Two restaurants closed without much warning in the past few days.
Savann, a Turkish restaurant on 80th Street and Amsterdam Avenue that had been open since 1995, just closed; the equipment inside was being trucked away today. “We will miss it,” said our tipster Jacob.
A New York Times review (from several years ago) said that the restaurant fell off after an impressive debut: “When Savann opened a few years ago, it was like a dream come true for Upper West Siders who had yearned for a simple, reasonably priced restaurant that served not-so-simple contemporary bistro food. Savann was just such a place, with ambitious yet delicious dishes like roasted pumpkin soup with olive oil, perfectly cooked wild mushroom risotto, and grilled duck breast with polenta. But leadership changes have shaken up the kitchen and the front of the house, and Savann is not all it was when it opened.”
The Back Yard @ 160, a restaurant with a large outdoor patio at 160 Riverside Boulevard on the corner of 68th Street, also apparently closed up shop this week. The windows are papered over, no one’s answering the phone and the website currently leads nowhere. Our tipster Shane, who took the photo at left, was sad to see it go.
“I grew to like it there. The great thing about the place was that it was convenient for Trump Place residents to visit. The worst thing about the place was that it was convenient for Trump place residents to visit-(‘I was wondering if you could make me some lemonade, but with honey, instead of sugar’). I loved their pizzas, they made a good burger, and had decent salads. I always felt like anything else they attempted fell a little flat, and just hoped they’d stick to where they excelled. I didn’t hear a reason for closure, although there was a rumor floating around they would be reopening as an Asian restaurant (I don’t even know if that’s a reliable rumor). It’s certainly a viable space, and I hope someone opens ‘something’ there. Someone that understands this neighborhood just needs something consistent, not fancy.”