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Mayfield Launches Bed-Stuy Taco Spot Chilo's; Jacques Torres Opens at Grand Central

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1) MIDTOWN WEST — There's a new vintage-inspired two-story bar in the Dream Hotel called Tanner Smiths. The name comes from a "folk hero and gangster" from the turn of the century according to Michael McNamee, who co-owns the bar with his brother Patrick. The menu is a greatest hits of bar food, with some creativity here and there. It includes nachos, Scotch eggs, a beef burger and a lamb burger, taquitos, and a lobster corn dog. Status: Certified open. 210 W 55th Street.

2) EAST VILLAGE — A casual Korean restaurant called K'ook recently started serving tradition dishes alongside some slightly wackier options like "crispy rice eggs," which is boiled eggs wrapped in rice, pork, and kimchi and then fried into something like a Scottish egg in the old Jewel of India space, notes Bedford + Bowery. Status: Certified open. 324 East 6th Street, 212-254-0300.

3) LOWER EAST SIDE — Two employees of the Lower East Side's Forgtmenot are helping the restaurant's owners, Paul and Abby Sierros, open their new Greek restaurant Kiki's, reports The Lo-Down. On the menu are Greek staples like salads, spanakopita, grilled octopus, and lamb chops. For dessert there's baklava and traditional Greek Yogurt. Status: Certified open. 130 Division Street.

4) EAST VILLAGE — John Cutillo, who owns Local 138, Iggy's Keltic Lounge, and Grand Victory, just opened the Spotted Owl Tavern in the old Destination space, reports EV Grieve. The small menu comes from the chef of Black Tree and includes short rib tacos with pickled pumpkin, a few sandwiches, a burger, and something called weather fries that are made with chorizo, Mornay sauce, chiles, and scallions. Status: Certified open. 211 Avenue A.

5) GRAND CENTRAL — Chocolate master Jacques Torres opened an ice cream shop inside Grand Central Terminal last week. The kiosk is the second Jacques Torres outlet in the station. This one will focus on 25 seasonal ice creams and sorbets, a few crepes, and some breakfast options. There will, of course, also be chocolates available. Status: Certified open. Grand Central Terminal, Dining Concourse (lower level).

6) BED-STUY — Lev Gewirtzman and Jacques Belanger who own Mayfield in Crown Heights recently parked a food truck in the backyard of their new project Chilo's which doubles as a taqueria and Mexican bar. All of the tacos are prepared in the truck, says DNAinfo, and there's seating both outdoors and inside the bar, which is decorated with murals and Mexican sugar skulls. Status: Certified open. 323 Franklin Avenue, 718-676-5245.

7) WILLIAMSBURG — Nitehawk Cinema has relaunched its street-level cafe as Lo-Res. The drinks menu is expanding and there are now two old school TV's playing videos from Nitehawk's VHS vault, and a neon sign from Let There Be Neon, but otherwise, things have remained the same. Status: Certified open. 136 Metropolitan Avenue.

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8) SUNSET PARK — The Fashion Chef, which makes custom cakes, opened its first brick and mortar pastry shop today in Industry City's food hall. The shop carries pastries and sandwiches. There's also a private tasting room for customers buying custom cakes. Status: Certified open. 882 3rd Avenue.

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9) WILLIAMSBURG — Streets BK recently started serving street foods from around the globe. There are Hong Kong style prawns, spicy Seoul-inspired octopus, and Lebanese fattoush salad on the menu. Status: Certified open. 53 Broadway.

10) GREENPOINT — Debauchery haven Tender Trap, which was kicked out of its Williamsburg space in 2012 has reopened with ex-LES art gallery Superchief. The bar will have a regularly rotating art show in the back room of what was Coco 66, reports Bedford + Bowery. Status: Certified open. 66 Greenpoint Avenue.

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