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Frankel’s, Grünauer Bistro, Il Bambino, and More Open

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Plus: Williamsburg has a new Chinese restaurant.


1) West Village: The first location of Il Bambino opened in Astoria nearly 10 years ago. In March, the team opened a West Village location serving a similar menu of panini, small plates, and crostini. On Il Bambino's brunch menu there are several sandwiches including the Bacon Butty with scrambled eggs, smoked bacon, avocado, blue cheese, and Lawless’s spicy mayo. All menu items are less than $13. Status: Certified Open; 48 West 8 Street, 212-228-2466.

2) Greenpoint: Brothers Zach and Alex Frankel opened Frankel's Delicatessen at the corner of Manhattan and Nassau avenues last week. The menu at Frankel's, the brothers' homage to places like Barney Greengrass and Katz's, offers a bevy of breakfast sandwiches, smoked fish, and meat sandwiches on rye bread. Theres also a "recession special" serving two hot dogs and a pop for $7. Status: Certified Open; 631 Manhattan Avenue, 718-389-2302

3) Upper East SideGrünauer Bistro is the new restaurant from Peter Grünauer, who previously operated acclaimed UES establishment Vienna 79. His latest restaurant offers classic Viennese fare alongside a few "refined" additions. Grünauer Bistro's chef is a veteran of Paulaner on the Bowery and Tribeca's Blaue Gans. The menu includes chicken paprikash with baby leeks and spätzle; a "farmer's delight" with roast pork, smoked pork chop, bratwurst, and double smoked bacon; and roasted striped bass with butternut squash. Status: Certified Open; 1578 1st Avenue, 212-988-1077

4) Windsor Terrace: The husband and wife duo behind Brooklyn Commune opened Butterfunk Kitchen last week right next door. They've dubbed it a "juke joint," planning to host live jazz on weekends. Options on the soul food menu include sweet lemonade fried chicken, whiskey & Coke meatloaf, BBQ baby back ribs, and fried catfish. For the sides, there's candied yams, green beans, mac and cheese, and cornbread. Status: Certified Open; 1295 Prospect Avenue, 917-909-0421

5) Williamsburg: Stacey Lo and her husband Salil Mehta — chef/owner of Laut in Union Square — recently opened The Chinese Club in the space that previously housed their restaurant Pasar Malam. The menu boasts sections like seafood, noodles, chicken, and vegetables. Chicken options are all $9.95 and include beer battered General Tso's chicken, hakka chili chicken, butter chicken, and spicy Calcutta chicken. Status: Certified Open; 208 Grand Street Brooklyn, 718-487-4576

6) Williamsburg: Piesmith is the latest venture for the team behind Europa, an Italian restaurant in Bensonhurst. Small plate options include mozzarella in carrozza; a caprese stack; fries with truffle oil and rosemary; and meatballs. Theres also countless options to build-your-own pie as well as a few "pre-built" choices. The pizzas are made in a wood-burning over. Status: Certified Open; 679 Grand Street Brooklyn, 929-295-0472

7) Crown Heights: Chisai Sushi Bar moved into a space on Lincoln Place just off Franklin Avenue in March, giving the neighborhood an option for sustainable sushi. The team has partnered with Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. and other locals to offer an assortment of maki rolls, chirashi bowls, and other small plates like gyoza and shumai. Delivery and take-away are also available. Status: Certified Open; 569 Lincoln Place, 718-398-2145

8) Lower East Side: French pastry chef Laurent Dupal officially opened the newest location of his popular shop Ceci Cela Patisserie yesterday. The Delancey Street location is larger than the Spring Street original and it has an oven where customers can watch the baking as it happens. The team has plans to offer a late-night menu with specialty sandwiches, sweet and savory crepes, waffles, and hot dogs. Ceci Cela's famous croissants will be made fresh several times a day. Status: Certified Open; 14 Delancey Street, 646-861-0374

Photo via Ceci Cela

Photo via Ceci Cela

9) New Hyde Park: Chef Peter Beck is behind NYC restaurants like Benares in Midtown and the Michelin-starred Tamarind. His latest project is Curry & Co., a fast-casual Indian restaurant in New Hyde Park, Queens. The menu offers several options for both vegetarians and meat eaters. For the latter, options include chicken tikka masala, chicken vindaloo, lamb handi curry, and lamb korma. Delivery is all available. Status: Certified Open; 271-19 Union Turnpike, 718-749-5418

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