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LaRina, Lala Sahab, Sweetgreen Astor Place, Oca, and More Open

But also: Seamore's tries its hand at poke

LaRina Pastificio & Vino
LaRina Pastificio & Vino

1) Nolita: The Mulberry Street side of seafood restaurant Seamore’s now has a poke and soft serve window. The two items currently offered from the to-go window are a poke bowl with tuna, ponzu, peanuts, and avocado over brown rice ($16) and a coconut lemongrass soft serve, a collaboration with the team from Oddfellows ($6). Status: Certified Open; 390 Broome Street (Mulberry Street side), 212-730-6005

Photo via Seamore's

Photo via Seamore's

2) Fort Greene: Silvia Barban, formerly of Chelsea Market Italian restaurant Giovanni Rana, is behind newly opened Italian restaurant LaRina Pastificio & Vino. For the project, Barban partnered with the owners behind Aita and The Mayflower in Clinton Hill. Pasta options on the menu include black ink bucatini, chickpea tagliatelle, and lemon campanelle with duck ragu. Non-pasta options like burrata with peanuts, whole dorade, and a smoke eggplant panzanella are also available. Plus: The cocktail menu offers five variations of the Negroni. Status: Certified Open; 387 Myrtle Avenue, 718-852-0001

3) Upper West Side: Chef Lala Sharma of Indian restaurant Surya opened Lala Sahab last week on the Upper West Side. Sharma — who previously worked at Bukhara in New Dehli, ranked on Asia’s 50 best restaurants — is focusing on new takes on Indian classics as well as some staples. Here, menu items include butter chicken, tadka dal, homemade naan, and tikka-wale samosa, a chicken tikka masala-filled samosa. Dessert options include an ice cream sandwich and homemade kulfi. Lala Sahab is open for brunch Saturday and Sunday. Status: Certified Open; 489 Columbus Avenue, 212-875-1400

4) NoLita: Four Brazilian friends opened Oca last week on Mott Street after not being able to find their favorite childhood staple in New York. The cafe specializes in tapioca crepes, with fillings such as chicken, cheese, corn, and pesto; scrambled eggs with mozzarella; and salmon with avocado and cream of cashew. The all gluten-free menu also offers salads like one with kale, pear, apricot, blueberry, and nuts. Status: Certified Open; 250 Mott Street

Photo via Oca

Photo via Oca

5) Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn’s Clark Street subway station now has dining options for your commute. Jalapa Jar is open underground starting at 7:00 a.m., offering four breakfast tacos including fillings like egg and cheese; cheese and beans; and avocado with beans and cheese. Two tacos cost $7. Jalapa Jar is open Monday to Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Status: Certified Open; 100 Henry Street

6) Fort Greene: Samui recently opened in Brooklyn, bringing modern Thai food to the neighborhood. Located across the Brooklyn Navy Yard, chef A Napadol and her husband transformed a former garage into a colorful 109-seat restaurant. Small plate dishes on the menu include chicken satay, chicken roasted in lemongrass, and turmeric garlic chicken wings. Other sections of the menu include noodles, curries, noodle soups, fried rice, and big plates. Status: Certified Open; 15 Vanderbilt Avenue

Photo via Samui

7) Noho: Over the weekend, cult favorite salad chain Sweetgreen opened its eleventh location, this one on Astor Place. The menu at all Sweetgreen locations focuses on local, seasonal ingredients for its salads and grain bowls. Current seasonal options include a peach and goat cheese salad with almonds; a kale salad with watermelon and feta; and a watermelon fresca with cilantro. Status: Certified Open; 10 Astor Place, 646-692-3112

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