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Mew Men, Bar Fortuna, Maison Kayser East Village, and More NYC Openings

Vital info on eight new restaurants

Gramercy Farmer & the Fish
Gramercy Farmer & the Fish

1) Greenwich Village: Fabio Raffaelli is a former Daniel bartender who is now leading the program at Bar Fortuna, a new cocktail bar on the second floor of Casa Apicii. Casa Apicii, which LA chef Casey Lane opened in July, is providing a short list of bar snacks, including local charcuterie, bagna cauda with vegetables, and arancini. All the Italian-influenced cocktails on the list are $18. Bar Fortuna is closed Sunday and Monday. Status: Certified Open; 62 West 9 Street, 212-353-8400

2) West Village: Mew Men is an Izakaya Mew offshoot that opened last week from the team that previously opened Her Name is Han and the new Korean small plates restaurant Atoboy. At Mew Men, the theme weighs heavy on music and sound, where a sheet music stand at the entrance holds the restaurant's menu; music cases are used as legs for the dining tables; and the ceiling is lined with stage light fixtures. The signature ramen is Shoyu Chintan, a variation of chicken soup. Mew Men is closed on Mondays. Status: Certified Open; 7 Cornelia Street

3) Gramercy: Westchester County restaurant Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish opened a Manhattan outpost yesterday. Dubbed Gramercy Farmer & the Fish, the restaurant is overseen in part by chef and co-owner Michael Kaphan. Like Kaphan’s other projects, Gramercy Farmer & the Fish is offering a slew of raw bar options, plus dinner options like squid, steamed mussels, and brandade. The 150-seat exposed-brick space is lined with black and white photographs of family fishing trips. There are plenty of Edison bulbs, too. Status: Certified Open; 245 Park Avenue South, 646-998-5991

4) Crown Heights: New York’s latest Australian cafe is Seven Points Espresso, now open on Washington Avenue. The cafe comes from a team of Aussies who oversee six other locations of Seven Points. This is their first US location. Alongside coffee beverages are snack items like an avocado toast with feta, a ham and cheese sandwich, and pancakes. Status: Certified Open; 637 Washington Avenue

5) East Village: French bakery chain Maison Kayser has opened yet another outpost, its tenth in New York City. Proprietor Eric Kayser also has a few locations of the popular boulangerie in Paris. The new location serves a variety of baked goods, as well as grab-and-go options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Maison Kayser East Village is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Status: Certified Open; 841 Broadway, 212-652-3600

6) Midtown: Wok Chi is a Florida-based Asian restaurant now open in New York City. The focus here are stir-fry bowls, where guests can customize their bowl by selecting their protein, vegetable, sauce, and base. The Florida-based restaurant has plans to open more locations in New York and Florida, as well as a Dubai outpost. Status: Certified Open; 918 Third Avenue, 646-564-2255

7) Williamsburg: Owner Jacob Willis teamed up with a Tao and Butter Group vet to open The Twenty, a new cocktail bar on the corner of Bedford and Grand. House cocktails cost $12. The team also offers bar snacks like a Cuban sandwich, deviled eggs, sliders, and buffalo popcorn. Status: Certified Open; 177 Grand Street

8) Hell’s Kitchen: Last week, chef and operator Charlie Marshall opened Dianne & Elisabeth, a new Hell’s Kitchen wine bar. Marshall is also the chef and owner of The Marshall, a nearby American farm-to-table restaurant. The menu at Dianne & Elisabeth features a scallop ceviche, duck wings confit, and crispy langostino. Status: Certified Open; 644 Tenth Avenue, 917-472-7808

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