For those who say there’s nowhere to eat on the Upper West Side, we beg to differ. And we will be begging to differ even more if our first bit of news turns out to be true.
Famed chef April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig is opening a hip new diner at 78th street and Amsterdam Avenue, the former home of Risotteria, according to the Post. “‘She really wanted to open on the West Side and looked for a long time before finding this space,’ a source said. The diner, which will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, will also have a retail butcher shop on site.” Eater first heard a rumor about this a few weeks ago. “Word on the street is that Friedman and Bloomfield are teaming with Jocelyn Guest, the butcher at their new Salvation Burger. Says an insider, ‘It’s a butcher shop/ diner concept.””
Couture Kids, featuring designer children’s clothes, has opened its new shop at 324 Columbus between 75th and 76th.
The sign is up for Sunflower Cafe on 93rd and Amsterdam Avenue. Here’s more about the cafe chain, which has locations in Brooklyn and Long Island. “Sunflower Cafe has a large variety of Salads, from the well known, full-flavored and refreshing Israeli salad to the classic Caesar Salad, and many more. Sunflower Cafe has no meat dishes, but our meals are big and filling. You can enjoy a healthy low-cost meal with a rich taste, and feel satisfied and full. From our Salads to Panini Toast, Sandwiches, Pasta dishes, Fish dishes, Wraps – all are made with our special Israeli touch in our kitchen, and all are fully Kosher.” Thanks to Philip for the photo.
A new store called Luxcucina is opening at 452 Columbus Avenue between 81st and 82nd street, Meredith says.
Given that cucina means kitchen, we presume it sells food, or maybe kitchen goods, but we can’t read the sign in her photo to say exactly what it is. If you walk by, send a new photo pronto! Update: It will sell kitchen and bath supplies. Thanks to Eugenia for the updated photo!
The shoe repair shop on Amsterdam between 92nd and 93rd street has closed, Marjorie tells us.
Szechuan Garden has opened in the former home of Hunan Balcony at 98th street and Broadway, Naomi says. “The guy inside said that it’s a branch of the Szechuan Garden on 105th Street. He also said that the owner is the same one who ran the Hunan Balcony, and all the others subsequent restaurants in the space.” See shots of the menu below.