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Opening Report: Park Slope Gets Two Mexican Restaurants, Irvington Sprouts at The W

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Seven new restaurants to check out around NYC.

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1) UNION SQUARE — The W hotel has installed Irvington in the old Olives space. The food, cooked in an open kitchen with the help of a rotisserie and brick oven, is farm-to-table, ostensibly inspired by the Union Square farmers market. There's grilled asparagus with a poached egg and ‘nduja vinaigrette, roasted chicken, and pastas. To drink there are bottled cocktails, juices from Liquiteria and coffee from Irving Farm Coffee Roasters. Status: Certified open. 201 Park Avenue, 212-677-0425.

2) PARK SLOPE — A Mexican restaurant called Don Chingon opened last week with a large selection of mezcals and tequilas, and a Mexican skull mural painted on the brick wall out front. Park Slope Stoop points out that Park Slope is getting a number of Mexican restaurants this season, including Varrio 408 (listed below), an outpost of Sunset Park's Las Rosas, and a Chipotle. Status: Certified open. 216 Flatbush Avenue.

3) PARK SLOPE — Rachel's Taqueria has expanded in the neighborhood with its new project Varrio 408, which serves a simple menu of tacos made with homemade tortillas, Juaritos, and Mexican Cola-Cola, notes Park Slope Stoop. Status: Certified open. 412 5th Avenue.

4) EAST VILLAGE — Figaro Cafe Bistro & Bar has ditched its mouthful of a name for La Esquina Bar & Grill, notes EV Grieve. The menu is now taco and burrito heavy, and no, it's not related to the other La EsquinaStatus: Certified open. 97 1st Avenue, 212-933-4669.

5) CHELSEA — Juice company LOLO has taken over the shuttered One Lucky Duck space at Chelsea Market. There are cold-pressed juices, smoothies, prepared salads and sugar-free desserts. The team is boasting that there's also an "apothecary-style mixology bar," where various fruits and veggies can be blended into "hangover cures" or "flu remedies," no alcohol involved. Status: Certified open. 75 9th Avenue.

6) HELL'S KITCHEN — Fast-casual newcomer Chutney Kitchen is now serving Indian food in a Chipotle-esque format. There are rice bowls, roti rolls, naan tacos, salads, and chaat bowls that can be topped or stuffed with various proteins and veggie options. Status: Certified open. 856 8th Avenue, 212-247-6200.

7) ASTORIA — Tea and Milk has quietly opened its doors, reports We Heart Astoria. The shop doesn't officially open until April 5, but teas are already being poured for guests. There are bubble teas, house-made chai, and of course some hot teas. There are also bahn mi sandwiches and some pastries. Status: Soft open. 32-02 34th Avenue, 347-921-2056.

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