The block between 76th and 77th street on Amsterdam Avenue is surrounded by affluence. The Harrison condo is on one side of the street, along with high-end fitness spots like Equinox and Soul Cycle. Tessa, a fancy restaurant also recently opened in the former home of Time Out bar. That makes it all the more puzzling that the East side of the block looks like Detroit, with more than half the block completely vacant. Burrata, a bakery and pizza bar on the Northeast corner of 76th and Amsterdam, has been closed and papered-over for years.
That could be changing, however. Chop’t has signed a lease for one of the three vacant stores closer to 76th street, and real estate agents are marketing the other two spaces, according to Real Estate Weekly. Chop’t makes “creative salads.” Check out the menu here (pdf). The real estate agents are reportedly looking for fitness and kid’s stores, among others.
“It’s a neighborhood spot, so we’re targeting children’s clothing (retailers) or maybe not a Lululemon, but something like that.”
We’ve also seen some activity in the former optometrist’s office next to Tessa. And who know, maybe the vacant Crumbs across the street will eventually reopen like its cousin uptown.