Upper West Side openings include a delightful gift store, a new French cafe and a 24-hour food market.
The Danish design and gift store Flying Tiger is planning to open an Upper West Side location at 424 Columbus Avenue (80th-81st), according to Barbara Adler of the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District. That would presumably be the old Bellmarc real estate location. The Flying Tiger on Broadway and 21st street has some very quirky and inexpensive items, from gorrilla erasers to ponchos-for-two to fake-grass toothbrush holders. Yes, you have to see it to believe it. As Buzzfeed says: “It’s like Ikea and the dollar store had a baby.” A Flying Tiger employee told us that they are expecting an Upper West Side store to open this year, but didn’t have details on timing.
Albertina’s Fine Foods, which we wrote about last month, has opened on Broadway between 69th and 70th street in the former Tani shoe shop. It’s open 24/7 and already looks packed, Gretchen tells us. “Currently, the store is serving just pre-packaged food and coffee, but hot dishes and food ordering will be available sometime next week as the staff is undergoing training,” according to the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District.
Remember that “Korean coffee shop” that was rumored to be going into the old home of Green Cafe on the West side of Broadway between 98th and 97th streets. Well, it’s actually going to be a Margot Patisserie, a French “bakery cafe” that is apparently an expansion of the cafe by the same name at 74th and Broadway. (The phone number at the bottom is the number for the 74th street location. Thanks to Robert for the photo.
Another bluemercury cosmetics store is set to open at 184 Columbus Avenue, in the former home of Comptoirs des Cotonnier, Adler says.
And Adler confirmed that star chef April Bloomfield is set to open a diner at 78th and Amsterdam and will be featuring her food at the New Taste of the Upper West Side food festival. See our sidebar ad (at right) to learn how to get discounted tickets to the food fest.