The following venues are expected to open by August 20th. Always call ahead, as openings can be delayed.
Le Jardin Bistro After closing in 2010, the former Soho brasserie reopens in the East Village with a year-round garden, oyster bar and a French menu bolstered by cassoulet, steak frites and bouillabaisse. 115 Ave C between 7th and 8th Sts (917-475-1213, lejardinbistro.com)
Maison Kayser Find Gallic dishes like olive-tapenade tartines and roasted-salmon ratatouille at the fifth outpost of this French bakery-café. 1535 Third Ave between 86th and 87 Sts (212-348-8400, maison-kayser.com)
Mast Brothers Chocolate Brew Bar Revisting chocolate’s history as a bitter sipper, Michael and Rick Mast are brewing cocoa beans into beverages in the small, subway-tiled space where they first started their company in 2007. Inside a renovated 1800s spice factory, the brothers add a soapstone counter for pastries and brewing, and a classroom in the back for chocolate pairing lessons. Baristas scoop and grind globally sourced, house-roasted beans for hot pour-overs and cold brews, including six cacao varietals (Peru, Brazil, Madagascar) to be taken “red”—as opposed to coffee’s “black”—or slightly sweetened with milk and sugar. 105A North 3rd St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-388-2625, mastbrothers.com)
San Marzano Mix and match house-made pastas (pappardelle, garganelli) and sauces (bolognese, wild-boar ragù) at this Italian noodle shop. 117 Second Ave at 7th St (212-777-3600, sanmarzanonyc.com)
2 Duck Goose Hong Kong natives Kay Ch’ien and Ben Pope re-create Cantonese dishes from their childhood, like paper-bag branzino with shiitake mushrooms and whole-roasted duck with sour-plum compote. 400 Fourth Ave at 6th St, Gowanus, Brooklyn (347-987-4808, 2duckgoose.com)