SOUTH WILLIAMSBURG — Loosie Rouge recently opened Loosie's Kitchen in a space behind the bar. The space has a Cali feel with a sort of greenhouse seating area, but the menu's Southern. Expect fried chicken and biscuits. Status: Certified open. 91 South 6th Street.
PARK SLOPE — While we're all waiting for the return of Pommes Frites, there's a new place to get your French fry fix. A poutine and fry shop called The Perfect Potato just came out of its soft opening phase, reports Here's Park Slope. The menu is simple: fries, poutine, milkshakes. The fries come in a cone with a choice of sauces and the poutines get a bit wacky with options like the hangover cure (fries, cheese curds, fried eggs, onions, peas, and candied bacon). Status: Certified open. 172 Fifth Avenue, 917-909-0465.
HARLEM — The roof of new coffee shop Monkey Cup is covered with ivy, giving the space a sort of forest vibe. There's coffee from Irving Farm, as well as some pastries, notes Harlem + Bespoke. Status: Soft open. 1730 Amsterdam Avenue.
UPPER WEST SIDE — Le Pain Quotidien now has a cafe kiosk in Central Park right near the Conservatory Water pond. The shop's open until sunset and carries the chain's sandwiches, cookies, soups, and salads. Plus, coffee, says West Side Rag. Status: Certified open. 74th Street and Central Park.
LOWER EAST SIDE — Motor City's replacement, a bar called SET is now operating in a refreshed space, says Bedford + Bowery. There's a menu that hops around from Vietnamese buttered steak cubes, to burgers, to chipotle covered corn on the cob. Note, Motor City's grungy bathrooms are no more. The new ones look like they belong in a Starbucks. Status: Certified open. 127 Ludlow Street.