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Paul WagtouiczCarnitas taco at Tijuana Picnic

New restaurant and bar openings: October 30–November 6, 2014

Tijuana Picnic, Boomwich and more roll out in New York City

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The following venues are expected to open by November 6th. Always call ahead, as openings can be delayed.

Alidoro The Italian sub shop’s second outpost offers an extensive menu of sandwiches (think prosciutto with hot peppers and smoked mozzarella) and composed plates like a traditional Caprese salad. 18 E 39th St between Fifth and Madison Aves (646-692-4330, alidoronyc.com)

Boomwich Similar to his pie-slinging PeteZaaz in Crown Heights, Peter Entner’s off-the-wall sandwich shop mashes up far-reaching flavors (Asian, Mediterranean) and plays with format. Entner pulls chili from its bowl boundaries and slathers it between two bread slices alongside house-made cream-cheese burrata. “I like to take traditional things and mess them up a bit,” he says. He even transforms customer-favorite slices into sandwiches: The Reubenese smothers pastrami in Chinese mustard, sauerkraut and mozzarella, and the C.F.C. layers chilled fried chicken, curried yellow squash and stewed collard greens with pickled chilis and fontina cheese. 311 Atlantic Ave between Hoyt and Smith Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-643-9229, boomwich.com)

Botica & Co.
Adriana Ayales mixes elixirs and steeps vitamin-rich 
teas, like the Detox Booster Shot (turmeric, lemon) at her modern-
day apothecary. 607 Manhattan 
Ave between Driggs and Nassau Aves, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (646-418-0338, boticanyc.com)

Bowery Meat Company Empire builder John McDonald (Lure Fishbar, El Toro Blanco) and chef Paul DiBari (B&B Winepub) stretch their surf-and-turf muscles at this heritage steakhouse and raw bar 
in the East Village. 9 E 1st St between Bowery and Second Ave (212-460-5255, bowerymeatcompany.com)

The Bruffin Café
The brioche-muffin hybrids at this Lower 
East Side shop come in many incarnations: The American version is crammed with Buffalo chicken and blue cheese, while the Swedish variety features salmon and herbed goat cheese. 85 Delancey St between Ludlow and Orchard Sts (844-484-4100, thebruffin.com)

The Comfort Diner Find location-exclusive specials (fried chicken livers with lemon zest, marmalade-glazed salmon) at the second station of this beloved dinette. 399 Grand St between Essex and Clinton Sts (212-677-3997, comfortdiner.com)

Korilla BBQ
The tiger-striped food truck goes brick-and-mortar, folding bulgogi beef and spicy pork into wraps and serving bowls of bacon-kimchi fried rice with house-made sauces. 23 Third Ave between St. Marks Pl and 9th St (no phone yet, korillabbq.com)

Little Beet Table Expanding on 
his fast-casual midtown eatery, Franklin Becker goes completely gluten-free at this full-service follow-up, offering mains like cavatelli with butternut squash and desserts like pot-roasted apples with vanilla-walnut haroseth. 333 Park Ave South between 24th and 25th Sts (212-466-3330, thelittlebeattable.com)

Rivals Boardgame Cafe Husband-and-wife team Mike Sanderson and Kim Hackett roll out small plates (baked pretzel “logs,” short-rib sliders) at there Kings County game nook. 686 Grand St between Graham and Manhattan Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn 
(347-763-2832, rivalsboardgamecafe.com)

Saki Michelin-starred sushi master Masatoshi Gari Sugio (Sushi of Gari) serves an omakase menu and dishes such as buckwheat soba noodles with shrimp tempura at his latest Japanese spot. 56 Third Ave between 10th and 11th Sts (no phone yet, sushiofgari.com)

Semilla José Ramírez-Ruiz trades in his pop-up Chez José for a permanent, market-driven eatery, serving an ever-changing prix fixe highlighting seasonal produce. 160 Havemeyer St between South 2nd and 3rd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-3474, semillabk.com)

Tijuana Picnic To breach the borders of Mexican cuisine, Acme vets Jon Neidich and Jean-Marc Houmard have joined forces with chef Alex Lopez (Kittichai), who twists flavors from his Mexico City childhood with 12 years of training in Asian kitchens. “For us, there is something inherently fun and social about Mexican cuisine,” says Houmard. “We’re upping the quality, but there’s no formality involved—everything is casual but meticulously executed.” The result, a revision of Latin dishes fused with Indian, Creole and Vietnamese ingredients, is evident in the large-format pork neck with Thai-spiced chimichurri sauce and a tortilla soup bobbing with mini Chinese pork dumplings. The laidback, bi-level lounge, brimming with hand-painted wooden tables and tequila-bottle lamps, boasts an expanded bar, where NoMad drink slinger Jim Kearns shakes margaritas with avocado and tomatillo. 151 Essex St between 
Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-219-2000, tijuana-picnic.com)

Zibetto Espresso Bar This midtown location of the Italian coffee-bar chain serves pastries (apricot cornetti), panini (frittata, prosciutto) and strong brews like iced caffè freddo at a sleek marble bar. 501 Fifth Ave at 42nd St (646-838-6364, zibettoespresso.com)

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