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Zora’s Cafe, City Vineyard, Cultura Pan Latin, Peng’s Noodle Folk, and More Open

Plus: an Italian restaurant lands in LIC

Purbird in Carroll Gardens

1) Tribeca: City Vineyard, operated by the team behind City Winery, opened earlier this month at Pier 26 with open-air views of the Hudson River. The menu offers a list of snacks including a romesco dip with pita, a cheese plate with three cheeses, a cured meats board, rotating ceviche, and za’atar tuna loin. Aside from a slew of wines, City Vineyard is offering cocktails like a guava-melon mojito. Status: Certified Open; 233 West Street (Pier 26), 646-677-8350

2) Carroll Gardens: Park Slope favorite Purbird now has a second Brooklyn location. Known for its flame-grilled chicken, Purbird serves the D’artagnan bird either half or whole, with bread and your choice of sauce. Sandwich options include a chicken burger, a chicken breast sandwich with avocado and turkey bacon, and a hand-held pie with chicken and bechamel sauce wrapped in phyllo. There is also a $15 lunch special that comes with half a chicken, your choice of potato, veggie of the day, bread, and sauce. Status: Certified Open; 502 Henry Street, 718-857-0007

3) Hell’s Kitchen: Mother and daughter Linda and Zora Browne opened Zora’s Cafe last weekend, offering a healthier take on soul food. Chef Eugene McCall Jr. (Mexicue) is creating dishes based on Linda’s cooking, including fried chicken, pork chops with onion gravy, fried catfish, and fried green tomatoes. Desserts also include options like sweet potato pie and a peach cobbler. Zora’s is closed on Mondays. Status: Certified Open; 712 9th Avenue, 212-757-5888

4) Long Island City: A casual Italian restaurant dubbed Oro opened late last month just north of Queensboro Plaza. Chef Scott Adriani is running the kitchen and offering dishes like tagliatelle with duck bolognese; squid ink linguini with shrimp, mussels, calamari, and clams; and ricotta gnocchi vegetables and parmesan broth. Three course lunch and dinner pre-fixes are available for $25 and $28 respectively. Status: Certified Open; 41-17 Crescent Street, 718-729-1801

5) Clinton Hill: Cultura Pan Latin Restaurant is a new Brooklyn restaurant where the menu covers several cuisines from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Mains on the menu include a seafood paella, jerk chicken, mahi mahi with chimichurri, and a chicken enchilada. Brunch options like French toast, huevos rancheros, and a breakfast sandwich with Argentinean sausage are available Saturday and Sunday. Status: Certified Open; 413 Myrtle Avenue, 718-855-8106

6) Morningside Heights: Mini chain Oaxaca Taqueira opened store number 14 last week, this one just north of Columbia University’s campus. The menu will be the same as all other Oaxacas and offer options like a carnitas burrito, cactus tacos, a shrimp enchilada, and a variety of tortas. The team is looking to open its next location on the Upper East Side within the next month. Status: Certified Open; 1264 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-865-3880

Photo via Oaxaca

7) Upper East Side: Peng’s Noodle Folk opened in July bringing ramen, noodles, and dumplings to Yorkville. Appetizer options include chicken wings, say sauce beef slices (served cold), and deep friend cucumber. The ramen section of the menu offers a pork rib ramen, one with chicken katsu, and a chashu pork ramen with egg, corn, and kale. Status: Certified Open; 1659 1st Avenue, 212-348-2878

8) Upper West Side: Cindy Guyer — actress, model, and romance novelist — has a new restaurant named Guyer’s on Columbus Avenue. Menu options include pizza with toppings like filet mignon, prosciutto, or truffles; mini burgers; lamb lollipops; and tuna tartare. Currently Guyer’s is open Sunday to Thursday from 4:00 p.m, to 2:00 a.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Status: Certified Open; 286 Columbus Avenue, 212-877-8090

Photo via Guyer’s

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