Astoria Staple Fatty's Cafe Will Reopen in Mid-April

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The original Fatty's Cafe, on the corner of Crescent Street and Ditmars Boulevard
Fernando Peña had been working in restaurants since his early 20s, but when he saw a "For Rent" sign in a vacant shop on the corner of Crescent Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, he knew he wanted to build a restaurant of his own. He began envisioning Fatty's Cafe (45-17 28th Avenue, Queens).

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Brazilia Cafe to Bring Seed-to-Cup Coffee to Noho

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Brazilia Cafe
A couple of years ago, long-time restaurant consultant Malcolm Stogo went to Brazil with a friend to look at a coffee plantation. That friend was pondering building a bean-to-cup cafe in Germany, but Stogo recognized immediately the potential that idea held for New York City. So his group purchased the plantation, and in early April, they'll open Brazilia Cafe (684 Broadway, 212-858-0732), which will serve coffee made from the beans grown on their own estate.

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New Supper Club Experience, I Forgot It's Wednesday, Launches in February

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Courtesy Jenny Wang
Perhaps it's not exactly fair to say that supper clubs are the new food trucks -- secret dining societies were coming online during the heyday of mobile food, after all. But it's impossible not to see similarities in the growth of intimate at-home dining experiences and the early days of the moveable feast trend: Both provide fertile ground for would-be restaurateurs to give a concept a whirl before committing to a lease. With food trucks, though, vendors were often trying out what were essentially fast casual concepts. With supper clubs, we're seeing inventive multi-course dinners from pros who need a new outlet and amateurs who want to dabble in the industry without taking the full plunge.

Enter I Forgot It's Wednesday, a supper club coming on line at the beginning of February.

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Permanent Location Coming for Bunna Cafe's Vegan Ethiopian Fare

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Courtesy Bunna
The city's dining scene is now flooded with pop-ups, and the pool continues to beget brick-and-mortar spots as concepts amass followings. About to make that success-fueled leap is Bunna Cafe (1084 Flushing Avenue), a vegan Ethiopian dining experience and one of the most interesting players in the industry (and one of our 10 best pop-up restaurants in NYC).

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Bavaria Bierhaus: A New German Beer Hall on Stone Street

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Courtesy Bavaria Bierhaus
Over the last decade, Noel McDermott has watched cobblestone-covered Stone Street grow from a silent stretch of Financial District landscape into a busy strip of restaurants and bars popular with the Wall Street afterwork crowd. "Over the last ten years, it's gone from a ghost town to a really vibrant, busy street," he marvels. "Ten years ago, there was nobody down here."

The Irishman has been part of the transformation -- he owns two restaurants on the block, Beckett's and the Dubliner. Now, he and his partners (David Massey, Ronan Downs, and Eamon Massey) will add a third to their portfolio: Bavaria Bierhaus (19 South William Street with entrance on Stone Street, 212-480-8142) makes its official debut Monday on the heels of a weekend-long soft opening, bringing German food and beer to an increasingly diversified mix of spots.

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Bark Hot Dogs Plots a Manhattan Location

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Chef Joshua Sharkey successfully transformed the hot dog from sidewalk fare to gourmet eats with his Park Slope restaurant Bark Hot Dogs (474 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, 718-789-1939). And next year, Manhattanites will be able to sink their teeth into homemade pickle-topped dogs with the chef's new 155 Bleecker Street location. We talked to Sharkey, who gave us the details on the upcoming venture.

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Yuji Ramen Becomes Permanent Mainstay at Whole Foods Bowery

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Yuji via Facebook
Hard to believe, but it's been only a year and a half since Yuji Hariguchi first launched Yuji Ramen (95 Houston Street, 212-420-1320) as a pop-up in Kinfolk Studios. The mazemen wizard experienced a meteoric rise, landing a stand at Smorgasburg that propelled him into an extended stint at the Bowery Whole Foods, which had established what was supposed to be a rotating cadre of vendors.

He announced Okonomi, a brick-and-mortar spot, earlier this year, and now his ramen stand, which amassed legions of fans for its grab-and-go noodles and omakase dinners that sell out almost instantly, will become a permanent part of the Bowery Whole Foods. But that's not all Hariguchi is working on.

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The Brew Inn Opens in Greenpoint Next Week

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All photos courtesy the Brew Inn
Martin Cyran's parents ran a Polish restaurant on Greenpoint for years, serving a neighborhood of people who, like themselves, had immigrated here. But when that spot -- called Happy End -- shuttered, Cyran decided to take over the address, and he's working on installing a restaurant he hopes will appeal to Greenpoint's newest denizens.

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Braven Brewing Company Works Toward Opening a Brewery, Bringing Brewing Back to Bushwick

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Braven via Kickstarter
Marshall Thompson, left, and Eric Feldman want to revive Bushwick's brewing legacy.
Williamsburg may have been the center of Brooklyn's globe-spanning craft revolution, but it's neighbor to the east, Bushwick, has come on strong in recent years--and as artists and artisans continue to move in, it's unsurprising that we're seeing a steady rise in shops, galleries, and restaurants, and we'll likely soon experience an uptick in breweries and distilleries. Breweries, as it happens, are nothing new for this part of the city: By the 1890s, Bushwick, then a German immigrant community, was home to the thriving Brewers' Row, a 14-block stretch of Bushwick Avenue that housed 14 breweries--and produced a third of the beer consumed in the city. Prohibition hammered the area, but the last of those historic shops held on until the 1970s before it finally dried up.

Now, there's very little physical evidence of the bygone industry, save for a few landmarked buildings. It's only a matter of time, though, before that modern wave of creative DIY-ers revive the craft--and that could happen as soon as next year: Braven Brewing Company is raising funds right now to open a brewery in Bushwick.

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1 Knickerbocker Coming Soon to Bushwick

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Courtesy 1 Knickerbocker
Jesse Levitt has been a part of the Bushwick bar and restaurant scene since before the recent spate of openings, and he's seen a lot of changes in the neighborhood. "In 2006, there were a lot of buildings still empty and a lot fewer people living here," he recalls. "In terms of stores and restaurants and places to go out, there were very, very few options."

But then the artists moved in, and the neighborhood boomed, and Levitt saw a newly created unfilled niche in the market: Residents wanted nicer places to eat. And so he put together plans for 1 Knickerbocker, a restaurant he's housing at 1 Knickerbocker Avenue. "People are looking for creative food, creative space, and ambiance," he says. "I wanted to bring a little bit of elegance with a classier kind of feel."

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