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Yves, Bar Velo, Sugar Sketch, and More NYC Openings

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Vital info on 8 new restaurants that recently opened around New York City

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1) Tribeca: The couple behind New York restaurants Navy and Smith & Mills have opened their latest project, Yves. Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein are working with chef Daniel Berg (formerly of Daniel and Locanda Verde) who is serving dishes like a New York strip, roasted chicken, and grilled octopus with figs. The 58-seat restaurant has a 1950s feel and large windows along the Moore Street side. Status: Certified Open; 385 Greenwich Street, 212-431-3385

2) Williamsburg: Restaurateur John McCormick (Café Moto, Maison Premiere, Five Leaves) opened Bar Velo last month with Nobu veteran Vannesa Shanks. The project has taken over the space that previously housed McCormick’s Cafe Moto for nearly 15 years. The Broadway storefront has a bicycle theme and features McCormick's personal collection of bike gear, jerseys, and several bike fixtures (a bicycle hangs outside the front door). The all vegetarian menu offers barbecue eggplant, a portobello mushroom burger, mac & cheese, and a cheese board. Like at Moto, there is live music on weekends. Status: Certified Open; 394 Broadway

3) Gowanus: Top Chef alum Adam Harvey opened A&E Supply Co. with partner Ennio Di Nino. The two used to work at Danny Meyer’s North End Grill during its Floyd Cardoz era. Harvey as the opening sous chef and Di Nino in the front of house. Currently, the Fourth Avenue space is functioning as a coffee counter (serving Dough doughnuts and Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee) and a butcher shop taking Thanksgiving orders. The butcher shop/cheese counter will fully open later this month and the sit-down restaurant is set to open in December. For now, A&E is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week, and starting at 8 a.m. on weekends. Status: Certified Open; 548 Fourth Avenue, 929-295-8025

4) East Village: Martina Nardo opened a brick and mortar location of her cake shop Sugar Sketch last month on Second Street. Since 2013, the Italy-born chef was selling her cake creations as special orders via the Sugar Sketch website. Cake flavors include limoncello, cherry blossom, peanut butter and jelly, and red velvet. Nardo has also created a slew of Thanksgiving pies available for delivery or pick-up. Note: Sugar Sketch is closed on Mondays. Status: Certified Open; 172 East Second Street, 646-922-7272

5) Crown Heights: Park Slope-based gelateria L’Albero dei Gelati opened a second outpost last month, this one on Classon Avenue. Italian-born brother and sister Monia and Fabio Solighetto took over their parents' gelato business in Lombardy (where they now have three shops) before opening the Park Slope outpost in 2013. The small storefront is offering flavors including blueberry cheesecake, butter and salt, and Amaretti. Other offerings include charcuterie, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Status: Certified Open; 667 Classon Avenue

6) Bushwick: A few weeks ago Santa Panza opened on the border of Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. The new pizzeria is focusing on wood-fired flatbread pizzas with toppings like rucola, prosciutto, ricotta, speck, and gorgonzola. Note: Santa Panza is closed on Mondays. Status: Certified Open; 1079 Broadway, 347-413-9695

7) Upper East Side: Popular Murray Hill watering hole Duke’s now has an outpost further uptown. Duke’s Original Roadhouse is serving Southern dishes like skillets, sliders, burgers, and barbecue out of the space that was previously a Big Daddy’s diner. Like the Midtown outpost, Duke’s UES will host plenty of trivia nights, sporting events, and happy hours. Status: Certified Open; 1596 Second Avenue, 212-717-2020

8) Forest Hills: The Bund is a new Shanghainese restaurant in Queens. The menu offers a slew of "chef’s specialties" including steak with black pepper, jumbo shrimp with wasabi sauce, and fried whole fish with sweet and sour sauce. Prices ranging from $13.95 to $21.95. Status: Certified Open; 100-30 Queens Blvd

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