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Spanish-Chinese Tasca Chino Opens Tonight; Dine in Diviera Drive's Greenhouse

Plus, many more bars and restaurants that just opened.

Kat Odell

1) GRAMERCY — Restaurateur Simon Oren is opening a Spanish-Chinese restaurant called Tasca Chino tonight in the old Sushi Samba space. Alex Urena, who previously cooked at Rayuela, is serving dim sum like crab soup dumplings and tapas like pan tomaca. For entrees there's soy milk dan dan soba with chorizo, boy choy, and a soy milk broth alongside paella. Status: Certified open. 245 Park Avenue South, 212-335-2220.

2) DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The team behind Windsor Terrace bar The Double Windsor now also runs Myrtle & Gold, which is more of a restaurant than a bar. Chef Paul Cacicci is serving burgers, mac and cheese, brick chicken, and Sriracha honey wings. The place opens early in the morning as an espresso shop with pastries from Bien Cuit, but doesn't start full food service until 4 p.m., according to Gothamist. When the mercury rises, the team will open an 100-seat patio. Status: Certified Open. 343 Gold Street.

3) WILLIAMSBURG — Oliver Stumm who owns Cafe Select and Rintintin launched his newest project Diviera Drive last week with wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches. The restaurant, which has outdoor seating and its own greenhouse, will soft open for dinner this week, reports Bedford + Bowery. Former Del Posto sous chef William Hickox is planning a menu of fresh-made pastas, pizzas, and vegetables roasted in that wood oven. Next door, the team opened an Italian deli called Sodaposh. Status: Soft open, 131 Berry Street, 347-987-4302.


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4) MIDTOWN EAST — Mediterranean restaurant and lounge Ibis just started serving a hot yogurt soup with meatballs, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and several lamb dishes. Status: Certified open. 151 East 50th Street.

5) WILLIAMSBURG — Drive In is a new sandwich shop inspired by the good old days of drive ins. Fortunately, cars aren't required here. Sandwiches are named after movies like The Big Lebowski (turkey, sausage, provolone, and an over-easy egg) and Rocky IV (roast beef, provolone, mashed potatoes, onions and carrots in gravy, in a baguet), says Free Williamsburg. Status: Certified open. 690 Metropolitan Avenue.

6) FIDI — Pizza truck Neapolitan Express opened its second brick and mortar location last week, this one in the Trump Tower. Come may, the pizzeria will be open 24/7 for all of those late work nights. Status: Certified open. 40 Wall Street.

7) PENN STATION — Pret a Manger just opened an outpost in the unhealthy wasteland that is Penn Station. Hopefully the salads and healthy wraps will rub off. Status: Certified open. Penn Station.

8) PARK SLOPE — Al Seabu, which describes itself as a Malaysian fusion and seafood restaurant started serving nasi lemak and other Malaysian classics last week in the former Chip Shop space, notes Park Slope Stoop. Status: Certified open. 383 5th Avenue.

9) UNION SQUARE — Italian company Mi Garba, which makes prepared Tuscan food for European supermarkets, just debuted its first American project, a restaurant and shop by the same name, notes EV Grieve. The large space has a long high-top table with stools for communal seating. There's also a wine shop and plans to sell clothing. Status: Certified open. 129 Fourth Avenue.

10) PARK SLOPE — French cafe The Estaminet recently started pulling espresso shots and serving juices and pastries, notes Here's Park Slope. The tag line is a bit cloying: "A hug in a mug, coffee, and more." In a few months, the team will have stand up to Blue Bottle which is going in just a few blocks south. Status: Certified open. 107A 7th Avenue.