Dominique Ansel Opening Made-to-Order Bakery Concept This Spring

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Daniel Krieger
Pastry virtuoso Dominique Ansel is at it again. And no, it's not a new crazy dessert combination. The chef is, instead, intermingling his innovative bakery with the operations of a restaurant kitchen. Dominique Ansel Kitchen (137 Seventh Avenue South) will be bringing made-to-order desserts and pastries to the West Village sometime late spring.

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Grand Army Set to Bring an Oyster Bar to Boerum Hill in February

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Noah Bernamoff is at it again. The owner of Mile End Deli and Black Seed Bagels is getting ready to roll out a third concept at the end of next month. Working with Julian Brizzi of Rucola, food photographer Daniel Krieger, and bar veteran Damon Boelte, Bernamoff is bringing oyster bar Grand Army (336 State Street, Brooklyn) to Boerum Hill.

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Chuko Eyes March as Opening Date for Bushwick Outpost

Categories: Coming Soon, Ramen

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Chuko via Facebook
The owners of Prospect Heights ramen shop Chuko and nearby izakaya Bar Chuko have had a Bushwick ramen outpost in the works for more than a year. But if all goes to plan, they should finally pull the paper off the windows and make their debut in March.

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Belgian Chain EXKi Opening Second Location in February, Further Plans to Expand

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All photos courtesy EXKi
The Belgians are storming New York. The veggie-centric, fast-casual chain EXKi (257 Park Avenue South; 212-533-2011) landed on American shores earlier this year with the opening of its first location, in Gramercy Park. It's now getting ready to spread out with a second midtown outpost next month.

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German Bar Bierleichen Heading to Ridgewood

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Photo courtesy Adam Collison
Ridgewood is about to get a new haunt. Co-owned by Adam Collison of Williamsburg's The Drink and The Bounty in Greenpoint, Bierleichen (582 Seneca Avenue, Queens) will be bringing metal, beer, and all things German to the neighborhood.

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The Up & Up Will Be a High-End but Low-Key Cocktail Bar in Greenwich Village

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Courtesy of the Up & Up
Matthew Piacentini is opening a new cocktail bar in Greenwich Village.
"Basically, ever since I started bartending, I've been trying to open this perfect idea for a cocktail bar," says Matthew Piacentini, the former owner of the Beagle and current owner of Portland's lauded Clyde Common. "Each place gets a little closer, but not quite there." Until now, that is. In February, he'll unveil the Up & Up (116 MacDougal Street, 212-260-3000) in Greenwich Village, taking over a subterranean address that was once the Gaslight Cafe, a storied Beat haunt. "Bob Dylan wrote 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' about this space," says the owner.

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Manila Social Club Will Bring New Filipino Cuisine to Williamsburg

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All photos courtesy Manila Social Club
Verjus braised lamb belly, pressed and crisped, with burnt eggplant purée, compressed chayote, and cashew chimichurri
Like many others at the vanguard of the covert dining scene, violinist and fashion/art industry insider Björn DelaCruz started hosting pop-up dinners to slake his desire to cook and provide hospitality. Focusing on ten-course tasting menus, the club grew in popularity, eventually garnering a steady following through his mailing list. With a desire to branch out even further, DelaCruz and his siblings decided to open Manila Social Club (2 Hope Street, Brooklyn) in Williamsburg.

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Pies 'N' Thighs Will Soon Open Second Location on LES

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Winnie Au
Soon, Manhattanites won't have to trek out to Brooklyn for a taste of Pies 'N' Thighs (166 South 4th Street, Brooklyn; 347-529-6090) fried chicken. Next week, the Williamsburg eatery is set to open its second outpost, this one on the Lower East Side (43 Canal Street, 212-413-PIES).

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ReCaFo Aims to Dominate the World With Jamaican Food

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All photos courtesy ReCaFo
In 2011, David Wisdom emigrated to the United States from Jamaica. Armed with some entrepreneurial experience, he hoped to hit it big in New York. The young businessman discovered a lack of accessible Jamaican fare throughout the non-ethnic areas of the city. With a desire to expose Americans to the food of his country of origin, he opened the doors to ReCaFo (31-00 47th Avenue, Queens; 855-373-2236), a fast-casual concept specializing in "Real Caribbean Food." Just one year after opening the first location, Wisdom and his team are preparing to expand to a new location in Industry City in just a couple weeks.

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Here's Atwood Kitchen & Bar Room, a Lively Restaurant Coming Soon to Midtown East

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Courtesy Studio 3877
Daniel Rieger and Evan Rosenberg met a few years ago, when Rosenberg worked with Rieger at an online reservation system for bars and clubs. Now they're getting ready to launch a restaurant together in Midtown East, where they've spied an opportunity for a hipper, more lively concept than what currently exists. If everything goes to plan, Atwood Kitchen & Bar Room (986 Second Avenue) will make its debut next week.

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