This spacious bar/restaurant isn't new, but the chef and the menu are, so it's worth a mention for those making dinner plans in somewhat dining-deprived DUMBO. Self-described hippie owner Jason Stevens, who quit his job trading mortgage-backed securities at Merrill Lynch just before the crash, opened reBar in December 2006 in an old tea warehouse dating back the later 19th century. With an elegantly weathered, post-industrial design by the same guy who did the Zipper Factory Theater (RIP), the place has become a favorite watering hole for the locals. ($2 pints from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.!)

For a while they were serving a few pressed sandwiches, but now chef Lori D’Agostino (formerly of Loulou) has been brought in with a new French-Mediterranean menu, which features such dishes as whole-roasted Idaho Brook Trout, Prince Edward Island Mussels with Coconut Curry Sauce, and molasses-brined Pork Tenderloin (with Gorgonzola Polenta). And the prodigious arugula salad appetizer could almost be a meal in and of itself. Besides the specialty cocktail menu and the menu's craft beer/biodynamic wine pairing suggestions, reBar has also just introduced "beer-inspired" cocktails like the Black Velvet: O'Hara's Irish Stout mixed with Prosecco. 147 Front Street, Brooklyn; (718) 766-9110

This one isn't new either, but the garden has been expanded, and she's a beaut. The French-Moroccan Fort Greene restaurant has busted out the hookahs, burlap tents and lanterns to give the garden a casbah lounge feel. The space seats about 40 and, on some nights, classic French films will be projected on a seven-foot screen while Ivorian chef Abdhul Traore cooks up whole fish and African dishes in the outdoor barbeque pit. There's a small stage for live music, and the garden will also provide some of the vegetables for the kitchen. (Grub Street has visuals.) 219 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn; (718) 852-7273

Warren 77:
Okay, now this place is new. Co-owned by New York Rangers bad boy Sean Avery and the guys behind the Beatrice Inn and Smith & Mills, this Tribeca sports bar affects a retro locker room style, with plenty of black and white photos and exposed brick. According to the Observer, five flatscreen TVs lining the walls are partly shielded by chalkboards "to avoid the sort of flickering 'sports soup'" common at other sports bars, some drinks come in miniature Stanley Cups, and a brightly illuminated goalie mask greets visitors at the entrance. Besides the usual selection of draft beer and wine, there are the requisite signature cocktails ($12) and a food menu which includes wings, burgers, mac & cheese, shrimp cocktail and steak. 77 Warren St (near West Broadway); (212) 227-8994