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Sally Roots, Butler, RoundHouse, 21 Greenpoint, and More NYC Openings

Vital info on 10 new restaurants


1) Bushwick: Sally Roots is a new tropical-themed restaurant from the team behind Brooklyn establishments Sweet Science and Featherweight. Matthew Maddy, James Freeman, and John De Piper’s all-day restaurant specializes in jerk chicken, roast pork with mojo (a garlic-based sauce), and sweet plantains. The restaurant's low-lit dining room features an 11-seat bar as its centerpiece, while an outdoor patio is draped with tiny lights and colorful umbrellas. The space was designed by Maddy, who was previously nominated for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design for Colonia Verde in Brooklyn. Status: Certified Open; 195 Wyckoff Avevenu, 347-425-0888

2) Chelsea: The team behind cult favorite Big Gay Ice Cream opened Shake Society last week inside the new Gansevoort Market. Unlike both Big Gay storefronts that are known for soft serve creations like The Salty Pimp, Shake Society will focus primarily on shakes and floats. Milkshake flavors include strawberry-Nutella, pineapple cream, and mint-Oreo. Status: Certified Open; 353 West 14 Street

3) Williamsburg: Butler is a brand new coffee shop and bakery from chef Ryan Butler, previously of Piora. Butler is joined by co-founders Rod Coligado and Hugo Murray in the trio’s first project together. Savory breakfast options on the menu include a muffin topped with ham and black mission figs; an eggs and bacon empanada; and a Morning Glory muffin with carrot, coconut, and pineapple. Intelligentsia coffee is also available. Butler is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Status: Certified Open; 95 South Fifth Street, 718-489-8785

4) Greenpoint: 21 Greenpoint is now open in the former River Styx space after a very successful preview featuring Bill Murray as 21’s guest barkeep. Owners Syd Silver and Homer Murray brought along Extra Fancy vet Sean Telo to helm the kitchen. On the menu, Telo is offering dishes like steak tartare-topped bone marrow, foie gras fried rice, and seafood stew with squid, mussels, littleneck clams, and potatoes. Closed on Mondays. Status: Certified Open; 21 Greenpoint Avenue, 718-383-8833

5) Williamsburg: Dinner is now being served at Gran Sasso, a new Italian restaurant from a Michelin starred chef. Chef Luca Casadio, formerly of La Smarrita, in Torino, Italy, is joining Italian-born Pietro Sasso, the restaurant's owner. Gran Sasso's interior looks like a traditional Italian trattoria with warm yellow lighting and brick walls lined with framed family photos. Menu options from Casadio include buffalo mozzarella with prosciutto, asparagus "flan," and house-made pasta. Status: Certified Open; 65 Kent Avenue, 718-388-6200

Photo via Gran Sasso

Photo via Gran Sasso

6) East Village: Greenwich Village Asian small plates restaurant Carma has expanded to the East Village, taking over the space that previously housed Kin Asian Bistro. Like the Carmine Street original, Carma East will serve traditional dim sum options like soup dumplings and pork shumai, as well as "tapas" like peking duck tacos and rice cake carbonara. Status: Certified Open; 507 East Sixth Street

7) Hell’s Kitchen: Inside Balsley Park on West 57 Street, a group of partners has taken over a vacant kiosk to open RoundHouse. Behind the project are Kilo vets Emanuel Kaliontzakis and chef Joel Jester who will be serving a hybrid of Mexican and Asian street food out of the 114 square foot space. The menu is broken into three sections including bowls, burritos, and tacos. Status: Certified Open; 866 Ninth Avenue, 646-764-5983

Photo via RoundHouse

8) Chelsea: Three months after opening a Midtown restaurant, Russian blini chain Teremok opened a second New York location. The fast-casual restaurant was founded in Moscow in 1998 by a mother and son team who now oversee over 300 locations in Russia. The 25-seat space is serving savory and sweet crepes (blini) including one filled with wild salmon roe, another with mushroom and cheese, and a dessert version made with dark chocolate. Traditional Russian items like borsch and kasha are also on the menu. Status: Certified Open; 555 Sixth Avenue, 917-472-7322

9) Battery Park City: Starbucks opened a second Brookfield Place location (the other is on Liberty Street). The sign outside the new 3,500 square foot space reads "Reserve," meaning that the location is serving Starbucks Reserve, the company’s brand of small batch coffee that is sourced from around the world. This location is the third of its kind in New York, where visitors can visit the Reserve Bar and talk to coffee specialists about these international brews. Status: Certified Open; 250 Vesey Street

10) Long Island City: In other chain news, Chipotle opened the doors on Friday of its third Queens location. The new Long Island City Chipotle will serve a menu similar to all other locations of Steve Cuozzo’s favorite Mexican chain. Status: Certified Open; 26-16 Jackson Avenue