The former home of Popover Cafe on Amsterdam Avenue between 86th and 87th street is being transformed into a new restaurant that will serve food 24 hours a day.
Kirsh Kitchen and Kirsh Bakery will occupy different spaces inside the restaurant at 551 Amsterdam Avenue, said Dan Kirsh, the chef who plans to run the restaurant with his wife Anat. The couple moved to the U.S. from Israel two years ago with their two children and now live in the neighborhood. Dan Kirsh said they are rebuilding the interior, and he expects it to take four or five months.
“Our special bakery will offer a menu of French toast with different toppings cook to order with our special home made milk bread and our own coffee blend roasted in Hudson Valley by Irving Farm,” Dan Kirsh wrote to us.
It turns out that Kirsh was the bakery and restaurant that Popover owner Carole Baer had said would be moving in — it just has taken a lot longer than he had expected. “This is the same business idea, we just had a big delay with permits issues and now we are back on track.”
This could be great news for a block that could use more activity at night, given that nearly half of it is under scaffolding from the West-Park Presbyterian Church, and Schatzie the Butcher will be moving uptown in a few months. No matter how great Barney Greengrass is, it sure could use more company on that block.
Here’s an article about their restaurant in Israel.
Below are some of Dan’s designs for the restaurant that he posted on Instagram.