Have an Early Taste of Oxido, a New Fast-Casual Modern Mexican Spot in Flatiron

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Sara Ventiera for the Village Voice
Óxido's secret menu item, the "Make It Dirty"
Chipotle is about to get a run for its money, at least in the Flatiron. Yesterday, Óxido (18 West 23rd Street; 212-256-1072), a new fast-casual modern Mexican joint, was unleashed to lines out the door, in the cold.

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Owners of Somtum Der Bring Kiin Thai Eatery to the Village

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All photos courtesy Kiin
Nham Prik Ong: Minced pork chili dip made of curry and ripe tomatoes. Served with a set of crispy pork rinds, fried Vietnamese sausage, soft-boiled eggs, carrot, cucumber, cabbage, and coriander.
Years after moving to the States from their native Thailand, Supanee Kitmahawong and Phakphoom (Chris) Sirisuwat would head straight from the airport to their favorite eateries in Bangkok — even after the twenty-plus hours of travel time. That intense yearning gave them an idea: Why not bring authentic regional Thai cuisine to New York? So the owners of Lantern Thai Kitchen decided to do so with highly acclaimed Isan-inspired spot Somtum Der. And just last night, Kitmahawong and Sirisuwat did it again, with the opening of their latest ode to the varied fare of their homeland. Kiin Thai Eatery (36 East 8th Street; 212-529-2363) offers a selection of specialties from the central and northern areas of the country.

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Inside Almond Tribeca, Bringing an Oyster Bar and Small Plates to Franklin Street

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All photos by Adam Robb for the Village Voice
Octopus terrine and potatoes receive a splash of chorizo oil at the new Almond Tribeca.

The bread and butter at Almond's original Bridgehampton location are families noshing on gravy fries and oyster chowder. In the Flatiron, it's suits after work digging into burgers and bowls of mussels at the bar, and nearby at L&W Oyster Co., chef Jason Weiner's two-year-old seafood bar, it's lobster deviled eggs and smoked oyster tacos that satisfy. Combine those patrons, those menus, downtown in the cavernous former Kutsher's space, and you've got the third iteration of Almond (186 Franklin Street, 212-431-0606). And to keep everyone happy, including his kitchen staff, the chef has developed his most extensive small-plates menu to date.

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Inside Dullboy, a Jersey City Cocktail Bar From the Team Behind the Garret

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All photos by Adam Robb
Dullboy's name and décor are influenced by Stephen King's The Shining.

Park & Sixth shuttered its original Jersey City sandwich shop last December, and last week reopened as Dullboy (364 Grove Street, 201-795-1628), the downtown neighborhood's first legitimate cocktail destination. And while the bar's name is inspired by a line from Stephen King's The Shining, it's Brian Dowling's cooking that still casts a specter, supplementing a drinks menu developed by his partners in West Village bar the Garret, with snacks like bacon-wrapped cherry tomato tacos, thick-cut rosemary potato chips, and his latest iteration of a monster burger (this time a double bacon cheeseburger smothered in caramelized shallots).

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An Early Taste of Loi Estiatorio in Midtown

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All photos Sara Ventiera for the Village Voice
Paidaikia ($42)
The Martha Stewart of Greece, Maria Loi, is on her way to creating her own Greek empire. The official Ambassador of Greek Gastronomy recently opened her latest self-titled eatery, Loi Estiatorio (132 West 58th Street; 212-713-0015), in the midtown space that once housed Michelin-starred Seäsonal. But that's not all the celebrity chef has on her plate; she's currently working on additional restaurants, cookware, and her own line of Greek products that will soon hit grocery store shelves.

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Reverse Commute: The Hamptons-Inspired BKB Opens on the Upper East Side

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All photos by Billy Lyons
Dayboat sea scallops at the newly opened BKB Manhattan
Father-and-son duos are not uncommon in the restaurant world. However, finding one that agreed on leaving the summer shade of the Hamptons for the always illuminated Manhattan is a bit more obscure. For the Millers of BKB (321 East 73rd Street; 212-861-1038), the move represents more than just expanding the family business.

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Seamstress Sells American Food, Booze, and Goods on the Upper East Side

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All photos courtesy Oleg March/Seamstress
The mutton burger at Seamstress

After a night of boozing, there are stranger things to wake up to than a leather bag with half a mutton burger tucked inside, but that's just one of the many possibilities Seamstress (339 East 75th Street; 212-288-8033) brings to the table. One-half lounge, one-half bar, topped with a dash of vintage general store, the new Upper East Side watering hole marks another neighborhood retreat from The Gilroy's Steve Laycock and Josh Mazza, who together are helping rebrand the Upper East Side's nightlife options. Behind the bar, Pam Wiznitzer oversees a list of nearly 50 classic cocktails — plus, one from cocktail historian David Wondrich, thrown in for good measure — while Will Horowitz of Ducks Eatery is taking care of the kitchen.

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Monte-Carlo NYC Brings Simple French Fare to the UES

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All photos courtesy Monte-Carlo NYC (photo credit: Oleg March)
Lobster Vol au Vent ($27), butter poached Maine lobster, pike quenelle, wild mushrooms, puff pastry, and lobster jus
Born and raised on the Côte d'Azur, in the city of Marseille, Alexandra Pollet spent her childhood summers in nearby Monte Carlo. It was those fond memories that prompted Pollet to strike out on her own with Monte-Carlo NYC (181 East 78th Street; 646-863-3465). The new UES eatery features classic French fare, much of it with a Mediterranean twist.

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Philanthropic Bakery Sweet Generation Opens Its First Brick-and-Mortar in the East Village

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All photos courtesy Sweet Generation
Amy Chasan grew up baking with her mom — it's always been one of the artist's many creative outlets. So, after settling in to a career in youth development and arts education in the nonprofit sector, and seeing firsthand the ramifications of budgetary restrictions and the subsequent detrimental effects on pupils' confidence, academic success, and overall life trajectory, she turned back to her childhood pastime to deal with the stress. What started out as a hobby steadily turned into a business; Chasan would stay up baking into the early morning, filling orders for a growing roster of clients. After a year of juggling two careers, she made the switch to baking full-time with her catering, wholesale, and online bakery, Sweet Generation (130 First Avenue; 646-964-5777). The company recently expanded its operations yet again, with the opening of its first brick-and-mortar outpost in the East Village.

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Via Vai Italian Chef/Owner Brings Michelin Experience to Astoria

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Francesca Martino courtesy Via Vai Facebook
Rome native Antonio Morichini has spent time in the kitchens of some of the best restaurants in the Italian capital. He began with a two-year stage at Michelin-starred Il Convivio Troiani, then worked his way up to sous chef and then chef de cuisine at numerous eateries with designations from the esteemed organization, including Glass Hostaria and Acquolina. Now the accomplished chef has brought his vast résumé to his own Italian neighborhood dining room at Astoria's Via Vai (31-09 23rd Avenue, Queens; 347-612-4334).

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