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Lady’s, Ziggy’s, Allora, All Hands, and More NYC Openings

Vital info on 11 recent openings around New York City

The dining room at All Hands
The dining room at All Hands
All Hands

1) Fort Greene: Lady’s is an Italian-focused small plates restaurant now open a few blocks from Barclays Center. It’s the latest project for Sweet Nuthin’ Hospitality Group, which also runs NYC and Austin cocktail bar Weather Up. Menu items from Marea vet Aaron Harsha include chestnut campanelle with butternut squash; a Brussels sprouts and sausage pizza; and cappelletti with ricotta and charcuterie ragu. Soon, Lady’s plans to offer brunch. Status: Certified Open; 572 Fulton Street, 929-307-2822

Photo via Lady's

Photo via Lady's

2) Upper East Side: Ziggy’s is now open inside the Second Avenue space that was previously an outpost of barbecue mini-chain Brother Jimmy’s. The Mexican seafood restaurant is from Noah Arenstein, one of the proprietors of critical darling El Atoradero. El Atoradero’s chef Denisse Lina Chavez will not be on the Ziggy’s team. Instead, Arenstein and his partner Josh Kaplan will be joined by Kaplan’s cousin James Goldman (previously of Brother Jimmy’s). Ziggy’s is serving oysters, seafood cocktails, fish platters, nachos, and quesadillas, plus tiki-inspired drinks. Status: Certified Open; 1485 Second Avenue, 646-678-4200

3) East Village: Now open across from Tompkins Square Park is Baci e Vendetta, a new wine bar and cafe. According to EV Grieve, the Italian restaurant debuted late last week inside the former 10 Degrees Bistro space. Menu highlights include small plates like meatballs in marinara sauce, chicken Milanese, and chicken parm sandwiches. For brunch (available daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.), the team is serving options like French toast, a breakfast sandwich, and a burger topped with gruyere. Status: Certified Open; 131 Avenue A

4) Midtown East: On Monday, The Bernic Hotel welcomed Allora — an upscale Northern Italian restaurant. Chefs Luis Argudo and Roberto Gjuro are offering dishes like pesto gnocchi, porcini risotto, and green tagliatelle with shrimp and baby artichokes. According to the Times, Allora Ristorante will be offering rooftop seating in the spring. Status: Certified Open; 145 East 47 Street, 212-754-9800

5) Chinatown: Astoria’s Taiwanese sandwich parlor, The Bao Shoppe, closed its Steinway Street original earlier this month to make way for opening this week on Canal Street. The space located next door to Dimes Deli is now offering bao options like fried chicken, smoked pulled pork, and smoked brisket, as well as a slew of scallion pancakes including one that is Philly cheesesteak-themed. Status: Certified Open; 34 Canal Street

6) Lower East Side: New to the LES is Clancey, a comfort food restaurant on Clinton Street. The 70-seat restaurant is serving options for dinner like lo mein, chicken satay, a grilled cheese sandwich, and fritto misto. Note: Clancey is closed on Mondays currently. Status: Certified Open; 79 Clinton Street

7) Crown Heights: Mimi’s Desserts is the latest dessert shop to grace Crown Heights, according the DNAinfo. Baker Madison Gardner is selling desserts like mango coconut cheesecake, birthday cake cupcakes, a brownie-cookie hybrid dubbed "brookies," traditional chocolate chip cookies, and a variety of seasonal flavors including eggnog cupcakes. There are a few stools for dining-in, though the shop mostly offers takeout. Status: Certified Open; 1263 St. Johns Place

8) Chelsea: Nationwide Chinese food chain Panda Express opened its seventh New York City location last week, its fourth in Manhattan. Like all others, the new location will serve Panda’s wok-tossed American-Chinese options like orange chicken, "sweetfire" chicken breast, honey walnut shrimp, and Shanghai angus steak. The Penn Station-adjacent location is open seven days a week starting at 10:30 a.m. Status: Certified Open; 414 Eighth Avenue

9) East Village: A St. Mark's space a few doors down from Please Don’t Tell is now home to Taberna 97According to EV Grieve, the Portuguese-inspired restaurant is owned by sisters Patricia and Raquel Sanguedo (and Patricia's husband) who were born in Porto. Menu highlights include cod fritters, a steak sandwich with goat cheese, and grilled octopus. Status: Certified Open; 97 St. Mark Place, 212-477-5600

10) Ridgewood: Family-owned Venezuelan restaurant Cachapas Y Mas is now open on Seneca Avenue, according to Bushwick Daily. Proprietor Larry Villalobos is serving items from the Washington Heights original including arepas with shredded beef, green plantain sandwiches, and Venezuelan-style burritos stuffed with options like pork, steak, and grilled chicken. Status: Certified Open; 678 Seneca Avenue, 347-721-3767

11) WilliamsburgAll Hands is a new Brooklyn restaurant with chef Peter Lipson (Empellon, Northern Spy) in the kitchen. The menu focuses on seafood and includes options like hake and pork belly sliders; tuna pastrami; skate wing chowder with bacon; and a lobster roll. The space was designed by co-founder Craig Shillitto, who also designed Lilia. Status: Certified Open; 29 Dunham Place, 718-963-0078

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