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Fresh Kills, Speedy Romeo LES, The Smith NoMad, and More Open

Plus: a vegan cafe down an alleyway

Olá Vivabar
Olá Vivabar
Olá Vivabar

1) NoMad: The team behind the The Smith opened an outpost of the restaurant this week on the corner of Broadway and 27th Street. The menu is very similar to the other three locations with options like paella, vegetable bibimbap, and crispy fried calamari. The team also added two new burgers. Currently, the restaurant is only open for dinner. Lunch and brunch are set to start April 9, and breakfast is set to begin soon. Status: Certified Open; 1150 Broadway, 212-685-4500

2) Bushwick: The latest Bushwick opening is a Persian vegan cafe that's located at the end of an alleyway. Cafe Zarathustra/Zad's Vegan Persian offers curry-like stews in addition to a few daily specials. Current menu options includes bhagali ghatoush, a dill and lima bean khoresh traditionally made with eggs, and fesenjoon, a stew made with pomegranate and walnut served with housemade seitan. Most items on the menu are $7 or less. Status: Certified Open; 867 Broadway, Brooklyn.

3) Lower East Side: Speedy Romeo, the Clinton Hill restaurant serving wood-fired pizzas and Italian fare, just opened a Manhattan outpost on Clinton Street. Fans of the original will find staples like the St. Louie pizza with Provel, Italian sausage, pepperoni, and pickled chiles; The Kind Brother with wild mushrooms, smoked mozzarella, and a farm egg; and a bone-in-rib-eye for two with baked potato, and whipped lardo. There's also a few new options, including a pizza topped with Katz's pastrami. Status: Certified Open; 63 Clinton Street, 212-529-6300

4) Williamsburg: The team behind Long Island City cocktail bar Dutch Kills recently opened Fresh Kills, a Brooklyn cocktail bar near the Bedford Avenue L-train station. There's a happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with $9 cocktails and $6 beer. The team has not released the menu yet, but guests can expect to find speciality cocktails made with fancy ice and top-notch ingredients. Status: Certified Open; 161 Grand Street, Brooklyn, 718-599-7888

5) Upper West Side: Yesterday, the Ollie's team (Udu Shabu Shabu, Ollie's Sichuan, Ollie's To Go) opened its fifth restaurant: Ollie's Noodle Shop & Grille. The menu features over 100 items from sections like chef's specialties, health & diet, and seafood. Items under Szechuan specialities include whole fish filet, Chinese bacon with black bean sauce, and mapo tofu. Ollie's Noodle Shop & Grille offers free delivery. Status: Certified Open; 2705 Broadway (at 103rd St), (212) 932-3300

6) Astoria: The team behind Vite Vinosteria in Astoria just opened Vite Bar a few blocks away. The menu offers several panini and salad options, as well as some charcuterie and cheese. A sfizi section includes options like bolognese lasagna, arancini with meat sauce, and whipped cod with polenta. Vite is currently open daily until 5 p.m. with plans to open for dinner once the liquor license is approvedStatus: Soft Open; 25-07 Broadway, 347-813-4702

7) Lower East Side: A grab-and-go restaurant has officially taken over the former Los Perros Locos space on Allen Street. The menu at Moemen King offers Mediterreanean staples like hummus platters, falafel sandwiches, shawarma, and kebabs. Shawarma sandwiches cost $9, and hummus plates start at $8. Limited seated is available. Status: Certified Open; 201 Allen Street

8) Clinton Hill: The team behind Brooklyn bars including Bar Great Harry, Mission Dolores, The Owl Farm, and Glorietta Baldy, opened Cardiff Giant earlier this month. The bar will be offering 20 beers and 20 ciders at all times, both on draft and in bottles. Beer options include Grimm Artisanal Afterimage, Other Half IPA, and Transmitter A2 Dubbel. Status: Certified Open; 415 Myrtle Ave Brooklyn, 929-337-7873

9) Upper East Side: The owners of Salvo’s Pizza Bar opened a new restaurant nearby called Olá Vivabar. The restaurant is serving health-conscious Latin-inspired fare with options like grilled octopus with garlic, smoked paprika, and potato; mofongo; several taco options; a chicken tortilla soup, and roasted chicken. Status: Certified Open; 453 East 78 Street, 646-767-9970

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