Short Stack: Openings

New York

PetalBelle: The team behind Lombardi’s opens a charming Soho shop specializing in Belgian Liege waffles.

Botanica: New Red Hook bar serves up classic cocktails and, for beer snobs, a 25-ounce brew for $35.

Whiskey Tavern: New Chinatown bar — a re-incarnation of the former Baxter Pub – boasts cheap beer, an outdoor garden, and a bar menu which includes Hostess cupcakes.

Williamsburger: Despite its cheesy mantra (“beefing up hipsters”), this new burger joint promises to be a welcome addition to Williamsburg.

Los Angeles

8 oz.: Celebrity chef Govind Armstrong transforms his former restaurant, Table 8, into an upscale burger bar.

Panini Cafe: This local chain, serving casual Italian fare, recently opened its newest location in South Park.

Suede Bar & Lounge: A chic new lounge is open at the Westin Bonaventure in the Financial District.

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