There’s been quite a bit of recent action on the Upper West Side restaurant scene.
A restaurant called Vino Levantino is opening on 94th street between Amsterdam and Broadway, the former home of Japanese restaurant Obento Delight. Vino Levantino has a website, but all it says is “check back next week.” Italian Levantines, by the way, are Italians who emigrated to Turkey during the middle ages, meaning this might not be a traditional Italian spot. Or maybe we’re completely misinterpreting the name. Thanks to Ben for the tip.
Estihana, a Kosher Asian restaurant on 79th street near Broadway, has closed. “They were a staple on the UWS for 17 yrs,” tipster Mike tells us. An employee at Estihana Brooklyn told us they lost the lease but they’re looking for a new location on the UWS.
A new Indian restaurant is set to open on Columbus between 83rd and 84th in the former location of Lenny’s (which moved one block South). The restaurant, which is still unnamed, goes before Community Board 7 Wednesday night for a liquor license. Its corporate name is Shree Laximi Indian Cuisine Inc.
The Lite Choice on Broadway between 95th and 96th street has closed, which is the second recent closure of a fro-yo establishment. Is this the beginning of the end for the trend? Don’t bet on it. “I will miss the delicious Very Berry smoothie,” says tipster Harriet. Thanks to Harriet and Ben for the tips.
Sol y Sombra at 82nd and Amsterdam has closed it doors. A message on its Facebook page said: “Due to unforseen circumstances Sol y Sombra Gastrobar has had to close its doors. We have enjoyed hosting you these past few months and we look forward to receiving you soon at our next gastronomic venture.” In May Sol y Sombra renovated and added a rum bar. Thanks to Rebecca for the tip and photo at right.
A Subway sandwich shop has closed on Columbus between 84th and 85th, says Rebecca. It’s the second local Subway sandwich shop that’s closed in the last couple of months.