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Al Pastor Specialist Taco Mix Expands to Queens and More Openings

A weekly updated roundup of new restaurants in New York City October 17Jackson Heights: East Harlems hit taqueria Taco Mix opened in Queens, spreading its popular al pastor tacos all over NYC as it embarks on its ambitious expansion plan that also includes an upcoming location on the Lower East Side. The original Taco Mix location opened in 1991, and theres a Brooklyn location in Sunset Parks Industry City that opened in 2015. 90-04 37th Ave., at 90th StreetMidtown: Zai Lai, chef Edward Huangs all-day Taiwanese stall in Turnstyle the underground food hall at the 59th Street subway station has expanded to Midtown food hall Urbanspace at 570 Lex. It serves the winning beef noodle soup popular at its original location as well as rice bowls, other noodles, and pork buns. 570 Lexington Ave., at 51st StreetUpper East Side: Celeb chef David Burkes Tavern 62, which shuttered in September, has reopened as David Burke Tavern, with a renovated space and revamped menu that includes a wagyu pot roast with lobster, celery root, butternut squash, and spinach. 135 East 62nd St., near Lexington AvenueMidtown: Beer and burger chain Clinton Hall opened its fifth and largest NYC location. 16 West 36th St., near Fifth AvenueSunset Park: Vegan cafe Pickle Shack opened in Industry City, attached to Brooklyn Brines production facility. Vegan dishes include a burger, banh mi, and macaroni with vegan cheese and coconut bacon. Pickles, of course, are also for sale. 67 35th St., at Third AvenueTribeca: A Polish bakery chain called Just Baked Nowakowski opened its first U.S. outpost in Tribeca, serving sandwiches, pastries, cakes, breads, and coffee. 88 West Broadway, between Chambers and Warren StreetsEast Village: The owners of Greek restaurant Merakia opened a Greek taco spot called Greekito. In addition to the tacos, it serves beer, wine, and coffee. 139 East 12th St., at Third AvenueLong Island City: Take-out chicken joint Mister Chicken II is now open. 44-64 21st St., near 44th DriveChelsea: Japanese restaurant chain Zauo, where diners fish for their own food, opened an NYC outpost, equipped with three pools holding fish such as striped bass, fluke, flounder, and rainbow trout. 152 West 24th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenuesUpper West Side: The owners of hit new Greek restaurant Kyma expanded uptown with a more casual sibling restaurant called Eléa. 217 West 85th St., between Broadway and Amsterdam AvenueGreenwich Village: Nick Morgensterns popular LES ice cream shop Morgensterns opened a larger location in Greenwich Village, offering 88 flavors twice the amount available at the original shop. 88 West Houston St., near LaGuardia PlaceFlatiron: Korean steakhouse Cote opened its basement bar Undercote. Complimentary snacks accompany the cocktails, which are overseen by principal bartender Sondre Kasin. 16 West 22nd St., near Fifth AvenueOctober 10Harlem: Harlem Ale House recently swung open, and owner Eric Curtis has decorated the space with vintage relics from the original 150-year-old building where the bar now lives. The space previously housed a bowling alley, a speakeasy, and lodges through the decades. It carries more than 100 types of beer and also has a bar menu with dishes like burgers, fajitas, and a caesar salad. 101 West 127th St., near Malcolm X BoulevardFinancial District: FiDis new fast-casual pasta shop promises fresh noodles and attractive aesthetics, naming itself after Instagram. The Pastagram serves customizable bowls of pasta with sauces and add-ons. 241 Pearl St., near John StreetTribeca: Chef Masa Takayama flipped his basement restaurant beneath Tetsu, previously called Basement, into Masas Raw Bar, replacing what was once an upscale, meat-centric kaiseki menu with a raw seafood bar. 78 Leonard St., near Church StreetKoreatown: Korean barbecue restaurant Lets Meat opened this summer and recently flipped into an all-you-can-eat format. It offers more than 30 different choices at $40. 307 Fifth Ave. between East 31st and East 32nd streetsMidtown: A Greek-focused, bilevel restaurant and market called Fournos Theophilos opened and includes an all-day Mediterranean menu, yogurt bar, and bakery. The two floors fits up to 80 diners total, with half downstairs and half upstairs, but the upstairs portion is reserved for table-service only. 45 West 45th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenuesDowntown Brooklyn: WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, has a new cafe in Barclays run by celeb chef Cat Cora. WW Freestyle Café: BKLYN serves Mediterranean fare. 620 Atlantic Ave.Columbus Circle: A new location of Juice Press opened in the Whole Foods at Columbus Circle and serves bubble tea and ice cream in addition to the usual products of juices and grab-and-go soups, salads, and snacks. 10 Columbus CircleEast Village: A new coffeeshop by 787 Coffee opened. 131 East Seventh St., near Avenue AOctober 3Soho: A new fast-casual spot inspired by Indian street food called Frankie Goes to Bollywood opened. It specializes in the Indian wraps known as frankies and serves eight different variations, including one made with cauliflower-potato has, chickpeas, and tamarind chutney, and another option with grilled chicken and sweet peppers in a tomato-fenugreek curry. The design of the space is inspired by the 1980s. 204 Spring St. at Sullivan StreetChelsea: A restaurant serving seafoody American food opened in Chelsea with an all-day menu. Called the Wilson, its decorated with portraits of famous Wilsons, including the volleyball from Castaway and actor brothers Luke and Owen Wilson. 132 West 27th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenuesMidtown: Beer bar Treadwell Park added a third location to NYC yesterday. The 200-seat space includes artifacts and images that nod to beer-making history, and theres a cocktail menu inspired by different beer flavors. 508 West 42nd St., near 10th AvenueWilliamsburg: Coffee company Eleva Coffee opened its first cafe, Eleva Coffee Bar. 178 North Eighth St., between Bedford and Driggs avenuesWest Village: After much anticipation from Queer Eye fans, Antoni Porowskis revamped version of Village Den opened and appears to be a dieters paradise: The menu literally uses symbols to identify dishes that fit the Whole30, paleo, and keto diets. 225 West 12th St.Midtown: A monster of a beer hall called American Hall opened in a three-floor space in Midtown and can fit up to 600 diners at once. It features an Americana menu, including a cocktail with barbecue sauce and peanut butter chicken wings with grape jelly on the side. The massive space includes a beer hall, arcade bar, and restaurant. 29 West 36th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenuesFinancial District: An Asian steakhouse called Brooklyn Chop House from seasoned restaurateurs, one behind clubby classic Philippe Chow, opened. It serves standard steakhouse fare such as steaks and burgers, plus the addition of Chinese dumplings and entrees. 150 Nassau St., between Spruce and Beekman streetsDowntown Brooklyn: BigEye Sushi opened, serving grab-and-go sushi thats partially prepared by sushi robots, automated machines that mainly assist with the rolling process in order to churn out sushi quickly. 25 Bond St. at Livingston StreetSeptember 26Nolita: The Garret, which has two often crowded locations in West Village and East Village, opened a new Nolita location. The drink menu here focuses on ingredients and liquors from Latin America, with tequilas and mezcals a main attraction. Theres also a small menu of tapas from Mexico, Central America and South America, as well as tacos by Borrachito, the operation in the back of the Garret East. 349 Broome St., between Bowery and Elizabeth StreetRandalls Island: Untamed Sandwiches opened Untamed Sport Cafe in collaboration with Sportime. It has breakfast sandwiches, salads, wraps, and soups as well as smoothies and protein shakes. 1 Randalls IslandHarlem: Italian restaurant Fumo added a slice shop called Uncle Tonys Pizza. It offers square pizza that comes as a thin-crust pan pie or a thicker crust option made with 48 hour-proofed dough. Theres also a vegan pie option. 1596 Amsterdam Ave., between 138th and 139th streetsCrown Heights: Cocktail bar St Ends opened with a back patio and a rose happy hour. 667 Franklin Ave., near St. Marks AvenueProspect Heights: A small coffeeshop called Cafe Eloise opened, serving tea, coffee drinks, and pastries. 417 Prospect Pl., near Grand AvenueHells Kitchen: Cantina Rooftop and Stage 48 added Mexican fine dining restaurant Cantina 48 to the spaces third floor. Shrimp aguachile and four kinds of tacos are on the menu. 605 West 48th St., near 11th AvenueUpper West Side: Oath Pizza, serving 11-inch pizzas that come in whole or half pies, opened. One of the pie options at the fast-casual chain is the luau, made with mozzarella, pulled pork, pineapple, scallions, and barbecue sauce. 2169 Broadway, between 76th and 77th streetsHarlem: Hawaiian-inspired barbecue and poke restaurant Makana opened its fourth Manhattan location. 1502 Amsterdam Ave., between 134th and 135th streetsSoho: The Woo is a new upscale Korean barbecue restaurant in town. Its a new iteration of owner Julie Chois mothers former restaurant, Woo Lae Oak. 206 Spring St., between Sixth Avenue and Sullivan StreetUpper West Side: Friedmans, an all-day diner chain, opened on the UWS. It serves breakfast classics, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees like chicken and waffles and fish tacos. This is the sixth location. 130 West 72nd St., near Columbus AvenueWest Village: Chef Einat Admonys Balaboosta is back, rebooted in the former Bar Bolonat space in West Village, the neighborhood that also houses Admonys Taim and Kish-Kash. 611 Hudson St., at West 12th StreetHells Kitchen: The UWSs Turkuaz Restaurant opened a second location. 310 West 53rd St., near Eighth AvenueGreenpoint: Upscale kaiseki Chiko comes from chef and owner Xiaowei Zheng, who has instilled his menu with touches from his upbringing in China and his decade living and working in New York. It offers a 13-course menu for $138. 954 Manhattan Ave., between Java and India streetsUpper West Side: Bubble tea shop chain Gong Cha opened. 2810 Broadway between 108th and 109th streetsLower East Side: A specialty health-focused ice cream and sorbet shop called BIVE opened an outpost on the LES. 95 Orchard St., near Delancey StreetHarlem: Break Juicery is now slinging juices and acai bowls near the City College of New York. 132 Edgecombe Ave., between 141st and 142nd streetsHarlem: The new Sushi Sushi has 15 signature rolls to choose from. There is also a location in West Village. 1504 Amsterdam Ave., between 134th and 135th streetsWest Village: Bleecker Street Pizza opened a new more formal sit-down restaurant next to its popular slice shop. 71 Seventh Avenue SouthChelsea: Counter-service, California-style cafe Natura Cafe opened in the Dream Downtown hotel. It serves seasonal snacks, salads, toasts, and other casual fare, including a California-style burrito. There will also be draft lattes and cold brew on tap all day long. 355 West 16th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenuesEast Village: New counter-service pizza shop Sauce Pizzeria opened. 345 East 12th St., between First and Second avenuesEast Village: Indian restaurant Brick Lane Curry House is now open. There is an original location in New Jersey. 79 Second Ave., between East Fourth and Fifth streetsFidi: San Francisco takeaway restaurant Proper Food opened. 67 Wall St.Upper West Side: The UWS is now home to the latest Blue Bottle Coffee outpost. 279 Amsterdam Ave., between 73rd and 74th streetsSeptember 19Lower East Side: Zhen Wei Fang opened from the team behind popular Chinatown and Flushing restaurant Congee Village. The new restaurant focuses on hot pot and includes meat options like Australian wagyu beef and Peking duck. The space also features karaoke and projects virtual-reality images onto the tabletops. 207 Bowery, near Kenmare StreetRidgewood: A churro cafe called Café Esencia has opened. For now, it serves breakfast and lunch in addition to the churros, but it will soon launch dinner. 68-38 Forest Ave., near Catalpa AvenueWest Village: The new Shake Shack that finally opened in West Village debuted the brands first stab at chicken nuggets. They have a so-called innovation kitchen here, where potential new dishes will be developed. 225 Varick St. near Seventh AvenueKips Bay: Restaurateur Nicola Marzovilla opened a new restaurant called Ristoro del Cinghiale next to his long-running I Trulli. It specializes in Tuscan-style wild boar, and theres a wood-burning oven in the rustic space. 122 East 27th St., between Park Avenue South and Lexington AvenueAstoria: Gossip Coffee opened with cocktails in addition to coffee. There are also pastries from local Astoria bakeries. 37-04 30th Ave., near 37th StreetWashington Heights: Gay sports bar Boxers NYC opened, offering karaoke parties and screenings of NFL games and RuPauls Drag Race. 3820 Broadway at West 159th StreetLower East Side: New Malaysian cafe the Perfect Taste went into the original Kopitiam space. 51B Canal St., near Orchard StreetBushwick: Marshall Thompson and Eric Feldmans Braven Brewing Company Bar & Kitchen is now open, serving about a dozen beer options for now, including a pilsner, summer ale, saison, and sour ale brewed with passionfruit, pink guava, and pineapple. 52 Harrison Place, between Morgan and Knickerbocker avenuesCarroll Gardens: A chef with experience at Eleven Madison Park opened Sans, a vegan neighborhood restaurant. 329 Smith St., between Carroll and President streetsColumbus Circle: Now open in the Time Warner Center, Bluebird London has its first Manhattan location, hailing from the revered British restaurant group D&D London. 10 Columbus Circle, Third FloorEast Village: Pork-centric bar and restaurant Bar Bacon opened a second location. 127 Fourth Ave., between 12th and 13th streetsBryant Park: Mediterranean fast-casual chain Cava has a new location in Manhattan. 11 West 42nd St., between Fifth and Sixth avenuesThe Bronx: Latin-Asian fusion restaurant Suyo Gastrofusion is a new fine-dining restaurant from chef Sen Sang, whose signature dish is charred octopus, served with a potato crema, chorizo quinoa, and a black olive chimichurri. 5 West 170th St., between Inwood Avenue and Plaza DriveMidtown: Playboy Club returned to Manhattan, and yes, there really are bunnies. 512 West 42nd St., between 41st and 42nd streetsSeptember 12Chinatown: Chinatown has a new Asian-influenced steakhouse called Char House. On the menu are starters like wagyu tartare and foie gras and scallop with lychee berry, as well as non-steak entrees like a whole fish and a roasted half chicken. As for steaks, filet mignon, rib eye, NY strip, and wagyu sirloin are all served with a red wine demi and wasabi butter. Dry-aging cases can be seen on-site. 43 Mott St., near Pell StreetDowntown Brooklyn: Harris Salat and chef Rick Horiike opened Taqueria in the former Ganso Ramen space. In addition to tacos, there are entrees like a beef brisket braised in a smoky chile salsa. Eventually, there will also be weekend brunch. 25 Bond St. at Livingston StreetSeaport District: Restaurant-meets-gallery-meets-shop 10 Corso Como is now open, serving a range of Italian and Mediterranean dishes with a focus on seafood. Theres an Italian-driven wine list, too. This is the first U.S. location of the restaurant, which also has locations in Milano, Seoul, Shanghai, and Beijing. 1 Fulton St., near Front StreetBushwick: New Sicilian restaurant Concrete opened in the former space of DIY venue Palisades. It comes from a team of musicians and artists who are first time restaurateurs. It is open for dinner and weekend brunch, serving a menu of street-food-inspired small plates like a deep fried mozzarella sandwich, as well as bigger entrees, like pastas and burgers. 906 Broadway at Stockton StreetLong Island City: Adda, inspired by canteens found throughout India, is now open, serving regional cuisine from India in a homey setting. It comes from the team behind West Villages Rahi but is distinctly more simple and traditional in its approach to Indian food. 31-31 Thomson Ave., near Van Dam StreetWilliamsburg: Zeb Stewart and Jud Mongel

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