— Two Forks —the 38-seat, fast-casual spot (119 W. 40th St.) from Hospitality Group’s Dave Oz (Bathtub Gin) and chef Michael Kaplan — opens today. A meal starts with a customer choosing between a bowl or bun, followed by beef, chicken, pork, lamb or a vegetable like spaghetti squash, topped with slaws and sauces. In addition to create-your-own, the restaurant features signature dishes too.
— Look for a 6 foot chandelier and bespoke design at the new Kusmi Tea, a Paris import founded in the 1860s, that’s opening in the Westfield World Trade Center (185 Greenwich St.). The first New York shop opened in 2010 on Third Avenue and 62nd Street.
— Carnegie Deli owner, Marian Harper found photos that celebrities had signed to her ex-husband and figured she wanted to get rid of them, so she left them out on the sidewalk for people to take. “It felt good,” she told DNAinfo. “Otherwise I would have smashed them.”
— It’s bridges and tunnels at the transportation-themed pub called Trestle, set to open in Astoria later this month. Joe Brown will open his spot on Broadway at 34th, with Shawn Hewitt, former chef of Bar Bacon in Hell’s Kitchen running the kitchen, serving a menu of steaks, chops, and seafood.
— Kings Town, a three-level, 12,000 square-foot sports bar will open later this year across from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with a 5,000 square-foot rooftop bar that looks into Barclays. Owner Michael Pintchik told DNAinfo, “It’s going to be very dramatic.”
—Hudson Bagels has moved from its longtime location at Hudson just north of Christopher into a new space at 82 Christopher, which has been a half dozen cafes in the last decade, most recently, La Gringa Taqueria.
— Brooklyn’s Buttermilk Channel (520 Court St.) is now serving weekday lunch, serving a fried chicken sandwich, beer-steamed mussels, green-goddess steak salad, and a burger, along with buttermilk ricotta with honey and nuts served with a side of grilled bread. Sides and snacks range from $3 to $6 while sandwiches and other plates cost $10 to $27.
— The Four Horsemen (295 Grand St.) is hosting ALT Feast, Jan. 25, a collaboration between French chef Laurent Gras (Guy Savoy, Alain Ducasse, Jacques Maximin), Alex Leonard (Daniel, Noma, Blanca), and Tim Dornan (L20, Qui, Eleven Madison Park). Inspired by a Paris bistro, it’s a menu of vichyssoise, Dover sole Normande, tete de veau, and boudin blanc. It’s an a la carte menu that’s $15 to $25 a dish. For reservations, call 718-599-4900.
— Perhaps today is the day to sip a soup dumpling through a straw.