Earth Cafe opened a couple of days ago in the former home of Blimpie’s on 97th street and Broadway. The cafe gets a lot of light and has a laid-back (almost Brooklyn!) vibe. The owners are also affiliated with a bistro called Why Not in the Village, a barista told us. There are baked goods and various kinds of coffee drinks, as you can see in the menu below (click on photos to enlarge).
The space previously occupied by Szechuan Gourmet on 98th and Broadway is now being transformed into a Vietnamese restaurant called Sugarcane. Construction appears to be going on inside. On the front door, there are two signs — one directing people to the other Szechuan Gourmet and another criticizing Szechuan Gourmet’s food. That second one appears to be a nasty prank. Thanks to Greg for the tip about the opening.