[Central Village's shuttered Maroons Smoke Shack.]
1) Flatiron: Park Avenue South is the new dining hotness. But getting from plywood to soft launch isn't without hiccups: Brazilian steakhouse Porcao gets a building inspector slapdown, while Greek newcomer Barbounia loses its chef two weeks before opening.
2) Lower East Side: Chef Matthew Kenney, ex-Pure Food and Wine, readies to open his Orchard Street vegetarian Heirloom. Just down the block, the team behind Apizz readies a sleek new Italian named, rather literally, Orchard.
3) As the restaurant Gods giveth, they taketh too. LoSide Diner shuts, then reopens; fate proves less kind to Maroons Smoke Shack in the West Village, which has officially passed on.
4) The first annual Vendy Award for best street cuisine goes to Rolf Babiel, he of the outstanding bratwurst on 54th Street near Fifth Avenue.