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Top 10 New and Noteworthy New York City Restaurants: February 2014

February may be short, but there's still 10 openings worth a look

We suppose that chefs and restaurateurs were busy focusing on the Valentine’s Day rush instead of debuting new projects, as February logged in as one of the slower months for openings in NYC. There still were a good share of spin-offs and re-los with a quite a bit of action in Brooklyn. Here’s the intel on the most notable new spots to eat this month.

Bodega Negra
This offering from the sceney Tao Group at the trendy Dream Downtown hotel is destined to become the place where models get their mezcal on. An offshoot of the fashionable London original, the Chelsea (NYC) menu evokes the South-of-the-Border with a well-stamped passport in dishes such as steak tartare flautas and Peking duck tacos. 355 W. 16th St., 212-229-2336,


Brooklyn Piggies

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Brooklyn Piggies
Everyone’s guilty-pleasure hors d’oeuvre got its own brick-and-mortar digs in the East Village, so now fans don’t have to wait for Smorgasburg to enjoy pigs in a blanket hot out of the oven. The three varieties — original, spicy and chicken — are even available through the streetside window until 4am, a perfect post-carousing snack after a long night out at the neighborhood bars. Veggie options coming soon. 195 Avenue A, 212-533-3800,

Cafe Cambodge
St. Barts is out, and Phnom Penh is in, at least in the eastern stretches of Alphabet City. The owners made-over the French Caribbean Arcane into this French-Cambodian, with a menu that now features dishes such as pumpkin-stuffed tilapia steamed in a banana leaf with coconut red curry sauce, and braised oxtail in Pernod, honey, tamarind and ginger. 111 Ave. C, 646-370-5158,


Classon Social

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Classon Social
A combined effort between the restaurateur behind Amorina and a music promoter results in a fab new dining and entertainment option for Crown Heights. Here, the clientele can enjoy a little soulful cooking in dishes such as chicken pot pie and mac and cheese, along with some live blues and jazz, Thursday through Saturday nights. 807 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, 718-484-4475,


Colonia Verde

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Colonia Verde
The team behind the Village’s Comodo brings all of the festivity and creativity of their Latin American flavors to Fort Greene. Hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind dishes include poblano pesto cavatelli and coffee-flavored cochinito.  219 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, 347-689-4287,



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The much-loved Williamsburg brunch favorite changes nests after an eight-year run. The new location, just a few blocks away, boasts windows galore and lots of light, including a sky-lit back room. That will explain the early-morning brunchers donning shades while enjoying tried-and-true favorites such as eggs Rothko, easy cooked in brioche and topped with cheddar. 109 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn, 718-302-5151,



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Upper East Side favorite Sfoglia had a baby! This tiny wine bar was born out of its neighbor with a fancy list inherited from its parental unit. A Mediterranean menu just rolled out, too, with pairing-perfect bites such as Sicilian meatballs and cured sardines. 163 E. 92nd St., 212-831-9463,


La Nonna

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La Nonna
Among the “gotta-tries” at this homage to Italian Grandmas in Brooklyn include gnocchi di polenta with pork cheeks and calamari with cipollini onions, roasted cherry tomatoes and miso-toasted breadcrumbs. It’s the spacious spin-off of the popular neighborhood pizzeria of the same name, also in Williamsburg. 184 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, 718-302-1100


Moscow 57

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Moscow 57
Surely there’s been an uptick in cravings for Russian food, now that Sochi is on the tips of everyone’s tongues. The newest place to enjoy rustic standards such as pelmeni (dumplings stuffed with beef) or an indulgent round of caviar with a frigid shot of vodka comes from someone who knows her way around a Russo menu: owner Ellen Kaye’s parents owned the famed Russian Tea Room for almost 50 years. Kaye is also an accomplished singer, so live music is on the bill of fare at this Lower East Sider, too. 168 ½ Delancey St., 212-260-5775,


Tres Carnes

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Tres Carnes Financial District
The smoker meets salsa in this new branch of the popular Flatiron Texican eatery. Pitmaster Mike Rodriguez has pedigree: he once fanned the flames at the renowned Salt Lick in Austin. The DIY menu allows a choose-your-own-flavor adventure as diners pick a burrito, taco or bowl; choose a filling (brisket, pork shoulder, chicken or veg); add a style of rice and a topping; then enjoy. A Midtown branch is slated for spring. 101 Maiden Lane, 212-989-8737,

For more new and notable restaurants:
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants March 2014
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants February 2014

Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants January 2014
The Keepers: The Most Promising Restaurant Openings of 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants November 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants October 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants September 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants August 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants July 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants June 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants May 2013
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants April 2013

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