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Plus: a restaurant hidden behind a coffee shop in Midtown


1) East Village: Over the weekend. Cupcake Market opened its doors in the East 7th space that previously housed North Star Tattoo. The new bakery serves seven varieties of cupcakes as well as apple pie, banana bread, and rosemary-cheddar biscuits. Coffee and tea are also available. All cupcakes are $3.75. Status: Certified Open; 74 East 7 Street, 646-861-1274

2) Midtown: Trademark Taste & Grind is a dual concept operation, with a coffee shop in the front, and a restaurant down a hallway in the back. Options on the menu at Trademark Taste include hanger steak, brick chicken, a fried chicken sandwich, and a burger. Meanwhile, at Trademark Grind, coffee is served alongside a ​daily selection of homemade pastries​. Status: Certified Open; ​38 West 36th Street, 646-858-2320

3) East Village: A Toronto-based tea room named Nohohon just opened its first US location. Located on St. Mark's, Nohohon Tea Room will serve a variety of vegan matcha bubble teas, made with imported Japanese matcha. Guests can choose from soy milk or almond milk, and either red bean or tapioca as their topping. Status: Certified Open; 9 Saint Marks Place, 212-387-0276

4) Williamsburg: Midnights is a new Brooklyn restaurant with a nightlife component. The chef is Marcellus Coleman, a former Chopped winner and EMP alum. Options on the dinner menu include a prawn salad, smoked steak tartare, and a lamb burger. There's also a late night menu, as well as a happy hour menu serving $1 oysters. Midnights also serves weekend brunch and closes on weekend nights at 4 a.m. Status: Certified Open; 149 North 6th Street, 718-384-6961

5) Gowanus: Over the weekend, Freek's Mill opened just off the Gowanus Canal. The farm-focused menu offers dishes like octopus with fingerlings and salsa verde; monkfish with fried rice and charred cabbage; and BBQ kohlrabi with grits. Freek's Mill is open seven days a week until midnight. Dessert options include Vietnamese iced coffee cake, baked ricotta, and an apple crostata. Status: Certified Open; 285 Nevins Street, 718-852-3000

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6) Williamsburg: Three former employees of shuttered coffeehouse El Beit took over the Bedford Avenue space to open Cafe Beit last month. Currently, the owners are the cafe's only employees, focusing on the idea of a barista-owned business. A cup of drip coffee is made with single-origin beans from Colombia, and the espresso is a 20 percent Indonesian and 80 percent Colombian blend. Status: Certified Open; 158 Bedford Avenue

7) Kensington/Flatbush: An Uzbeki restaurant called Samir recently opened on Coney Island Avenue, according to Ditmas Park Corner. The restaurant is finalizing its menu but diners can expect to find both Uzbeki and Russian dishes. Options are said to include kebabs, boiled dumplings, herring with boiled potatoes, cow tongue, grilled fish, and feta with lemon. Status: Certified Open; 696 Coney Island Avenue. 347-318-3010

8) Hell's Kitchen: A Manhattan outpost of Tacuba the popular Mexican restaurant in Astoria opened last week. It's the latest project for chef Julian Medina who also oversees Yerba Buena, Coppelia, and Toloache. The menu at the new Tacuba is similar to the original, offering enchiladas, carnitas, and carne asada. The restaurant offers a large collection of Tequilas and Mezcal. Status: Certified Open; 802 9th Avenue, 212-245-4500

Photo via Tacuba

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