Inside August, the Upper East Side Reinvention of a Bleecker Street Bistro

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As Bleecker Street overgrows with tertiary outposts of Upper East Side boutiques, it's again in fashion for cozy walk-in bistros and classic French cooking to thrive north of Bloomingdale's, as at the latest iteration of chef Josh Eden's August (791 Lexington Avenue, 212-935-1433). After the rustic West Village stalwart was forced to abandon its wood-fired oven thanks to a major rent increase last June, Eden's partner Richard Chapman ushered the restaurant to the former Pane e Vino space around the corner from his uptown apartment.

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What's on the Menu at Dale Talde's Carrino Provisions, Now Open in Jersey City

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Roasted chickens, among the prepared foods at Jersey City's Carrino Provisions
When fifteen months ago Brooklyn chef Dale Talde, a former Top Chef contestant, and Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, stars of HGTV's Kitchen Cousins, announced their plans to transform the former Jersey City police headquarters into Carrino Provisions (8 Erie Street, Jersey City; 551-222-6163), there was no Italian espresso bar next door, no pasta factory two blocks away. But for locals who, in recent years, have been limited in stocking up on storm provisions at Duane Reade and La Conga, one-stop shopping downtown for the foods you not only need but actually want couldn't have come at a better time.

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Sun Noodle's Ramen Lab in Nolita Is Worth Waiting in the Cold For

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Torigara Shoyu Ramen
Well before you glimpse the understated white lettering of the Ramen Lab (70 Kenmare Street; 646-613-7522) sign, you see the line. Around 7 p.m. last night, close to two dozen people were bundled up in coats, waiting to score standing space.

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Eight Brand-New Restaurants Now Open in NYC

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We're seeing a number of healthy restaurants open in this town this season, and the trend continues this week with a new Gotham West Market stall serving broth and juice. Balance your dietary regime with some natural wine or vodka on tap, and head to Jersey City for Dale Talde's first restaurant on the other side of the Hudson. Here are eight brand-new restaurants now open in NYC.

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Four Notable Restaurant Openings in NYC This Week

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Melissa Hom, courtesy of Café Clover
This week's openings were anchored by Santina, the new project from the team behind Torrisi, Parm, and Dirty French that opened under the High Line. Santina offers lighter fare than the owners' other venues; healthy food seems to be a theme this week — Café Clover made its debut in the West Village with a cheffed-up menu that's been approved by a nutritionist. Check out this week's openings.

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Inside Chris Cannon's Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Now Open in Morristown, NJ

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It's been a busy winter out of town for former Altamera Group partners Michael White and Chris Cannon. Just as White's expanded his empire to a bucolic hump of Westchester, opening Campagna at Richard Gere's Bedford Post Inn, Cannon's resuscitated another storied property, with Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen (110 South Street, Morristown, NJ; 973-644-3180), a top-to-rathskeller makeover of the Garden State suburb's storied Vail Mansion.

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La Loteria Is a New Modern Mexican Restaurant in the West Village

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Monterrey, Mexico, native Julieta Ballesteros has built a Mexican legacy here in New York City. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, she became the executive chef of Mexicana Mama, a West Village restaurant that closed in the middle of last year, and then opened Crema in Chelsea nine years ago. Her cooking career propelled her to a turn on Iron Chef America (she competed against Cat Cora) and a consulting gig for Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, and she's advised other Mexican restaurants in town, too, like Los Feliz in the Lower East Side. And now, she has what she calls a "new baby": She and partner Jaime Herrera are debuting La Loteria (29 Seventh Avenue South, 212-858-9096) in the West Village.

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Cafe Clover Brings Cheffed-Up Healthy Fare to the West Village

Melissa Hom, courtesy of Café Clover
"When people think about food that is somewhat good for you, they think it's not fun anymore," says David Standridge, the head chef at the new Café Clover (10 Downing Street, 212-675-4350) in the West Village. "The idea here was to start with delicious food that everyone would want to eat, then make it healthier without compromising the experience."

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Inside 9 Bar Cafe, a Roman Espresso Bar in Downtown Jersey City

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Cannoli flown in from Sicily served on an LED-embedded table at 9 Bar Cafe in Jersey City
While Top Chef alumnus Dale Talde's forthcoming Carrino Provisions and a second location of his eponymous Park Slope restaurant are partly responsible for arcing Jersey City's Newark Avenue restaurant row northward to a residential stretch of Erie Street, they're not the only impetus. Now open next door to their long-papered windows is 9 Bar Cafe (18 Erie Street, Jersey City), a Roman-inspired espresso bar from longtime neighborhood resident Stefania Cocozza.

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Here Are Eight Restaurants That Opened This Week

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The year is off to a roaring start for restaurant openings — this week saw a spate of debuts that includes a pizza speakeasy, a ramen lab, and a couple of different places where you can get crab cakes and steak. Here are eight restaurants that opened in the city this week.

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