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Vegan Pizza From Matthew Kenney, New Food from Kiki's Greek Tavern Team, and More First Word

Tons of new restaurants are making the case for a liquor license this month.

Celebrity chef Matthew Kenney is opening a vegan pizza place in Manhattan.
Celebrity chef Matthew Kenney is opening a vegan pizza place in Manhattan.
Matthew Kenney

The chill isn't stopping restaurants and bars from trying to score liquor licenses in New York, and several noteworthy applicants will make their case in front of community boards this month. Eater took a look at available agenda items. Here's the first word:

- Kiki Karamintzas and Abigail Sierros, who are behind popular Greek and Mediterranean spots Kiki's and Forgtmenot, are opening another restaurant called Monroe at 49 Monroe St., according to an application for a liquor license with Community Board 3. Karamintzas and Sierros, along with Coleman Plan A Group LLC, will be offering a menu of "classic favorites from France, Italy, and Spain," according to a questionnaire submitted to the community board.

Kiki's opened earlier this year and received a rave review from Ligaya Mishan, who wrote that "the food is rich but somehow feels good for you." Forgtmenot is more of a bar, but it's similarly popular and offers Mediterranean bar food. Beyond the restaurant aspect, the new spot will have shuffleboard and a small bocce court, according to Bowery Boogie.

- Raw food celebrity chef Matthew Kenney is planning to open a vegan pizza place at 65 Second Ave., a concept currently called 00+Co on his website. Kenney is asking for a liquor license for the restaurant with 54 seats, with a plan for outdoor seating as well. The new concept, slated to open early this year, will have wood-fired pizzas with nut-based cheese, plus small plates, vegan ice cream, and organic wines. A sample menu includes smoked oyster mushroom pizza with walnut cream, green harissa, and lemon, and a confit tomato pizza with smoked almond ricotta, arugula, and chile, according to Latest Vegan News.

- The team behind cocktail bars The Wayland and Good Night Sonny will be facing the board again next week for their new bar, The Drift Inn. In the fall, residents approved Robert Ceraso and Jason Medenhall's bid to open a new bar in the East Village, but it was a controversial vote with the regular argument that the neighborhood has become a hotbed for noise and drinking, Gothamist reported at the time. The bar, which would be open until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and until 2 a.m. the rest of the week, would also serve items like tacos and guacamole, according to a sample menu.

- The folk behind last summer's Gowanus BBQ pop-up Pig Beach may be putting down roots. A company called Bobbi Que LLC, doing business as Pig Beach, is applying for a license at 155 Bleecker St., a space that was home to the short-lived Greenwich Village location of Bark Hot Dogs. Alums of places like Balthazar and Del Posto opened Pig Beach as an outdoor pop-up at Swan Dive last summer. In response to a Facebook message, Pig Beach noted that they're still in the exploratory stages and will likely open something different from the pop-up.

- Williamsburg bakery and cafe Sweethaus is opening a location at 119 St. Marks Place in the East Village. Owner Tara Koenig and her husband Billy used to work for Balthazar and Pastis and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to start a family. They opened a Sweethaus there but decided to return to New York after missing city life. Sweethaus opened in Williamsburg more than a year ago, with signature cupcakes, pastries, sandwiches, and a wall of candy.

- Kin Shop's space already has a new tenant. A restaurant called Shorty's has applied for a new liquor license at 469 6th Ave. Requests for comment from Philly cheesesteak restaurant Shorty's, which has four locations across the city, went unanswered.

-— As previously noted: Locals can expect to hear from prolific Chicago restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff next week, as he makes a bid for a new restaurant on Charles Street. Sodikoff is most famous for the burger at Au Cheval, but his team has not yet disclosed further details. Naama Tamir will be opening a Little Italy outpost of her Williamsburg restaurant Lighthouse. And Chinatown dive Winnie's will become a restaurant serving chia seed pudding and house mofongo. The new owners will be at next week's Community Board 3 meeting.