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Hopin’ for Ethiopian? With These New Options, You’re in Luck

Lunch at Bunna Cafe. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Lunch at Bunna Cafe. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Ethiopian food is getting a lot easier to come by in the Bedford + Bowery domain. Two weeks ago, Bunna Cafe took up permanent lunchtime residence at Mama Joy’s bar in Bushwick, and on Saturday it’ll join the lineup at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. Not only that: the East Village is getting an Ethiopian bistro as well.
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Oh, Hello! Will This New Luncheonette Bring Too Much Tuna to St. Marks?

ArchieLooks like “Too Much Tuna” has a new filming location.

A homey luncheonette specializing in deli-style chicken and tuna salad is slated to open within the next couple of weeks at 23 Third Avenue, right around the corner from the madness that is St. Marks Place.
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With This Korean Pub’s Opening, St. Marks is Looking More and More Like 32nd St.

Pan (Photo: Anna Silman)

Pan (Photo: Anna Silman)

St. Marks Place, long dominated by head shops and Japanese restaurants, looks to be experiencing the first seedlings of a demographic shift. (Don’t worry stoners, the head shops aren’t going anywhere.)

This month, Pan celebrated its relocation from the K-town strip on 32nd Street and its grand opening at 13 St. Marks.
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Ahoy! The Owners of The Richardson Have Docked Grand Ferry in Williamsburg

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The good folks who brought The Richardson to the Greenpoint-Williamsburg border have quietly birthed (berthed?) a new one — Grand Ferry.

Despite the not insignificant development that has sprung up along Kent Avenue, Joel Lee Kulp thinks his week-old waterfront tavern, located between Grand and N. 1st St., fills an overlooked gap: “A lot of places in this particular neighborhood are opening straight-up restaurants, with a bar as an afterthought,” he said. “We’re a bar primarily that’s offering a food menu a swell.”
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Danny Mena of Hecho en Dumbo Opens Sembrado en Nueva York Tonight

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Tacos. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Tacos. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Today on East 13th Street, Hecho en Dumbo’s Danny Mena will open what his GM, Oscar Bernal, describes as a “traditional taqueria and mezcaleria” — but it won’t be too traditional.
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An Astoria Favorite Is Bringing Its Big Fat Greek Menu to the East Village

Future location of Taverna. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Future location of Taverna. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining at Taverna Kyclades in Astoria, you’ll no longer need to schlep to Queens to make it happen. The family-style Greek-dining destination is opening an East Village outpost in two to three weeks at 228 First Avenue, near 14th Street.
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Williamsburg’s Heartbeet Will Soon Let Loose Its Juice on the LES

(Photo: Anna Silman)

So much for hot-dog sliders and funnel-cake fries. The nook that briefly held Munchies Joint is getting a seriously healthy makeover: the pint-sized storefront at 85 Stanton Street will soon be home to Heartbeet Juicery, a Brooklyn-based boutique juice cleanse company.
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Here’s an Early Look Inside Antler Beer & Wine Dispensary

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It looks like Antler Beer & Wine Dispensary is coming along nicely. The wine bar bound for 123 Allen Street is owned by Scott Garry and James Hendrick, who also owns Gramercy boozeries Bull’s Head Tavern and Tap Room No. 307. According to The Lo-Down, Community Board 3 voted to support their wine and beer license last week after Hendrick promised “a nice warm space for people to come after work where there’s positive energy.”

We haven’t been able to get the owners of Antler on the proverbial horn, but we did manage to nab a shot of the charmingly rustic interior, which looks well on its way to completion.
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Sigmund’s Reopens Tonight With Beer and a Menu That Goes Way Beyond Pretzels

Sigmund's Pretzel Shop

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's (Photo: Dyske Suematsu)

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Sliders. (Photo: Dyske Suematsu)

Pretzels

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's Pretzel ShopSliderPretzels

Pretzel fondue, anyone? It’ll be on the menu when Sigmund’s Pretzels reopens after three months of renovations tonight.

The pretzel shop is now more of a proper dinner destination, having scrapped its former pretzel-centric menu and added beer. You can still get pretzels with dipping sauce or in bun form, on a slider or sandwich. But some of the standout dishes on the menu (below) don’t even feature pretzels. The chilled cucumber-and-spinach soup with sorrel and avocado should serve as a nice alternative to that reigning champion of heat-wave coping mechanisms, gazpacho. And there’s also a kale salad with pistachios, apples and crème fraiche.
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