1) Lower East Side: Giuseppe Gonzalez, a veteran of Pegu Club and Dutch Kills, opened Suffolk Arms last week on the corner of Suffolk and Houston Streets. Signature cocktails will be served alongside American fare from chef Alex Garcia. Status: Certified Open; 269 East Houston Street.
2) West Village: Gentilly Kitchen + Bar comes from a New Orleans native who wants to share the food of his hometown with NYC diners. Menu highlights include crawfish & corn beignets, smoked cheddar grits, bacon-wrapped trout almondine, and fried green tomato salad. Status: Certified Open; 64 Carmine Street, 646-912-9650.
3) Williamsburg: The daughter of Omar Guerda, owner of the 40-year-old Parisian Bistro Chez Omar, opened Bar Omar this week in Brooklyn. The French-Algerian specializes in couscous, which can be served with homemade merguez, lamb, chicken, or vegetables. Cocktails like the Maghreb Mule made with Luksosowa vodka, lime juice, maraschino, and ginger beer are all $10. Status: Certified Open; 188 Grand Street, 718-388-0411.
4) Greenwich Village: Bleecker Street is now home to a rice pudding shop called Rice Cream Shoppe. The single-concept restaurant opened last week with many rice pudding iterations, including tiramisu, cherry vanilla, pistachio, and chocolate hazelnut. At any given time there will be 20 flavors, 15 constant and five seasonal. There are also vegan, low-fat, and gluten-free choices. Status: Certified Open; 195 Bleecker Street.
5) Midtown East: Vegetarian fast food restaurant Terri opened its third location this week. The menu at Terri Midtown will be the same as the FiDi and Chelsea locations serving sandwiches, salads, juices, and smoothies. Status: Certified Open; 685 3rd Avenue.
6) Long Island City: The new Boro Hotel in LIC opened a cafe on its ground floor earlier this month. Boro Cafe serves both a breakfast and an all-day menu from chef George Mandakas. Options on the menu include a twist on the croque monsieur served with maple syrup; the "WG" sandwich made of roast beef, red peppers, carmelized onion jam, brie, and spinach; and cocktails like the "Dutchkill" made with spiced rum, cranberry, and prosecco. Status: Certified Open; 38-28 27th Street, 718-433-1375.
7) Lower East Side: Scarr's Pizza is a new pizzeria on lower Orchard Street with a 1970s vibe. The pizzeria is outfitted with wood-paneled walls, Tiffany lamps, and a Pepsi-branded letter board. Status: Certified Open; 22 Orchard Street.
8) Park Slope: A new cafe called Sir D's Lounge settled into the former Tea Lounge space last week. The coffee house/tea lounge will serve pastries, a variety of breakfast items, paninis, and salads. The owners are currently awaiting approval on a liquor license. Status: Certified Open; 837 Union Street.