The Ellington Inn is expected to open this week in the former home of The Neighborhood, a restaurant that closed last year.

The “gastropub” at 936 Amsterdam Avenue (corner of 106th street) is applying for permission to set up a large sidewalk cafe out front — in fact, the outdoor cafe may be even bigger than the restaurant inside.

The inside of the restaurant is 1,100 square feet with a 75-square-foot outdoor patio, according to the Post. “It holds 17 seats at the bar and 20 tables, for a total of 60 indoor seats.” The sidewalk cafe is expected to have 34 tables and 72 seats, according to a permit application filed with the community board. The restaurant is being run by Glenda Sansone, who owns the bar Slane in the Village, along with partner Andrew Breslin.

The Post also had details about the chef and mixologist:

“The chef is Lester Almanzar, a New Yorker who spent two years at Punch Bowl in London, the gastropub owned by Madonna’s ex, director Guy Ritchie.

The mixologist is Allen Katz, director of Mixology & Spirits Education for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York. Katz is also the co-founder of the New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg.”

Thanks to Sarah for the photo.

FOOD, NEWS, OPEN/CLOSED | 6 comments | permalink
    1. Ronald Hoffman says:

      This part of the Upper West Side is really picking up. Both Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues are starting to sport outside cafes and several clubs such as Ding-Dong and Suite. North of West 100 Street is becoming a destination point.

    2. Laura says:

      Let’s hope the food is better than The Neighborhood.

    3. Victoria Bowker says:

      Wishing Ellington lots and lots of success. Slane is a fabulous place and Ellington will no doubt follow suit. Great job Glenda! We wish you and Ellington the very best! Victoria (Whitney’s mom).

    4. Ellen Colwell says:

      Looking forward to a new neighborhood spot!

    5. Monica Paiewonsky de Almanzar says:

      We wish the Ellington all the best. The young Chef is passionate about food, so.. enjoy his dishes. (Lester’s Mom)…

    6. Marc Glazer says:

      At last things are starting to blossom in Old Bloomingdale again. The Ellington joins other wonderful restaurants like Henry’s and others is seeing the potential in this neighborhood. Good luck!