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Where to Eat This Weekend: 5 New Options

By Kelly Dobkin
March 20, 2014

East Village: Soho Tiffin Junction

This fast-casual newcomer is giving "Indian Chipotle" upstart Indikitch a run for the money in the Indian fast-casual dining game. Build your own dosa with options like curried chicken, mild Vindaloo pulled pork, shredded beef in Mangalorean sauce, or veggie options like lemon rice (brown or white), sprouted mung with sambar spices, kale with vegan cheese, potato masala, or baked egg whites with Chettinad sauce. Toppings include tomato and onion chutney (mild), spinach raita, mango chutney, chayote and kokum chutney (medium) and three-chili chutney (spicy). Also despite its name, it is not located in SoHo, but Greenwich Village. 42 E. 8th Street; 212-777-0440

TriBeca: Beluga Bar/Caviarteria

Located in the former Silver Lining space in the Bogardus Mansion on Murray Street, this caviar-focused newcomer offers a menu of much more affordable dishes including platters of smoked fish, smoked salmon crepes and more. An extensive list of caviar and champagne (with appropriate prices) is also available if you've got deep pockets. [via Tribeca Citizen75 Murray St.; 212-759-7410

Union Square: Pizza Vinoteca

Opening this Friday, this grilled pizza destination (previously attached to Top Cheffer Stephen Aspirinio) makes its pies with a whole wheat, red wine leavened dough. High-quality ingredients like La Quercia prosciutto, Colombus Sopressata and more are available as toppings and the second floor features an iPad ordering system. Salads, share plates and fresh bomboloni as well as wine poured via Enomatic system and craft beers and artisan sodas are also available. 15 Union Square West; 212-743-0605

Midtown: Orale Mexican Kitchen

Restaurateurs Alex Mendelsohn and Louis Alvarez have opened a Manhattan outpost of their Jersey City Mexican on the Upper West Side. The menu offers up an array of Mexican fare including custom guacamole "blends," bocadillos like chicken tostadas and yucca fries and tacos like beer-battered fish, bone marrow, and chili-rubbed tuna. 768 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-749-2929

Williamsburg: Dziupla

This new Polish spot from chef Krzysztof Drewiecki of Karczma and Krolewskie Jadlo is now open serving up a collection of the chef's "best dishes" from his four other restaurants including duck pierogis, various tartares and more. [via Gothamist194 Bedford Ave.; 718-388-6194

 
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