UPPER WEST SIDE RESTAURANT NEWS AND NOTES


The dining room of Andanada 141. Isn’t that painting cool?

We’ve been getting all sorts of tips and press releases about new menus, cheese events, liquor licenses and outdoor cafes on the Upper West Side. Check ’em out:

Andanada 141: “Andanada 141, the new Spanish restaurant and tapas bar on W. 69th Street, will begin serving brunch on Saturday, January 5, 2013.  The brunch menu will be available on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Special brunch cocktails will also be offered.”

Piccolo Cafe: The cafe on 74th and Amsterdam applied for a license to sell liquor as well as wine and beer.

Screme Gelato: The location on 70th and Broadway is closed until March, because it’s cold outside. Am I the only one who craves ice cream in the winter?

El Mitote: The Mexican restaurant on 69th and Columbus applied for a permit to operate an outdoor cafe.

Casa Pomona: The new Spanish restaurant on 84th and Columbus has introduced a new $8 “price fixe” kids menu. We applaud you if you can actually get your kid to eat the honey vinaigrette salad. The milk & cookies should be an easier sell.

Gastronomie 491: The restaurant and specialty grocer on 84th and Columbus is holding two events in the next couple of weeks. “The first event is January 23rd at 7 and it’s simply called Winter Wednesdays with Beer.  It will feature six extraordinary beers from the portfolio of 12% Imports, a small Brooklyn-based company that specializes in small producer brews primarily from Belgium and Scandinavia.  These beers will be paired with six remarkable cheeses from the Gastronomie 491 collection. Tickets here. …The second event is January 30th at 7 and it’s simply called Winter Wednesdays with Wine.  This one will feature six exceptional wines from the AI Selection Portfolio, which will be represented by noted wine authority Michael J Whidden.  Again the wines will be paired with six delicious cheeses from the Gastronomie 491 collection and Martin Johnson will present them. Tickets here.

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    1. Rat A. Tooey says:

      Re: “…press releases about new menus, cheese events,….”

      CHEESE EVENTS ?!?!?!!

      WOW!!! Where do I sign up??

      🙂
      Rat A. Tooey

    2. George F. says:

      What happened to Papasito’s on Broadway between 103 & 104? I had lunch there one day, and the next everything’s gone… and after only a few short months there!

      If the Bloomberg Administration and neighborhood isn’t willing to support a great restaurant with good food, good service and reasonable prices, maybe we deserve every-other storefront being a banking ATM lobby!

      Put someone in place to help new mom & Pop’s to make a go at it – or the entire area will end-up looking like Amsterdam between 103 & 104 with a bodega that sells blunts and 40-oz-ers and is pretty much a gang haven, empty storefronts and a place to get mediocre food at b-rated eateries.

      We did not “win” keeping the big box stores out. Now we need an administration that has a backbone and the common sense to pay someone to help-out the new small business owners instead of deploying the entire city forces to write tickets for silly “infractions” to the cumbersome laws on the books.

      • Cato says:

        Your neighbors *resoundingly* disagree with you on Papasito. Here’s the way DNAInfo reported the State Liquor Authority’s final denial of the restaurant’s liquor license last October 15 [http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20121015/upper-west-side/controversial-uws-papasito-restaurant-denied-liquor-license-renewal#ixzz2HgHLHXdg
        ]:

        “The controversial Mexican restaurant Papasito’s has had its liquor license renewal denied — and is in danger of closing by early next year.

        “The restaurant, which opened in September 2011, has had a rocky first year, temporarily closing four times for selling alcohol to minors.

        “In that time, it has become the bane of Community Board 7 and neighbors who complained frequently about customers fighting and yelling outside the bar and spilling out into the streets at 4 a.m. many nights a week.

        “In July, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer pledged to help shut down the restaurant: “I will intervene personally with the [State Liquor Authority] and make sure they know that Papasito is a dangerous nuisance.”

        “The State Liquor Authority denied Papasito’s reapplication, after taking into account the restaurant’s confusion over management, as well as past violations, noise complaints, and current practices. The restaurant will have a four month grace period to operate its current liquor license, after which it will likely close.”

        The restaurant’s co-owner said that they had attempted to respond to community criticisms and that “Papasito’s is now “a very family restaurant,” but that the change was hindering the restaurant.

        “Business has been very slow,” she said. ”

        Sounds like there was a lot more involved than “silly infractions”, George. Once Papasito’s decided to be a restaurant, rather than a public nuisance, no one went.

        Sometimes “Mom and Pop” don’t understand what the community needs or wants. Regardless of how much or how little government assistance there is, every business must still satisfy the local marketplace or it will fail.

        As Yogi Berra said, “If people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?”

        • George F says:

          Mea culpa Cato & Scooter… did not know that side of the argument. I do not go out past 11 or so, and have not seen that behavior while dining there at that time, nor do I read all the press on everything NYC – I have too much going on in my own life to be afforded the time to do so.

          So, I agree that if all of that is true, they made the right decision by moving out. However, I still stand on my other statement as follows:

          “Put someone in place to help new mom & Pop’s to make a go at it – or the entire area will end-up looking like Amsterdam between 103 & 104 with a bodega that sells blunts and 40-oz-ers and is pretty much a gang haven, empty storefronts and a place to get mediocre food at b-rated eateries”.

          PS – Of course Scott Stringer will “personally” see to it that this place not be re-licensed… he’s a politician and in the ring for a run for the Mayor’s office! The upper west side holds many constituents that he is relying on – but also living and working here are concerned voters that do not like the look of, nor feel safe around the seedy bodegas and empty storefronts that act as sleeping grounds for the homeless and territory for the gangs. Give me a banking ATM lobby ever 50-feet if the Mom & Pop’s cannot make a go of it.

    3. Scooter Stan says:

      Re the above: “What happened to Papasito’s on Broadway between 103 & 104? … everything’s gone… and after only a few short months there!If the Bloomberg Administration and neighborhood isn’t willing to support a great restaurant with good food, good service and reasonable prices,….”

      UMMMM…as much as some OccupyWallStreet-Wannabe’s love to blame EVERYTHING on the administration of a mayor who also happens to be a billionaire, IT WAS NOT THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION THAT CAUSED PAPASITO’S DEMISE. RATHER IT WAS NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS’ COMPLAINTS THAT THE PLACE WAS A CESSPOOL OF BAD BEHAVIOR AND DISTURBING LATE-NIGHT NOISE.

      As proof, here’s just part of a DNAinfo story from November, 2011:
      “Residents near Papasito Mexican Grill and Agave Bar’s new 2728 Broadway location have described the restaurant as a “menacing horror show” where boisterous crowds gather as late as 4:30 a.m. on weekend nights.
      Neighbors say they’ve seen fights break out on the sidewalk outside the restaurant
      One woman said she saw customers at the restaurant running from what appeared to be someone with a weapon, possibly a gun,….”

      So sorry…can’t pin this one on the Mayor. But maybe we can blame him for this winter’s weird weather…or the Flu outbreak … or … something … anything …

      • Peter says:

        Get a frikin life Scooter! You are a condescending idiot and proof of that reads loud and clear. So nobody can have an opinion, or if they do, you and the three other cry babies that think Manhattan should be quiet (there’s where the idiot part comes in) will call all of the talking heads we call politicians to get some press… and maybe even you idiot picture in the news rags with you and your idiot companions in your freak world holding signs complaining about stupid nonsense. Get a life – go feed a hungry family, or start a business to put people to work, or move to New Jersey where no one will listen to your stupid remarks.