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March 28

Midtown: Blue Dog Café, from the team behind Hell’s Kitchen’s Blue Dog Kitchen Bar and Chelsea’s Blue Dog Kitchen, has opened just south of Central Park. It serves breakfast and lunch, specializing in different Benedict variations in the morning, including a lox Benedict and a crab cake Benedict. There are also grab-and-go breakfast options, and salads, sandwiches, and wraps are on the lunch menu. Ten different types of egg sandwiches are available all day, costing $8.25 to $9.25. 155 West 56th St., near Seventh Avenue

Financial District: Andaz Wall Street has opened Andaz Kitchen & Bar, an eclectic restaurant with Italian, Caribbean, Asian, and American dishes. At dinner, Jamaican braised oxtail is on the menu alongside chicken adobo from the Philippines and an Italian red snapper dish. 75 Wall St., between Pearl and Water streets

Upper East Side: A new location of coffee shop Variety Coffee has opened. 1269 Lexington Ave., between East 85th and 86th streets

Astoria: The Astor Room at Kaufman Astoria Studios, which closed for renovations, reopened as George’s, with a new interior and menu. The name pays tribute to Kaufman Astoria Studios’ former chairman George Kaufman, who died earlier this year, and the decor and menu channel Old Hollywood. 35-11 35th Ave., between 35th and 36th streets

Midtown East: Another food hall has landed in NYC. Urbanspace at 570 Lex is open, and the full list of vendors can be found here. 570 Lexington Ave. at 51st Street

West Village: Mochi bar by day, cocktail lounge by night La Maison De Makoto is now open, serving Japanese-style mochi, French pastries, and cocktails inspired by the Caribbean and Mexico. 37 Barrow St. at Seventh Avenue South

Chinatown: Cocktail bar Straylight has opened below Juku in Chinatown, combining molecular gastronomy and art. It comes from Eater Young Gun and cocktail star Dorothy Elizabeth, who has helmed a la carte and tasting menus for the bar, collaborating with famed cocktailier Jamie Jones. 32 Mulberry St., near Mosco Street

Soho: Legendary Italian restaurant Coco Pazzo of the ’90s and early aughts is back in action in a new location and has added a fast-casual portion. The revival comes from restaurateur Pino Luongo and Alessandro Bandini. 160 Prince St. at Thompson Street

March 21

Meatpacking District: Pastry chef Sherry Blockinger is bringing her Chappaqua, NY pastry shop and cafe to Meatpacking for her Manhattan debut. Sherry B Dessert Studios new 22-seat cafe will feature her signature ice cream cake sandwiches, like the “purple velvet,” cream cheese ice cream sandwiched between purple velvet cake. Blockinger will also serve her stuffed brownies, which have salted caramel, mocha, and chocolate peanut butter fillings. The space features mauve banquettes and white tables and has a “cookie bar,” where diners can choose any two cookies and a filling for customized cookie sandwiches. Savory options include a breakfast biscuit with salt, pepper, and ketchup and cheeses served on an edible cracker board. The cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 643 Hudson St., near Gansevoort Street

Upper East Side: Vaucluse’s upstairs bar and upstairs dining room is being turned into Omar’s At Vaucluse, run by Omar Hernandez who owns Omar’s La Ranita, a supper club in Greenwich Village. The international menu comes from Vaucluse’s pasta master Michael White, and a disco ball has been added to the space. 100 East 63rd St., near Park Avenue

Astoria: A Greek taverna focusing on seafood has opened in Astoria. Akrotiri’s menu features small plates, dips, salads, and pastas, including a squid ink linguini with scallops, mussels, tiger shrimp, and a tomato ouzo emulsion. The wine list features 20 Greek wines, many of which are natural. There is a 45-seat outdoor area, and the restaurant serves lunch and dinner. 29-20 30th Ave. at 30th Road

Dumbo: Restaurateur Michael Chernow opened the fourth NYC location of Seamore’s, the largest of the seafood restaurant’s locations and the first to open in Brooklyn. Neighborhood-specific dishes include a seafood paella for two made with saffron rice, lobster, shrimp, mussels, clam, and chorizo. 66 Water St., near Main Street

Lower East Side: An Alaska-themed bar called Bar Alaska has opened at 174 Rivington St., channeling the state and its proximity to Russia with a menu of Russian vodkas, Alaskan king crab tacos, oyster shooters, salmon tartare, and caviar with crepes. Cocktails include the sweet and savory “Seward Folly,” made with Lagavulin scotch, pear compote, vermouth, cherry, and smoked bitters. 174 Rivington St., between Clinton and Attorney streets

Financial District: Sports bar and American restaurant The Ainsworth now has a FiDi location that will serve the chain’s mac and cheese burger. 121 Fulton St., between Nassau and William streets

Ridgewood: Queens Brewery now has a bar offering its beer as well as bar food like brats, hot dogs, and kielbasa. It also has cornhole and will host karaoke every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to midnight. 1539 Covert St., near Wyckoff Avenue

Lower East Side: Noga, a new Kosher dairy restaurant from the team behind Crown Heights steakhouse Bison and Bourbon, is now open. The menu features pasta, fish, and house-made cheese. 120 Allen St., near Delancey Street

Boerum Hill: Korean-French bistro Brasserie Seoul has reopened with a new chef and menu. The Holiday Inn restaurant now has Sung Park as executive chef, who is combining his Korean heritage and French training from chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Laurent Tourondel. 300 Schermerhorn St. near Nevins Street

Koreatown: South Korea’s oldest Korean barbecue chain Sam Won Garden has opened its first U.S. location in NYC. Known as a more luxury KBBQ stop in Korea, Sam Won’s New York location has added bacon mung bean pancakes, kimchi cheese fries, and tuna poke to its menu. 37 West 32nd St., between Fifth Avenue and Broadway

Upper East Side: Famed pizza maker in Rome Angelo Iezzi has teamed up with a restaurateur here to open PQR, a Roman pizzeria selling pizza al taglio, a square style of pizza with airy dough and a crisp bottom. 1631 Second Ave., near 85th Street

March 14

East Village: Queens-based bakery Mahalo has expanded to the East Village, offering traditional Hawaiian treats and fruity desserts like pineapple guava cupcakes and a mango and passionfruit whipped cheesecake. 443 East Ninth St., between First Avenue and Avenue A

Chelsea: Asian-fusion spot Som Bo opened with a straightforward fast-casual premise: choose a protein (like grilled lemongrass chicken or lime chili roasted cod), sauce, base, and sides. 143 Eighth Ave. at 18th Street

Upper West Side: Grain House — one of Queens’ most highly regarded Sichuan restaurants — has expanded to Manhattan. 929 Amsterdam Ave., between West 105th and 106th streets

East Village: After experiencing some issues with its initial opening earlier this year, takeout counter Pinky’s Space is now open to the public for real. The small menu includes braised brisket and ratatouille — both served with buttermilk and cornmeal biscuits. The only dessert option is a space cake: a marbled red velvet, brownie, and banana yogurt cake concoction. 70 East First Street between First and Second Avenues

Park Slope: Mini burger chain Black Iron Burger opened its first Brooklyn location. The restaurant first launched in the East Village and serves malted shakes, beers, and yucca chips alongside its burgers. 234 Flatbush Ave., between Bergen Street and St. Marks Avenue

South Slope: Cafe and juice bar Good Day Play Cafe debuted, equipped with an enclosed area where kids can play with a slide, ball pit, climbing wall, Lego station, and various toys. The cafe currently serves coffee, tea, juices, smoothies, and snacks like pastries and cookies, but there are plans to expand the menu to include sandwiches. There’s an hourly rate for children. 591 Fifth Ave., between 16th Street and Prospect Avenue.

Prospect Heights: A New Orleans-inspired restaurant called Lowerline has opened in a space smaller than a subway car, designed by Studio Vural. Chef-owner John Verlander, a Louisiana native, serves up oysters, po’ boys, and seafood and okra gumbo in the tiny space. 794 Washington Ave., between Sterling and St. Johns places

South Slope: Tambour, a new French restaurant, has opened, serving goat cheese dumplings and roasted whole Cornish hen. The restaurant features live jazz performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. 652 Fifth Ave. at 19th Street

Midtown East: Instagram-savvy beer hall mini chain Clinton Hall has opened a new location in the Pod 51 Hotel. This is the fourth location of the restaurant. 230 East 51st St., between Second and Third avenues

Lower East Side: Spitzer’s Corner, which closed on Rivington Street in January, has been transformed into the new Grunhaus, a German beer hall that also serves bar snacks like sausages and pretzels.

Lower East Side: Now open, GrandLo Cafe is a coffee shop that employs 16- to 24-year-olds for job training. 178 Broome St., near Clinton Street

Midtown West: Chef Seamus Mullen has added a new rotisserie chicken-focused portion to his Gotham West Market tapas counter El Colmado called Whirlybird & Greens. Rotisserie chicken is available in whole or half portions on or off the bone, and sides are also served. 600 11th Ave. at 44th Street

Midtown West: Turkuaz, the beloved UWS Turkish restaurant that closed last summer after 18 years in the neighborhood has reopened in Midtown West. 255 West 55th St., between Broadway and Eighth Avenue

Upper West Side: There’s a new location of Danish juice and coffee cafe chain Joe & the Juice on the UWS. 76th St. and Amsterdam Avenue

Upper West Side: Italian restaurant Il Gatto Nero has opened, serving pastas, classic Italian entrees, and pizzas, including a dessert pizza with Nutella. 2758 Broadway, between 105th and 106th streets

Nomad: A luxe new omakase spot is now open in Nomad. Noda serves a $285-per-person omakase in a space designed by Ken Fulk. 6 West 28th St., between Broadway and Fifth Avenue

Gramercy: Proong Noodle Bar is a new restaurant specializing in Thai noodle soups. Soju cocktails are also available. 347 First Ave., between East 20th and 21st streets

March 7

Midtown: The owner of the now-closed Il Monello on the UES has taken over the former Nino’s Steakhouse space, transforming it into Tuscany Steakhouse. The menu offers standard steakhouse fare and Italian food. 117 West 58th St., near Sixth Avenue

East Village: Global vegan celebrity chef Matthew Kenney has opened a new vegan all-day cafe called Plantmade, serving vegan pastries and other cafe fare like paninis and quinoa bowls. 152 Second Ave. at Ninth Street

Sunset Park: Industry City sake brewery Brooklyn Kura has opened its taproom, offering sake tastings and small plates. 68 34th St., near Fourth Avenue

Lower East Side: A small coffee shop with pastries called Grand Daddy just opened. 290 Grand St. and Eldridge Street

Williamsburg: Bakery Ovenly has opened a fourth location, serving brownies, cookies, and other baked goods. 43 North 5th St., between between Kent and Wythe streets

Hudson Yards: Legacy Records, a new all-day restaurant from the Charlie Bird team, is now open to the public, serving pastas, crudos, and other Mediterranean fare in a highly designed space. 517 West 38th St., between 10th and 11th avenues

Lower East Side: A tiny new all-day cafe called Davelle has opened in LES, modeled after Japanese kissaten, traditional tea and coffee shops that have been around Japan since the late 1800s. The new restaurant comes from the restaurateur behind Izakaya in the East Village and similarly offers Japanese-influenced small plates. 102 Suffolk St., between Delancey and Rivington streets

Downtown Brooklyn: Famed pastry chef François Payard oversees the bread and pastry programs at the new Downtown Brooklyn outpost of Karver. As with the Sheepshead Bay location, the brasserie offers customizable sandwiches and European classics like croque monsieur. 129 Livingston St., between Boreum Place and Smith Street

Tribeca: Casual robata Tetsu added Basement, a more upscale, meat-heavy $350 tasting menu in the basement from famed chef-owner Masa Takayama. As is standard for kaiseki, the Japanese tradition of tasting menus that change frequently, the food changes daily. 78 Leonard St., near Church Street

Flatbush and Chinatown: Three Taiwanese celebrities opened two outposts of their bakery chain Bake Culture in Flushing and in Chinatown. Available pastries include pineapple cake, egg tarts, and croissants. 160-06 Northern Blvd. in Flushing and 48 Bowery St. in Chinatown

February 28

Midtown: Russian dumpling vendor Daa Dumplings opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Columbus Circle’s Turnstyle Market. The restaurant serves pelmeni, a Russian-style dumpling made with a thick all-purpose flour-based dough that is then steamed or boiled and brushed with butter, vinegar, and herbs. The restaurant offers pork, beef, chicken, potato and veal fillings that are available in orders of 10 or 14 dumplings with the option of choosing two kinds. 1000S 8th Ave.

Upper East Side: Ines is a new neighborhood cafe serving coffee drinks as well as pastries, bowls, sandwiches, tartines, and croques. There’s the “healthy start bowl,” made with couscous, scrambled eggs, veggies, and lemon dressing. There’s also the “tartine d’avocat,” which, yes, is pretty much just a fancy way to say avocado toast. 419 East 74th St., between First and York avenues

Greenwich Village: Austrian cafe Freud has relaunched as Bar Freud, a bar inspired by Vienna during the time of Sigmund Freud. The cocktail program is overseen by bartending brothers with a background in pharmaceutical-themed bars. 506 LaGuardia Pl., between Bleecker and Houston streets.

Soho: Floyd Cardoz’s former Soho Indian restaurant Paowalla has relaunched as Bombay Bread Bar, a more casual restaurant focused mainly on the restaurant’s popular bread offerings. 195 Spring St., at Sullivan Street

East Village: Yet another poke spot has opened. Poke N’ Roll is now open, serving poke bowls and bubble teas at 441 East Ninth St. at Avenue A.

East Village: New Jersey-based Mama Fina’s House of Filipino Sisig has expanded to Manhattan, specializing in traditional pork sisig as well as chicken, tofu, tuna, milkfish and squid sisig dishes. 167 Avenue A, between 10th and 11th streets

Lower East Side: The tasting-menu dinner portion of 19-year-old chef Flynn McGarry’s Gem, dubbed The Dining Room, is now open. The 12- to 15-course menu is $155. 116 Forsyth St., between Broome and Delancey streets

Midtown: Sweetcatch Poke opened a new 20-seat location near Bryant Park, offering pre-marinated poke by weight in a similar way to the small poke shops in Hawaii, just like the original Sweetcatch location on Lexington Ave. 60 West 44th St., near Sixth Avenue

Nomad: Popular casual steakhouse Quality Eats has a new location in Nomad, bringing steaks for under $30 to the neighborhood. This is the meat-focused restaurant’s third — and largest — NYC location. 3 East 28th St., between Fifth and Madison avenues

February 21

Hell’s Kitchen: Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken opened its second NYC location in Hell’s Kitchen, serving fried chicken combos, livers and onions, and the “beak to butt” special: crispy necks, backs, hearts, and gizzards with hot sauce and pickled peppers. There are also two locations in Las Vegas. 749 9th Ave., near 51st Street

Hell’s Kitchen: Peter J Rabasco and Bobby Khorrami have opened a New American restaurant called The Harrow. The 2,400-square-foot space has 68 dinner seats, 11 seats at the bar, and standing space for a 100-120-person cocktail party. Rabasco and Khorrami also own Adella Wine Bar. Chef Eric Thomas of Nice Matin has created a menu of New American offerings with international influence, like lobster pierogi with tarragon sour cream and truffle butter. 720 10th Ave., between West 49th and 50th streets

Downtown Brooklyn: Making its Brooklyn debut, Korilla BBQ opened an outpost at MetroTech Center. Korilla BBQ started as a food truck in 2010 and has physical locations in East Village and Midtown East. The truck has parked at MetroTech since 2015, but now the South Korean barbecue joint serving “kimcheese fries” and Korean barbecue-inspired burritos and tacos will have a permanent location there. 2 MetroTech Center

Murray Hill: North Shore Poké Co. recently its East Coast debut in Murray Hill. The poke spot first opened in Huntington Beach, Calif. in 2012 and has since opened additional California locations in Cerritos, Costa Mesa, and Pleasanton. Now, co-founder Sal Garcia has brought the concept to New York. The menu features customizable bowls as well as set signature bowls, like the “Waimea bowl,” made with salmon, sesame seeds, green onion, sweet onions, masago, and macadamia nuts. The New York location is also debuting a “pineapple pele soft serve,” a vegan dessert made with activated charcoal and Dole whip. 122 East 42nd St., near Lexington Avenue

Midtown: Global chain Just Salad opened a new location in Midtown. 437 5th Ave., near East 39th Street

Union Square: Chat ’N Chew is officially back after a three-year hiatus. For now, there is a limited dinner menu of comfort food classics, but breakfast and lunch will roll out soon. 10 East 16th Street, between Union Square West and Fifth Avenue

Hell’s Kitchen: New to the Gotham West Market is Jianbing Company, serving the traditional northern Chinese breakfast dish jianbing, crepes made with a wheat and grain flour-based batter, eggs, and sauces that are then filled with different ingredients. There is also a location in the Dekalb Market Hall. 600 11th Ave., between West 44th and 45th streets

East Village: Clay Pot, a restaurant entirely dedicated to Hong Kong-style clay pot cooking in crispy rice-lined bowls, has opened. Rice bowl toppings include beed, eel, pork belly, and Chinese sausage. 58 St. Mark’s Place between First and Second avenues

February 14

Midtown East: New rooftop lounge Ophelia is now open in the historic Beekman Tower, which was built in 1928 as a residence for working women. The cocktail lounge comes from Merchants Hospitality and Public Agenda and pulls design inspiration from the 1920s and 1930s, featuring 1930s tarot cards, antique silverware, and photography. There’s a 24-foot long pewter bar, outer terrace, and private dining room space. The bar program is helmed by Barley & Grain alum Amir Babayoff, and cocktails include the extra smokey “Ophelia’s Ascension,” which blends activated charcoal, bourbon, smoked Jamaican pepper-infused mezcal, and bitters, topped with cedar wood smoke. The food menu includes small plates like a Maine lobster spring roll with mango and Thai dipping sauce, truffle fries with truffle pecarino, chives, and truffle aioli, and a Hudson Valley foie gras paired with a Michigan dried-cherry compote and grilled country bread. 49th St. at First Avenue

Williamsburg: The Williamsburg location of the East Village-based taco joint Taqueria Diana is now open. In addition to the East Village flagship, there are also locations in LES and Hell’s Kitchen. It’s a no-frills establishment with a mezcal-focused bar and cocktails like its take on the paloma, made with Pueblo Viejo Blanco, campari, lime, agave, and grapefruit Jarritos. 367 Metropolitan Ave., between North Fourth and Fifth streets

Gramercy Park: West Village French brasserie and steakhouse Boucherie has expanded to Gramercy Park with Boucherie Park Avenue South, serving the same meat-focused Parisian bistro menu but with the addition of a charcuterie counter. 225 Park Avenue South, between East 18th and 19th streets

Midtown: MáLà Project, the East Village Chinese dry pot restaurant that’s constantly packed, has expanded to Midtown with a new second location. The 74-seat Midtown space offers the same popular create-your-own stir-fry of the downtown version. 41 West 46th St., between Sixth and Fifth avenues

Lower East Side: Bar Belly has reopened in LES with a revamped menu featuring Moroccan-spiced lamb meatballs and Portuguese octopus spiked with harissa. The restaurant will do bottomless mussels on Monday nights. 14b Orchard St., near Canal Street

Upper West Side: Japanese sake bar Dark Bullet Sake & Oyster Bar has opened with a limited menu for now and a wide selection of sake. 154 West 72nd St. between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues

Upper West Side: Kosher Asian comfort food spot Boru Boru debuted, serving up dishes like Korean fried wings, pastrami ramen, and shaved vegetable salad. 774 Amsterdam Ave. at 98th Street

East Village: Pizzeria Neapolitan Express is now open, using open mouth electric ovens designed and made in Italy to reach 900 degrees to cook pies in just 90 seconds. 29 Second Ave. between First and Second streets

Soho: Wellness cafe Supernatural has opened at the Woom Center yoga studio. The cafe comes from holistic healer Rachelle Robinett, who provides customers with complimentary 15-minute sessions to figure out what their beverage needs are so she can custom-tailor the right drink for their problems. 274 Bowery, between Prince and Houston streets

Lower East Side: The 19-year-old chef Flynn McGarry has opened up his first NYC restaurant, an all-day concept called Gem. Currently, the 18-seat casual cafe-style portion called The Living Room is open, serving pastries like a blueberry violet muffin and sweet potato bread. The tasting menu portion in a separate space dubbed The Dining Room starts in two weeks. 116 Forsyth St. between Broome and Delancey streets

East Village: The new NOLA-inspired Mr. White serves up Southern fare like shrimp and grits, a crawfish po’boy, and black eyed pea hummus in a space designed to look like a grand Southern mansion. 123 St. Mark’s Place, between 1st Avenue and Avenue A

Red Hook: Chef Mary Ellen Amato alum of daytime darling Court Street Grocers opened her own daytime restaurant, Rita. Amato — who in addition to Court Street has experience at the now-closed Williamsburg sandwich shop Saltie — is focusing on a light daytime menu with slight Spanish influences. 293 Van Brunt St., near Pioneer Street

Murray Hill: Basta, a new restaurant that pulls influences from all sides of the Mediterranean, has opened. The menu combines ingredients and dishes from Morocco, North Africa, Turkey, France, and Italy. Everything served is kosher. 62 East 34th St., between Madison and Park avenues

Chinatown: All-avocado restaurant Avocado Appetit from lifelong Chinatown residents James Mai and Vincent Lin is now open. 114 Eldridge St., between Broome and Grand streets,

Bushwick: From the team behind the one-Michelin-starred Faro comes a new noodle-focused Sichuan restaurant General Deb’s. Faro founders Kevin and Debbie Adey opened their new restaurant in Bushwick, serving traditional renditions of Sichuan classics. 24 Irving Ave., near Jefferson Street

February 7

Hell’s Kitchen: The Sound Bite Restaurant, specializing in blackened wings and fusing Cajun, Southern, and Italian flavors, has opened in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s a pretty pedigreed, if unusual team: The cocktail menu is from renowned nutritional biochemist, author, and explorer Alex Ott, and the principal partners in the broadcast- and jazz-themed restaurant are Emmy Award-winning news anchor and chef, Julian Phillips, and Brooklyn-born jazz vocalist, Barbara King. 737 Ninth Ave. and West 50th Street

Soho: With a menu by Houseman chef Ned Baldwin, the luxury consignment company The RealReal has opened CafeCafe, offering salads, sandwiches, snacks, and sweets as well as cafe beverages like a matcha coconut latte, a golden milk latte, and hot chocolate with vanilla cream. The cafe will also serve entrees like a smoked duck sandwich with blood orange marmalade and a shredded roasted chicken bowl with pickled dried cherries, almonds, blue cheese, and radicchio. Before opening Houseman, Baldwin worked at East Village’s Prune with Zach Krieger, who is now the food and beverage manager of RealReal. 80 Wooster St., near Spring Street

Chinatown: Luke’s Lobster newest outpost has opened in the Canal Street Market food hall, serving up its usual lobster rolls, crab rolls, shrimp rolls, clam chowder, and lobster bisque. This opening marks 14 locations in New York. 265 Canal St.

Midtown East: Restaurateur Michael Chernow has opened the third NYC location of his sustainable seafood-centric restaurant Seamore’s in the Urbanspace Vanderbilt food hall, but this one is entirely counter service. The fast-casual menu features small plates, mains, and sides. There are also locations in Nolita and Chelsea. East 45th St. and Vanderbilt Avenue

Hell’s Kitchen: Wine bar and restaurant Decimo Ristobar has opened in Hell’s Kitchen, offering Champagne brunch, small plates, pasta, charcuterie and cheese plates, an extensive wine by-the-glass program, and modern takes on traditional Italian fare. 764 10th Ave. and West 52nd Street

Upper East Side: Fairway Market has opened a new cafe called Sur La Route aimed at on-the-go New Yorkers. In addition to a full-service menu — which includes bagels, pizza, coffee, and chopped salad — the new cafe offers grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, wraps, and yogurt parfaits. 240 East 86th St., near Second Avenue

Financial District: Dublin-based brewery Porterhouse Brew Co. opened its first stand-alone Irish pub in the U.S. The New York location will not have a brewery but does have a whopping 190 seats. 66 Pearl St.

Nomad: Noda is a new eight-seat, high-end sushi bar offering $285 omakase and Japanese whiskey and sake. 6 West 28th St., between Broadway and Fifth Avenue

Midtown: Poké Junké combines traditional poké with chef Juan Saurez de Lezo’s global training to offer five internationally inspired signature poké bowls, like torched salmon in a Nepali sauce, and customizable bowls. In addition to the poké trend, Poké Junké is all-in on the neon sign trend. 38 West 38th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues

Flushing: Now open at the Queens Crossing food hall, OK Lah! is a Southeast Asian restaurant serving salads, rice noodles, house-pickled vegetables, silken tofu, roasted meats, fish, and various stews and soups. Diners choose a base of rice or salad, add a main item, and then choose a side. 136-20 38th Avenue, Flushing, NY

Park Slope: New Mexican restaurant Los Nopales has opened in Park Slope. The space formerly housed Bierkraft. 191 Fifth Ave., near Berkeley Place

Greenwich Village: A second location of Il Laboratorio del Gelato is now open. The new location has 48 flavors, plus sundaes, cakes, milkshakes, and ice cream sandwiches. 56 University Place and 10th St.

Murray Hill: Chinatown’s Malaysian street food concept Wok Wok Southeast Asian Kitchen has expanded to Murray Hill with Wok Wok Express. The new take-out spot has three stools and a counter and offers the same Southeast Asian street food fare as the Chinatown location. 133 East 31st St., near Lexington Avenue

Nomad: Patent Coffee/Patent Pending is a new cafe-speakeasy dual concept offering pastries and snacks during the day and a secret-door cocktail bar at night. 49 West 27th St., near Sixth Avenue

Lower East Side: LES has a new cocktail bar called Banzarbar inspired by 1930s Antarctic expeditions. In addition to offering food and drinks a la carte, the small bar has a cocktail tasting menu with seafood pairings, focusing on low-ABV drinks. Freeman Alley, off Rivington Street

Greenpoint: Annicka is the first restaurant to open under Governor Cuomo’s Farm Brewery license, a program that mandates that beer be made primarily from locally grown farm products. To that end, Annicka serves exclusively New York-made beer, cider, wine, and spirits, as well as local and seasonal New American fare intended to be accessible to vegans and omnivores alike. 544 Manhattan Avenue, near Driggs Ave.

Flatiron: Healthy eating chain Tender Greens made its East Coast debut, bringing the Danny Meyer-backed seasonal entrees, soups, and salads to New York. 900 Broadway, between 19th and 20th streets

Nomad: On its 10-year anniversary, high-end Italian restaurant Scarpetta, which celebrity chef Scott Conant used to be involved in, has relocated to the James New York Nomad hotel. 88 Madison Ave., between 28th and 29th streets

Gramercy: Gabriel Stulman, a prolific West Village restaurateur known for his neighborhood restaurants, opened Simon & The Whale in the Freehand Hotel. 23 Lexington Ave., between 23rd and 24th streets

Midtown: Manhattan got its first Carl’s Jr., which drew both burger fans and animal rights protestors at its grand opening. 425-427 Seventh Ave., between 33rd and 34th streets

East Village: New cafe Boris & Horton is dog friendly, though not a full-fledged “dog cafe,” as it does not provide any animals. 195 Avenue A, near East 12th St.

Bed-Stuy: A new seafood restaurant called Shipwreck, where owner Joey Lugo brings in fresh fish every day, has opened, serving prepared foods like smoked salmon and freshly fried fish. 1047 Bedford Ave., near Greene Avenue

East Village: New Greek restaurant The Athenian has opened in the space that formerly housed Graffiti. The restaurant serves Mediterranean food and Greek wines. 224 E 10th St., between First and Second avenues

January 31

Nomad: Popular bakery Maman has expanded to Nomad. The cafe, restaurant, and event space will serve breakfast and lunch to-stay and to-go, featuring salads, quiches, sandwiches, and soups alongside its pastry and dessert offerings. It will also serve brunch on the weekend. The bakery’s cookies were named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2017. Maman has locations in Soho, Tribeca, Meatpacking District, and Greenpoint, but menu items that will be exclusive to the new location include white chocolate-dipped croissants, a white chocolate espresso croissant, and made-to-order salads like the “Joelle,” which has turmeric quinoa, baby kale, roasted carrots, grapes & oranges in a balsamic dressing. It also features the dish the “Tawni” — farro, roasted yams, and cabbage with kale pumpkin seed pistou, topped with pickled onions, a sunny egg, feta, and pea shoots and served with a side of Maman’ smoky cocoa hot sauce. 22 West 25th St., between Sixth Avenue and Broadway

Astoria: Television personality Willie Degel has opened Uncle Jack’s Meat House, an Astoria location of his Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse chain. Steaks and chops come in choice or prime grades. The Astoria location offers more burger and sandwich options than the other branches. Below the restaurant is a speakeasy bar made to look like an old meat warehouse. 36-18 Ditmars Boulevard, near 37th St., Astoria, Queens

East Harlem: Madison African Caribbean Cuisine has opened in East Harlem. The African and Caribbean restaurant serves Caribbean-style barbecue, curries, jerk chicken, oxtail, plantains, and a soup selection that includes cow feet soup. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers lunch specials. The restaurant is closed on Sunday and open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays. 23 East 108th St., between Fifth and Madison avenues

Midtown: Taqueria chain Dos Toros opened its 14th NYC location. 555 8th Avenue at West 38th St.

West Village: A new location of Netherlands-based international chain wok restaurant Wok To Walk has opened on Sixth Avenue. There are additional locations in Midtown East, Midtown West, and Union Square. 319 Sixth Avenue, between Carmine and West Fourth streets

Upper West Side: Spiga to Go has opened on the UWS, offering Italian fare for take-out. 57 West 84th St., near Columbus Avenue

East Village: Benny’s Burritos closed three years ago after 27 years in the neighborhood, and now it’s back from the dead, with owner Mark Merker turning his empanada spot Che Cafe into a revived Benny’s. 86 East Seventh St., near First Avenue

East Village: Pan-Latin bar and lounge Boticarios opened in East Village, serving appetizers and main entrees that include cachaça-cured fluke with passion fruit foam and tapioca; red snapper with nopales, poblano peppers, and green chipotle salsa; and smoky aguachile de mole seafood. 58 East First St., between First and Second avenues

East Village: Popular Taiwanese dessert chain Meet Fresh has opened its first NYC location, offering taro balls, shaved ice, tofu pudding, and more. 35 Cooper Square at East 6th St.

Chelsea: Tel Aviv-based pita chain Miznon has opened an NYC location that owner Eyal Shani says is not a carbon copy of the chain’s other locations around the world. About half the menu will be unique to the 120-seat Chelsea restaurant. 435 West 15th St. between 9th and 10th avenues

Fort Greene: Vegan fast food chain Next Level Burger opened on the cafe level of the brand new Whole Foods Market 365 in Fort Greene. A Juice Press and new outpost of Orwasher’s Bakery have also opened in the market. 292 Ashland Pl. at Lafayette Avenue

January 24

Park Slope: Stella Hospitality’s LBK is expanding with a new pizzeria on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus in the old Prawn Shop space. The new LBK is an offshoot of Brooklyn Heights’ Luzzo’s BK, which comes from the folks behind the popular Levante in Long Island City. The new LBK also serves and delivers the brand’s signature Neapolitan-style pizza. In addition to pizza, the menu includes Italian small plates like polpettine and arancini and antipastis like calamari and burrata. 669 Union St., near Fourth Avenue

West Village: New burger joint Burger 101 opened on January 22. Some of its burger offerings include the “Fancy Nancy,” a vegan burger; “The Low Country Bleeker,” a beef burger topped with barbecue pulled pork, cheese sauce, chipotle mayo, and cole slaw; and “The Sabrina,” a turkey burger with cranberry balsamic tomato jam. 270 Bleecker St., near Morton St.

Williamsburg: Chef Antonio De Ieso previously of Le Cirque, Circo, and Caffee dei Fiori brings his cooking to the new SB Restaurant and Wine Bar, the New York Times reports. The restaurant serves pastas and pizzas with a few twists, like a half-pizza/half-calzone dubbed the Sun and Moon. The space includes a dining room, bar, lounge, and lower-level wine cellar. 65 Kent Avenue, near N 10th Street

Williamsburg: Artichoke founder and co-owner Francis Garcia has opened Milan-style pizzeria The Big Ragu. The pies are baked at 800 degrees instead of the traditional 500 degrees, yielding a “soufflé consistency.” 679 Grand St., near Manhattan Avenue

Greenwich Village: New York’s mixian Chinese noodle scene has a new player. Chef Lihen Geng’s South of the Clouds opened in Greenwich Village, serving five renditions of mixian. 16 W 8th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues

Prospect Heights: MeMe’s Diner opened in November in Prospect Heights as a queer space where all are welcome. The restaurant serves comfort food and comforting vibes for all and is rolling out a queer industry night series. 657 Washington Avenue, between Bergen Street and St. Marks Avenue

Lower East Side: After a two-year hiatus, Epstein’s Bar is back in LES’s Hell Square. 82 Stanton St., near Allen St.

Crown Heights: Feminist bookstore and cafe Cafe Con Libros opened in Crown Heights, serving Irving Farm coffee and espresso drinks and a small selection of pastries, as well as selling over 200 books on feminism, women’s rights, race, and social justice. 724 Prospect Pl., near Rogers Avenue

Hell’s Kitchen: Ikinari Steak, a Japan-based steakhouse chain, has opened a third NYC location. 368 W 46th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues

East Village: NYC’s growing Taiwanese scene expands with the addition of Ho Foods, a small restaurant specializing in Taiwanese beef noodle soup. 110 E 7th St., between Avenue A and First Avenue

Ridgewood: Popular outdoor venue Nowadays now has an indoor warehouse space next door called Indoors at Nowadays, offering food, drinks, listening parties, custom-built sound systems, dancing, games, and special events that include a class on Stranger Things. 56-06 Cooper Avenue, Flushing, NY

January 17

Kips Bay: Puerto Rican chef Frank Maldonado has opened a Latin cuisine restaurant honoring his roots. Barlovento has a beachy aesthetic and serves roast pork leg, an octopus salad, tostones, seafood paella, and mofongo. The restaurant also serves Maldonado’s empanadas, which became famous after Maldonado’s appearance on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. 430 Third Avenue, near 30th street

Midtown: Popular NYC taqueria chain Tacombi is now slinging tacos in the Empire State Building. The restaurant started as out of a VW bus on the Yucatan beach in 2005 and first opened in Nolita at 267 Elizabeth St. in 2010. Since then, it has opened locations in Flatiron, the West Village, and on Long Island in Montauk. The Empire State Building Tacombi also features an on-site Vista Hermosa tortilleria. 350 Fifth Avenue, between W 33rd and 34th streets

Lower East Side: The Lo-Down reports that a new cocktail bar called The Dancer has opened, serving small plates like chicken liver mousse, smoked white fish salad, and popcorn in addition to a full wine, beer, and cocktail menu. The Dancer is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and plans to expand service to seven days a week next month. 202 Clinton Avenue, near E Broadway.

Gramercy: Midtown Italian spot Mani In Pasta has opened a second location in Gramercy, serving pizza, pasta, paninis, and stromboli. 245 E 14th St., between Second and Third avenues

Times Square: Toby’s Estate Coffee has opened a new location at Times Square’s year-round culinary and retail market TSQ MKT. This is the sixth NYC outpost for the small batch roaster that started in Williamsburg. The booth will also serve pastries from Roberta’s, yogurt from Ronnybrook, and chocolate from Mast Brothers. The new shop is open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Broadway Pedestrian Plazas, between 42nd and 43rd streets

Upper West Side: Viand Cafe has added a new location in the neighborhood, featuring a smaller and slightly different menu than the original location, including challah french toast. W 85th St. and Columbus Avenue

Upper West Side: Chick’nCone serves fork-free fried chicken wrapped in a waffle cone. The chicken spot opened in the Turnstyle underground mall in Columbus Circle. 1000 S Eighth Avenue, near W 58th St.

Flatiron: Successful West Village restaurateur Gabriel Stulman has opened two new concepts in NYC’s new Freehand Hotel. George Washington Bar, a cocktail bar, and Studio, an all-day restaurant serving pastries and food inspired by his Jewish-Moroccan heritage, have opened on the second floor of the hotel. 23 Lexington Avenue, between E 23rd and 24th streets.

Upper East Side: French bistro La Goulue has re-opened in a new space seating 177 guests. La Goulue is open daily for lunch and dinner. There are plans to introduce a light cafe menu served between lunch and dinner. 29 East 61st St., between Madison and Park avenues

Battery Park: David Chang’s spicy fried chicken sandwich fast food restaurant Fuku has opened a location in the Hudson Eats food court at the Brookfield Place shopping mall. The new location is serving Fuku’s signature jalapeño fries with a twist, leaving the skins on and frying them in a beef tallow. 230 Vesey St.

January 10

West Village: A new wine and cocktail bar called Due West opens in the West Village from a team that includes Locanda Verde’s former sommelier and cocktail director. The 65-seat space features a rotating selection of contemporary artwork from ACA Galleries in Chelsea. Adabis Castro, formerly of Atrium Dumbo and Le Bilboquet, serves as executive chef with a menu that includes a raw bar, small plates, and bar snacks like Yukon potato bread with smoked onions, thyme, and cultured butter; chickpea fritters with red pepper and bottarga; and hot crab dip with cheddar cheese and smoked trout roe. 189 West 10th St., between Bleecker and West 4th streets

Cobble Hill: Panzerotti Bites, an Italian fast-casual spot, comes to Brooklyn, focusing on the panzerotto, a half-moon-shaped pocket of dough filled with sweet or savory ingredients that’s then fried. The panzerotto is an Italian street food from the Apulia region of Italy, the owners’ home. 235 Smith St., between Douglass and Butler streets

Soho: West-bourne is New York City’s latest all-day cafe, featuring a California-inspired menu centered on grain bowls. A portion of the restaurant’s proceeds will be donated to the poverty-fighting Robin Hood Foundation. 137 Sullivan St., between Prince and West Houston streets

Chinatown: Canal Street Market has added Bonsai Kakigōri, serving kakigori, a Japanese shaved ice treat often topped with fresh fruit and other toppings. The Japanese dessert shop will change its flavors seasonally. 265 Canal St., between Broadway and Lafayette St.

Midtown: Life Hotel has added a cocktail speakeasy from once-prolific NYC restaurateur Stephen Hanson. Gibson & Luce features bar snacks like goose fat potato knishes with caviar and creme fraiche; pizza bianca with black pepper ricotta, potato, and egg; and merguez meatball pizza with chili-roasted tomato and goat cheese. 19 West 31st St., between Broadway and Fifth Avenue

Chelsea: Blackbarn, a new restaurant-cafe-home design shop, has opened in popular food hall Chelsea Market. The restaurant sells food, home goods, and furniture in its space located on the ground floor of the market. 75 Ninth Ave., between 15th and 16th streets

East Village: Soogil, a new modern Korean restaurant from Soogil Lim, opened in East Village. The menu includes sweet potato beignets with chilled white kimchi soup; spicy soft tofu flan with shrimp, squid, and manila clams in a seafood broth; and sliced pork belly with mini kimchi-radish rolls. 108 East 4th St., between First and Second avenues

Long Island City: Crabhouse, the seafood restaurant that took over the nearly 40-year-old Long Island City institution Crab House after it closed a few years back, has been transformed by Joseph Lucil and Skinny Lee into The Loft LIC. The restaurant now serves Latin food. 2-03 Borden Avenue, near 2nd St.

January 2

East Village: Offering a blend of French and Southern cuisine, Pinkys Space is a new takeout-only spot. The small menu includes braised brisket and ratatouille — both served with buttermilk and cornmeal biscuits. The only dessert option is a space cake: a marbled red velvet, brownie, and banana yogurt cake concoction. 70 East First Street between First and Second Avenues

Midtown West: Now open is Rag Trader, an American restaurant with throwback tendencies and a subterranean piano cocktail bar. The menu, from executive chef Justin Ottervanger (Street Taco), focuses on updated old-school American fare like sriracha deviled eggs and steak frites with scallion chermoula. It’s inspired by the Garment District in the mid-20th century. Downstairs is Bo Peep, a cocktail bar with live piano, styled with speakeasy decor and drinks popular in the 1940s and ’50s. 70 West 36th Street near Sixth Avenue

Lower East Side: Pastry chefs Olivia Leung and Eddie Zheng have opened a five-table cafe called The Little One focusing on wagashi, traditional Japanese confections typically served with tea. The nine-item menu includes dorayaki, a common Japanese dessert that resembles a mini pancake sandwich and monaka, an unflavored rice wafer shell filled with soba-cha (toasted buckwheat) ice cream and chocolate fudge or parsnip ice cream with burnt honey caramel. 150 East Broadway near Rutgers Street

Throgs Neck: New fast-casual concept Mutz Fast offers straightforward Italian comfort food staples like chicken parmesan, pastas, pizza, and subs — all for under $10. The meatballs are the main attraction, made from a family recipe passed down to owner Joe Sansotta. 815 Hutchinson River Parkway between Lafayette Avenue and Wenner Place

Tribeca: Greca, from the people behind The Greek, has opened, offering both savory Greek food as well as breads and pastries. 452 Washington Street near Watts Street

East Village: Frisson Espresso, a coffee shop with espresso and matcha drinks, plus pastries, has opened a second location. 36 Third Avenue between East Ninth and 10th Streets

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