EAST WILLIAMSBURG — City of Saints has been roasting coffee in a giant space at 299 Meserole since December, but just last week it added an espresso bar where neighbors can stop in and grab a cup of coffee, Doughnut Plant doughnuts, and pastries from Colson Patisserie and gluten-free bake shop Clementine. The team is also planning to offer coffee classes, reports DNAinfo. Status: Certified open. 299 Meserole Street.
ASTORIA — The giant (read: 135 seat) Burnside Biscuits from the Bareburger team is officially open and serving its biscuits and super crispy fried chicken that's been brined in tea and lemon. Those biscuits are also used in the restaurant's sandwiches, stuffed with egg and cheese, blackened fish, or steak. And, for those craving something healthier, the menu offers several vegetable dishes roasted in the restaurant's wood-fired oven. Down the line, there may be an "express" spin-off, focusing just on fried chicken and biscuits, so stay tuned. Status: Certified open. 32-07 30th Avenue.
CHINATOWN — At 10Below, brothers Wilson and Richard Tam and partner David Chen are making Thai-inspired ice cream. Here, cream or custard and flavorings are poured onto a chilled metal container and frozen almost immediately. The technique ensures the smallest of ice crystals, writes Flo Fab. Status: Certified open. 10 Mott Street.
ASTORIA — A new pirate themed bar Fishtales opened recently serving fried clams, Tiki drinks, and sangria, notes We Heart Astoria. The space is decked out to look like a ship, complete with fishnets, a life preserver, and other nautical paraphernalia. Status: Certified open. 38-14 30th Avenue, 917-584-3344
GREENWICH VILLAGE — Cult vegan celeb Chloe Coscarelli and restaurant group E Squared just opened by Chloe, a vegan restaurant selling various vegan burgers, salads, and juices. Status: Certified open. 185 Bleecker Street.
EAST VILLAGE — The team behind Flushing's Mad For Chicken and Turntable in K-Town recently opened Turntable Retro Bar & Restaurant downtown. Expect fried chicken, soju, and a jazzy decor, reports EV Grieve. Status: Certified open. 58 Avenue B.
EAST VILLAGE — San Francisco-style burrito shop Blockheads opened its seventh Manhattan location last week. Margaritas are $3 here for the rest of the month. Status: Certified open. 60 3rd Avenue.
CHINATOWN — The Wyndham Garden Hotel is home to the neighborhood's newest rooftop bar. Rooftop 93 is two stories: an indoor bar with floor to ceiling windows on the 18th floor and a rooftop bar one flight of stairs up, reports DNAinfo. The menu includes a few house cocktails like Bowery Boozer (essentially a Long Island iced tea) and dumplings from the hotel's restaurant Elevate. Note: The bar has a $25 drink minimum to sip on the roof. Status: Soft open. 93 Bowery.