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Beasts & Bottles, Mamoun's, Brooklyn Cat Cafe, Tiki Tabu, and More Open

Plus: an outdoor market with Caribbean, Haitian, and Burmese fare

The new Mamoun's on St. Mark's Place
Nick Solares

1) East Village: The St. Mark's location of falafel powerhouse Mamoun's has moved a few doors down. Opening today, the new location is much bigger than the 10-seat original at 22 St. Mark's Place. The menu will stay the same, with options like falafel sandwiches, shawarma, and hummus, all priced to move. Status: Certified Open; 30 St. Mark's Place

2) Corona: Located on the northwest corner of Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the Queens International Night Market, an open-air market featuring over 100 vendors. Options include empanadas, Burmese food, Caribbean street fare, fried ice cream, lumpia, and Guatemalan hot dogs. Non-food vendors are selling local art, as well.  The market is open on Saturdays, only. Status: Certified Open; New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street

3) Ridgewood: The team behind Bushwick’s Cobra Club recently opened Sweet Jane’s, a dive bar just off the Fresh Pond Road M stop. The bar has a 70s rock/classic country theme and the walls are lined with photos of Johnny Cash and other famous musicians. The drinks menu includes three different kinds of frozen margaritas (blood orange, strawberry, and raspberry), boozy milkshakes, and root beer floats made with Abita and cherry Coke. Snacks like a Frito pie, corn dogs, and soft pretzels are being served alongside the drinks. The bar also offers free bagels on the weekends. Status: Certified Open; 64-02 68th Avenue

4) Greenpoint: An empty lot on the Greenpoint/Williamsburg border is now home to a live 24-hour radio station. The lot also boasts a coffee kiosk selling locally-sourced products such as Grady's Cold Brew, pastries from Ovenly, and doughnuts from Dough. A beer and wine license is also in the works. The Lot Radio is fully funded by the coffeeshop. Status: Certified Open; 17 Nassau Avenue

5) Brooklyn Heights: The team behind Atrium Dumbo recently opened Beasts & Bottles, a rotisserie and grill focusing on Provencal-style cooking. The restaurant's speciality is chicken. Beasts & Bottles offers three varieties: classic Provencal with rosemary, thyme, and garlic; Hoisin chicken with chili-infused hoisin sauce and ginger; and truffled chicken finished with black truffle jus. The menu also include a roast duck feast for two or four. Co-owner Alexander LaPratt created a wine list that focuses on Champagne, the Rhone Valley, and Beaujolais. Status: Certified Open; 151 Atlantic Avenue, 718-855-3158

6) East Village: A vegan chocolate shop and bakery is now open in the East Village. EVGrieve notes that Confectionery is a collaboration between two New Paltz-based companies. The new bakery serves cookies, chocolate, macarons, and more. Status: Certified Open; 40 East 9 Street

7) Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn's very first cat cafe is now open on Atlantic Avenue. Dubbed Brooklyn Cat Cafe, the space allows visitors to play with cats that are all up for adoption. Bottled drinks, coffee, snacks, and other pre-packaged foods are available for purchase. Admission is $5 per half hour. Reservations are recommended. Status: Certified Open; 149 Atlantic Avenue (between Clinton & Henry)

8) Hell's Kitchen: Last week, Social Drink & Food opened on the fourth floor of the Yotel Hotel on 10th Avenue. Cocktails at this outdoor bar are all $12 and wine and beer start at $5. The bar also offers a "Tappy Hour" serving two-for-one beer and wine. Menu highlights include a Hawaiian pizza, steak frites, fish & chips, and a cheese board. Status: Certified Open; 570 Tenth Avenue (4th floor of YOTEL), 646-449-7790

9) Brooklyn Navy Yard: New York's oldest whiskey distillery, Kings County Distillery, has opened the Gatehouses, a tasting room, coffee shop, and retail outlet. Indoor and outdoor tasting rooms are where guests can order whiskey flights, and cocktails like Manhattans and mint juleps. The food menu comes from nearby Vinegar Hill House and Crown Finish Caves. Distillery tours and whiskey making classes are also in the works. Status: Certified Open; 299 Sands St., 347-689-4211

10) Lower East Side: Tiki Tabu is the pop-up Tiki bar inside the Sixty LES Hotel. The tropical-themed rooftop bar features drinks from Ivo Diaz, a veteran of The Nomad. The menu includes a "Jungle Bird" cocktail with rum, pineapple juice, and Campari; the "Polynesian Picante" with spicy tequila, ginger, lemon, and pineapples; and frozen drinks like the Mama Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri. Bar snacks are provided by the Blue Ribbon team and include sushi rolls, steamed clams, and chicken wings. Status: Certified Open; 190 Allen Street, 212-460-5300

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