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Cool Bar With a Cheesy Pedigree in Carroll Gardens; Terroir Set to Open

Astoria: Ovelia’s another stellar, cheap brunch option with a mix of Greek and American cooking: “Think French toast stuffed with Greek yogurt and honey or pancakes paired with homemade sausage — made from a family recipe.” [Foodista] Brooklyn: Domino's has started a marketing campaign that "offers speech lessons to Brooklynites who want to rid themselves of ‘annoying, fake’ accents" meant to appeal to "male college students across the country," and the borough is pissed. [NYDN] Carroll Gardens: The owners of Smith & Vine and Stinky Brooklyn are opening a bar-cum-café called the Jake Walk at 282 Smith Street this Friday. [NYS] East Village: Terroir opens tonight. [NYT] West Village: Mama’s Mudsliders’ beignets filled with chocolate cream "are light, ungreasy, deep-fried dough balls of delight." [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch]

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New Astoria Greek Spot Grinds Its Own Sausage

Friday marked the soft opening of Ovelia, another traditional Greek restaurant in Astoria. (Thursday is the official launch.) There haven't been many major additions to the neighborhood's Greek scene in recently; Anna's Corner and Ploes are more than a year old. Typically enough, the emphasis at Ovelia is on dishes cooked on a charcoal grill or in a gas rotisserie. Intriguingly, the new restaurant makes its own sausage in-house, which should make a nice alternative to the grilled fish and doner kebab. And there's a full liquor license for those of you who'd also like a cocktail. Ovelia, 34-01 30th Ave., at 34th St., Astoria; 718-721-7217.

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