Sambuca, the Italian restaurant on 72nd street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, will close just before the new year, owner Liza Wetanson told us. Wetanson still has a long-term lease on the space — more than 10 years — and plans to partner with a restaurant group to create an entirely new restaurant in Sambuca’s space. It should open next summer, she says.
Sambuca is known for hearty family-style Italian food, and a plentiful gluten-free menu. “We want to thank everyone who has come to the restaurant over the past 28 years,” Wetanson told us.
She’s excited, however, about transforming the space, saying that the group she’s partnering with is “chef-driven” and will make the spot fresh again.
Sambuca tried to reinvent itself last year with a wine bar at the front of the restaurant. Earlier this year, Wetanson had put the restaurant up for sale.
The exact closing date is not clear yet. Wetanson says the restaurant will close before the new year, and she wants to see as many of her customers as possible before then. So drop by and have some meatballs and say goodbye — for now.