New restaurant and bar openings July 17–30, 2014

Wilma Jean, Mimi Cheng's Dumplings and more roll out in New York City

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Steamed dumplings at Mimi Cheng's Dumplings

Steamed dumplings at Mimi Cheng's Dumplings Filip Wolak


The following venues are expected to open by July 30th. Always call ahead, as openings can be delayed.

Humboldt & Jackson Snack on rotating small plates (beer cheese, pork chicharrón) at this tasting room by the Brooklyn Star’s Bill Reed. 434 Humboldt St at Jackson St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-349-3355)

Luke's Lobster The seventh outpost of this seafood shack boasts an adjoining pocket park for alfresco Maine microbrews and New England–style lobster, crab and shrimp rolls. 685 Third Ave between 43rd and 44th Sts (no phone yet, lukeslobster.com)

The Meatball Shop Meatball masters Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow expand their Italian empire to the Upper West Side, and debut a walk-up window dedicated to house-made ice cream sandwiches (sweet corn, sour-cherry–lambic). 447 Amsterdam Ave between 81st and 82nd Sts (212-422-1752, themeatballshop.com)

Mimi Cheng's Dumplings After an unsuccessful search for Chinese-Taiwanese fusion to rival their parents’ cooking, sisters Hannah and Marian Cheng unleash secret family recipes at this white-walled dumpling house, named for their mother. Handmade with organic vegetables and meat from Park Slope butcher Fleisher’s, the ginger-and-scallion pockets come in three varieties: the pork-and-bok-choy Reinvented Classic, the kale-and-shiitake Mighty Veggie and the namesake Mimi Cheng (chicken, zucchini). The 16-seat shop runs on counter service alone, but dumpling lovers can also sit at reclaimed-wood tables to sample house-made mint lemonade and hibiscus iced tea or pan-fried dessert dumplings filled with fresh banana and sprinkled with powdered sugar. 179 Second Ave between 11th and 12th Sts 
(no phone yet, mimichengs.com)

Pasta Shop Rome native Antonio Pergoli Campanelli taps into his heritage for classic plates (rigatoni alla carbonara, cacao e pepe) at this Italian-noodle hub. 234 Starr St between Irving and Wyckoff Aves, Bushwick, Brooklyn (718-708-5610)

Smorg Jr. This mini Brooklyn Flea food market includes vendors like Korzo (deep-fried burgers) and Goa Taco (Indian-Mexican street food). 180 Seventh Ave between 1st and 2nd Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (no phone)

Sugarburg Cajun bar fare is paired with nearly 60 craft beers at this Williamsburg haunt, but its scene-stealer—Montreal-style poutine—hails from up north. 519 Metropolitan Ave at Union St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-1219)

Wilma Jean Empire builders Rob Newton and Kerry Diamond are playing a game of musical chairs down on Smith Street: Their Vietnamese joint, Nightingale 9, is moving to the former Seersucker space to make room for this newcomer, a casual spin-off of their Southern-fried hit. On the menu, fried chicken is king, served as a dinner platter, in a sandwich or on a stick. Comfort-food classics like corn bread, cheddar-cheese grits and tater tots round out the offerings, alongside lighter salads like a raw-collard-and-roasted-peanuts combo. Natural light floods the minimally adorned space, which gets a boost of Deep South hospitality courtesy of communal tables and original Hatch Show Print pieces. 345 Smith St at Carroll St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-422-0444)


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