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Wild salmon with coconut pad thai at Hu Kitchen
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz Wild salmon with coconut pad thai at Hu Kitchen

Restaurant and bar openings: September 26–October 3, 2012

Hu Kitchen, Fair Folks and more open in New York

By Christopher Ross
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Fair Folks Husband-and-wife team Anthony and Aurora Mazzei open a Greenwich Village café-gallery. Get a cup of cold-brewed iced coffee and snack on a tartine before browsing the homemade jewelry, scarves and art scattered throughout the cozy room. A $25 monthly membership gets you free beverages and special discounts. 96 W Houston St between La Guardia Pl and Thompson St (646-885-2876)

Felice In this 50-seat space from the owners of Felice Wine Bar, diners can explore Tuscan lunch fare, like salmon panini or an arugula salad tossed with artichokes and hearts of palm. Dinner offerings include classic pasta dishes and grilled branzino, which you can pair with a glass of sangiovese. 15 Gold St between Gold and William Sts (212-785-5950)

Hu Kitchen It used to be, the only time you heard New Yorkers mutter words like cleanse and raw, it was after a rough Friday night. But juice diets and caveman cuisine are increasingly part of the average Gothamite's diet, as evidenced by the opening of Hu Kitchen, a bi-level Union Square market dedicated to "pre-industrial and pre-agrarian" fare. Founded by health-conscious siblings Jordan Brown and Jessica Karp (who formerly worked in real estate and finance, respectively), the market features various sections serving prepared and fresh foods: a yogurt bar with four types of house-made granola and almond and cashew butters; a cold-press juice bar where you can grab a carrot-apple-ginger bottle to go; and a made-to-order counter, offering rotisserie chickens coated with coconut sugar and kale salad with goji berries. Munch on your antioxidant-rich meal upstairs, where the tables are made from cross-sections of Indonesian trees, and a balcony affords a view of the bustling square. 78 Fifth Ave at 14th St (212-510-8919)

Numero 28 Cucina This fourth location of the Numero 28 pizza chain serves thin-crust Neapolitan pies and classic Sicilian dishes like fish crudo and arancini rice balls, in a 50-seat space decorated with images of the old country. Match your main with a glass of Sicilian wine, and end on a sweet note with a pistachio semifreddo or classic tiramasu. 660 Amsterdam Ave between 92nd and 93rd Sts (212-706-7282)

Prime at the Bentley From the team behind kosher eateries Solo and the Prime Grill comes another Shabbat-friendly spot, a 200-seat restaurant situated on the rooftop of the Bentley Hotel offering wide-angle city views. Look out for seafood offerings like a grilled Tasmanian sea trout served with lemon and capers, as well as a sushi and crudo bar. Prepaid dinners are available Friday night, as is a special elevator that automatically stops at the correct floor, no button-pressing required. 500 E 62nd St at York Ave (212-933-9733)

Principessa Chef Kevin Garcia ('Cesca) offers rich Italian plates in a sleek Soho eatery. Grab a seat at one of the tall banquettes facing the mirrored bar and dig into antipasti, including beef carpaccio with shaved fennel, and entrées such as a pan-roasted half chicken and a grilled market vegetables in a black-truffle vinaigrette. There are also seasonal cocktails, designed by Kevin Jaszek (Freemans). 199 Prince St between MacDougal and Sullivan Sts (646-682-7377)

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