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David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar has a second location uptown at Columbus Circle, with a different menu than the original East Village restaurant. His signature ramen is on offer, with brisket and water spinach or pork belly and egg yolk, as are homemade breads, crudo and veggies. Lunch & Dinner daily. Momofuku Noodle Bar Columbus Circle, The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10019, 646-918-8752.
 
Union Square Hospitality Group is behind Intersect by Lexus, the café and restaurant owned by Lexus (yes, the car company). Gregory Marchand, a French celebrity chef with restaurants in Paris and London, helms the kitchen. The ground floor café makes way to a restaurant and cocktail lounge upstairs. The restaurant will unveil a new concept every four to six months. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Intersect by Lexus, 412 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
 
Fava Bistro, a two-story Mediterranean restaurant, showcases the flavors of Greece. Its menu includes garlicky tzatziki, house-made merguez sausage, and branzino with lemon relish and crispy capers. Fava Bistro, 74 Seventh Avenue S., New York, NY 10011, 212-776-9965.
 
Jonathan Benno, who helmed the kitchens at Per Se and Lincoln Ristorante, now has his own restaurant: Benno in the restored The Evelyn hotel (located past his more laid back Leonelli Taberna). The restaurant celebrates the food of Liguria and Provence, with a dining room furnished in original walnut woodwork and mosaic floors. Benno, The Evelyn, 7 E. 27th St., New York, NY 10016, 212-451-9557.
 
Restaurateur Jimmy Rizvi and chef Gurpreet Singh are behind GupShup, the new Bombay-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar in Gramercy. Their signature dishes include pumpkin with roasted tellicherry peppers, and tomato rasam ramen with mushrooms. Dinner nightly. GupShup, 115 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-518-7313.
 
Oath Pizza on the Upper West Side offers various pies that feature produce grown in its on-site hydroponic garden. The "Muffled Trushroom" is topped with house-made truffle sauce, roasted mushrooms and Grana Padano cheese. Classic pizzas like pepperoni and sausage are also available. Lunch & Dinner daily. Oath Pizza, 2169 Broadway, New York, NY 10024, 917-388-2829.
 
Upper East Side Thai restaurant Maison Bangkok has a bright, all-pink dining room, where dishes like avocado mango salad, noodles, curries, and quail eggs wrapped in wontons are served. Lunch & Dinner daily. Maison Bangkok, 355 E. 78 St., New York, NY 10075, 212-628-4442.
 
The latest addition to David Chang’s restaurant empire is Bang Bar, a takeout breakfast and lunch spot on the third floor of Time Warner Center. The place takes its name from ppang or bbang, which means bread in Korean. Featured are flatbread wraps stuffed with spit-roasted meat, like spicy gochujang-marinated pork shoulder. Bang Bar, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
 
Amy Scherber and her husband, Troy Rohne, have opened up their first Brooklyn outpost of Amy's Bread in Brooklyn Heights. The 24-seat café serves bread, pastries, sandwiches and coffee. There are also locations of the bakery in Hell's Kitchen and the Village. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Amy's Bread Brooklyn, 311 Henry St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 929-276-3108.
 
Katie Rue's 26-seat Reception Bar on the Lower East Side features cocktails based on Korean spirits, especially soju. On offer is a drink called the Lotus Breeze, mixed with lotus-infused soju, sparkling chrysanthemum tea and green plum syrup. Reception Bar, 45 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 646-490-4053.
 
Leonti restaurant showcases elegant yet simple Italian dishes In the former Dovetail space on the Upper West Side, Adam Leonti's eponymous Leonti restaurant showcases elegant yet simple Italian dishes, like salt-encrusted branzino, veal tartare, and sage cannoli for dessert. The restaurant mills its own grains for its house-made breads and pastas. Dinner nightly. Leonti, 103 W. 77th St., New York, NY 10024, 212-362-3800.
 
Unagi, or freshwater eel, is the star of the show at Unagi-Ya Hachibei, a Japanese restaurant in an intimate townhouse dining room decorated with black walls and red curtains. The delicacy is served grilled and brushed with a sauce from Kyushu, an island in southwestern Japan. Lunch & Dinner daily. Unagi-Ya Hachibei, 238 E. 53rd St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10022, 212-888-8003.
 
Natura Cafe is an all-day café in the Dream Downtown hotel in Chelsea. It's from the team behind the nightclub Tao. The California-themed menu features acai bowls, toasts, salads and tuna poke. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Natura Cafe, Dream Downtown, 355 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011, 646-625-4825.
 
Restaurateur Reno Christou, who is behind Kyma Flatiron, has opened Eléa, a Greek restaurant on the Upper West Side. The open dining room boasts exposed white-washed brick, while the menu offers dishes such as seafood risotto, whole grilled fish, and red wine braised short rib. Dinner nightly. Eléa, 217 W. 85th St., New York, NY 10024, 212-369-9800.
 
Undercote is a bar and lounge underneath Simon Kim’s Korean barbecue restaurant Cote in the Flatiron District, right next to Cote's underground dry-aging room. Undercote offers a “one-of-a-kind” Champagne list, playful cocktails from Sondre Kasin, and complimentary snacks (although there is no food menu). Undercote, 16 W. 22nd St., New York, NY 10010, no phone.
 
Lower East Side restaurant There, with its glass veranda and laid-back vibe, offers a menu of small and large plates. Look for options like shrimp with broccoli purée and honey walnuts, duck confit with Gruyère and cornichon powder, and côte de boeuf for two. There, 154 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 917-388-2814.
 
As part of the RH (formerly known as Restoration Hardware) New York store in the Meatpacking District, the RH Rooftop Restaurant features crystal chandeliers, marble tabletops and beautiful views, plus an outdoor terrace. The all-American menu includes a French dip, truffled grilled cheese and a lobster roll. Lunch & Dinner daily. RH Rooftop Restaurant, 9 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10014, 212-217-2210.
 
Mission Chinese Food, the restaurant from chef-owner Danny Bowien, opened a new location on Johnson Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This outpost is awash in neon lights that change colors during the night. The menu includes green tea noodles, fried lamb neck and kung pao pastrami. Dinner nightly . Mission Chinese Food, 599 Johnson Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237, 718-628-3731.
 
Ruby's Vintage Harlem is named for Ruby Dee, the artist and activist who once lived in the building. The wine and cocktail bar serves small plates in a sleek, modern space. Dinner nightly. Ruby’s Vintage Harlem, 2340 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., New York, NY 10030, 212-234-1833.
 
Michael Vignola and Rachid Abdelouahad's midtown restaurant Pomona is named after the mythological goddess of fruit, the harvest, and abundance. The menu features dishes like Hudson Valley foie gras sliders, a black truffle chicken hot dog, potato and mackerel terrine, and Bordeaux-poached filet mignon. Pomona, 8 W. 58th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-753-1200.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Winter Restaurant Week Returns January 21-February 8
New York City's Winter Restaurant Week returns January 21-February 8, 2019. Participating restaurants will offer a three-course lunch for $26 and dinner for $42. To find out more, visit the official website.
 

UPDATES ON NEW YORK CHEFS

Dieter Samijn has taken the helm at Bar Boulud Belgian native Dieter Samijn has taken the helm as executive chef at Daniel Boulud's Bar Boulud. He previously worked with such chefs as Alain Ducasse, Peter Goossens and Bart Vandaele. Bar Boulud, 1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023, 212-595-0303.
 

NEW YORK RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

David Chang's midtown restaurant Ma Peche closed after eight years in the Chambers hotel. Ma Peche, Chambers, 15 W. 56th St. , New York, NY 10014, no phone.
 

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