122608boi.jpgBoi Sandwich: This is latest outpost in a growing Vietnamese food empire, which now includes Bôi to Go and Bôi restaurant . And boy oh bôi is Midtown Lunch excited! "It may take awhile, but I think I may have to eat through the entire menu...Unlike its sister restaurant Bôi to Go, which has some seating, the new sandwich place is take out only (and cash only for the time being). I know a lot of you refuse to pay $7.50 for a banh mi, but it’s all we’ve got (and now one ave closer to Midtown proper!) In addition to the banh mi, which appear to be the same as Boi to Go, they are also offering noodle bowls, rice bowls, Asian burritos (hello!), and salads ($7 to $8)." 708 Third Avenue, (212) 681-6541

La Barra: This cozy cevicheria on the Lower East Side is the new venture from chef Allan Feldman (Veritas). The emphasis, according to NY Mag, is on seafood, with half a dozen varieties of flash-cured fish, ranging from red snapper to octopus. Feldman's also doing entrees like Spicy Shrimp Over Stones for Peeling and Beef Empanadas with Chimichurri. There's a raw bar, and a selection of Latin American beer and wine completes the scene. Peruse the lunch and dinner menus on the restaurant's website. 250 Broome Street, (212) 260-3900

Roots Cafe:
Someone spent a little money designing this new cafe on 5th Avenue in Park Slope; its old-timey mismatched decor doesn't come cheap. Opening today, the cafe's website promises, "You’ve never tasted finer coffee! Never!" Besides transcendental java, they're serving breakfast sandwiches like "green eggs and ham" (with avocado), veggie soups, and peculiar paninis that include a pb&j. But Roots Cafe isn't just about what you put in your mouth; it's also taking care of your ears with live music on the weekends. Their MySpace page has a calendar of upcoming performances, which skew toward the acoustic end of the spectrum. 639A 5th Avenue, Park Slope

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