There’s lots of restaurant news to report in this edition of Upper West Side openings and closings.
A new restaurant called Macchina is set to open soon at 106th and Broadway, but we still haven’t heard much about it despite making inquiries and scouring the web. Stay tuned and let us know if you hear anything. (Macchina means machine in Italian.) Thanks to Beth and several others for tips.
CityPie, a pizza spot on 72nd street between Broadway and Columbus, closed this week. It was always a solid place for a traditional New York slice and we’ll miss it. In 2013, they invented Linsanity pizza to profit off the Jeremy Lin craze.
Brother Jimmy’s on Amsterdam sure seemed to be closed after it suddenly shut its doors on Sunday night — employees told us and our tipster that the restaurant was closed for good. But now the restaurant has a sign on the door saying it’s simply renovating and “we hope to be back up and runnin’ soon!” Which is good news for Brother Jimmy’s fans, of course, but still puzzling. Management hasn’t returned our phone message. Thanks to Jeff for the tip. See the note below and click it to enlarg.
Longgrain, the Thai restaurant on 95th and Broadway, has moved to the former home of Asia Kan on Amsterdam between 94th and 95th. That space has been on the market for awhile. No word yet on what will replace Longgrain. “All menus are the same from Asia Kan with the addition of Longgrains menu,” writes Maria. Thanks to Paul, Chris and others for tips.
Earth Cafe at 97th and Broadway is now serving alcohol, Paul tells us.
The Ribbon on 72nd street just off of Central Park West opened Wednesday night for a friends and family meal, we hear and will open to the public
later this next week. It took the place of Sambuca, and we chatted with some people on the management at the New Taste food fest.
West End Hall is now open at 106th street and Broadway in the former home of 5 Lamps Tavern. We hear it’s got 20 taps, and serves an international array of sausages from knackwurst to Moroccan merguez. Check out the menu here.
The former home of Key Fresh & Natural on 90th and Amsterdam, which closed abruptly in April, looks like it won’t be getting another supermarket after all, at least not for awhile. We talked to one local supermarket owner who said he had bid on it, but the deal clearly didn’t work out. Signs on the window are now offering the space for rent for retail or a restaurant.
Amsterdam Lounge on Amsterdam and 119th is now closed for good. The listing for the space is here.