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A barbecue smorgasbord at Hill Country.

A barbecue smorgasbord at Hill Country. Photo: Cinzia Reale-Castello

American Grill


You guessed it—this 24-hour eatery specializes in good ol’ American diner fare, in the space that once housed pierogi haven Kiev. A communal table and sidewalk seating are designed to provide appeal beyond that of your typical greasy spoon. 117 Second Ave at 7th St (212-777-1086)

Bistro 33


Chef Gary Anza (Bond St, Bao 111) has reopened Lil Bistro 33 with a shorter name and bigger digs. A former Laundromat has been outfitted with two bars (one for booze, one for sushi). In addition to Japanese bites, expect French-Asian fusion cuisine. 19-33 Ditmars Blvd at 21st St, Astoria, Queens (718-721-1933)

Hill Country


In homage to Central Texas meat-markets--turned--barbecue-joints, owner Marc Glosserman has launched the first Lone Star State ’cue haven in New York City. The 250-seat space includes a stage for Austincentric music and a smoking room showcasing pit master Robbie Richter’s carnivorous treats-by-the-pound. 30 W 26th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave (212-255-4544)

Lola


After 19 years in Chelsea, Lola has moved downtown. The bi-level spot flaunts an onyx bar, French doors and a luxe lounge decorated with grand chandeliers. The owners are the same, but new chef Jennifer Printz (Payard Bistro, Le Cirque) prepares a French menu with Cajun, Creole and Caribbean accents. 15 Watts St between Thompson St and West Broadway (212-675-6700)

Park Avenue Summer


Local ingredients apparently no longer suffice—spaces have gone seasonal, too. The former Park Avenue Caf has gotten a $1.5 million face-lift from design firm AvroKO, which outfitted the Smith and Wollensky--owned eatery with modular panels that will change come summer, fall, winter and spring. Chef Craig Koketsu keeps up the motif with his New American menu. 100 E 63rd St at Park Ave (212-644-1900)

Public House


Banking on their success in Denver and Philadelphia, the owners of this all-American pub-and-grub spot have launched a 10,000-square-foot, 400-seat hangout in midtown. The comfort-food menu from chef Robert Dziekonski (English Is Italian, Gramercy Tavern) features buttermilk chicken tenders and seared tuna steak with apple-mustard chutney. 140 E 41st St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-682-3710)

Compiled by Alissa Dicker, Karen Tina Harrison, Fabiana Santana, Pervaiz Shallwani and Juanpablo Wright

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