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Xi’an Famous Foods’ new Midtown location had a soft opening on Thursday according to Midtown Lunch, which spotted a now-deleted post on the chain’s Facebook page. Xi’an wrote, “We are having a soft opening at midtown 24 w. 45th… this message will self destruct in 15 mins…” Customers who couldn’t make it yesterday will have to wait until Monday for the grand opening. Eager fans of Xi’an can “like” the Facebook page and redeem a free burger on Monday. 24 W. 45th St.
Hector Sanz opened Melibea in Greenwich Village on Monday. The new venture is right next door to his year-old Barraca. Chef Jesús Nuñez is in the kitchen preparing classic dishes from Italy, North Africa, and Greece: venison moussaka made with béchamel, hummus with beets and boiled eggs, and stuffed mozzarella with confit tomatoes. 2 Bank St.; 212-463-0090
Dig Inn‘s sixth location opened on Hudson Street this morning. The mini-chain of rice bowls and salads will serve its usual dishes: spicy meatballs with sides of roasted bok choy and local Brussels sprouts, and organic sesame tofu with broccoli and quinoa salads. Dig Inn chronicled the location’s opening on Facebook with Instagram photos. Folks who work in the neighborhood with limited lunch options are surely rejoicing. 350 Hudson St.; 917-720-1206
Smorgasburg co-founders Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler are looking to plant a flag near the South Street Seaport this season, according to DNAinfo. Brooklyn Flea will open 40 tables and a 497-seat outdoor beer garden on Front Street between Beekman and Fulton Streets on Memorial Day Weekend. “Smorgasbar” will also open on top of two large shipping containers. After Hurricane Sandy, this welcome addition should help bring customers down to the Financial District. Front Street and Beekman Street