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A Scandinavian Sandwich Shop Opens a Bakery With Braided Cardamom Buns — and More Openings

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Pastries at Smor Bakery.
Paul Quitoriano

Since March 16, 2020, when the state first temporarily closed indoor dining, hundreds of new restaurants have opened, including a Brooklyn location of a Tokyo-based restaurant, a permanent location for a Vietnamese American pop-up, and a buzzy Mexican leaning spot in Greenwich Village.

Here’s a roundup of the restaurants and bars that opened in July. This list will be updated weekly. If there’s an opening in your neighborhood that we’ve missed, let us know at ny@eater.com.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.


July 28

Bayside: QNS.com reports that Baraki Café, from the owner of neighboring Avli the Little Greek Tavern has debuted in Bayside. The Greek-leaning menu lists mushroom pita with lemon vinaigrette, a Greek lamb sausage sandwich, and a Cyprian take on BEC with fig jam, bacon, and halloumi. 38-29 Bell Boulevard, near 39th Avenue

East Village: A new fried chicken place called Chicken and the Egg is squawking in Manhattan with poultry-loaded sandwiches and salads. EV Grieve reports that a speakeasy bar is to follow at the property. 221 Second Avenue, at East 14th Street

East Village: Scandinavian Smor, a restaurant that focuses on smorrebrod, open-faced sandwiches, has expanded on East 12th Street after first launching in 2019. Owners Sebastian Perez and Sebastian Bangsgaard now have the newly minted Smor Bakery, two doors down, selling cardamom buns, Danish poppy seed rolls, rye bread, and sandwiches (there’s a version with salmon, scallion cream cheese, and dill on sourdough buns). A representative tells Eater that for the new project the duo has tapped Rowan Gill, an alum of Bien Cuit and Leo, to lead the bakery. Coffee drinks, as well as juices like a watermelon-lemonade, are available. Like many new millennial-friendly businesses, the walls are also lined with provisions like tinned fish. 437 E. 12th Street, between Avenue A and First Avenue

Fort Greene: Brooklyn southern staple Peaches, which has multiple locations in Brooklyn, has opened kiosk called Peaches Prime at food hall Gotham Market at the Ashland. 590 Fulton Street, at Ashland Place

Greenpoint: A new French brasserie called Cool World has landed near McCarren Park. The spot comes from Pebble Bar and Grand Army, in a kitchen led by Wildair alums. 905 Lorimer Street, at Nassau Avenue

Lower East Side: Here’s a churro with a view. El Churro has opened with a window that displays golden-fried churros in the making. There’s also ice cream and coffee during its open hours, according to EV Grieve. 75 E. Houston Street, at Allen Street

Midtown East: Last week, Australian import Bourke Street Bakery opened an outpost in Grand Central last week, according to a representative. The bakery is known for its sausage rolls, flat whites, and sourdough. In addition to its Nomad original, the team recently opened in Chelsea as well. 89 E. 42nd Street, near Park Avenue

Midtown East: A representative tells Eater that Ramerino Italian Prime launches today, with rustic Tuscan fare. Dishes include artichoke hearts with parm, beef tartare with burrata, and linguine with shaved bottarga. For dessert, there’s panna cotta and tiramisu. 16 E. 39th Street, between Madison and Fifth avenues

Midtown West: Flushing dumpling icon Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao has expanded with its first-ever Manhattan outpost. 24 W. 33rd Street, near Fifth Avenue

Nomad: Celebrity chef José Andrés brings his acclaimed Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Zaytinya up from Washington D.C. The new glitzy operation is located inside of the Ritz-Carlton Nomad and opened its doors this week. There are several reprieves of mezze hits, as well as a new-to-NYC breakfast menu, including cilbir, a Turkish dish comprised of poached eggs with yogurt. 1185 Broadway, at East 28th Street

Prospect Heights: New fast casual Turkish restaurant Shawarma Mia is now up and running at the border of Prospect Heights and Park Slope. A menu lists lamb and beef combo pita plates, chicken shawarma bowls, beef shish wraps, borek, and baklava, among its offerings. 67 Sixth Avenue, near Bergen Street

Soho: Maison Close debuted this week with classic French dishes like sole meuniere and cote de boeuf from executive chef Geoffrey Lechantoux, who has worked alongside chefs Alain Ducasse and Gordon Ramsay, according to a representative. 15 Watts Street, at Thompson Street

Tribeca: Another outpost for the pricey coffee chain Blue Bottle is now live in Manhattan, according to Tribeca Citizen. 408 Greenwich Street, at Hubert Street

West Village: Nat’s on Bank opened last summer and just a year later, owner Natalie Freihon is back with a follow-up. Freihon confirms to Eater that Nat’s on Bleecker is taking customers, bringing along with it another seafood-centric restaurant that doesn’t take itself too seriously (there’s a candy machine). According to the website menu, Nat’s on Bleecker is currently offering dishes like a fluke crudo, tomato tonnato, and bananas foster, while the team awaits Con Ed to turn on the gas. 170 Bleecker Street, at Sullivan Street

Williamsburg: Golden Age Hospitality, behind hot spots the Nines and Le Dive, continues their reach with a new French-leaning spot called Deux Chats. Open as of Tuesday, Deux Chats, located in the former space of cocktail bar Donna, is all about the seafood towers, lobster rolls, and martinis. 1 Dunham Place, at Broadway


July 21

Brooklyn Navy Yards: Head Hi, a hybrid coffee bar, art book store, and gallery has relocated to a spiffy, expanded storefront a few blocks away in the Navy Yard, the team tells Eater. 146 Flushing Avenue, at Vanderbilt Avenue

Chinatown: Strawberry Home, a new dessert shop with soft serve, sundaes, and plenty of toppings, has opened on Mott Street, according to neighborhood blog Bowery Boogie. 34 Mott Street, near Pell Street

Cobble Hill: Dimmer & Summer, a new restaurant where dim sum dishes sometimes come served by a singing robotic cat, opened on Smith Street over the weekend. The restaurant serves twists of classic dim sum, with Philly cheesesteak buns and soup dumplings with chicken, crab, pork, and other fillings. 196 Smith Street, near Baltic Street

East Village: A Southeast Asian cafe and cocktail called Dhom is the latest in the East Village’s seemingly endless series of restaurant openings. The short all-day menu lists grilled duck hearts, a mushroom banh mi, and cans of sardines strewn with charred tomatoes. 505 E. 12th Street, near Avenue A

East Village: HAGS, a queer fine dining restaurant, has opened its doors in the East Village. The restaurant offers a vegan, five-course $145 per person tasting menu as well as a version with meat for $155 (service is included, though patrons can tip extra if they wish). On Sundays, the restaurant will offer a pay-what-you-can menu and an a la carte menu is available from bar seats. Ramping up for their debut, owners chef Telly Justice and sommelier Camille Lindsley have become leaders in NYC’s queer food revolution. 163 First Avenue, between 10th and 11th streets

Fort Greene: Smash burger sensation Smashed touches down in Brooklyn this week, bringing thin, charred patties to Fort Greene’s Gotham Market at the Ashland food court. In tandem with the expansion, the team also opened a West Coast-style taqueria, called Taco Taco, and Whatever Forever, an American restaurant with a three-hour bottomless brunch special. 590 Fulton Street, at Rockwell Place

Meatpacking District: The newest location of French bakery and cafe chain Maman is now open steps from the south end of the High Line. 800 Washington Street, at Horatio Street

Midtown: Midtown has a new slice shop called Xeno’s Pizza that launched this month, according to a company post. 162 E. 52nd Street, Third Avenue

Nolita: The folks behind hit Italian restaurants Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones have opened a Sicilian restaurant and wine bar next door to the latter business. The menu at Bar Pasquale runs from fried calzones and handmade pastas to sfincione, a type of pizza, topped with nduja and anchovies. 98 Kenmare Street, near Mulberry Street

Port Washington: The team behind packed Manhattan restaurants Wayla and Kimika are headed to Long Island for their latest project, a Chinese dim sum restaurant run by a former chef of Manhattan’s popular Red Farm. A spokesperson for Jia says the menu consists of “classic dim sum,” with Peking duck, tea-smoked chicken, and sesame balls on offer. 84 Old Shore Road, at Pleasant Avenue

Red Hook: The Good Fork, a Red Hook neighborhood staple from the team behind fine dining spot Gage & Tollner and Korean restaurant-karaoke joint Insa, rises again after years on Van Brunt Street. Now called the Good Fork Pub, a representative tells Eater that the relaunched watering hole features a menu of snacks like kimchi beer cheese, fried chicken sandwiches with gochujang sauce, and a Philly cheesesteak with short rib, American cheese, and kimchi mayo. After closing during the pandemic, Grub Street reported that the space became home to a Chinese American pop-up last spring. The publication also shares that longtime neighborhood bartender Barry O’Meara, formerly of Bait & Tackle, is also collaborating on space’s new era. 391 Van Brunt Street, near Coffey Street

Soho: When Lucky Strike closed during the pandemic, many lamented the loss. Now it appears a new Italian restaurant focused on Roman cuisine called Caput Mundi has replaced the bar, a representative confirms. 59 Grand Street, near West Broadway

Soho: Sugar Wood, yet another NSFW dessert bar, has opened in Manhattan, serving “adult-themed” waffles shaped like [REDACTED] that can be dipped in milk chocolate, salted caramel, and other sauces. 157 Prince Street, between West Broadway and Thompson Street

Upper West Side: Bellini, from the Cipriani family, opened in May, and now the New York Times reports the property is also home to Harry’s Table, a new food hall. 235 Freedom Place South at Two Waterline Square, near West 60th Street

West Village: SA Hospitality Group has opened their latest location of Felice Italian restaurant, this time called Felice on Hudson. 615 Hudson Street, near Jane Street

West Village: Another Italian restaurant, Ferdi, has also debuted in the area. According to a representative, the menu includes fritto misto, eggplant rollatini, and veal and chicken stuffed with prosciutto and fontina cheese. 15 Seventh Avenue South, between Carmine and Leroy streets

West Village: Moonflower, a highly anticipated, colorful natural wine bar has landed in downtown Manhattan. It comes from interior designer Rebecca Johnson and chef Rowen McDermott, who own Frankie, a popular wine bar and restaurant in Jersey City. 201 W. 11th Street, at Greenwich Avenue


July 14

Astoria: As restaurants continue to file into the highly anticipated World Artisan Market and build out their shops, Sala Astoria — the Queens iteration of the now-closed Sala One Nine in Flatiron — has opened its doors in a sprawling 4,000-square-foot space with a soft opening menu of fried cod, Iberico ham croquetas, and assorted pintxos with toppings like shrimp and garlic cream. 34-39 31st Street, near 35th Avenue

Bayside: The growing Long Island-based Mediterranean chain Wild Fig is expanding west with a new location on the busy strip of Bell Boulevard, reports QNS. The fast-casual counter spot doles out mixed meat pides topped with chicken, steak, and meatball, as well as build-your-own salad bowls and flatbread sandwiches. 41-17 Bell Boulevard, between 41st and 42nd avenues

Chelsea: On the heels of the relaunch of the historic restaurant El Quijote, a new cocktail bar called Lobby Bar has debuted at the renovated Hotel Chelsea. Expect luxe dishes like trout roe beignets, caviar potato chips, and uni-truffle toast. A representative tells Eater that the property has debuted the Bard Room, an events space with capacity for up to 120 people, named after the iconic hotel’s former operator Stanley Bard. 222 W. 23rd Street, near Eighth Avenue

Cobble Hill: Crowd-favorite Vietnamese American bakery Bạn Bè has shed its pop-up premise and opened a regular takeout operation at its forthcoming retail space in Cobble Hill. The bakery — known for inciting months-long waitlists during the pandemic — is selling its popular cookie tins plus a range of other items including a vegetarian banh mi and multiple varieties of banh kep, or waffles, for to-go orders. The takeout window is currently open three days per week: Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon; Thursday from noon to 3 p.m.; and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Check the Instagram account for updated menu information. 187 Sackett Street, near Henry Street

Flushing: New Taiwanese bubble tea spot Machi Machi has opened its first Queens outpost in sprawling new Flushing development Tangram. 133-33 39th Avenue, near College Point Boulevard

Greenwich Village: Chef Alan Delgado, formerly of the Michelin-starred Mexican restaurant Oxomoco and its vegan sibling Xilonen, is the consulting chef at this Greenwich Village restaurant and bar, named Bosco after Bleecker Street’s retired Mario Bosco delicatessen, according to the New York Times. The menu leans Mexican with aguachiles, torta milanesa, and tres leches cake. 169 Bleecker Street, at Sullivan Street

Greenwich Village: Red Feather, a home for upscale Southeast Asian American food, opens a block from Washington Square Park this week. The restaurant brings together its chef’s Filipino upbringing and French training for dishes like garlic milk bread and crispy pork in coconut milk. 82 W. Third Street, near Thompson Street

Hudson Yards: The Kissaki group of Japanese restaurants expands with Kamasu, a new temaki-centric venture on the second floor of a Hudson Yards tower. Regular maki and donburi bowls round out the hand roll menu, reports the New York Times. 20 Hudson Yards, near West 33rd Street

Lower East Side: A Friedman’s location that opened on the Lower East Side in May 2021 has segued to an Italian ice shop, Bowery Boogie reports. With no official name, the sign states, “Italian Ices,” with a walk-up window and flavors such as mint chocolate chip, sour apple, and mango, as well as soft-serve. The turnaround venture is also from the Friedman’s crew. On its website, Friedman’s lists six locations of the namesake restaurant around New York, down from nine. 357 Grand Street, near Essex Street

Lower East Side: Manhattan-based wine retailer Parcelle has opened a new wine bar, a spokesperson confirms. The new space brings an evening bar and restaurant to the Lower East Side with a wine list of over 500 picks, also available for purchase online or for next-day delivery. A monthly subscription program, called Wine Drop, allows customers to “elect for personalized recommendations from and access to their sommeliers by email or text message following their visit,” per a representative. 135 Division Street, near Canal Street

Lower East Side: After an uphill battle that started in November 2021, when the Department of Buildings notified owner Gurjaipal Singh that the leased space did not appear in any records after 1999 (despite restaurants that operated at that address prior to Singh taking over), Desi Stop has finally opened its doors, reports EV Grieve. The deli is serving Indian food, tea, coffee and snacks. 75 Second Avenue, between Fourth Street and Fifth streets

Midtown East: Midtown lunch destination Koba Korean BBQ opens its second location —further east from its Bread Factory location on Seventh Avenue — with its signature build-your-own bowls, traditional bibimbap, and lettuce wrap sets, according to a representative. 918 Third Avenue, between East 55th and 56th streets

Nomad: Apotheke, the Chinatown cocktail bar located on Doyers Street, is headed uptown. According to a representative, another location of the bar is now in Sonder Flatiron, bringing along its signature botanical infusions. On the food side, caviar service is available, as well as dumplings, in a nod to its original location. In April, Eater reported that Apotheke co-owner Christopher Tierney passed away due to heart failure. At the time, sister Heather Tierney stated that she would take over his duties in the Nomad project. Apotheke also has an additional location in Los Angeles. 9 W. 26th Street, at Broadway

Nomad: Buenos Aires-based brunch spot Ol’Days has been brought stateside, first to Miami, and now New York, where vegetable and grain bowls and roast chicken dishes are on offer, according to the New York Times. 1165 Broadway, near West 27th Street

Prospect Park South: StreetBoi, a new “first generation Asian American born” run restaurant appears to have opened in April, according to the company’s Instagram post. The website menu highlights pan-Asian comfort foods from lumpia to mandoo, pho, tea leaf salad, and rendang curry marinated lamb bao. 1021 Church Avenue, near Stratford Road

South Street Seaport: Pizza icon Di Fara appears to have opened a new location last week, according to a Di Fara Instagram post. 108 South Street, between Peck Slip and Beekman streets

Tribeca: The latest outpost of the Long Island-based chain Burger Village, with bison burgers in tow, has launched, according to Tribeca Citizen. 120 Church, near Murray Street

Upper East Side: The group behind La Masseria, with locations in New York; Florida; and Greenwich, Connecticut, have reopened Parma Nuova, an homage to an Upper East Side stalwart for 45 years that closed in December, reports the New York Times. Look for a menu that highlights dishes from Parma, including a summer crudo, gnocco fritto with prosciutto di Parma, and cacio e pepe. Giorgio Manzio — an owner-manager from La Masseria — is running the restaurant, according to the Times. 1404 Third Avenue, near East 79th Street

Williamsburg: Brooklyn now has its own location of Tonchin, the Tokyo-based restaurant that first opened in 1992, with a New York debut in Herald Square back in 2017. A representative for the restaurant tells Eater that the Brooklyn outpost will have its own vision. Though the popular tonkotsu ramen makes an appearance, exclusive to this branch is yakitori, a raw bar, and a soba panna cotta; while Tonchin New York highlights cocktails, in Brooklyn there’s emphasis on natural wine. Tonchin Brooklyn is located in the former location of brunch favorite Egg, which closed in 2020. 109 N. Third Street, near Berry Street


July 7

Bed-Stuy: Daytime spot Artshack Cafe/Bar is now open at nonprofit ceramics studio Artshack Brooklyn. Chef Silvia Barban, co-owner of La Rina Pastificio & Vinoi in Fort Greene, is running the place; Barban tells Eater some items like croissants and bomboloni are available alongside onigiri and milk bread. Barban makes the cookies, olive oil cake, and granola. There’s also in-house soft-serve made with eggs and dairy from Brooklyn market Local Roots; look for flavors like fior di latte, strawberry, and passionfruit. 1129 Bedford Avenue, near Monroe Street

Bed-Stuy: New Brooklyn bookstore Dear Friend has a cafe attached. Owner Anna Sergeeva tells Eater that the daytime shop is already stocked with black coffee, teas, and kombucha. Natural wine, beer, and sake will be rolled out this fall. 343A Tompkins Avenue, at Monroe Street

Boerum Hill: Known for bagels that are hand-rolled, poached and baked in a wood-fired oven, Black Seed Bagels continues to grow with a new location connected to the Ace Hotel Brooklyn, according to a representative. 252 Schermerhorn Street, at Bond Street

Chelsea: Gupshup owner Jimmy Rizvi is expanding his fast-casual offshoot Chote Miya into Chelsea Market, according to a representative. The Indian street food spot — stocked with chaats, samosas, and kebabs — also maintains a location in Time Out Market in Dumbo. 75 Ninth Avenue, between West 15th and 16th streets

Chinatown: A new KFC outpost serves its signature “finger licking’ good” fried chicken in a 2,000-square-foot space that includes a wall depicting lamps hanging over NYC’s skyline. 275 Canal Street, near Broadway

East Village: Restaurateur Ravi DeRossi — who can’t resist shuffling his multiple East Village restaurants and bars around on a regular basis — has relocated beer bar Proleteriat to a larger space in the neighborhood. The extensive beer menu remains, according to a representative, but it is now paired with vegan English fare including a shepherd’s pie stuffed with polenta and potato cakes. 21 E. Seventh Street, between Second and Third avenues

East Village: A representative for Sushi Lab tells Eater that the rooftop sushi counter at Midtown’s Sanctuary Hotel debuts a second location today with two tiers of omakases: a 13-course meal for $65 and a 15-course at $100. 320 E. 11th Street, between First and Second avenues

Financial District: The chain of Urbanspace food halls has touched down in FiDi, bringing a fleet of new food vendors to the neighborhood. Extra Sauce, a food business that’s been popping up across Brooklyn during the pandemic, is one of them, bringing gochujang aioli smash burgers and fried chicken sandwiches to the food hall. 100 Pearl Street, near Hanover Square

Gowanus: The old Fletcher’s BBQ space is now home to the first Brooklyn outpost of Mighty Quinn’s BBQ. Co-founder and co-CEO, Micha Magid, tells Patch that the owner of Fletcher’s gave him a call to notify him of the soon-to-be vacant property. Magid “jumped” at the opportunity to take over the space as the chain — which currently has locations in NYC, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, and Dubai — carries out its larger nationwide expansion. 433 Third Avenue, near Eighth Street

Hudson Yards: Since launching in 1936, NYC bialy destination Kossar’s is expanding to two new locations: Hudson Yards this week and the Upper East Side this fall. 536 W. 30th Street, near 11th Avenue

Midtown: The fancy Manhattan West complex — that already houses the upscale Eastern Mediterranean spot Zou Zou’s — now has a new player: Hidden Leaf, a pan-Asian restaurant operated by Josh Cohen, an owner of Lilia. The menu, led by Buddakan alum Chai Trivedi, includes pork and shrimp toast with a daikon-carrot marmalade, dim sum, and a salted egg yolk fried chicken, according to a representative. Hidden Leaf is located inside of Midnight Theatre, an entertainment venue set to open this fall. 75 Manhattan West Plaza, near Tenth Avenue

Midtown: Nordstrom has added to its roster of restaurants (including Wolf, with Seattle restaurateur Ethan Stowell, and Jeannie’s, with Seattle’s Tom Douglas) with the opening of the Nordstrom Burger Bar, according to a spokesperson. Look for six types of patties like the Classic (American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, garlic dill pickle, and house sauce) or Jammin’ Jalapeno (jerk seasoning, brie, garlic aioli, tomato jalapeño bacon jam, and arugula). Also available: Variations on fries and condiments, as well as hand-spun milkshakes. Lower Level 2, 225 W. 57th Street, near Broadway

Union Square: The Strand Bookstore now has an in-house coffee option thanks to a partnership with Brooklyn Roasting Company that debuted in June, according to the coffee chain’s Instagram post. 828 Broadway, at East 12th Street

Upper East Side: East Side Feed reports that a new izakaya, Sushi Yugen, debuts with sushi omakase that includes a bluefin tuna tasting and dishes like monkfish pate and wagyu tartare. 1144 First Avenue, at East 63rd Street

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