Six Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week

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Rafael Marxauch, Myarchn.com

When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a matcha-centric cafe opens in Williamsburg, seafood makes its way to West Harlem, and three brothers are serving up their unique roasts in Brooklyn.


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Have a Look Around Raaka, a New Chocolate Factory Open in Red Hook

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All photos by Rob Christensen
We are, admittedly, suckers for behind-the-scenes tours, but Raaka (64 Seabring Street, Brooklyn; 855-255-3354), a bean-to-bar chocolatier that just opened a factory in Red Hook, really captured our imagination -- we have not stopped talking about chocolate since we traipsed around the facility last week. (Seriously -- just ask our friends, who just want to talk about the NFL's domestic violence scandals or the ebola crisis and instead are subjected to an unrelenting stream of consciousness about how chocolate is totally the next coffee.) So if you are at all interested in how things are made -- or if you want to eat some really good vegan chocolate -- you should head out to this place. It'll be worth your time.

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Sachi, a Pan-Asian Restaurant, Opens in Midtown

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All photos by Rafael Marxauch, Myarchn.com
Chef Andy Yang grew up in Thailand, and that's where his culinary education began. "My grandma cooked for the king," he says. "She taught my mother, who taught me. It's more like Bangkok-style cooking." He built on that base by working in different Asian countries, solidifying his understanding of Southeast Asian cooking while adding ingredients from all over the continent to his repertoire.

And he's applying all of that knowledge at Sachi (713 Second Avenue, 212-297-1883), a pan-Asian restaurant that opened last week in Midtown East.

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Here's What to Expect at GG's, Opening in the Goat Town Space This Week

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Photo courtesy GG's
Nicholas Morgenstern, who opened Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream last spring, says that he isn't in the rock-star class of chefs (i.e., the McNallys, Changs, Carmenellis) that dominates the New York City dining scene. But his skinny jeans, cherry-red motorcycle, and internationally popular ice cream parlor suggest that he is at least on his way. Especially when the ice cream parlor has become successful enough to command long lines of tourists and locals alike, who descend upon the shop for scoops of durian fruit and Szechuan peppercorn chocolate ice cream. "It's like Katz's or something," he says.

But before Morgenstern's, the chef had Goat Town, which he's retooling into GG's (511 East 5th Street) and reopening later this week. "This restaurant keeps my feet on the ground," he says. "This neighborhood is very real."


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Six Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

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The Good Batch via Facebook

When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: A former Smorgasburg bakery opens a brick-and-mortar in Brooklyn, Champagne and fried chicken get paired on the Lower East Side, and Danny Meyer's new Roman pizzeria opens in the Martha Washington Hotel.

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Have a Look Around Brazilian Underground Lair Botequim

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All photos by Adam Robb
Appetizers include all manner of Brazilian tapas, including cod croquettes, meat pies, prawns, and sausage.

If you're looking for somewhere to hunker down underground and gorge on suckling pig and cachaca until the next World Cup, you might want to check out Botequim (132 Fourth Avenue; 212-432-1324), the long-anticipated clubhouse from the restaurateurs behind Tocqueville and 15 East that's located inside the Hyatt Union Square.

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Here's an Early Taste of the LES's Birds & Bubbles

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If you've yet to experience the magical high-brow-low-brow match-up that is Champagne and fried chicken -- or you've only experienced it via, say, a bucket of Popeyes chicken and a bottle of Veuve that just happened to be stashed in your fridge -- you should make it a point to head into just opened Birds & Bubbles (100B Forsyth Street, 646-368-9240), where City Grit's Sarah Simmons is paying homage to this pairing via a pretty spectacular Champagne list and buttermilk-battered bird.

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Five Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

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Justine Dungo
Seoul Chicken

When one restaurant's doors close, another's 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: Red Hook gets a Thai restaurant, chicken wings hit the Lower East Side in full force, and the Le Bernardin team opens a wine bar.

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Here's a Lesson in Belgian Beer From the New Belgian Beer Cafe

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All photos courtesy Belgian Beer Cafe
Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobrandt
Finding a beer brewed in Belgium at your local watering hole isn't that hard these days, but finding a bar that can teach you how to pair your pint -- or how to pour that pint correctly -- is a bit less common. The recently opened Belgian Beer Cafe Nomad (220 Fifth Avenue, 212-575-2337) aims to help curious customers find the answers to those questions by serving as a classroom for Belgian beer.


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Seoul Chicken Brings Korean-Fried and Southern-Fried Chicken to the LES

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Justine Dungo
When Chaz Brown would visit New York City as a kid, he fell in love with the neighborhood Chinese joints, the types of places that would serve a half chicken with a side of fried rice for $5. "I wanted to put that on a pedestal," says the Fatty Crab and Fatty 'Cue alum. And now, he'll get his chance, albeit with a Korean twist. Brown is opening Seoul Chicken (71 Clinton Street) on Tuesday, where he'll serve Korean-fried and Southern-fried chicken to the Lower East Side.

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