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  • Dial Daniel. The first parties have been held in Daniel Boulud's much-anticipated new Restaurant Daniel in the refurbished Mayfair Hotel. The restaurant will begin taking reservations at 9:00 am on December 21 for an expected opening date of January 4. Meanwhile, Boulud has tapped Andrew Carmellini (Le Cirque 2000, Lespinasse, San Domenico) as chef de cuisine of Café Boulud.

  • Also set to open on January 4 is Veritas, a wine-lover's fantasy restaurant. Between them, collector/ owners Park B. Smith and Steve Verlin have more than 66,000 bottles of wine they want to share with people who will really enjoy them. They've partnered with chef Scott Bryan (Indigo, Siena, né Luma), Gino Diaferia, and wine director Dan Perlman (Felidia) to offer contemporary American food paired with an unbelievable 1,300-plus labels of value-priced wines.

  • George and Helen Studley, who owned Colombe d'Or for 23 years, have sold the restaurant to Catherine and Michael Mastrantuono, who will maintain its Provençal feel.

  • Paris-trained pastry chef Loïc Vince has returned to The Essex House.

  • After a brief stint at Scully on Spring, the former Nick & Eddie's space is now home to Lily's, with a lively bar scene and Asian-inspired menu.

  • Chateaubriand is the latest incarnation of Eric Demarchelier's long-lived Jean Lafitte on West 58th Street. The steakhouse features six kinds of steak paired with a choice of five sauces.

  • Pino Luongo's popular Il Toscanaccio is now called Coco Cafe, although the menu is unchanged. At Luongo's Le Madri, opening chef Margherita Aloi has returned to the stoves.

  • Michael Smith, who created the delicious, jazz-friendly menu at 27 Standard, has left to pursue other ventures. The new chef at 27 Standard is Matthew Lake, formerly of New Heights in Washington.

  • Yet another bistro has opened in the East Village. Lucien serves classic bistro fare and an all-French wine list in the space that was formerly Baby Jake's.

  • Upper East Side mainstay Demi has a new chef, Kelly Kubal, who has updated the menu withdishes such as porcini-crusted chicken livers and cardamom-scented pork loin.

  • John Greco, who has cooked at meccas Torre di Pisa and San Domenico, has joined forces with his wife to open the decidedly American Philip Marie in the West Village.

  • On the Upper East Side, Jacky and Marine Boulay have opened La Tour, a bistro that pays homage to their French roots.

  • Popular Chelsea restaurant Candy Bar and Grill has been transformed into The Bistro at Candy Bar, featuring contemporary American cooking with Austrian accents.

  • Marcus Samuelsson and H[ring]akan Swahn of Aquavit have launched a line of Swedish gourmet foods for retail sale. Standouts include herring in dill cream and lingonberry preserves.

  • Jane Park (ex-Nobu) has taken over the stoves at TriBeCa's Obeca-Li, introducing a full-scale sushi menu and Japanese-inspired specialties.

  • The owners of the popular Regional Thai Taste and Pad Thai eateries in Chelsea have opened an uptown out-post, Regional Thai Sa-Woy, on First Avenue.

  • Tired Bloomingdale shoppers can now dig into trattoria staples at Canaletto on East 60th Street.

  • Brasserie Americaine has opened in the former Upper West Side home of Lincoln Tavern. Chef Pitita Lago serves classic brasserie fare with occasional creative variations.

  • Mexicana Mama is serving genuine and tasty Mexican fare in the West Village, prepared by chef Julietta Ballestros.

  • The French Culinary Institute has long drawn interested foodies to sample the fare at the student-staffed restaurant L'Ecole. Now, there's L'Ecole Boulangerie, which offers classic pastries and breads made by students.

  • Madison Square Park, the city's newest restaurant row, adds La Terrazza, an Italian restaurant from the Bice empire, to the neighbor-hood.

  • Al di la, opened by Emiliano Coppa and Anna Klinger, provides Park Slope residents with traditional Italian cuisine.

  • Congratulations to Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery, who won top honors with the Russell Scheher Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last October.

  • The venerable Public Theater is now home to Joe's Pub, a bar-lounge that serves classic New York fare with downtown atmosphere.