Not only are 10 new restaurants about to open on the Upper West Side. We also have some baked goods to look forward to.
In the next few weeks, Birdbath Bakery is slated to open on the corner of 85th Street and Columbus Avenue in the former home of the Down & Quilt shop. The store’s signs have been up for months, and we first wrote about them in May, but they are finally close to opening, an employee at the company’s headquarters told me (Birdbath is run by City Bakery). Tipster Daren also told us he’s seen active construction going on in the space.
Birdbath is extremely (ridiculously?) environmentally conscious. From their website: “The bakeries are built from recycled, found, vintage, or sustainable materials. Birdbath is wind-powered, and all of the food is delivered from our main kitchen in bicycle-powered rickshaws. We also give discounts to any customer who arrives by bike, or even skateboard.”
Do I really have to buy a skateboard just to get a good price on a cookie?
A new Turkish bakery is slated to open at 124 West 72nd Street, the former home of an AT&T shop, a construction manager on the project told me. The opening date is still unclear. If the space comes together (construction is ongoing now) it could be very exciting: Turkish pastries include all sorts of fillings wrapped in phyllo dough, as well as baklava. Not to mention delicious Turkish coffee.
For our map of 10 restaurants about to open in the neighborhood, click here.