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Risotteria Heading to UWS; Japanese Cafe Mocu-Mocu to Sell Takoyaki

Plus, many more restaurants are in the works around town.

Tygerfish is getting stylish with signage.
Tygerfish is getting stylish with signage.

Upper West Side: An outpost of Greenwich Village's gluten free risotto restaurant, Risotteria is slated to open at 78th and Amsterdam in about two weeks. The expansion is the first for the team since opening 16 years ago. There's outdoor seating and a wood burning oven in the new space for their gluten free pizza. [DNAinfo]

Prospect Heights: Seafood restaurant Tygershark's plywood is up at 581 Vanderbilt Avenue. [PLYWOOD]

Lower East Side: The replacement for Motor City Bar has finally taken its plywood down, but brown paper is up in the windows. The restaurant or bar, which is still nameless, is in part owned by Joseph Torres of the late Foundation club. He's also working Mazaar Lounge right nearby. [BB]

Long Island City: Rocco Sacramone of Trattoria L'incontro is teaming up with Tommy Demaras of Astoria's Cavo to open a central Italian restaurant called Maiella along the LIC waterfront at 46-10 Center Boulevard. Expect pizzas, cured meats, and some outdoor seating that looks out to the Manhattan skyline. [DNAinfo]

Hell's Kitchen: A Japanese cafe and shop called Mocu-Mocu hopes to open by June at 746 10th Avenue. The cafe will sell pancakes filled with custard and apple compote and a traditional takoyaki, octopus enrobed in batter. Next door, the team's shop will carry slippers, bags, and t-shirts from Japan. [DNAinfo]

Lower East Side: The space left behind by San Marzano Pizza after a water pipe burst at 160-162 Rivington Street has a new suitor from the team behind Chelsea's Elmo restaurant. The proposed restaurant will have lots of rotisserie poultry, a wood burning oven, and outdoor seating. Meanwhile, the building is still for sale for $18 million. [BB]

Alphabet City: An application is on record with the community board for a husband and wife team who want to open an Indian restaurant called Babu Ji in the former Spina space at 175 Avenue B. [EV Grieve]