Eight Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

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When one restaurant's doors close another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: a pop-up in the former Bowery Diner space, an Arabian-French fusion in the East Village, and a cafe with laundromat service.

Au Za'atar, 188 Avenue A, 212-254-5660
An Arabian restaurant with a French twist, Au Za'atar soft opened this week (it makes its official debut on Monday) and will serve up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to Alphabet City. Located in the former Table 12 space, the restaurant boasts dishes from across the Arabian peninsula plus items from France, which had extensive influence in that region. Look for steak frites and kafta kebab.

Café Boca Ciega, 355 Broadway, 212-431-3561
Cuban natives Osiel Rojas and Joel Morejon have opened Café Boca Ciega, a coffee bar specializing in, you guess it, Cuban style coffee. The couple couldn't find a decent cup of Cuban brew in the city, so they decided to make it themselves. Located in TriBeCa, the coffee shop also serves a variety of pastries.

Chez Jef, 241 Bowery, 212-388-0052
The Bowery Diner may have closed last week, but the space isn't going to waste. Chef Mathieu Palombino just launched his pop-up restaurant Chez Jef with a menu that is très French; try classics like French onion soup and croque madame. Don't miss the dessert list, which is longer than the entree board.

Covenhoven Beer Bar, 720 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, 917-449-6793
Located in Crown Heights, this new watering hole has 16 beers on tap. The bar also sells an extensive selection of bottles, and the shop's back garden will serve as a great space to enjoy a brew once the weather warms up.

Location Info

The Gilroy

1561 2nd Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Au Za'atar

188 Ave. A, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Boca Ciega

355 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: General

Chez Jef

241 Bowery, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Covenhoven Beer Bar

720 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

General Assembly

360 Park Ave. South, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Sushi Zayy

57 First Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

The Wash House

44 East 4th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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