Restaurant and bar openings: November 3-9

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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Allswell Chef-owner Nate Smith, who earned his gastropub stripes at the Spotted Pig, breaks out on his own with this laid-back Williamsburg tavern. The 47-seat space is done up with a reclaimed pine bar, vintage wallpaper in different patterns and brass-hunting-horn chandeliers with matching sconces. Choose from chefly bar grub (like smoked-trout spread or spicy pork-stuffed pastry rounds); heartier dishes (such as roasted lamb or shellfish stew); and greens (including a chicory salad with figs and pomegranate). The drinks list takes a locavore slant with small-production wines and craft beers on tap, plus a selection of market-driven cocktails. 124 Bedford Ave at North 10th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-799-2743)

Double Wide Bar Dallas transplant Christen Hagan (d.b.a.) channels her roots at this Texas-style East Village bar. One side of the space sports blue-fence paneling and cutout "barn" windows lit by filament bulbs, while a gas-station-style star logo covers the back wall. Ten taps dispense a rotating selection of brews (such as Peak Organic IPA, Abita Purple Haze), plus drinkers can opt for Southern-inspired cocktails (sweet-tea-bourbon lemonade, a maple-bourbon sidecar) or sipping spirits, including a wide selection of bourbons, single-malt Scotches and tequilas. Pad all the boozing with country eats, like Frito pie, pulled-pork sliders and queso with chips. 503-505 E 12th St between Aves A and B (917-261-6461)

Flex Donuts Zac Young (Flex Mussels) returns with his sweet-fritter pop-up—serving flavors like rum raisin and mulled cider—through the end of December. Zocalo, Grand Central, 109 E 42nd St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-687-5666)

Laughing Man Marketplace Inspired by coffee farmers during a trip to Ethiopia, actor Hugh Jackman started his own line of single-origin, fair-trade and organic beans roasted in a Queens facility. Get a taste of Wolverine's java at this small Tribeca coffeeshop. The signature cup is a flat white—a double shot of espresso topped with microfoam—which is popular in Jackman's home country, Australia. 184 Duane St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts (212-680-1111)

Parm James Beard noms Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi will open their highly anticipated spin-off next door to Torrisi Italian Specialties. The retro canteen will take over sandwich operations (including meatball, chicken and eggplant parms) from the original restaurant, plus the pair will also offer refined takes on red-sauce classics (like chicken francese). Office lunchers can take a hero to go from the front take out counter, while diners can settle into seats at the back for a full meal or opt for classic cocktails at the bar. 248 Mulberry St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-993-7189)

Prima A crew of East Village culinary aces teamed up for this all-day caf-bar: Motorino's Mathieu Palombino heads up the kitchen, Ninth Street Espresso's Ken Nye sees to the java, and the Summit Bar's Greg Seider slings drinks, with his partner Hamid Rashidzada overseeing operations. During daytime hours, diners can linger over a cup of joe and a pastry or sandwich at one of the steel-and-marble tables. Come evening, sip on updated classics like a bourbon-amaro old-fashioned at the dark-wood bar, and choose from a seafood-focused menu that recalls Palombino's days as chef de cuisine at BLT Fish. The tight bill of fare highlights local, sustainable catches in dishes like pan-seared hake or scallops, all offered with your choice of sauce (such as pesto, buttermilk tartar, or tomato and olive oil). 58 E 1st St between First and Second Aves (646-559-4823)

SamSara Caf On the edge of South Street Seaport, chef Joshua Elliott (the Stanton Social) dishes out globally inflected French fare at this glossy canteen. The long space is decorated with yellow-painted brick walls, shiny black tables and hanging orange glass lamps. Find plates like duck-confit quesadillas, steak tartare maki and marinated skirt steak served alongside a Caesar salad. 277 Water St between Dover St and Peck Slip (212-444-9443)

Slightly Oliver British chef Jason Hicks (Jones Wood Foundry) and mixologist Albert Trummer (Theater Bar, Apothke) consulted on the menus at this uptown gastropub. Trummer, known for his theatrical and pyrotechnic presentations, tones down his showmanship for the Upper West Side: Find classic cocktails and creative punches, like Last Night in Paris (rum, peppermint, pink grapefruit, absinthe), served alongside draft beers, including Old Speckled Hen, Radeberger and Weihenstephan. To eat, tuck into hearty plates, like braised short ribs and steak-and-kidney pie, or fancy snacks, such as lobster corn dogs and a flatbread topped with chorizo, Manchego cheese and piquillo peppers. 511 Amsterdam Ave between 84th and 85th Sts (212-362-1098)

Veselka Bowery Beloved Ukrainian restaurant Veselka, a 24-hour East Village institution since 1954, debuts this 125-seat spin-off nearby. The new space offers a modern interior decked out with polished concrete floors, long communal wood tables and hanging glass lights. But you'll still find traditional Eastern European dishes, including borscht, vareniki and smoked pork hock, plus an update of Veselka's famous burger—here made with a brisket-and-chuck patty, a soft egg-bread bun and homemade horseradish ketchup. To drink, choose from more than 100 vodkas with an emphasis on small producers. 9 E 1st St between Bowery and First Ave (212-387-7000)

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