316 East 53rd Street 212-510-8588
A new Belgian restaurant just opened with Executive Chef Armand Vanderstigchel running the show. They are serving traditional food and Belgian beer to wash it down. The brasserie also offer a prix-fixe Brunch for $16.95 that is served with a basket of homemade baked goods, coffee or tea, and bloody mary, mimosa, bellini, screwdriver or OJ that's fresh squeezed, of course.
151 Rivington Street New York, New York
Japanese Eatery, Yopparai is replacing Sushi Uo, according to Bowery Boogie. They will be offering daily sashimi plates along with other dishes like chicken meatballs to bring variety. Apparently, they are bringing a sommelier on board and will also have a list of sake cocktails. This place is planning to open their doors in the beginning of March.
110 Reade Street 212-267-3777
This is not your average Chinese Restaurant. Lotus Blue is bringing, for the first time to New York City, China's southwestern Yunnan cuisine. The country borders Burma, Laos, Vietnam and Tibet and is the most diverse province in China and it shows in their cuisine. Their cocktails include infused spirits inspired by the region, such as chili-infused vodka and jasmine tea-infused tequila. Enjoy some Razor Clams with Yunnan Tomato and Pineapple Salsa or try some Grilled Tofu wrapped in Banana Leaf.
594 Union Avenue Brooklyn, New York 347-529-4921
Bellwether in Williamsburg just opened. Brought to you by the same people from Anella and Calyer, this new restaurant in the Royal Oak space features small plates that are great to share. Try lightly Smoked Salmon with apple cider, whole grain mustard and roe or an Olive Oil Soup with semolina speck and Taleggio cheese. You can also enjoy their raw bar.This fun, hip space will also feature music brought to you by DJs that will be on the scene everyday. According to eater, the owners note that the space is built with "the best new sound systems in the city."
1626 Second Avenue 212-772-8700
Executive Chef/Owner Emanuele Simeoni, from Barbaluc, just opened Doppio Senso on the Upper East Side. This new Italian restaurant is now serving up dinner and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. For dinner, try the handmade pappardelle with a veal and rosemary bolognese sauce or the Roasted Red Snapper with artichokes, fava beans, fresh herbs and black rice. The cured meat platter includes prosciutto, soppressata, mortadella and bresaola, so you can stop in for a snack and a drink. No room for dessert, try Christina Bini's Tiramisu Martini.