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Opening Report: Comfort Diner Lands on the LES; Ridgewood Gets a Beer Bar

Plus, many more openings to check out.

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Lower East Side: Spreadhouse Cafe, which just opened, plans to double as a cafe and an event venue. For the moment, it has private label coffee by Joe, vegan doughnuts, and some pretty Moroccan rugs. Status: Certified open. 116 Suffolk Street, 305-773-4249.

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Ridgewood: Crystal River Williams and Denise Plowman, who own Norma's cafe in the neighborhood, recently opened a beer spot called Julia's. To eat, there are beer-braised beef turnovers, bratwurst cooked in beer, and a cheese plate made with cheeses from New York state. The duo eventually plans to host drink-and-draw classes and wine tastings, reports Gothamist. Status: Certified open. 818 Woodward Avenue.

Union Square: Yang Gao of Astoria Bier and Cheese just opened Milk & Hops, say the Robs. The place is part market, part beer bar, and offers cheese and salumi tastings. There are also sandwiches and nearly 300 beers by the bottle and another 10 on tap.

Lower East Side: The Comfort Diner, which has been a fixture in Midtown for 20 years, just opened its downtown location. The menu offers the Jewbano, a "Jewish" take on a Cuban sandwich made with roast turkey, Katz's pastrami, Swiss, mustard, and pickles from The Pickle Guys, served on a bulka from Kossar's. For a sense of how broad this menu is, note that there is also a quinoa kale bowl, seafood pot pie, and orange-glazed salmon among other dishes. Status: Certified open. 399 Grand Street, 212-677-3997.

Fort Greene: ThaiHolic recently replaced Manee Thai. The menu offers classic American Thai fare like green papaya salad, pad Thai, pad see ew, and red, green and massaman curries. There are also Thai pork ribs and Hawaiian duck curry, reports Fort Greene Focus. Status: Certified open. 372 Myrtle Avenue, 718-222-9992.

Alphabet City: Pardon My French opened yesterday, serving dishes like creole-style cod fritters, roasted bone marrow with thyme, roasted lamb shoulder, and sea bass in a creamy French white sauce. Cocktails include the PMF Aviation made with absinthe, Luxardo, Violette, and lemon juice. Status: Certified open. 103 Avenue B, 212-358-9683. Update: Pardon My French won't be open until March 9. 

Park Slope: Buttermilk Bakeshop opened its second location in the neighborhood, in the old Trois Pommes Patisserie space. The new bakery will sell cakes, cupcakes, and the bakery's signature "monkey buns," according to Park Slope Stoop. The owners also plan to offer cooking classes at the new location. Status: Certified open. 260 5th Avenue.

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Murray Hill: Healthy fast-casual Belgian import EXKi just debuted its second New York location. Expect French pastries for breakfast, and salads, wraps, and sandwiches at lunchtime. There are also a few larger plates like chicken in a turmeric curry with daikon radish, carrots, and rice noodles. Status: Certified open. 76 Madison Avenue.

East Village: Another dumpling spot, called Dumpling Go, has opened on the same block as dumpling hot spot Mimi Cheng's. Fillings include chive, green beans with pickled vegetables, and kimchi pork. There's another location on West 3rd and two more in the works, reports EV Grieve. Status: Certified open. 188 2nd Avenue.

Crown Heights: The owners of Little Zelda have swapped their cheese shop Wedge, for a bagel spot called Nagle's Bagels. There are, of course, bagels, and shmear, plus the same sandwich menu that was available at Wedge, notes Brownstoner. Status: Certified open. 728 Franklin Avenue.