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Picholine Vet Opening Bespoke Kitchen; Big Barbecue Spot Slated for Gowanus

Eight restaurants in the works around NYC.

Kat Odell

WEST VILLAGE — Chef Franco Barrio, a Casa Mono and Picholine alum, is opening Bespoke Kitchen in the West Village. As the name might suggest, the restaurant will have diners choose a protein and a vegetable, and then the server will ask a series of questions to help the chef "hone in" on how to prepare it. If that sounds too adventurous, there are also some predetermined dishes on the menu, like rotisserie chicken with cassava fries, or pork belly and sea urchin fried rice. Expect it to open in May. 615 1⁄2 Hudson Street [Plywood]

GOWANUS — Akiva Reich, who owns the popular event venue The Green Building, is hoping to install an outdoor barbeque next door, along the Gowanus Canal at Union Street, this summer. The project would host a barbecue for us to 157 people six days a week, serving them ribs, deviled eggs, jalapeno poppers, and pulled pork sandwiches. Reich wants to give the project a "trial run" this summer. He still needs community board sign-off and a temporary liquor license. [DNAinfo]

BED-STUY — A new Mexican restaurant called Tepache Mexican Grill is opening on Halsey Street. It will be a full service restaurant with an open kitchen, and the owner tells Brownstoner he hopes to open in about a month. 361 Halsey Street [Brownstoner]

GOWANUS — A pair of friends with a lot of connections in the music world (one is a promoter for venue like the Bowery Ballroom) are opening Givers & Takers, a "rock 'n' roll bar" on 3rd Avenue. It will have a backyard, and snacks like pretzels from Runner & Stone, and the owners expect to regularly host bands like Mumford & Sons, Wilco, and Modest Mouse. 286 3rd Avenue [DNAinfo]

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — An outpost of the smash hit California-style burrito chain Dos Toros has announced itself on Court Street. Though Dos Toros has plenty of outposts in Manhattan (five to be exact), this will only be its second in Brooklyn, following one in Williamsburg. 64 Court Street [Brownstoner]

TRIBECA — Celeb chef Angelo Sosa is planning a bar "focused around a library of agave-based distillates" with some snacks beneath Anejo in Tribeca. There spot will be called Abajo (down) and is slated to open May 8. 301 Church Street [Tribeca Citizen]

ASTORIA — Almost a year after announcing his bar Diamond Dogs, John Elezovic, says the bar and its picnic-table filled backyard, are nearly there. 34-04 31st Avenue [We Heart Astoria]

MIDTOWN WEST — Fast casual Middle Eastern chain Nanoosh is planning an outpost at Signage is up, but there's no word on an opening date. 469 7th Avenue [Midtown Lunch]

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