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On St. Marks, a Souped-Up, Not-So-Dumpy Spot for Soup Dumplings

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If Chinatown’s new dumpling spot in a deli is a little too homegrown for you, you may feel more at home at The Bao, which opened on St. Marks yesterday. The East Village offshoot of Flushing’s two-year-old Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao specializes — as the name implies – in soup dumplings a la Joe’s Shanghai. The vibe, however, is considerably less dumpy than your average dumpling house.
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Here’s a Look Inside the New Max Fish, Opening Saturday

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Legendary LES art bar Max Fish is poised for a revival, one year after the closure of its iconic Ludlow Street location. This Saturday afternoon, the Fish will swim again at new digs on Orchard Street—no. 120 to be exact, right across from that other dynastic offshoot, the Russ and Daughters Café.
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Cheeky Sandwiches Will Open a Basement Restaurant With a ‘Dark Alley’ Vibe

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Cheeky Sandwiches (Photos: Ryan Monaghan)

At Cheeky Sandwiches on the Lower East Side, things are starting to look normal again; or, as normal as it gets at Cheeky. After closing its doors just over two weeks ago due to a bad inspection by the DOH, Cheeky reopened them—cautiously—last Monday. Din Yates tells B+B that the basement is also under renovation, and it’ll open as a new, separate restaurant within the next two months, ostensibly to fill the void of his shuttered “breakfast club,” Bread for the Eater, in Greenpoint.
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International Playground Brings Its Condom-Packing Boxer Shorts to Soho

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Virginia Craddock at International Playground. (Photo: Dani Damario)

True to its name, International Playground believes in keeping fashion fun, and now it’s got a new sandbox to romp in: the store dedicated to forward-thinking Lower East Side denizens has moved uptown in spirit with a Soho outpost that opened this weekend.

With items like Chromat caged bustiers, ISLYNYC necklaces with chunky letters stating “BLAH BLAH BLAH” and “ZERO FUCKS,” and limited edition in-house team-ups (such as recent boxer shorts complete with a condom pocket and pervy photo by artist Ben Fredrickson), the shop has been an outré staple on Stanton Street since 2009. ItsSoho sibling stands out among neighbors like Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang.
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Salma Hayak’s Cleanse Guru Has Opened a Juice Bar On Bedford Ave

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After opening 11 locations in Manhattan, Juice Generation has come to Brooklyn via Bedford Avenue. As you can see, the raw juicer, which launched in Midtown in 1999 and opened a kitchen in Long Island City ten years later, is relishing its new Williamsburg outpost with a mural of the Manhattan Bridge in the back room, where there’s also an enclosed plant display (and free wifi!).
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Oh, Boy: A Po’ Boy Truck Is Permanently Parking in Bushwick

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The Orleans food truck, a work in progress (Photos: Kate Beaudoin)

Oliver Vonderahe has always been a little disappointed in the culinary offerings of his neighborhood of a decade. His remedy? Open a stationary food truck in the heart of Bushwick, serving one of his favorite New Orleans staples: po’ boys.

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BONDST’s Jonathan Morr Opens Cherry Izakaya in Williamsburg Tonight

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(Photo: Rebecca Fondren, courtesy of Cherry)

Tonight Jonathan Morr of BONDST will bring a Brooklyn outpost of his other sushi den, Cherry, to Williamsburg. That may cause some to worry about the upscaling of the neighborhood’s dining scene (a cherry that was already popped by The Elm). After all, Cherry’s meatpacking-esque location in the Dream Hotel looks like a place where the girls from Sex and the City would get a drink, not the girls from Girls.
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Nublu’s Owner Opens a Nu Spot Harkening to the East Village’s ‘Glory Days’

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Studio 151 (Photo courtesy of Ilhan Ersahin)

Last week Ilhan Ersahin opened a new club just a few blocks up from Nublu, the East Village institution he launched back in 2002, and tonight he’s celebrating with a party. The second-floor space is called Studio 151, which, yes, is meant to invoke Studio 54. “There’s a little word play of course, because it’s also going to be a great hangout place,” Ersahin says. “It’s inspired by Andy Warhol’s Factory and the glory days of the ’70s.”
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Billykirk Is Bringing Natty Amish-Made Leather Goods to Orchard Street

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Just weeks after the opening of Georgia caused us to remark on Orchard Street’s “increasingly stylish” southernmost block, Billykirk is opening its first brick-and-mortar store across the street.

Back when Gargyle was at 16 Orchard Street, it consistently reordered vintage-industrial-inspired leather goods and accessories from Billykirk. So when Gargyle closed and moved to DUMBO, brothers Chris and Kirk Bray figured the vacant storefront was a good location for the brand they started in Los Angeles in 1999.
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