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Kings County Imperial, Mr. Fong's, Freehold, Black Star, and More Open

Everything you need to know about eight new restaurants.

Kings County Imperial
Kings County Imperial

WILLIAMSBURG — The team behind Park Slope favorite Stone Park Cafe opened Kings County Imperial this week. The restaurant focuses on the food of central China made with a number of ingredients grown in the restaurant's garden, and soy sauce from partner Kings County Soy Works, which flows freely from a tap. Expect dishes like crispy white radish cake with la chuang sausage and shrimp, a whole wheat lo mein made with radishes and cucumber, and prawn fries served with Chinese ketchup. Tiki drinks from former Buttermilk Channel barman Richard Murphy round out the options. Status: Certified open. 20 Skillman Avenue, 718-610-2000.



WILLIAMSBURG — Freehold is essentially a hotel lobby, without the hotel, explains Gothamist, where freelancers can bring their laptops and eat caramel bacon popcorn, while sipping on Stumptown Coffee. The space also hosts a boozy weekend brunch, and there's ping pong in the back yard. Status: Certified open. 45 South 3rd Street, 718-388-7591.

CHINATOWN — Owner of Mr. Fong's, Lucas Moran, tells Bedford + Bowery that he wants his place to be "like the way Max Fish used to be when I was a kid, but with better cocktails." Determined to keep things affordable, no wine is more than $7 and no cocktail — like the house's salty plum old fashioned — breaches the $9 mark. The food menu includes a Chinese-style charcuterie plate and some other bar snacks made from ingredients picked up at the neighborhood's Chinese markets. Last year, it seemed like Nick Morgenstern was going to be involved in the project, but it looks like that's no longer the case. Status: Certified open. 40 Market Street.

WILLIAMSBURG — Black Star just started serving Oslo coffee, banana and Nutella croissants, chocolate rugelach, and vanilla macaroons, in the old home of Tedone Latticini Dairy Products. The menu also includes a Sriracha omelette sandwich, notes Bedford + Bowery. Status: Certified open. 597 Metropolitan Avenue.

HARLEM — Anahi Angelone, the owner of Corner Social, opened his second restaurant Angel this week. The menu's a mix of Latin and Caribbean fare, like white grape and almond gazpacho, queso fundido with chorizo, and sorrel mojitos. Status: Certified open. 2272 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, 212-316-0350.

FOREST HILLS — Jessica Yui recently opened La Coya, serving Asian-inflected Peruvian fare, inspired by her background as a Peruvian woman of Japanese and Chinese descent. The menu has tallatin chifa, a Peruvian lo mein, and chaufa, a Peruvian fried rice, along with several different Pisco cocktails in flavors like passion fruit and strawberry. The restaurant is where German spot Chalet Alpina stood for 30 years, notes DNAinfo. Status: Certified open. 98-35 Metropolitan Avenue.

HARLEM — Blue Duck Tavern and Ovest alum Andrew LoPresto opened casual Italian spot Babbalucci this week. Much of the menu's dishes are cooked in a wood-fired oven. The menu also has fried pizza, and the space has some funky art (see below) Status: Certified open. 331 Lenox Avenue, (646) 918-6572.

EAST VILLAGE — Moonstruck Diner just launched another outpost. By our count, that's four in Manhattan. Status: Certified open. 167 Avenue A.