Hudson Terrace: After operating as a private event space last year, this gorgeous bi-level aerie with the commanding Hudson River views opens to the public for the first time tonight with a Cinco de Mayo bash. Tented on rainy nights and featuring a heated floor to ward off any early-season chills, Hudson Terrace will now be doing happy hour parties on Tuesdays through Fridays, as well as Sunday brunch (from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.) with a menu from Vintage Irving's executive chef Jason Bunin. The happy hour deal is good for 2-for-1 specialty cocktails, and an extensive nightly appetizer menu includes duck confit quesadillas, crab and artichoke croquettes, and smoked salmon nachos. A rooftop BBQ grill will also round out the edible options (tempura chicken skewers, anyone?), while beverages run the gamut from wine and sangrias to margaritas, mojitos, and caipirinhas. Or just get two Jim Beams and Coke for the price of one and savor the sunset. 621 West 46th Street, (212) 315-9400

The Chocolate Bar: After getting priced out of its West Village home back in April 2008, Alison Nelson's gourmet dessert and coffee lounge resurfaced at a new location on East 7th Street. But it wasn't a good fit, and she closed it in January to hunt down a better deal back in the West Village, telling the Observer, "This whole economic hell has kind of reopened doors that had been closed only seven months ago." Now hell has officially burnt down the doors, and Nelson's finally come full circle in a 500-square-foot store and cafe with seating for twelve. Besides the usual delicious array of chocolate and espresso, Grub Street reports the addition of new executive chef Gustaf Mabrouk. He's from Sweden, so you'll want to dust off your Swedish Chef impersonations if you stop by—we're sure he can't get enough of that. 9 Eighth Avenue, (212) 366-1541

Watty & Meg: The former Caffé Carciofo space on the corner of Court and Kane Streets in Brooklyn has reopened under new management. As previously reported, the name does come from a ballad generally attributed to 18th century Scottish-American ornithologist Alexander Wilsonwith, but it turns out the menu isn't Scottish. But is it crap? Opening Friday night, Watty & Meg is the newest project for Virginian chef Sosie Hublitz, whose last place was destroyed by Hurricane Gaston. According to NY Mag, "The American menu is thoroughly eclectic, nodding to the South with shrimp and grits and to Hublitz’s yoga-teacher sideline with quinoa stew and a weekly 'raw' special." 248 Court Street, Brooklyn, (718) 643-0007

And that hotly-anticipated Prohibition-era cocktail lounge Dutch Kills finally opened in Long Island City last weekend. The scent of varnish was still a bit pungent Friday night, but the drinks were excellent and comparatively low priced: $9 each, which is six bucks less than you'll pay for the same sublime fastidiousness at Milk and Honey, the owners' trailblazing bar on the LES.