UNION SQUARE — Pushcart Coffee opened its third — and most southern — Manhattan location this week in the former home of Just Sweet. Status: Certified open. 83 Third Avenue.
PARK SLOPE — Brooklyn Burgers & Beer opened last week and is serving primarily its namesake items, reports Here's Park Slope. The menu features a build-you-own-burger section with options like bison meat, lamb, kobe beef, and black bean veggie burgers that can be topped with things like kimchi, a fried egg, maple bourbon pickles, or more traditional American cheese and tomatoes. For those who need some help deciding, there are signature house burgers like the big kahuna with bison patty, grilled pineapple, Swiss cheese, pickled onions, and a miso glaze on a brioche bun. Status: Certified open. 259 5th Avenue.
EAST VILLAGE — A mac and cheese specialty shop called New York Macaroni Co. launched this week in the tiny former home of Puddin', notes EV Grieve. Just like at Brooklyn Burgers & Beer, there's a big focus on the "build-your-own" section of the menu, with mac mix-ins like gorgonzola crumble or roasted mushrooms. There's also some wacky macs like one called the NY dog with hot dog slices, roasted onions, and ketchup. Status: Certified open. 102 St. Mark's Place.
BUSHWICK — The Commodore's Stephen Tanner and Chris Young have a new big space called El Cortez. The team sort of intentionally ignores any notion about what a Mexican place "should" be, and rather includes dishes and ideas from what Tanner calls "all three Mexicans," reports Grub Street. Those three include American Mexican, "hot plate Mexican," and "Mexican-Mexican." The menu includes Mission-style burritos, nachos, a chimichanga, tacos, and lots of Tiki-inspired drinks. There are plans for a smoker once the team settles in. Status: Certified open. 17 Ingraham Street, 347-599-2976.
UPPER EAST SIDE — Brazilian-inspired cafe Padoca is now serving the country's signature cheesy rolls, pao de queijo, alongside a black and white brownies and other familiar sweets, notes a rep. Status: Certified open. 359 East 68th Street.
LOWER EAST SIDE — Former owner of Les Enfants Terribles Stéfan Jonot, has opened a French-inspired restaurant just a block away called LES Enfants de Bohème, reports Bedford + Bowery. The menu, which will change weekly, comes from David Malbequi, who worked in Daniel Boulud's and Laurent Tourondel's restaurants. Status: Certified open. 177 Henry Street.
HAMILTON HEIGHTS — Luca Valeriania, a native of Umbria, just opened Bono Trattoria, reports DNAinfo. There's pizza, cooked in a custom oven, as well as simple pasta dishes and desserts like panna cotta. Status: Certified open. 3658 Broadway, 646-682-9249