LOWER EAST SIDE — Ock Hyeon Byeon is channeling the style of South Korean coffee houses of the 1960's, ‘70's, and ‘80's at his new coffee shop and restaurant Round K Cafe. For now, he's offering coffee and Korean pastries, as well as a Korean brunch with tofu and meat over rice with a fried egg, soups, and kimchi. But, he plans to add a full menu and hopefully a liquor license, notes The Lo Down. Status: Soft Open. 99 Allen Street.
EAST VILLAGE — Miscelanea NY is a new shop that's part cafe, part Mexican specialty foods shop, says EV Grieve. On the menu: coffee, house-made aguas frescas, Mexican Coke, tortas, and salads. Status: Certified open. 63 East Fourth Street.
ASTORIA — The meatball specialists at Mighty Balls finally scored a brick and mortar location after floating around between various street markets. All of the team's meatball and sauce options like the spicy Italian and great big balls of fire are available here. Status: Certified open. 35-11 34th Avenue, 718 361-7999.
TRIBECA — French bakery Maison Kayser is continuing its invasion of NYC with another big outpost, this time, right near Locanda Verde. The restaurant has seating for 86 inside and a rep says there will soon be an al fresco dining area with an additional 48 seats. Status: Certified open. 355 Greenwich Street.
WILLIAMSBURG — Beer-focused spot Bill Baker's is now serving 20 microbrews, including four that are made in house. To go with all that beer, the menu offers devil's on horseback, deviled eggs, and mac and cheese. Status: Certified open. 364 Grand Street.
MIDTOWN EAST — Choux Box, a bakery specializing in French pastry choux (essentially a puff pastry stuffed with various creams), opened last week. The fillings here aren't exactly traditional: peanut butter & jelly, popcorn, and blueberry cheesecake. For those craving something savory, the bakery also offers sandwiches. Status: Certified open. 644 Lexington Avenue.