The Feed openings: The Beagle, Sprinkles Cupcakes and more

Sprinkles Cupcakes pay tribute to TONY

Sprinkles Cupcakes pay tribute to TONY Photograph: Jolie Ruben

The following venues are expected to open by May 18. Always call ahead, as openings can be delayed.

Ample Hills Creamery Twenty-four rotating flavors—made with Battenkill Valley Creamery milk, organic cane sugar and cage-free eggs—are on offer at this sunny artisanal ice cream parlor, opening on May 17. Take a seat at the L-shaped marble counter, or watch the creamy treats being made through the production-room window. Flavors range from simple and seasonal, such as strawberry and pumpkin, to more baroque creations, including the Elvis Impersonator, made with banana ice cream, ribbons of peanut butter and candied bacon. 623 Vanderbilt Ave at St. Marks Pl, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (no phone yet)

apl Following the departure of the preopening toque—Top Chef alum Camille Becerra—owner Joey Verdone took the reins at this 74-seat American restaurant, which will debut on May 12. Nodding to the neighborhood's urban backdrop, the street-themed space is decorated with colorful graffiti murals and pairs of bronzed sneakers hanging from the ceiling. The wide-ranging menu runs the gamut, from fried pickles and a cookie platter to uni ravioli and veal sweetbreads. 146 Orchard St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-777-8600)

B&B Empire While bagels are a ubiquitous breakfast staple in Gotham, Montreal-style specimens have remained largely elusive. Enter this 30-seat Brooklyn caf, which is bringing freshly baked versions to town. In contrast with the New York variety, our Northern neighbors make theirs with an egg-based dough, boiled in honey-sweetened water and baked in a wood-fired oven. The result: a sweeter, crunchier roll with a hole, typically covered with poppy (black) or sesame (white) seeds. Toppings, however, remain familiar—smoked salmon, capers, and plain and flavored cream cheeses. This venue will open by May 19. 200 Clinton St at Atlantic Ave, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-858-6358)

The Beagle Bar-restaurant hybrids are a given these days (what hot new eatery doesn't try its hand at a rockin' bar program), but few successfully bridge the gap between the food and cocktails. Leave it to a Portland import to do just that. Owner Matt Piacentini brought on chef Garrett Eagleton (who worked at Clyde Common in Oregon's Ace Hotel) to collaborate with bartender Dan Greenbaum (The John Dory Oyster Bar) at this rustic American restaurant, which is opening tomorrow night. Key to the concept are "pairing boards," in which small plates are matched with a slug of a booze. Here, braised celery with burrata, chili and olive oil is accompanied by a shot of light, floral Austrian blue gin. You'll also find a full menu of la carte dishes, such as hanger steak with escargots and mushrooms. Tipplers can dip into the cocktail list featuring classic quaffs and original sips, like the Golden Dog—a blend of Scotch, Lillet, Bndictine, apricot liqueur and Angostura bitters. The 41-seat space is done up with vintage patterned wallpaper, walnut-stained oak and a wall decorated with the pages of a 1915 etiquette book. 162 Ave A between 10th and 11th Sts (212-228-6900)

BeerParc Restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow bolsters his fancy food court, FoodParc with this seasonal beer garden opening May 18 in the plaza outside. The 12,000-square-foot space boasts stalls from noted toques, including Ed Brown (Ed's Chowder House), Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban (Edi & the Wolf), Harold Dieterle (Kin Shop) and Zak Pelaccio (Fatty 'Cue). Sample a brisket sandwich slathered with chili aioli at Pelaccio's Fatty Snack, or Thai-style fried chicken at Dieterle's Soi 29. Ten taps dispense five craft suds, including selections like Radeberger Pilsner, Tucher Helles Hefeweizen and Southampton Publick House Double White Ale. 845 Sixth Ave between 29th and 30th Sts (

Bouchon Bakery Thomas Keller brings his French-style sandwiches, salads and pastries to Rockefeller Center on May 12. 1 Rockefeller Plaza, W 49th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-782-3890)

Ha Noi Vietnamese Kitchen This 40-seat Park Slope restaurant, which opened on April 30, serves an extensive menu of classic Vietnamese eats. Find pho, canh (hot-and-sour soup), banh mi, and specialties like squid sauted with lemongrass, fried frog legs, and warm vermicelli topped with grilled pork. 448 9th St at Seventh Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-788-7755)

The Highliner Charles Milite, owner of Union Square's Coffee Shop, revamps Chelsea institution Empire Diner with a brand-new menu, a big-time renovation and a revved-up bar program, which will debut on May 16. He preserved the original's iconic elements—the chrome exterior, swivel barstools and vintage aluminum sconces—but refreshed the interior with mahogany and a geometric-patterned marble floor. Chef Jeremie Tomczak (Aquavit) presides over an expansive diner menu served morning through night. He gives coffeeshop standards a fine-dining tweak: Omelettes are made with crme frache, paddlefish roe and chives; mac and cheese is served with mustard greens and sherry; and the BLT holds lamb bacon and butter lettuce. To drink, find six beers on tap, such as Keegan Ale Stout or Defiant Tripel, and classic American cocktails, including the Rob Roy, the Gin Sling and martinis. 210 Tenth Ave between 22nd and 23rd Sts (212-206-6206)

Merchants Market While the architecture of this white, pinwheel-shaped kiosk may be avant-garde, the all-day American menu at the small caf inside (opening May 13) is completely straightforward. Grab a cinnamon-pecan roll, a breakfast burrito, or a croissant stuffed with egg, ham and white cheddar in the morning. Find salads and sandwiches, like free-range chicken salad on multigrain or smoked turkey with cheddar and bacon on flatbread, later in the day. When darkness sets in, choose from a selection of standard sips (Bud Light, Budweiser, chardonnay, cabernet) and take in the kiosk's embedded LED light display, which changes colors each night. Peter Minuit Plaza, 10 Battery Pl between Water and Whitehall Sts (212-248-0707)

900 Degrees International School of Pizza instructors Bruno Di Fabio and Tony Gemignani are behind this West Village pie joint, which will open its doors on May 16. The spot's name points to the temperature reached in their wood-burning oven, which was imported from Naples. Find three styles of pies—Napoletana, American and Roman—each prepared using a different dough recipe and specific toppings. Particularly intriguing is the American pie, topped with lamb and eucalyptus. 29 Seventh Ave South between Bedford and Morton Sts (212-989-9880)

Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck The beloved lobster-roll joint takes to the streets with this roving truck on May 12. You can order two styles—the warm and buttered Connecticut version or the cold and mayo-laced New England one—plus Maine Root sodas and Robicelli cupcakes and whoopie pies year-round. Come winter, the mobile operation will debut hot seafood soups. For locations, visit

Saravanaa Bhavan As of last Friday, Upper West Siders can snack on dosas at the second New York location of this respected Southern Indian chain, which has branches in ten countries. Twenty-five versions of the thin crpes, offered with fillings like spiced mashed potatoes or fiery chutney, are on the menu here. New to this location: Indian brunch featuring lentil doughnuts and Cream of Wheat studded with orange, pineapple and almonds. 413 Amsterdam Ave between 79th and 80th Sts (212-721-7755)

SkyIce This eclectic Thai caf, which opened on April 10, serves a rotating selection of 16 ice-cream flavors, including mango, caramel sea salt and black-sesame seaweed. You'll also find a savory menu of traditional bites (green curry, papaya salad, chicken satay), plus more creative sweets, including a "sushi" platter composed of coconut sticky rice, rolled with rice wrappers and stuffed with lychees and strawberries. 63 Fifth Ave at St. Marks Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-230-0910)

Soul Daddy Chef Jamawn Woods, winner of America's Next Great Restaurant, opened this health-conscious comfort food canteen on May 2 with help from investors Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone, Lorena Garcia and Chipotle founder Steve Ells—the reality show's judges. All three locations (Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York) serve a menu of homey classics with a wholesome slant, such as baked herb chicken, roasted pork and whole-wheat biscuits. 189 Front St at John St (212-269-2324)

Sprinkles Cupcakes Cupcake Wars judge Candace Nelson opened her first bakery in Beverly Hills in 2005, quickly winning a devout following, before expanding to nine other cities. This location, her first in New York City, will start serving 50 different flavors, from chai latte to lemon coconut, on May 13. Each frosted confection is crowned with the store's signature sugar dot. 780 Lexington Ave between 60th and 61st Sts (212-207-8375)