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Opening Report: Lois Serves Only Wines on Tap; Manousheh Brings Beirut Breakfast to NYC

10 brand new places to check out around town.

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Alphabet City: A new wine bar called Lois, which offers 16 wines on tap and a few craft beers, is opening tonight. It promises to be the city's first bar devoted exclusively to wines on tap. To pair with the drinks, there's bread from Pain D'Avignon, house-made pork rillettes with apple butter, arepas with duck confit, and a pudding dessert. Status: Certified open. 98 Avenue C, 212-475-1400.

Greenwich Village: Brooklyn Flea vendor Manousheh just went brick and mortar. The company specializes in its namesake dish, which is a Lebanese breakfast flatbread. Here it's topped with things like the spice blend za'atar and avocado, or Nutella, or organic lamb. The shop is also just around the corner from the new Souk & Sandwich from the Au Za'atar team. Status: Certified open. 193 Bleecker, 347-971-5778.

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Lower East Side: Salvadorian restaurant Cabalito opened in a small space late last week specializing in fresh made pupusas and serving La Colombe coffee. The shop is owned by Randy Rodriguez, a former Cafe Grumpy barista, notes Bowery Boogie. Status: Certified open. 13 Essex Street.

Sunnyside: Tenzing Tzering, who owns GangJong, opened Punda Tibetan Restaurant earlier this month, reports DNAinfo. The new spot offers Tibetan fare with a healthy tinge to it. Expect a soup called tsamathuk made with roasted barley and "sizzlers," which sound like healthy stir-fry plates. Don't worry, there are still momos. Status: Certified open. 39-35 47th Avenue.

Lower East Side: Sri Lankan catering company Kottu House opened its first brick and mortar location last week in a small space on Broome, notes Bowery Boogie. The owners promise to put NYC into a food comma, with their kottu, a traditional Sri Lankan dish made with chopped up roti, eggs, and vegetables or meat. Status: Certified open. 250 Broome Street.

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East Williamsburg: For those longing for awkward middle school parties, there's now Amancay's Diner, which features a dedicated spin-the-bottle table. "I'm envisioning that people will take shots there at night and make out," owner (and major creepster) Chang Han told DNAinfo. In addition to those shots, there are burgers and a gluten free shrimp scampi. Downstairs, there's Max Cellar, which will host events like square dancing, open mic nights, and African drumming classes. Status: Certified open. 2 Knickerbocker Avenue.

Tribeca: Hudson export Grazin', which is the first "Animal Welfare Approved" restaurant in the country, recently opened in the old Park Lane Deli Space. There are no fewer than nine hamburgers, plus a few sandwiches and house-made sodas. Status: Certified open. 56 Reade Street, 646-217-4085.

East New York: Popular Caribbean wings spot (and one-time Throwdown With Bobby Flay winner) Super Wings is now running an outlet in a shipping container at the New Lots Market & Artist Incubator, reports the Daily New. Wings come in many flavors, with four levels of heat, from mild (honey mustard, island BBQ) to spicy (pineapple jerk lava, cilantro chili). Status: Certified open. 613 New Lots Avenue.

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Around Town: When Lobster Joint was kicked out of its East Houston home by the massive development coming to the block that Katz's Deli sits on, it promised to return in truck form. According to Bowery Boogie, Lobster Joint Mobile is now roving the streets of New York. To catch it, follow the truck's location updates on Twitter. Status: Certified open. Mobile.

Bushwick: There's a new Indian restaurant called Tandoori Masala in the neighborhood, notes Brownstoner. In addition to the basic chicken tikka masala and chana saag, there are a few interesting options like a lamb and coconut curry and a crab curry. There's seating inside and delivery. Status: Certified open. 1695 Broadway.