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Restaurant openings in NYC: Don Angie, Aviary NYC, Hwa Yuan Szechuan and more

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Craving something new? We've got you covered.

Whether you're just in need of a change, looking for your new neighborhood spot or want to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the next big restaurant trend, the city is always delivering with new food destinations.

Here's a look at some recent openings that offer a little variety for your dining life.

THE CHEAP(ER) EATS

FryGuys: An all-French fry restaurant on the border of the East Village and the Lower East Side, FryGuys prepares its entire menu from Idaho russet and sweet potatoes hand-cut daily. Get them plain for $6, or add a sauce like sriracha ketchup, maple gravy or basil mayo for a $1 extra. If you choose to take your spuds to the next level, an $8 order of "loaded fries" comes with topping combinations such as bacon, guacamole and queso. Inside, the décor will take you back to the '90s, when Lisa Frank designs covered every school folder. 150 E. Second St.; opened Sept. 26; fryguysnyc.com

La Chula: The second location of this Mexico City-style taqueria — by the chef behind Toloache, Yerba Buena and Coppelia — brings its tacos, ceviches and margaritas to East Harlem. For taco fillings, there’s pastor (rotisserie pork marinated in chilies), sweet potato and chorizo and camaron (spicy garlic shrimp). As an alternative to tacos, go for the ceviche, a Mexican sandwich called a torta, or a “gringa,” an open-faced quesadilla. The cocktail menu features several of chef Julian Medina’s signature margaritas, such as El Barrio (mezcal, roasted pineapple, agave and lime), and a new offering named for the neighborhood (tequila, tamarind, lime and tajin), but there’s also sangria, mojitos, beer and agua frescas to drink. The restaurant decorated with Mexican art seat 35, at tables and a counter. 127 E. 116th St.; opened mid-September; lachulanyc.com

Broken Coconut: Billed as a "beach to bowl" restaurant, Broken Coconut's founders are targeting "food conscious urban bohemians," according to a news release. The menu is centered around a dairy-free, coconut-based yogurt, but as man and woman cannot survive on coconut alone, the eatery is also serving up smoothies, salads, toast and grain bowls. Its 1,200-square-foot space evokes an ocean-side tropical resort with palm trees, pineapples and a wicker swing. A pink neon sign on one wall reads, "Eat Pretty." 15 E. 4th St., East Village; opened Oct. 5; brknccnt.com

Wagamama: The British fast-casual chain, which opened its first New York City location in NoMad last fall, is now serving its “Japanese-inspired” cuisine in the East Village. The menu features Japanese steamed buns and customizable ramen, curry and donburi (rice) bowls. Items range in price from $5 for some appetizers to as much as $17 for entrees. To drink, there’s only soda and water for now, but expect sake and sake cocktails once the outpost obtains a liquor license. The design aesthetic of the restaurant’s interior is sleek and modern, anchored by the chain’s hallmark wooden tables and booths. 55 Third Ave.; opened Oct. 4; wagamama.us

THE WEEKNIGHT GO-TOS

Hwa Yuan Szechuan: The original Hwa Yuan closed in the '80s, and its founder, restaurateur "Shorty" Tang, has since passed away. But Tang's son Chen Lieh is reopening the Chinatown institution that introduced New York to cold sesame noodles next door to the old location, according to the New York Times. The new Hwa Yuan is serving noodles, along with such dishes as scallion pancakes and Sichuan kung pao chicken. The modern space with traditional Chinese accents, such as hand-carved doors, seats about 350 on three floors. 42 E. Broadway, Chinatown; opened Oct. 5; 212-966-6002

Tali: “Top Chef” winner Harold Dieterle is behind this counter-service Italian restaurant and bar in Murray Hill, where the menu is entirely gluten free. Tali is serving up pastas, like a penne with roasted butternut squash, sage, brown butter, pecorino cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds ($13.50); paninis with chicken saltimbocca ($12.25) and wild mushrooms, taleggio and spinach ($11.75); and entrées like eggplant parm ($18.25) and salmon caponata ($21.75). On tap, there's wine, prosecco, cider and dry rosé. A connected bakery, Tali Dolce, is selling coffee, smoothies, house-made ice cream and gluten-free pastries and desserts.  77 Lexington Ave.; opened Sept. 20; talirestaurant.com

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill: This Miami import inside the Empire Stores landmark building in DUMBO is known for small plates inspired by global flavors prepared in three kitchens: an open-fire grill, a raw bar and a traditional kitchen. Signature dishes here include the bacon-wrapped dates ($14), the Korean-style grilled beef short ribs ($17) and the Hokkaido scallop crudos ($14). Among items unique to this Brooklyn location is a creamy duck and foie gras rice, served with smoked paprika and alliums. At the bar, rum takes center stage in cocktails like a beet mojito and tobacco rum old fashioned. Sugarcane boasts a 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio, and it welcomes diners to sit at two large communal tables, if they’re feeling extroverted. 55 Water St.; opened Sept. 18; sugarcanerawbargrill.com

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