardines with lardons. [PLYWOOD]

Windsor Terrace: Chris Cheung, who worked at Nobu and Jean-Georges, is opening East Wind Snack Shop at 471 16th Street. The menu of dumplings, bao, and snacks is inspired by the teashops his family and many other immigrants frequented in 1920's Chinatown. [DNAinfo]

Clinton Hill: The recently empty Maggie Brown space at 455 Myrtle Ave will soon be the home of Northern California-inspired Bar Bolinas. Maggie Brown owner Chelsea Altman is bringing in Nate Smith (formerly of The Spotted Pig) and his wife Sophie Kamin, who is a pastry chef, for the project. Expect "coastal cuisine" and a bar made from redwood. [DNAinfo]

Prospect Heights: Mexican restaurant Pequeña quietly shut its doors at 601 Vanderbilt Avenue last week and plans are already in place for White Tiger to move in. Owners describe it as a "Korean-American tavern." Pequeña's Fort Greene outpost is still going strong. [DNAinfo]

Upper West Side: An Israeli ex-pat couple is setting up Kirsh Kitchen and Kirsh Bakery inside the sadly-shuttered Popover Cafe. Dan Kirsh promises: "Our special bakery will offer a menu of French toast with different toppings cooked to order with our special homemade milk bread and our own coffee blend roasted in Hudson Valley by Irving Farm." The couple owned a Jerusalem restaurant before moving to the UWS. [West Side Rag]

Alphabet City: Washington Heights tapas restaurant La Marcha is opening an outpost at 111 Avenue C this May. The name of the restaurant means "nightlife" in Spanish and the uptown location regularly offers live music. Owners and brothers Freddy and Virgilio de la Cruz hope to bring the same vibe downtown. [NYPost]

Chelsea: Think Coffee plans to open a 1,000-square-foot cafe this spring in the Abington House beneath the High Line at 30th Street. [PLYWOOD]

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