Week of May 6-12

  • Grilled shrimp at Fornino Park Slope

  • Fornino Park Slope

  • Fornino Park Slope

Grilled shrimp at Fornino Park Slope

Fornino Park Slope
When chef-owner Michael Ayoub opened Cucina on Fifth Avenue in 1990, he was a lone fine-dining pioneer on a rough-and-tumble stretch that has since become one of Brooklyn’s most established restaurant rows. Now he’s returned to the very same space, with this expansive sister location to his Williamsburg brick-oven pizzeria. Ayoub serves grilled pies, along with straightforward Italian dishes like a whole roasted chicken and braised beef ravioli. For those who remember Cucina’s heyday, look for its signature caramelized-onion tart with goat cheese and olives, revived for the occasion. An adjacent space will eventually sell prepared foods. 256 Fifth Ave between Carroll St and Garfield Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-399-8600)

Plein Sud
Nightlife mogul and bistro maven Frederick Lesort is behind this AvroKO-designed French brasserie at the Smyth Hotel. Expect updated classics—like coq au vin with herb spaetzle, and an eight-ounce cheese-stuffed burger with black-truffle aioli—in the 100-seat space, appointed with handblown glass light fixtures and weathered wood. The Smyth Hotel, 85 West Broadway at Chambers St (212-204-5555)

Popsicles are making a comeback: First, People’s Pops opened in Chelsea Market, and now Popbar debuts, with homemade gelato served on sticks, in 25 rotating flavors (including pistachio and licorice). The treats can be dipped, drizzled and dusted with various chocolates and crumbled toppings, like biscotti and coffee beans. 5 Carmine St at Sixth Ave (212-255-4874)

Compiled by Daniel Gritzer

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