pressed juice

Upcoming UWS restaurants and bars will let you get more juiced than Sammy Sosa, dine on soft baked goods or throw one back with an FBI agent.

A new juice bar called Pressed Juicery is set to open on 111th and Broadway in the former home of Middle Eastern restaurant Maoz. They’ve even got revitalizing juice shots (you’ll have to bring your own vodka of course). Check out the website here.


Kirsh Bakery and Kirsh Kitchen is about a month away from opening in the former Popover’s spot on Amsterdam between 86th and 87th street. Chef-owner Dan Kirsh, who came from Israel, tells us he’s had possession of the space for two full years, but various permitting issues have contributed to the delays in opening. “It’s not easy doing construction in New York,” he said. He fully built out the space, which included doing considerable construction. Workers had to reinforce the floors to support a large new oven, and Kirsh added new marble floors and custom-designed mirrors. It will include both a restaurant and a bakery. Eventually, he says, he wants the restaurant (Kirsh Kitchen) to be open 24 hours a day (although the bakery is expected to close by around 8). We’ll have more on this as it gets closer to opening. We first wrote about Kirsh here. Photo via Kirsh’s Instagram.


If their window is any evidence, it appears to be the last week for Bolton’s on 68th street and Amsterdam. Thanks to Gretchen for the photo.

Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor opened at 1135 Amsterdam Avenue (116th street) on Wednesday. The bar, which opened its first location in the West Village, was started by an FBI agent and an actor. A press release talks about the new space: “Over the past six months, Robert, Don, and their newest partner, Phil Cunningham, have transformed the space, formerly known as Camille‚Äôs Trattoria, into Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor-SoHa. Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor (ACBP) is not your typical beer joint or sports bar. Rather, ACBP is the antithesis of a sports bar: an extension of your living room – a place to entertain guests with quality conversation in a warm atmosphere over a pint of great Craft Beer or a glass of fine wine. It is a cultural center where the art adorning the walls changes as frequently as the 24 beers on tap.”

Great #CraftBeer is now flowing from 24 taps (and from 20+ bottle selections) at @acbeerparlor's new uptown location, just across from Columbia University on Amsterdam at 116th! Congratulations guys, and Happy Grand Opening Night! #NYC #Uptown #GreatBars #ArtsAndCraftsBeerParlorUptown

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    1. UWS-er3 says:

      Kirsch wants to stay open 24/7? I’m sure the people that sleep on the church steps down the block will be happy.

    2. Sprinkles says:

      Is it just me, or have the food offerings near Columbia gotten a lot more expensive (and beyond typical student budgets) over the past few years?

      • John says:

        It wont be to long till we need a minimum of 200k a year salary to just be making it here on this liberal Island.

    3. Westender says:

      Bolton’s recently opened on 82nd and Broadway in the old Gymboree space. Just guessing but it’s probably a location swap.

    4. Jerry says:

      I am frequently amazed at the comments that reflect concern about the rising cost of living in Manhattan where the writers of those comments never acknowledge the reasons for those increases. For example, if crime is reduced, then more people seek to live in the area, and the cost of apartments (both to own and to rent) go up as demand increases. At the same time,the supply of places to live does not increase very much when developers and landlords see that the amount they can charge is subject to govt control and regulation (or they are obliged to allocate a certain number of units to low cost housing, since their profit margins are then reduced and so the developers see that they can make more money by pursuing projects elsewhere. And as we put in bike lanes (and curtail commercial parking spaces) and slow down traffic by reducing the speed limit and the number of lanes available for cars and trucks, the cost borne by stores getting their truck deliveries increases and so must the prices they charge consumers. There are many other examples. Whether you think these factors are favorable or not, socially desirable or not, there can be no dispute that they have a broad economic impact. Thus, if the cost of living in the UWS increases or the ambience of the neighborhood changes — with dry cleaners and laundromats moving out, or banks and drug store chains moving in — it is usually the result of the many changes in policy and rules that our governmental bodies impose. There is no way to get around that. And it is not often the result of greed or an uncaring attitude by someone who is richer than you are. So the next time we ask our politicians or community boards to do something, we have to realize that it may have unintended consequences that need to be considered. Another example is that if we move 90 or so horses into Central Park and get rid of the other 95 horses, then they probably will be slaughtered and get converted into dog and cat food, and lots of carriage drivers and pedicab drivers will become unemployed. And the stables outside the park will be worth very little if they remain stables, and will be worth much more if they are converted to commercial space or residential space.

      • John says:

        Jerry I agree with everything you stated and the old horse stables will become supper tall buildings as soon as the move happens

      • Angelique says:

        I have long heard that property developers are the ones pushing DeBlasio to get rid of the carriages. Once the stables are empty they can be knocked and glorious 40 story glass towers replace them. At least the NY Times is on to how cheaply DeBlasio is bought and sold. Today it ran a story about his relationship with Ari Noe of “On The Road Media” (the OTR billboard mogul). I suppose lifting all regulations on building signs to make the city look more like a Florida strip mall will be DeBlasio’s next crusade. Too bad advocates for the homeless don’t have enough to buy the mayor’s attention.

    5. Brandon says:

      There’s also a small hair salon next to Bolton’s that’s closing Jan 31st. The sign on the door says they can’t afford the rising rents. It’s the same building as that Vanguard wine bar. Maybe the building expects everyone to be able to afford what that gold mine can.

    6. Eric says:

      can’t wait for Kirsh. I pass by everyday and have wondered about the lack of progress. that block does need more options

    7. Todd says:

      I thought a reincarnated H&H Bagels was supposed to open on that block. Wishful thinking?

    8. Chuck D says:

      Marble floors…open 24/7… mirrors…. so, in other words, Krish is a diner.

    9. JumpingJackFlash says:

      I’ve been to the Arts and Crafts Bar in the Village a number of times and loved it. I chatted with the owners and they were friendly and knowledgeable. Happy to see them, their beer, and their pretzel buns in the neighborhood.