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Plus: Biscuits out of a window on the Upper West Side

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The Norm
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1) Elmhurst: The team behind popular Thai restaurant Ayada recently took over a former barbershop next door, expanding its space and doubling its seating. Owner Kitty Thammasat is using one kitchen for both spaces and is still serving dishes like larb, som tum, duck pad Thai, and pad see ew. Future expansion plans include a backyard garden and sidewalk seating in the future. Status: Certified Open; 77-08 Woodside Avenue, 718-424-0844

2) Carroll Gardens: Frankie Rodriguez and Alyssa Sartor — veterans of Death & Co. and The Bar Room, respectively — opened August Laura last month as an homage to Sartor's Italian grandfather and the neighborhood. Cocktails on the list include an Amaretto Sour, a Rossini, and a play on a Negroni called the Cardinale (gin, dry vermouth, bitters, orange). Status: Certified Open; 387 Court Street, 718-858-5483

3) Upper West Side: California-based Big Bottom Market is now serving biscuits out of a window at Osteria Cotta. The menu has biscuits with five main options: butter and jam; mascarpone and honey; berries and cream; pulled pork; and gravy. The sixth option is called "the Sea Biscuit" and comes with salmon, crème fraîche, capers, and onions. Dishes range from $4 to $10. Big Bottom Biscuit Bar is closed Monday and Tuesday. Status: Certified Open; 513 Columbus Avenue

4) Kensington: Kohinoor is a brand new Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi restaurant serving dishes buffet-style. The restaurant comes from Farrukh Khan, a co-owner of Madina located a few blocks away on Coney Island Avenue. Status: Certified Open; 413 Cortelyou Road

5) Greenpoint: Cheesesteak restaurant Delilah's Steaks opened a seven-seat bar inside the space called Samson's. The small bar is serving cheap drink specials like $5 for a beer and shot, as well as boozy milkshakes including the Weekend at Fernie's with chocolate, Fernet, and Averna. Status: Certified Open; 55 McGuinness Blvd South, 347-689-4409

6) SoHo: This morning, California-based juice chain Pressed Juicery opened its fifth location in Manhattan. The newest location will continue to offer the brand's cold-pressed juices, cold-pressed coffee, 2 oz. shots, and a selection of grab-and-go snacks. The team is planning locations in Midtown and Fulton Center next. Status: Certified Open; 103 Mercer Street

7) Prospect Heights: A new restaurant called The Norm opened last month inside the Brooklyn Museum.  Like the previous tenant, Saul, chef Saul Bolton is running the kitchen here. The menu includes Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, and Indo-Chinese influences. Bolton and his crew are cooking things like steamed mussels, chicken mole, pork belly ramen, and a dry-aged burger.  Status: Certified Open; 200 Eastern Parkway, 718-230-0897

Photo via The Norm

8) RidgewoodAunt Ginny's is a new Queens bar from the team behind The Woods in Williamsburg. The bar made its debut last Friday. Status: Certified Open; 652 Woodward Avenue

9) Bed-Stuy: Bombay Xpress opened late last month on DeKalb Avenue serving a mix of Chinese and Desi cuisines. Options on the menu include banana pakora, potato cakes with chutney, lamb and seafood curry, and tandoori barbecue. The restaurant offers outdoor seating in addition to the main dining room. Bombay Xpress is BYOB. Status: Certified Open; 964 DeKalb Avenue, 718-443-1600

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