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New East Village Vietnamese Already Impresses — and More Openings

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March 20

East Village: New Vietnamese restaurant Van Đa, from restaurateur Yen Ngo and Gramercy Tavern alum chef Hannah Wong, has opened with an upstairs lounge and bar and downstairs dining room with dishes dedicated to Vietnam cities Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hanoi. Eater critic Robert Sietsema is already a fan of the stir-fried rice noodles. 234 East Fourth St., between avenues A and B

East Village: A new outpost for Original Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches opened. The sandwich shop also has a location in Williamsburg. 209 Ave. A, at 13th Street

Upper East Side: Popular pizzeria Williamsburg Pizza has expanded with a third location for Brooklyn- and Grandma-style pizzas. 1615 Second Ave., at 84th Street

Red Hook: Former Mettā chef Norberto Piattoni is now cooking tostadas and tacos at new roadhouse-styled bar San Pedro Inn. 320 Van Brunt St., at Pioneer Street

Lower East Side: Dominant pizza chain Domino’s has opened. 196 Stanton St., between Attorney and Ridge streets

Midtown East: A new flagship brick-and-mortar location for Beijing street food mini-chain Mr Bing opened. It’s the first location with its own seating, and there are some new menu items including rice bowls. 8 West 46th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues

Williamsburg: Dual Specialty Store, a South Asian spices and dry goods shop, has expanded to Brooklyn. The store has been in East Village for almost three decades. 321 Broadway, at Rodney Street

Hudson Yards: A slew of new restaurants opened inside the mall that is the Shops at Hudson Yards. Some include California meat restaurant Belcampo, a David Chang restaurant called Kawi and Asian convenience store Peach Mart, another Milos Estiatorio, a luxe fortress from Thomas Keller called TAK Room, and much, much more. See everything that opened here. 20 Hudson Yards, between 31st and 33rd streets

Upper West Side: Pita chain Miznon has opened a new, two-story restaurant uptown. The new space is much larger than the Chelsea Market location, with room for 135 diners within two stories, including an outdoor terrace with seating and standing room on the second floor. 161 West 72nd St., between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues

Financial District: A very pedigreed team, with a chef from Eleven Madison Park and Del Posto’s general manager, have teamed up for Crown Shy, an a la carte, fine-dining restaurant in a landmarked building. 70 Pine St. between Pearl and William streets

Times Square: John Fraser opened 701West, an American restaurant on the 11th floor of the new Edition hotel from Ian Schrager. Its three-course, $110 prix fixe menu is so wine-focused that all the staffers serving tables are sommeliers. 701 Seventh Ave. at 47th Street

Times Square: For the first time in six decades, iconic Jewish deli Pastrami Queen expanded from its original location on the Upper East Side to Midtown, near Times Square. It opened inside the Pearl Hotel and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 233 West 49th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues

Soho: Popular Los Angeles-based sushi chain Sugarfish opened its second NYC location. There are a la carte sushi and rolls, but what Sugarfish is known for are its affordable-by-comparison “trust me” sets. At $28, $40, and $52 — up a dollar each since 2016 — the sets come with varying amounts of sushi and sashimi. 202 Spring St., at Sullivan Street

March 13

Chelsea: Francesco Panella, the restaurateur behind Italian restaurant Antica Pesa, opened three concepts at once in the Moxy hotel in Chelsea in conjunction with nightlife hitmakers Tao Group: Feroce Caffe, Feroce Risorante, and Bar Feroce. They all serve variations of Italian food. The cafe is located on the first floor with coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. The restaurant, also on the ground floor, has indoor and outdoor seating and serves both classic and modern Italian dishes, including pastas and seafood. There’s also a cocktail program and an extensive list of grappa and amaro, which are all offered by the glass or in tastings of three and six. The bar, located on the second floor with an all-season terrace that has bocce, serves Roman-style pizzas and other shareable Italian bar snacks. 105 West 28th St., near Sixth Avenue

Murray Hill: Buffalo wing destination Dan and John’s opened a second brick-and-mortar location for its cult-loved chicken wings. This new location is its largest and will serve as its flagship. 439 Third Ave., between East 30th and 31st streets

Greenwich Village: Chefs Ryan Lory and Adam Bordonaro opened Ardyn, a 36-seat American restaurant serving seasonal, local food as well as cocktails that similarly have a seasonal focus. Dishes include white asparagus with Iberico ham, spring onion, and pistachio as well as a scallop crudo with sugar snap peas, green strawberry, and almonds. An $85-per-person tasting menu option will come in the next few weeks. 33 West Eighth St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues

East Village: Cocktail destination Mace is now open in a new, bigger location and will be serving 12 of the bar’s most popular drinks from throughout its four years. It also will have a full kitchen for the first time, with a menu of bar snacks helmed by Nick Sorrentino. 505 East 12th St., between Avenues A and B

Midtown: Sonya Samuel’s Caribbean fast-casual bowl concept Bacchanal Sauce is now open inside the Urbanspace at 570 Lex food hall. 570 Lexington Ave. at 51st Street

Murray Hill: Home Base Bistro is a new casual restaurant from firefighter/chef John Sierp, who has appeared on various cooking shows including Chopped. There’s drinks, dinner, and brunch. The dinner menu sports fusion-y foods like “reuben dumplings” and “Cuban egg rolls.” 416 Third Ave., between East 29th and 30th streets

East Village: The second NYC outpost of Australian spot Wattle Cafe opened and serves breakfast and lunch foods like sandwiches and toasts. 152 Second Ave., between Ninth Street and 10th Street

Sunset Park: Flushing hot pot spot known for live performances and stock that looks like a teddy bear, Xiang Hot Pot, now has a new location. 5816 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, near 59th Street

East Village: A new cafe called Perk Espresso and Coffee Bar opened. 534 East 14th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B

Soho: The Arlo Soho hotel opened its new lobby bar A.L.B., sporting 24 cocktails and a pop-up street art gallery. 231 Hudson St., at Broome Street

Hell’s Kitchen: Vegetable-focused American chain Westville opened its seventh full-service location. 809 Ninth Ave., between West 53rd and 54th streets

Noho: New to the Bowery is bar Short Stories, which will have drinks and host rotating pop-ups from chefs. For now, it’s only open for dinner and brunch, but there are plans to eventually go all-day. 355 Bowery, between East Third and Fourth streets

East Village: Paper Daisy, a new cocktail bar, replaced the 36-year-old neighborhood spot Cafe Orlin. Thomas Flynn of Mother’s Ruin and Drexler’s is behind a cocktail menu that includes his personal takes on classic drinks like an old fashioned, made here with Rittenhouse rye whiskey, apple brandy, and Brazilian banana liqueur. 41 St. Marks Place, near Second Avenue

March 6

Times Square: The new Times Square Blue Ribbon debuted a subterranean lounge called Blue, serving up over-the-top cocktails and caviar service. There are 17 seats at the bar, and food includes fried chicken and a raw bar. Murals in the space pay homage to New York’s music icons. Blue Ribbon Group operates 24 restaurants nationwide, including 16 in NYC, primarily encompassing brasseries, sushi bars, and wine bars. This is the group’s first official foray into nightlife. 220 West 44th St., near Seventh Avenue

Murray Hill: The Analogue team has opened a sports bar called Gold Bear, serving cocktails, whiskey, draft beers, and food like poutine and short rib tacos. 377 Park Ave. South, between East 26th and 27th streets

East Village: Counter-service cafe C & B Cafe opened a second location for casual breakfast, lunch, and coffee. 39 St. Mark’s Pl., near Second Avenue

Upper West Side: Famous Israeli chef Nir Tzuk opened a 50-seat, gluten-free restaurant called Arba, which serves Mediterranean fare. 472 Columbus Ave., at West 83rd Street

Upper West Side: A Kosher restaurant called Holy Schnitzel opened. It has other locations in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens. 654 Amsterdam Ave., at West 92nd Street

Midtown: Sushi Lab opened with a $50 omakase menu in the Sanctuary Hotel. A la carte options like smoky miso soup, sashimi, and uni macaron are also available. 132 West 47th Street, between Sixth and Seventh streets

Upper West Side: Ortomare, a new pizza and pasta restaurant, opened in the former Isola space. 994 Columbus, between West 108th and 109th streets

Tribeca: Mediterranean restaurant Savida opened with a seafood-focused menu. 139 Duane St., between Church Street and Broadway

Upper West Side: A new Turkish restaurant called Leyla arrives tonight on the UWS. 108 West 74th St., near Columbus Avenue

Midtown: Cappone’s Salumeria opened a new location for fast-casual Italian sandwiches inside the Urbanspace at 570 Lex food hall. 570 Lexington Ave. at 51st Street

Tribeca: Wildly popular Chicago burger destination Au Cheval expanded to NYC, opening an 85-seat restaurant serving its famous burgers and other takes on diner-style dishes such as a fried bologna sandwich and duck heart hash. In the entrance, there’s also a Sawada Coffee, which has about 15 seats serving up matcha and espresso drinks, as well as brewed coffee and tea. 33 Cortlandt Alley, between White and Walker streets

Cobble Hill: A new ice cream parlor called Malai opened, serving flavors from around the world like Turkish coffee, masala chai, ginger root, and orange fennel. The ice creams are eggless and come from Pooja Bavishi, who started the business while she was in business school at NYU. 268 Smith St., between Degraw and Sackett streets

Chinatown: Four years after it closed due to a rent hike, popular karaoke institution Winnie’s is back in a space five blocks from where the original lived. 58 East Broadway, between Market and Catherine streets

Lower East Side: A small plates restaurant called There opened at the end of last year, serving daily brunch as well as two-for-one mimosas Tuesday through Sunday. 154 Orchard St., between Stanton and Rivington streets

Soho: The owner of Tokyo Record Bar has opened another experiential restaurant down the street, this one called Niche Niche and organized like a dinner party at someone’s home. Each night, a different sommelier or winemaker comes in with wines of their choice, and the kitchen makes a menu to match. The wine tasting is $40 and dinner is another $40, or anyone can walk in just to drink a bottle of wine in the lounge area. 43 Macdougal St. at King Street