Guokui, a Chinese flatbread, stars at this new Greenwich Village spot. A big, crisp, nicely burnished oval that’s baked in a clay oven, this style of guokui comes with an improbably thin layer of filling that packs a flavorful punch. Here, you can choose from shrimp, spicy beef, pork, chicken, preserved vegetable and sweet brown sugar, among others ($5.75 to $7.50). Spicy beef and the preserved vegetables pack the most heat. The restaurant’s owners, a group of Chinese entrepreneurs, wanted to introduce the version made in Jingzhou City, in Hubei Province, to a wider audience. They taught their chefs, Michael Zheng Chen and Zhuobu Zheng, who are from Guangdong in Southern China, how to make it. Rice noodle rolls, typical of Guangdong, are also on the menu, as are steamed dumplings. Right now, the dish is available for takeout and delivery, but will eventually be served for dining in.
126 Macdougal Street (West Third Street), 917-409-1666, cropcirclenyc.com.
El Paso Restaurante
The chef and restaurateur Rodrigo Abrajan had a taco truck, then a restaurant with this name in East Harlem for more than 30 years. Now he has moved the restaurant west and reopened it with a garden, sidewalk seating and a new partner, Victor Medina. The menu features ceviches, tacos, classics like chiles en nogada, and family-style boards loaded with various meats, accompaniments, sauces and tortillas. Reservations are available for parties of six or more, with socially distanced seating.
123 East 110th Street, 646-590-8640, elpasonyc.com.
In the space that was his Plant Food and Wine, the vegan chef and restaurateur Matthew Kenney has installed this pasta bar with only patio seating for now. Dishes like “brown butter” gnocchi with walnuts, sage, pumpkin seeds and dairy-free “Parmesan” and rigatoni with plant-based Bolognese ragù are a couple of the specialties. Desserts include zeppole with hazelnut-chocolate ganache. The restaurant is also selling meal kits to prepare at home. (Opens Friday)
67 Second Avenue (East Fourth Street), matthewkenneycuisine.com/sestina.
U.N. Plaza Garden
This new outdoor dining offering is kosher, with Raymondo Sanchez, the sous chef of U.N. Plaza Grill, doing the cooking. His menu is varied and features ceviche, tuna tacos, lamb shank samosas, chicken paillard and a rib-eye for two.
845 U.N. Plaza (47th Street and First Avenue), 212-223-1801, unplazagrill.com.