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    NEW YORK

    The Daily
    Opening: March 28, 2012
    210 Elizabeth St / Nolita
    Taking the place of The Monday Room inside of Public, The Daily will be serving food and drink next to the Nolita restaurant. Designed by well-known restaurant group AvroKo, The hot new spot has its own entrance and is considered a separate entity from The Monday Room.

    Gran Electra
    Opening: March 26, 2012
    5 Front St / DUMBO
    Head chefs Bradford McDonald and Sam Richman of Noma and Fat Duck have opened Gran Electra in Brooklyn, serving Mexican-style cuisine emphasizing authentic dishes such as tortillas and chorizo and tortita de huauzontle.

    PHILLY

    Rimedio
    Opened: March 31, 2012
    4443 Spruce St / University City
    Taking the spot of Rx, Rimedio opens this Saturday. "Rimedio" which means "remedy" in Italian refers to the location's former ownership by a pharmacy. Chef Dan Freeman is serving up northern Italian dishes.

    Hop Sing Laundromat
    Opening: Early-mid April
    1029 Race St / Chinatown
    Under Eater's "Top 25 Most Anticipated Restaurants of the Year," with its expectant opening date to be early to mid April, this craft cocktail restaurant will offer the most expensive liquor of any other cocktail restaurant in the country. The owner, known simply as Lee, has designed this place to have custom-made details, and is by far one of the most gorgeous bars in town.

    CHICAGO

    BadHappy Poutine Shop
    Opening: March 21, 2012
    939 N Orleans St / Near North Side
    The specialty here will include french fries, gravy and cheese curds with a dozen different verifications, including the Redneck, which is braised pork shoulder, mac and cheese, fried okra and PBR gravy. And get this, poutines are available in every form, in a burrito shell and even on top of a burger. The name of the restaurant was made up by owner and chef Tom Kern who said "anything that can make me this happy is probably bad for me."

    Estate Ultra Bar

    Opening: February 29, 2012
    1177 N Elston Ave / River West
    Here, you'll find 28 beers on tap, most of which are local beers, and traditional American food food, such as lobster mac, steak frites and deviled eggs. The interior is sleek and modern with a rooftop deck that will open when the weather gets warmer.

    BOSTON

    Happy's Bar & Kitchen
    Opening: April
    1363 Boylston St
    Also on Eater's "Top 25 Most Anticipated Restaurants of the Year," Michael Schlow is the owner and chef of Happy's Bar & Kitchen, which will be his fifth restaurant. The food served will be diner-esque ,but will also offer specialties such as tuna crudo. Rumor has it there will also be a one-pound meatball prototype served at the restaurant.