- Aurora Soho -- This Williamsburg joint has made it across the bridge. Executive Chef Riccardo Buitoni of Piedmont, Italy, brings his Slow Food passion to Manhattanites with an Italian menu and wine list. You'll find some of the Williamsburg favorites on the menu, like 10-hour slow roasted pork belly, and burrata with shaved grey mullet bottarga and agrumato oil, but there are a few newcomers for the new location -- castelmagno cheese raviolini and baby goat roulade with crispy artichoke. 510 Broome Street between West Broadway and Thompson, 212-334-9020.
- Saucy -- as one might expect from the name, this new Upper East Sider features over fifty sauces; the menu outlines recommended pairings with organic chicken, pasta, and sometimes beef. You'll see some traditional sauces, such as arrabiata or bordelaise, and others of Chef Simon Mann's creation, like the Bloody Mary -- a blend of tomato, celery, tabasco and vodka. 1409 York Avenue at 75th Street, 212-249-3700.
- Sandro's -- Sandro Fioriti has resurrected his Upper East Side outpost (leggings aren't the only thing from the 80's making a comeback). He'll be serving hearty Italian fare until 2 a.m., including sea urchin ravioli and a slew of house-infused grappas. 306 E. 81st Street, 212-288-7374.
- Casellula -- It's all about the cheese. This cafe will offer over 35 unique varieties from around the world, as well as cured meats, dairy-infused small plates, plus wine and beer. 401 W 52nd Street at 9th Avenue, 212-247-8137.
- China de Puebla -- Chef Jason Scott Titner brings together Asian and Mexican cuisines under the namesake of the Legend of La China Poblana, a 17th century story of an Asian princess sold into slavery and given to a wealthy Spanish family in Puebla. Look for combinations like huitlacoche fried rice, lemongrass chili chicken with cilantro crema, and hoisin-braised duck carnitas. 3143 Broadway, near LaSalle Street, 212-222-8666.
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