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Cocktails topped with popsicles are coming to Oakland, along with 8 more new East Bay restaurants

Persian pastries. The hot dogs. Asian fusion tacos.

New restaurants that debuted in late May and June in the East Bay serve all that and more. Diners have a full range of options from an exciting new cocktail bar in Oakland, Filipino snacks in Berkeley and a Thai noodle bar in Alameda.

Here are nine of East Bay’s newest restaurants. Read last month’s regional roundup here and learn about this month’s openings in the Peninsula and South Bay, as well as Wine Country.

Oakland’s newest bar offers cocktails on tap

The night heron is the official bird of Oakland. It’s also the name of the newest bar in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, as first reported by Eater SF. Bar patrons can enjoy both non-alcoholic and alcoholic options, with 17 cocktails on the menu, including eight drinks on tap, as well as beer and wine. Eye-catching options such as The Girl Who Cried Champagne cocktail, made with vodka, butterfly pea flower syrup, lemon and sparkling wine, come with a Thai herb and coconut Popsicle. Foodies won’t have to travel far to eat: the bar has teamed up with Itani Ramen just a few doors down to deliver bento boxes to hungry customers.

1780 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. instagram.com/nightheron1780/

Jack London Square gets a new Egyptian restaurant

According to Berkeleyside, health-focused Yemeni and Egyptian dishes are served at Belladi Kitchen, which recently opened in Oakland’s Jack London Square. Slow-roasted lamb and spiced chicken are among the most popular proteins at Belladi Kitchen, available on beds of basmati rice and vegetables seasoned with turmeric, paprika and ginger. But there are also plenty of options for plant-eaters, including an impossible burger-based kofta, falafel, and a medley of roasted eggplant, cauliflower, and potato. Kombucha and juice are also available.

378 Embarcadero West, Suite 101, Oakland. belladikitchen.com

A second location for Belly

Popular Uptown, Oakland Restaurant Belly has a new outpost in Rockridge. The Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant is a favorite of Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, as he said in a podcast with former NBA player JJ Redick and co-host Tommy Alter. Tacos and burritos can be filled with steak and eggs or honey-glazed pork belly. The restaurant also serves seasonal lemonade and iced tea.

5634 College Avenue, Oakland. bellyrestaurants.com

Persian and European pastries are coming to Hayward

Run by Chef Soheila Kavari and her husband Hamid Karimi, Soheila Bakery sells a variety of sweets right across from the Hayward Public Library and Hayward Heritage Plaza. The bakery sells classic European pastries such as croissants and macaroons in addition to traditional Persian sweets such as chickpea cookies. Desserts flavored with pistachio, rose water and cardamom are also popular here.

22656 Mission Blvd, Hayward. soheilabakery.com

Noodles on this Alameda restaurant

“If you’re a noodle lover, you’ve come to the right place,” reads the Noodle Lover Club’s website. This Thai restaurant has opened in Alameda, as Berkeleyside reports, offering bowls of wok-fried Thai noodle dishes such as pad see ew and soups with other East Asian influences, including boat noodles, spicy kimchi stew and crab wontons. But even non-noodle lovers will find something for them on the menu, such as chicken satay served with toast and crab fried rice.

1700 Park Street, Suite 100, Alameda. thenoodleloverclub.com

Instant noodles at the restaurant?

Noody, which took over the former Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks near the UC Berkeley campus, offers instant ramen with a wide variety of toppings for $12. Served in cups reminiscent of the frozen yogurt craze a decade ago, instant noodles come from popular brands like Shin Black, Indomie, Neoguri, Sapporo Ichiban and Buldak Spicy. Top the bowls with options like fish cakes, hard-boiled eggs, duck, nappa cabbage and bok choy.

2431 Durant Ave. Suite B., Berkeley. instagram.com/noodyberkeley/

New snack bar debuts at Berkeley

Another boba shop joined several others on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. According to the Kuboba Spot website, the shop serves empanadas, pastries, and Filipino-inspired drinks with boba. Specialty drinks include mango; fresh taro and ube; and buko pandan served with pandan jelly. Both savory and sweet empanadas are available for purchase, including one stuffed with kaldereta, a beef stew flavored with tomato sauce and other spices.

2618 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley. kubobaspot.business.site/

Sushi joins the Emeryville food hall

Owners of Emeryville Public Market’s Nabi Q Korean BBQ have launched Nari Sushi in the same food hall, according to the market’s website. Nari Sushi serves quintessential Japanese-American sushi creations, such as spider and dragon rolls, but it also offers a variety of ready-made dishes, such as donburi, teriyaki and katsu plates.

5959 Shellmound Street, Emeryville. narusushica.com/

The SF Street Dog, a quarter-pound beef frankfurter topped with bacon, grilled onions, peppers, nacho cheese and jalapenos at Hillside Dawgz in Concord.

Casey Spragens

Hot dogs heat up Concord

Hillside Dawgz offers a variety of sausages and sides in this part of Contra Costa County. Take the eponymous Hillside Dawg, a hot tie topped with chopped onion, sweet relish, pickled jalapenos, shredded cheese, mustard and celery salt, and served with a dill pickle on the side. Owners Preston Cerezo and Casey Spragens, from East Bay, plan to add more starters, sides and daily specials to the menu in the coming weeks, such as buffalo wings, linguica and rice, fries and tater tots.

3503 Clayton Road, Concord. hillsideawgz.com/

Gwendolyn Wu (her) is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]