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Chez Oskar, Shake Shack FiDi, Thursday Kitchen, Fioro, and More Open

Essential info on eight new restaurants around NYC

Henri’s Backyard
Henri’s Backyard

1) Financial District: Danny Meyer and co. swung open the doors last week to the Fulton Center location of Shake Shack. The newest Shack is located on the second floor of the transit station and opens daily at 7:00 a.m. Like the Grand Central and JFK outposts, Shake Shack Fulton Center is serving breakfast sandwiches. New conrete options include the FiDi Fudge (chocolate custard, fudge, chocolate truffle cookie dough, and malt powder); the Cold Fashioned (vanilla custard, Doughnut Plant glazed doughnuts, salted caramel sauce, and banana); and Choculus (vanilla custard, baked chocolate peanut butter bar, and marshmallow sauce). Status: Certified Open; 200 Broadway, Level 2, 646-230-0320

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2) Bed-Stuy: Eighteen-year-old French bistro Chez Oskar relocated to Bed-Stuy after owner Charlotta Janssen closed the Fort Greene original due to rent increases. Chez Oskar 2.0 is serving a very similar menu in an equally similar space. Lunch options include French onion soup, merguez sausage with French fries, and a vegetable hash. Chez Oskar is also open for lunch and dinner, and online ordering is also available. Status: Certified Open; 310 Malcolm X Boulevard, 718-852-6250

3) East VillageThursday Kitchen is a brand-new Korean small plates restaurant on East Ninth Street. Just last month, the space was home to King Bee. At Thursday Kitchen, menu options include pork belly tacos, kimchi paella, a seafood pancake, and soft shell crabs. The restaurant is offering regular coffee for $1. Status: Soft Open; 424 East Ninth Street

4) Financial District: Partners Jeffrey Salamon and Luke Fryer teamed up with Ribalta chef Pasquale Cozzolino to open Fioro. The fast-casual Italian restaurant specializes in Neapolitan fare. Panini options include chicken with pear and gorgonzola; prosciutto with mushroom; and cheese with parsley. The lunch and dinner menus offer pizzas and pastas, too. In the morning, Fioro is serving traditional Italian pastries. Status: Soft Open; 191 Pearl Street

5) Gowanus: On Friday, Henri’s Backyard opened as a sister restaurant to Park Slope’s Henri’s on Fifth. The self-described "bar-forward" restaurant is offering 18 locally sourced draught beers at a time and food options include salads, sandwiches, and dessert. Henri’s is taking over the old Pickle Shack space. Status: Certified Open; 256 Fourth Avenue

6) Chelsea: After a couple days, Bar Truman is now open inside Chelsea Market. The menu includes housemade pickles, burgers, a grilled PB&J, a corndog, and crispy fried chicken. Bar Truman is located closer to 10th Avenue inside Chelsea Market, near the book store. Status: Certified Open; 75 9th Avenue (Chelsea Market)

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7) Park Slope: As of last week, Gristmill has been serving wood-fired pizza on Fifth Avenue. Pizza options include mushroom and mozzarella; fennel with bacon; and pepperoni with honey. Other savory options include garlic knots, head-on shrimp with cornbread, and beef tartare on toast. Gristmill sources all of its ingredients locally. Status: Certified Open; 289 5th Avenue, 718-499-2424

8) Astoria: Mom’s Kitchen and Bar opened last month with a menu of comfort food. All day brunch menu options include a breakfast sandwich with fries; fluffernutter French toast; mac and cheese pancakes; and steak and eggs. Dinner options include crispy chicken and gravy; mahi mahi; and a 10 oz ribeye. Mom’s also serves "Big Mouth Shakes" including one with vanilla ice cream, caramel, shortbread, and coconut. Status: Certified Open; 30-95 33rd Street, 718-267-01425.

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