Learning that the dino sounds in Jurassic Park are just turtles gettin' some shell certainly made last week's date... interesting.
Movin' On Up: Franny's Open now
The beloved Park Slope spot has crossed the road and opened in a bigger, brighter space (pictured), still putting out crostini, wood-roasted pork sausage, and amazing pies topped with the likes of prosciutto cotto, olives, chilies and caciocavallo.
348 Flatbush Ave. (Sterling Pl.), Park Slope (718-230-0221)
Our Kind of Chemistry: Alchemy, Texas Open now
The former Ranger Texas Barbecue has been transmogrified into a golden smoke spot that serves everything from goat ribs to lamb belly to frogs' legs, plus the standard chicken, pork, and brisket.
71-04 35th Ave. (71st St.), Jackson Heights (718-899-9553)
Argentine Beat: Luna Sur Latin Bistro Open now
This pan-Latin spot serves up the best of the southerly Americas, including Cuban suckling pig, Peruvian arroz con mariscos, and Argentine skirt steak smothered with chimichurri.
802 9th Ave. (W. 53rd St.), Hell's Kitchen (212-262-1299)
Why Not Four? Tres Carnes Open now
This grab-and-go spot offers Mexican fare by way of smoky Texas, including smoked pork shoulder in burritos, tacos, or bowls, and sides of roasted chipotle squash, bacon-and-chorizo beans, and beer cocktails.
688 6th Ave. (22nd St.), Chelsea (212-989-8737)