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After a two-year hiatus, decorated pie slinger Mathieu Palombino returns to the borough with this 50-seat Williamsburgpizza shop on June 26th. Rustic trappings include pressed-tin ceilings, pinewood flooring and metal light fixtures. Out of a Naples-imported wood-burning oven come favorites like the Margherita and the Sopressata Piccante (spicy pepperoni, fior di latte). Palombino expands the menu with new items, including his first regular-menu calzone—a sausage-and-cheese variety dubbed the Rocky—plus the Melanzane pie (roasted eggplant, mint). Sidle up to the eight-seat marble-topped bar for cocktails, beers and regional Italian wines. 139 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-8899)
Angelenos who find themselves on the opposite coast can get a taste of home at Cholo Noir, a Southern California–style Mexican joint in the East Village. Start with some chips and spicy guacamole ($10) or elotes, grilled street corn topped with mayo, chile, cojita cheese and lime ($5). The menu includes al pastor tacos named after Echo Park ($13 for three), beer-battered fish tacos a la San Diego ($5 each) and Venice Beach–style grilled shrimp tacos with pico de gallo ($5). Then there are Cholo Noir’s massive burritos stuffed with everything from vegetarian beans and cheese ($11) to carne asada, beans, pico de gallo, cojita cheese and avocado ($15). Wash it all down with one of the restaurants extra-large margaritas served in pint glasses or some creamy horchata ($4).
Venue says: “Your place for delicious Southern California Mexican cuisine and one of a kind cocktails.”