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As promised, Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo, known as the Franks, who own the Frankies Spuntino restaurants in the West Village and Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, have closed Prime Meats, their less Italian, more protein-heavy spot adjacent to their Brooklyn place. Overnight they have turned the Prime Meats tavern room into this wine bar where the d├ęcor is accented with brass, with marble tabletops and leather upholstery. Biodynamic, natural and organic describe some of the selections on the wine director John Paterson’s list. The food menu features sausages, croquettes, crab salad, lamb ribs, charcuterie and cheeses meant for either snacking or piling into a full dinner. The Franks are still working on the expansion of Frankies Spuntino into the rest of the space.

465 Court Street (Luquer Street), Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, 718-254-0327,

John Ratliff, who has a busy salumeria in Industry City, Brooklyn, has started serving dinners in his no-frills space: Diners can leave it all up to Mr. Ratliff, or they can pick items from the butcher case as the basis for the meal. The dinners are usually multiple courses ($70 and up) and are served at a butcher-block counter. Mr. Ratliff said he has worked as a chef, notably at A Voce. “I like curating special dinners,” he said. “And this is a way to make the business more visible.” There are 22 seats and more than one seating each evening. Reservations are required.

Industry City Food Hall, 254 36th Street (Third Avenue), Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 718-801-8895,

A pop-up coffee shop is being installed in the Ralph Lauren women's store, to be open at least through the winter. It amounts to a warm-up for a more permanent cafe that the company plans to open next year in the Flatiron district. In addition to the designer's brand of organic coffee, the cafe, with seats for 30, will serve and sell pastries by Umber Ahmad's elegant Mah Ze Dahr bakery in Greenwich Village. Some, like brioche doughnuts and a chocolate sandwich cookie, are exclusive to the cafe. There will also be a savory frittata and some Ralph Lauren items including brownies. The cafe will be open earlier and later than the store. (Thursday):

888 Madison Avenue (72nd Street), 212-434-8000,

David Bouhadana has cranked out another express sushi bar, this time in a hotel room. It seats four at a time for a one-hour, 17-bite omakase, $100. A 25-seat cocktail lounge and waiting area is on an adjacent enclosed terrace. (Wednesday)

10th floor, Hotel 3232, 32A East 32nd Street (Madison Avenue), no phone,

The brothers Joe and John Iovino offer pizza, in 12- and 18-inch squares, at their airy new brasserie-style restaurant in Stapleton, Staten Island, an area that’s becoming a dining hub. Italy also flavors the appetizers, salads and pastas.

3 Navy Pier Court (Front Street), Stapleton, Staten Island, 718-727-3773,

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