Here’s a look at some new Connecticut restaurants we’re excited about.

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Hinoki soft-opened in early May, from the owners of MIKU Sushi in Greenwich and KUMO Sushi Lounge in Scarsdale, New York. Pictured is the pepper tuna salad.

Hinoki, Greenwich

Hinoki soft-opened in early May, from the owners of MIKU Sushi in Greenwich and KUMO Sushi Lounge in Scarsdale, New York. The new restaurant unites two concepts: izakaya and an exclusive omakase chef’s table experience, brought together under one roof and separated into distinguished seating areas. The izakaya-style menu spans several types of Asian cuisine, with dim sum, signature and classic sushi rolls, à la carte sushi and sashimi, hot and cold appetizers like assorted tartares and uni foie gras toast, and signature entrées like ginger scallion lobster and miso black cod. 363 Greenwich Ave., 203-900-0011

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Madeline’s Empanaderia in New Haven serves savory and sweet empanadas in a fried flour shell.

Madeline’s, New Haven

Before the owners of New Haven’s new empanaderia opened the doors to their restaurant, they were two food truck owners navigating the city streets and stops at local breweries. Hazel Lebron and Maurice Watson debuted Madeline's in April, offering empanadas with savory and sweet fillings and Spanish-inspired tapas, like picadillo croquetas (deep fried potato balls with ground beef), crab salad, chipotle costillas (pork ribs) and Coca Cola chicken wings. 48 Middletown Ave., 475-238-6026

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Zinneken's Waffles opened a Glastonbury location in May, offering Liege and Brussels-styles waffles.

Zinneken’s, Glastonbury

Zinneken’s, the second location of a Cambridge-based waffle restaurant and cafe, opened in May in Glastonbury. The menu offers both Liège waffles made from a dough with caramelized Belgian pearl sugar and “light and crispy” Brussels waffles, with fruit and decadent toppings and sauces: chocolate, Nutella, crumbled Oreo, caramel, ice cream and whipped cream. Build your own waffle, or choose from 10 pre-designed sweet treats. The cafe also serves coffee, tea and smoothies. 331A New London Tpke., 860-781-8596

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Crab Du Jour, in the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford, Conn.

Crab du Jour, Milford

The national seafood-boil restaurant chain opened a location in the Connecticut Post Mall, joining a Crab du Jour express version in Bridgeport with two more planned for Hamden and Manchester. Crawfish, lobster tail, shrimp, mussels, clams and crab legs are cooked in a bag with potatoes and corn and your choice of sauce, seasoning and spice level. The menu also features fried appetizers and raw bar items like cocktail shrimp and oysters, fried seafood baskets and po’ boy sandwiches. 1201 Boston Post Road, 203-874-2818,

More Than Just Lobster, Hartford

The restaurant’s second location opened on Main Street in May, joining the original in New Britain. Hartford’s menu offers steamed bags of seafood specialties, with shellfish like crab legs, lobster tails, shrimp, mussels, clams and crawfish cooked with vegetables and a variety of sauces. You’ll also find seafood plates, including grilled salmon and scallops, and sandwiches, like lobster rolls, shrimp rolls, lobster grilled cheese and a “surf and turf” burger topped with lobster tail. 485 Main St., 860-247-2424

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Hop Häus recently opened its second location in Plainville, with 30 beers on draft and brew-friendly fare.

Hop Häus, Plainville

Hop Häus recently opened its second location in Plainville, with 30 beers on draft and brew-friendly fare like tacos, sandwiches, burgers and hearty entrées. Appetizers include deviled eggs, charcuterie, falafel bites, wings, a giant pretzel with beer cheese and “mai tai” cauliflower, and main courses include macaroni and cheese and pub fish and chips. 24 Whiting St., 860-846-0533

Leeanne Griffin is the food and consumer reporter for Hearst Connecticut, handling coverage of restaurant openings and closings, trends, events and general news about Connecticut food and beverage businesses.

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