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La Vara
Husband-and-wife chefs Eder Montero and Alex Raij (Txikito, El Quinto Pino) explore Spain’s Jewish and Moorish culinary traditions in their brownstone-bordered Cobble Hill debut.
Why: Moje (a finely layered salad of imported fresh and salt-cured tuna, olives, endive, and Marcona almonds, pictured) and pollo asado (roast chicken over addictive spiced onions).
When: Sun.-Thurs., 5-11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 268 Clinton St., at Verandah Pl. (718-422-0065).

The Daily

What: Cocktail wiz Naren Young’s (Saxon + Parole, Madam Geneva) boozy take on the transience of red-top tabloids. Expect six novel cocktails daily in the expanded former Monday Room space.
Why: Chef Brad Farmerie’s crudite with truffle baba ghanoush and fried oyster plate with crispy battered veggies make it a meal; alcoholic pitchers on the patio (coming soon) make it a situation.
When: Daily, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 210 Elizabeth St., b/t Prince & Spring Sts. (212-343-7011).

Abstract City
What: Illustrator Christoph Niemann brings his New York Times blog to print with 200 visual ruminations ($16) on all things Manhattan and otherwise.
Why: In addition to everyone’s favorite I Lego N.Y. entries, find reimagined area maps (Reserve Battery Park and Wrong Island) and paper napkin expressions of coffee frustrations.
When: You need to remember why you love this place.
Where: Online at amazon.com.

Carbo-load German style with traditional pastries — think pretzels, subtly tart lemon loafs, and double-crusted rye — and microbrews when the first of two locations of the bar/bakery opens Sunday in the West Village.
Why: Protein and veggies, you say? Stay for soups, salads, and sandwiches before bidding auf Wiedersehen.
When: Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: 137 Seventh Ave. S., b/t Charles & W. 10th Sts. (212-255-7300).

Ovando Candles
Floral designer/event producer Sandra de Ovando launches a line of delightfully scented wicks inspired by a childhood spent south of the border.
Why: Xochimilco left us in a floral flurry with notes of geranium, eucalyptus, and lilac.
When: UES, Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; West Village, Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 19 E. 65th St., b/t Fifth & Madison Aves. (212-988-2600); 337 Bleecker St., b/t W. 10th & Christopher Sts. (212-924-7873).

Photo: Niki Dankner for DailyCandy

210 Elizabeth St
bt Prince & Spring Sts
New York, NY 10012
137 7th Ave S
bt Charles & W 10th Sts
New York, NY 10014
268 Clinton St
@ Verandah Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11201
19 E 65th St
bt 5th & Madison Aves
New York, NY 10065
337 Bleecker St
bt W 10th & Christopher Sts
New York, NY 10014