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Chao Chao, Jupiter Disco, Blake Lane, and More NYC Openings

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Vital info on nine new restaurants

The bar at Maxwell's Chophouse
Maxwell's Chophouse

1) East Village:  The space at 171 Avenue — once home to Soothsayer and Rat Cage Records, a recording studio for artists such as the Beastie Boys — is now home to a new Vietnamese restaurant called Chao Chao. The owner and chef Stephan Brezinsky (Il Mulino, The Third Man, Pok Pok) is offering dishes like braised pork shoulder with caramel fish sauce, cauliflower three ways, and spicy raw beef with cilantro. Dear Irving’s Tom Richter created the beverage and cocktail menu. Status: Certified Open; 171 Avenue A, 212-475-3171

2) Bushwick: Master barmen Al Sotack and Maks Pazuniak officially opened the doors on Jupiter Disco, their space age-themed cocktail bar. Sotack, who has worked at Death + Co. and Pouring Ribbons, and Pazuniak, who's a vet of New Orleans' acclaimed Cure, are offering a slew of craft cocktails in the $12 range. They're also offering $3 empanadas, available with cheese, chicken, or chorizo with potato. Status: Certified Open; 1237 Flushing Avenue, no phone

3) Hell’s Kitchen: Famed pastry chef Pichet Ong (Coppelia, Spot Dessert Bar) recently opened Chaan Teng, a Chinese restaurant on Ninth Avenue. The 70-seat, very blue restaurant is offering dishes like spicy pork shumai, a crab rangoon nacho, crispy mapo tofu, and General Tsos fried chicken. Status: Certified Open; 698 Ninth Avenue, 212-235-1886

4) Upper East Side: Blake Lane is a seasonal, California-style restaurant now open on Third Avenue. Owner Suzanna Beall is joined by chef Diego Moya, a Casa Mono veteran who is offering dinner options like bibimbap, trout with green curry, and a black and brown rice savory porridge. The breakfast and lunch menu offers items like avocado toast, breakfast tacos, and a chicken salad sandwich. Status: Certified Open; 1429 Third Avenue, 212-988-4700

5) Hudson Square: Moroccan-themed lounge Sway has reopened, according to nearby restaurant Houseman. The Holland Tunnel-adjacent club, known for its Morrissey-themed party on Sunday nights, was brought back to life by nightlife veterans Paul Sevigny and Brian McPeck. Status: Certified Open; 305 Spring Street

6) Park Slope: Flora — no, not that one — is a new Italian restaurant just off of Prospect Park. More specifically, Flora is inspired by the food of Italy’s Campania region and includes items like a ricotta tart, ham and Asiago cheese served with peaches, and several paninis, including one with gorgonzola, salami, and white fig jam. Soon, Flora hopes to serve pasta and dinner entrees. Status: Certified Open; 1021 Eighth Avenue, no phone

7) Nomad: The latest opening north of Madison Square is Maxwell’s Chophouse, the Florida-based steakhouse that closed in 2007. Mother-daughter duo Babette Haddad and Melissa Haddad Malaga, who owned the Florida outpost, are joined by Quality Meats veteran chef Stratos Georgeadakis. The 126-seat restaurant is offering oysters Rockefeller, a dry-aged beef porterhouse, and roasted bone marrow. Status: Certified Open; 1184 Broadway, 212-481-1184

8) East Village: The Third Avenue space that was recently home to Mulan East is now Shu Han Ju II, according to EV Grieve. A menu posted in the window shows a variety of Chinese specialties on the menu. Shu Han Ju II is awaiting a liquor license. Status: Certified Open; 98 Third Avenue

9) Port Morris: Over the weekend, The Gun Hill Tavern opened in the Bronx as a partnership with its neighbor the Port Morris Distillery and parent company Gun Hill Brewing Co. Currently, the restaurant has 20 beers on tap, including ten from Gun Hill. One is Gun Hill’s "Hamilton"-themed Rise Up Rye. The food menu includes chicken wings, mac & cheese balls, a grilled cheese, and a Cuban sandwich. Status: Certified Open; 780 East 133 Street, 718-402-0800

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