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Underwest Penn Station, Black Tap Midtown, Tikka Roll House, and More NYC Openings

Vital info on 8 new restaurants

Squish Marshmallows
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1) Midtown: Scott Levine’s popular doughnut shop Underwest Donuts is now serving doughnuts right outside Penn Station, from a to-go window under the Madison Square Garden awning. Levine, who was once a sous chef at Chanterelle, will be serving Underwest’s glazed doughnuts made every morning at the original West Side Highway location (that’s the one that’s inside a carwash). Popular flavors like halva, mulled cider, and lemon poppy will all be available, as well as a new banana milk flavor made with puréed bananas and coated in a banana milk glaze. Status: Certified Open; 2 Penn Plaza

2) Midtown: Last week, the viral milkshake-making team at Black Tap opened next to The Blakely Hotel on 55th Street. Like the other Black Taps, chef/owner Joe Isidori is offering a variety of burger options including a cheeseburger, a turkey burger topped with avocado, and a chorizo burger with jack cheese. Of course those crazy milkshakes will be on the menu, too. Status: Certified Open; The Blakely Hotel 136 West 55th Street

3) Lower East Side: The Rivington Street space that was home to Italian restaurant ‘Inoteca for ten years (and more recently Galli), is now New York’s latest Serafina outpost. The LES location of the NYC-based Italian chain has 60 seats on the main floor, and a 12-seat wine room downstairs. Expect a menu similar to all other Serafina locations including pasta dishes like rigatoni bolognese, porcini ravioli, and lobster spaghetti. Status: Certified Open; 133 Ludlow Street, 212-358-9800

4) East Village: The St. Mark's space across from Please Don’t Tell is now home to the first brick and mortar location of Squish Marshmallows, according to EV Grieve. Previously, Squish founder Katherine Sprung was selling her sugary creations online and at bakeries and shops like Abigail's Bake Shop and Chinatown’s Ice and Vice. Squish is offering a variety of marshmallow flavors including apple pie, pumpkin spice, and strawberry. Smores, hot chocolate, and coffee are also available. Status: Certified Open; 120 St. Mark's Place, 646-896-1667

5) Astoria: Tikka Indian Grill, which has locations in Williamsburg and Kew Gardens, has a new, more casual sibling dubbed Tikka Roll House. Owner Syed Hossain has brought Tikka Indian Grill chef (and Bangladeshi native) Muhammad Kabir Mia to execute Roll House’s menu. Options on the menu include egg and green chile rolls, mashed eggplant rolls, and curry bowls filled with lamb, chicken, and salmon. Tikka Roll House is BYOB. Status: Certified Open; 34-14 Thirty Avenue, 718-255-1085

Photo via Tikka Indian Grill

Photo via Tikka Indian Grill

6) Queens: The fifth Queens location of Mexican mega-chain Chipotle opened inside Rego Center Mall earlier this month. Located on the ground floor of the mall, Chipotle is joining other vendors including Dallas BBQ, Panera Bread, and Red Mango. Status: Certified Open; Ground Floor Rego Center Mall, 61-35 Junction Boulevard

7) East Village: Brothers Michael and Bobby Stackleather are baking up their aunt’s biscuits out of a new Avenue B storefront dubbed Post. Along with their partner Franchesca Green, the Stackleathers are offering a variety of biscuit sandwiches including one with sausage, egg, and cheese; a ham and cheese biscuit; and one stuffed with avocado, egg, and parmesan. Plans for a full lunch and dinner menu are currently in motion. Status: Certified Open; 42 Avenue B, 714-658-3726

8) Bushwick: Nomadic restaurant Duncan’s Burgers has settled into the kitchen of Dromedary Bar after signing a five-year lease with the Bushwick Tiki bar. Since opening in 2015, Duncan’s has operated as a pop-up and delivery-only restaurant, seen earlier this year serving burgers at The Johnson’s. At Dromedary, Duncan’s owner Galen Duncan has expanded the original burger menu to include tacos, nachos, and a variety of sandwiches. Status: Certified Open; 266 Irving Avenue, 347-715-4255

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