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Ruby's Cafe, Snow Story, Shanty’s, Cha Cha Matcha, Café Medi, and More Open

Vital information on 10 new restaurants that recently opened around NYC


1) Murray Hill: Soho favorite Ruby's Cafe now has an outpost on Third Avenue. The new location of the popular Aussie restaurant serves a similar menu as the Mulberry original, but it has a few additions including a crispy rice bowl with grilled haloumi, a "Bondi Burger" with chili marinated-chicken breast, and a new spritz that's on tap. Status: Certified Open; 442 Third Avenue

2) Brownsville: The 3 Black Cats Café and Cakery is a new café offering business training and mentorship. The café is affiliated with The Dream Big Foundation, an organization that helps New Yorkers fund their business ideas. Dream Big picked 3 Black Cats to be a part of their first standalone incubator, a 5,000-square-foot space with a conference room, multiple co-working areas, and chalkboard walls. At the café, visitors will find cake, pastries, and cupcakes, along with sandwiches, salads, and hot dishes such as macaroni and cheese and jerk chicken. Status: Certified Open; 3 Belmont Avenue, 347-915-3718

3) Lower East Side: Corey Lane (Gansevoort Market, Kiss & Fly) recently opened Café Medi inside the Hotel Rivington with partner Roberto Buchelli. Dishes on the menu include king oyster mushrooms with white polenta and a soft egg, and whole snapper with spring onion and leeks. Status: Certified Open; 107 Rivington Street, 212-796-8040

4) Forest Hills: Snow Story brings the Thai rolled ice cream trend to Forest Hills. At the shop, guests can watch as their ice cream of choice is rolled over a frozen flattop. Flavors include taro and blueberry; green tea and strawberry; chocolate and banana; and vanilla with Oreo. Each creation is $7 and comes with a choice of topping and sauce. Status: Certified Open; 72-38 Austin Street, 718-268-3368

5) Arverne: Just a few steps from the beach is Shanty's, a pod serving sandwiches and salads made with local seafood. Menu options include an oyster po boy, a monkfish sandwich, and a swordfish gyro. The team is also selling coconuts and Mexican sodas. Currently, Shanty’s is open weekends starting at noon. Status: Certified Open; Beach 69 Street

6) Harlem: The team behind Harlem Pizza Co. on 116 Street just opened Harlem Burger Co. a few blocks away. On the menu there are burgers (including veggie and turkey), sandwiches, hot dogs, and wings. Sandwich options include the confit grilled cheese with pork confit and Swiss cheese on pumpernickel. Everything on the menu at Harlem Burger Co. is less than $13. Status: Certified Open; 2190 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, 212-222-9899

7) Upper East Side: A Greek restaurant recently opened in hopes of offering guests a hideaway from the Second Avenue subway construction- the space offers blacked out windows and a side entrance. At 1633, diners will find modern takes on traditional Greek dishes. Cocktails are $14 each and there is also an option to purchase a $65 bucket which is enough for five cocktails. Status: Certified Open; 1633 Second Avenue, 212-837-8285

8) Nolita: Cha Cha Matcha is a brand new matcha shop on Broome Street. The menu has coffee and match drinks, as well as matcha baked goods like cookies, "doughssants," and a matcha crepe mille cake. Status: Certified Open; 373 Broome Street, 646-895-9484

Photo by Patty Diez

Photo by Patty Diez

9) Chelsea: RedEye Coffee is a new coffeeshop just steps away from Penn Station. The space is offering La Colombe coffee drinks, SerendipiTea teas, pastries, sandwiches, and yogurts. Status: Certified Open; 423 Ninth Avenue

10) Nolita: Market Ipanema is a new Brazilian cafe serving healthy foods. Breakfast options include an apple crumble, smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and granola. The market is offering coffee from Irving Farm. Lunch options like black beans with chicken, brown rice bowls, and quinoa bowls with vegetables are also available. Status: Certified Open; 66 Kenmare Street, 646-329-6144

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