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Harlem Bar-B-Q, Red Compass, Yours Sincerely, And More Open

Plus: Tuscan Kitchen and an Italian spot with take-home red pots.

Robert Sietsema

1) Harlem: A new restaurant called Harlem Bar-B-Que is now open at 547 Lenox Avenue.  Here's a dispatch from Sietsema: "This massive complex, with a pair of large dining rooms lined with red-upholstered booths, supposedly specializes in barbecue. What that boils down to is baby back ribs thickly slathered with a mahogany sauce and fried chicken, mainly drumsticks and wings, plus frozen cocktails in huge schooners. In other words, it's pretty much a Dallas BBQ clone." Status: Certified Open; 547 Lenox Ave., 917-262-0990

2) Lower East Side: After months of renovations, Georgian restaurant Red Compass is open for business in the former Mission Chinese space. The new spot has an expansive menu with Georgian entrees, European dishes, cheese breads, and shareable specials with grilled meats. Status: Certified Open; 154 Orchard St., 212-473-9100

3) Fort Greene: West Village eatery The Quarter now has a Brooklyn outpost on Lafayette Avenue. Sietsema says the original location has an eclectic menu with solid — though not outstanding — options, including a great burger. The Brooklyn spot is open just for dinner on weekdays and for brunch on weekends. Status: Certified Open; 87 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, 347-987-4012

4) Bushwick: The owners of Dear Bushwick opened a cocktail bar called Yours Sincerely, Cocktail Laboratory.  The bar has 20 cocktails on tap, and the other nine taps have beer, wine, and whiskey. The food menu will be inspired by the one at Dear Bushwick. Cocktails are served out of beakers and cost between $4 and $9. Status: Certified Open; 41 Wilson Ave., Brooklyn

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5) FiDi: Voyager Espresso, an underground coffee shop using seasonal beans, is now serving its coffee and Japanese-style cold coffee in the subway concourse, according to DNAinfo. Status: Certified Open; 110 Williams St., 646-885-6792

6) Long Island City: Astoria Distilling Company has opened a tasting room called Proof + Gauge in the Falchi Building, according to We Heart Astoria. It's intended to highlight the company's Queens Courage gin. Status: Certified Open; 31-00 47th Ave., Queens

7) Harlem: Another dispatch from Sietsema: "The name of Tuscan Kitchen — eagerly awaited by the neighborhood, especially the swells along nearby Strivers Row — is something of a sham, because there's nothing Tuscan about it. Rather, it's a combination pastry shop and panini store, with a steam table displaying a few baked pastas. The pastries include Napoleons, Oreo Cake, and cannoli, and the hot sandwiches, which cost between $8 and $9, include chicken parm panini and an East Harlem panini with roast beef, turkey, provolone, pickles, and honey mustard." Status: Certified Open; 2308 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., 646-892-4705

8) Upper East Side: Maroni Hot Pots, an offshoot of Long Island Italian place Maroni Cuisine, opens today with take-out pots of meatballs, ravioli, and spaghetti. The food comes in big red pots to retain heat until home. Returning customers get a $4 discount if they bring back their pot. Status: Certified Open; 307 East 77th St., 212-535-2866

9) Upper West Side: Greenwich Village beer pub Amity Hall opened a location uptown, still with an extensive beer list and a menu of burgers, salads, flatbreads, and wings. Status: Certified Open; 982 Amsterdam Ave., 212-677-2290