Coffee, bagels, and a new deli? We’ll take ’em in a to-go bag with extra ketchup, salt and pepper, please. Check out recent Upper West Side openings and closings below.
Freshy’s Deli has opened on the corner of 106th and Columbus Avenue in the former home of a pentecostal church, Daren tells us.
Zucker’s Bagels has signed a lease for the former Gotham Foods space on Columbus between 72nd and 73rd street, Columbus Avenue BID Executive Director Barbara Adler tells us. There’s another Zucker’s on Lexington Avenue that makes hand-rolled bagels, but the store’s management did not respond to questions about the new store, including whether they’re the ones who own it. It’s frankly kind of amazing that there could actually be two bagel stores opening on the Upper West Side (H&H Midtown East is opening soon on Columbus between 85th and 86th). We’ll only believe when we are literally pinching the warm cinnamon raising bagels.
Ed’s Chowder House has returned tot he Empire Hotel on 63rd, after briefly morphing into Moore Food & Drink. Eater had the scoop: “According to Moore he signed an eight week lease with CGC with the possibility that they could ‘work something out’ for a longer commitment. Apparently CGM decided not to extend the lease, although it appears that the parting was mutual.” Moore also said something about the Upper West Side having a different “clientele” than downtown. Yeah, we don’t pass out in our boozy brunches as often. Thanks to Eileen and Ann for the tips.
The former space of Cava Wine Bar at 185 West 80th street will become a nail salon, according to permits filed with the city. Thanks to Terry for the tip.
Amla, the Indian restaurant on 105th and Broadway, appears to be closed, a tipster tells us. The store is for rent, no one is picking up the phone, the last Yelp review says it’s closed, and the Grubhub page is down.
Coffee Berry, a cafe and eatery, is set to open on 90th and Amsterdam, the former home of the Bagel Basket. Thanks to Rachel for the photo.
Thiam Variety Store at 528 Columbus Ave (85th-86th) has also closed, Terry says. “It was very handy for small dry goods items and more.”
The Easy Spirit store at 2251 Broadway (80th-81st) is closing, with the remaining stock placed at the front of the store, Toinette tells us. It no longer shows up on the company’s store map.
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