Bushwick: Kevin Adey, who has been the executive chef of Northeast Kingdom for the past five years, is opening his first solo project, Faro, nearby at 436 Jefferson Street. The restaurant is hyper-locally minded and made in part with reclaimed wood from the neighborhood and dishes from a Greenpoint artist. The menu will of course also be sourced locally and cooked in an open kitchen with a wood stove. There will be a fair number of pastas and a small tasting menu-only chef's counter. Expect an April opening. [BK Magazine]
Lower East Side: Astoria Flea vendor Ice & Vice is opening its first brick and mortar shop in the old Pushcart Coffee space at 221 East Broadway. The ice creamery specializes in flavors like "Movie Night" (buttered popcorn, toasted raisins. and dark chocolate) and Tea Dance (Nilgiri tea leaf, lemon charcoal, and salted caramel). [Lo-Down]
Chinatown: Eddy Buckingham and Hok Lam are planning to open a 250 seat restaurant and nightlife spot called Chinese Tuxedo at 5 Doyers Street, right near the spot where the original Chinese Tuxedo restaurant opened in 1897. [Lo-Down]
Upper East Side: Work is underway at The Jewish Museum for the Russ & Daughters outpost, which, in addition to serving bagel and schmear will also be a retail shop.
Lower East Side: The John Lamb, which had already gotten liquor license approval for its plans to open at 119 Essex Street, is now eyeing a space at 119 Orchard in a boutique hotel that's under construction there. The restaurant is a project of John Valentine, the ex-owner of Midtown's FireBird. [BB]
East Village: Brown paper is up in the windows of a Chipotle that's coming to Stuy Town at 286 1st Avenue. [EV Grieve]
Boerum Hill: A cafe and ice cream shop called Mia's Bakery is coming to 139 Smith Street in the former Coco Roco space. The owners will face stiff competition. There's already a Konditori across the street, as well as Bien Cuit, and Blue Bottle and One Girl Cookies are just around the corner. [DNAinfo]
East Village: A Japanese restaurant called Sen Ya is moving into the space at 109 1st Avenue that held Ginger until recently. There's a note in the window that directs people to their Facebook page, but so far, there's not much intel there. Expect an opening sometime in the later half of April. [EV Grieve]