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Dominique Ansel, the wizard-like baker who created the cronut, has opened Dominique Ansel Kitchen in the West Village. Set in the space of a former German bakery, the spot serves up breakfast and lunch. Creative croissants (flavors include garlic bread, brown sugar and prosciutto) and other baked delights are available in the morning. There’s savory fare in the afternoon, such as chorizo corn succotash toast and a croque monsieur. Dominique Ansel Kitchen, 137 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-242-5111.
SenYa is a diminutive new Japanese spot in the East Village serving up healthy fare and the odd assortment of raw fish specials. It moved into the space that recently housed the restaurant Ginger. SenYa, 109 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-995-5278.
Baba's Pierogies is betting Brooklyn is about to go on a Polish dumpling craze. This all-pierogi restaurant, located in Gowanus, serves up the namesake dumplings stuffed with bacon and cheese, sauerkraut and potato. Baba's Pierogies, 295 Third Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 718-222-0777.
Mathieu Palombino, the force behind pizza hot-spot Motorino, has opened La Gamelle, a French eatery on the Bowery. Expect Gallic classics such as steak frites, escargots and coq au vin. The wine list mostly sticks to France. La Gamelle, 241 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, 212-388-0052.
Chef Daniel Eddy (Spring in Paris) is at the stoves of newly opened Rebelle. The 90-seat eatery on the Bowery features modern seasonal fare with a Gallic twist. The pastry chef is Jessica Yang, formerly of Guy Savoy in Paris and Per Se. Rebelle, 220 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, 917-639-3880.
The Hester Street Fair is back. The outdoor food market happens every Saturday at Hester and Essex Streets. This year there will be some new food vendors offering delights such as Taiwanese street food, Egyptian bread and fruit-flavored popsicles. Hester Street Fair, Corner of Hester & Essex Streets, New York, NY 10002, 917-267-9496.
Long promising to live up to its name and actually be a restaurant dynasty, Han Dynasty has opened its biggest location on the Upper West Side. The 180-seat venue for Sichuan fare also boasts a large banquet room. The long menu isn't too different from that of its East Village brethren. Han Dynasty, 215 W. 85th St., New York, NY 10024, 212-858-9060.
Stephen Starr's latest New York City eatery is Hudson Garden Grill, located inside the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. The menu focuses on New American fare crafted with locally sourced products. Eating at the restaurant does not require admission to the botanical garden. Hudson Garden Grill, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458, 646-627-7711.
Hell's Kitchen’s El Original was opened by a group of homesick Texas expats who yearned for authentic Tex-Mex fare. El Original, 735 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10019, 917-382-5512.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson has opened Streetbird Rotisserie, a diner-style, chicken-centric restaurant in Harlem. The menu includes chicken sandwiches and Ethiopian-accented chicken dishes, among other fowl-leaning fare. Streetbird Rotisserie, 2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY 10026, 212-206-2557.
Manousheh is a casual two-table spot in Greenwich Village that serves up Lebanese flatbread with the choice of a handful of toppings. Manousheh, 193 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012, 347-971-5778.
Shea Gallante, the erstwhile top toque at Cru, is the chef at Chevalier in the posh Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. The restaurant's maître d' is Charles Masson, who achieved legendary status at La Grenouille. The menu is haute French fare and the restaurant features a 20-seat chef's table. Chevalier, Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, 20 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-790-8869.

News Bytes
Spring at Fung Tu
Lower East Side Chinese restaurant Fung Tu has added a few new menu items for spring, including fried clams with tartar sauce, roasted duck with quinoa and sweet potato, and braised char sui beef cheeks. Fung Tu, 22 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-219-8785.
Claudette Prix-Fixe Lunch
Claudette, the Gallic eatery on Fifth Avenue and 9th Street, is now offering a prix-fixe lunch option: three courses --- starter, entrée and dessert --- for $28. Dishes include charred baby octopus and a lamb burger, among others. Claudette, 24 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-868-2424.
National Burger Month at Del Frisco's Grille
May is National Burger Month and Del Frisco's Grille is celebrating. Each of the 16 Del Frisco's around the country is featuring its own special burger for the month. The New York location will offer a pretzel burger topped with beer-marinated onions and melted Swiss cheese in between a pretzel bun. Del Frisco's Grille, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020, 212-767-0371.
Tartine Bakery Goes Big Apple
San Francisco darling Tartine Bakery has merged with Blue Bottle Coffee and will be opening a branch in New York in 2017. There is no word yet on the location.
Andaz 5th Avenue’s New Chef's Table
Andaz 5th Avenue has installed a chef's table inside the hotel. Accommodating a maximum of 12 diners, the table is run by chef Michael Santoro and is located between the lobby and the hotel restaurant, The Shop. The menu will change daily and be inspired by seasonal local food. Andaz 5th Avenue, 485 Fifth Ave., New York , NY 10017, 212-601-1234.
Is David Muñoz Coming to Town?
If the rumors are to be believed, Madrid chef David Muñoz is going to set up shop in New York City sometime in 2016. There are very few details on the possible move, only that the DiverXO chef is plotting a Big Apple eatery for next year. Whatever is the case, it's welcome news for lovers of haute Spanish cuisine.

Chef Shuffle
Alain Allegretti is the new chef at pricey Midtown spot Beautique. Beautique, 8 W. 58th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-753-1200.
Kerry Heffernan, the first chef at Eleven Madison Park, is the new chef at Grand Banks, the popular boat-cum-restaurant. Grand Banks, Pier 25, New York, NY 10013, 212-960-3390.
Jeremiah Tower is out at Tavern on the Green in New York. The legendary California chef who seemed like the savior for the struggling restaurant only lasted about six months. Tavern on the Green, Central Park W., New York, NY 10023, 212-877-8684.
Jasmine Shimoda is the new chef at Happy Ending, the French restaurant on the Lower East Side. She replaces Francis Gabarrus. Happy Ending, 302 Broome St., New York, NY 10002, 646-998-3184.
Chef Cesare Casella has left Ristorante Rosi, the restaurant he helped start on the Upper East Side. He is still associated with his Upper West Side spot, Salumeria Rosi. Ristorante Rosi, 903 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021, 212-517-7700.


After 18 years of serving up pasta dishes and other Italian delights, Campanile has shut down. Campanile, 30 E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016, no phone.
Moran's, the longtime Chelsea restaurant, has closed. Later in 2015 a new restaurant called The Fillmore Room will open in the space. Moran's, 146 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Skal, the Icelandic restaurant on the Lower East Side, has shuttered permanently. Skal, 37 Canal St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Crown, the upscale restaurant in the John DeLucie empire, has shut down due to a conflict with the building’s landlord. Crown, 24 E. 81st St., New York, NY 10028, no phone.
Florencia 13, the California-focused Mexican spot in Greenwich Village, has rolled its last burrito. The casual restaurant and neighborhood favorite has permanently closed. Florencia 13, 185 Sullivan St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.

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