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5 New Restaurants to Try Now

By  Serena Solomon and Heather Holland | May 2, 2014 6:51am 

 Cafe El Presidente soft-opened this week with dinner and bar services only.
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NEW YORK CITY — A two-level Mexican market place and a low-fat doughnut store that has custom frostings and toppings are some of the latest openings on the New York City food scene.

Here is a roundup of what recently opened in the city:

Café El Presidente in Flatiron

The two-level Mexican marketplace with an artisan tortilla station, juice bar, breakfast café and taqueria opened Monday. Café El Presidente, a 6,500-square-foot space at 30 W. 24th St., is now open for dinner service until 1 a.m. From May 5 it will open for breakfast from 7 a.m.

"This is really what it would look like if you walked into a market in Mexico, with the juices up front and the tortilla machine in the back," said customer Carlos Mitre, 22.

Holey Donut! in the West Village

A low-fat doughnut store, which has been selling its goods online for a decade, has opened a brick-and-mortar store on Seventh Avenue South at Grove Street. The Holey Donut! recipe has less than a third of the fat content of a regular doughnut and customers can add their own frosting and topping combos. 

Sariling Atin and Grill in Elmhurst, Queens

A family-run grocery store called Sariling Atin has expanded from New Jersey to 86-12 Queens Blvd. to provide for a growing Filipino community. Sariling Atin, which has a grill and sit-down area in the back, is serving up cultural delicacies such as fried pork knuckles, a Filipino sausage called a longanisa and tocino, which is a cured meat.

The Pavilion in Union Square

After years of legal battles over whether or not a restaurant should occupy a structure in the north part of Union Square, The Pavilion opened for business on Thursday night. The restaurant's menu features modern American cuisine inspired by produce at Union Square's greenmarket. Initially, the restaurant will be open from 5-10:30 p.m., and will eventually open from 8 a.m. The address is 20 Union Square West.

Brazilian Chef's Popup Stand in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Coxinhas, a Brazilian snack of fried dough filled with chicken, is at the center of chef Carlos Bertolazzi's menu for a one-day popup at the Smorgasburg food fair on Kent Avenue at North 11th Street. Bertolazzi's stand at Smorgasburg is part of an ongoing chef exchange between a food fair in Sao Paulo called Feirinha Gastronomica.