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Soothsayer, Warique Peruvian Kitchen, Supercrown Coffee, and More Open

Plus: An Anglo-Indian restaurant called Royal Munkey, which goes hard on its monkey decor, opens.


1) East Village: A seasonal Vietnamese restaurant that raised more than $20,000 on Kickstarter for its build-out is now open for business. Soothsayer, run by New York natives Stephan Brezinsky and his family, has a menu that includes spring rolls, smoked duck breast, five spice wings, and a banh mi burger. The kitchen is also serving "taro tots" with Vietnamese aioli, pork floss, and basil. Status: Certified Open; 171 Avenue A, 212-475-3171.

2) Astoria: Warique Peruvian Kitchen, previously on the Upper West Side, now serves its rotisserie chickens, ceviches, and stews in Queens. A Times review recommended adding the salchipapa — or sausages and French fries — as a side and ending the meal with picarones, Warique's version of doughnuts. Status: Certified Open; 40-17 30th Ave., Queens, 718-726-5555.

3) Bushwick: Darleen Scherer, who founded Brooklyn's Gorilla Coffee, now has a new coffee roaster called Supercrown Coffee Roasters. The roaster is in the back, while traditional coffee drinks and a pour-over station will be in the front. Seasonal specialty items include a coffee milkshake and a lemonade coffee, and pastries come from Bien Cuit, Baked, and Roberta's. Status: Certified Open; 8 Wilson Ave., Brooklyn, 347-259-3161.

4) Midtown: Pokeworks, a Hawaiian poke restaurant from California, now offers its raw fish bowls near Times Square, Midtown Lunch reports. Options like ahi tuna-based poke bowls and seared albacore bowls start at $10.95, and the restaurant offers chicken poke and tofu poke for non-fish eaters. Status: Certified Open; 63 West 37th St., 212-575-8881.

5) East Village: Ruffian Wine Bar serves a menu of small plates like pork vindaloo, bitter greens, roasted beets, and chicken & egg soup. Its website says the food draws on Mediterranean and Southeast Asian flavors. According to EV Grieve, the restaurant is named after a champion horse. Status: Certified Open; 125 East 7th St., 212-777-0855.

Royal Munkey

6) Kips Bay: An Anglo-Indian cocktail lounge and restaurant called Royal Munkey, a sister restaurant to Yorkville's Drunken Munkey, has decorations like a flying monkey chandelier, portraits of monkeys in costumes, and lamps with monkeys on unicycles. Servers wear traditional, custom tailored outfits from India, but dishes like a chili cheese toast and railway chicken curry are a little less traditional. Status: Certified Open; 438 Second Ave., 646-863-2249.

7) Sunset Park: The neighborhood has a new cafe in Parkette, a shop with Stumptown coffee, Dough doughnuts, and homemade sodas. The space, which is designed to be kid-friendly, also serves Colson Patisserie pastries and sandwiches. Status: Certified Open; 4022 5th Ave., Brooklyn.

8) East Village: Intimate Greenwich Village oyster and Italian wine bar Virgola now has an East Village restaurant, the second of several more locations planned. It serves crudo, caviar, salumi, and cheeses in addition to oysters. Status: Certified Open; 111 East 7th St.

9) FiDi: Popular Tribeca falafel shop Nish Nush also serves its Mediterranean menu further downtown. The shop offers several varieties of falafel, hummus, shakshuka, and babaganoush. Status: Certified Open; 41 John St., 212-577-6474.

10) East Village: The folk behind coffee shop The Jolly Goat now also have The Lazy Llama, another cafe that serves Stumptown coffee and bakes its pastries in-house. The space used to be a coffee shop called Bluebird. Status: Certified Open; 72 East 1st St.