Popover Cafe, the neighborhood mainstay on 87th street and Amsterdam Avenue, is closing its doors on January 5th after losing its lease, the restaurant announced in a poster on the window.
Popover has been open since 1981. The closing is part of a depressing wave this year on the Upper West Side — Big Nick’s also closed, and the Emerald Inn shuttered, although it reopened a couple of blocks away.
Popover was famous for its namesake crusty-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside breakfast treats, smeared with butter and jam. As Zagat reviewers put it:
“Always the same and always delicious”, the “huge”, “piping-hot” popovers at this “quaint” UWS American have been a “reason to get out of bed” for 30-plus years; decor is a tad “dusty” and service merely “ok”, but with a “diner-style menu” providing “something for everyone”, it’s popular for families – just “expect a wait on weekends.”
Thanks to Rebecca Frey for the photo, and Judd and Cynthia for the tips.