The New Taste of the Upper West Side food festival this past weekend featured dozens of local restaurants, including a few that haven’t even opened yet. Here’s the buzz about some of the newcomers:
White Gold, the restaurant and butcher shop coming to 78th and Amsterdam, should open in August, said Jocelyn Guest, a chef and butcher. “We’re pumped!” she told us. The Post reports that she and chef Erika Nakamura slept in their car the night before the festival so they could supervise the 24-hour smoking of the 244-pound hog they served on Friday night.
Orwasher’s Bakery, set to open at 81st and Amsterdam in the former home of Pet Health Store, is hoping to open by August 1, owner Keith Cohen (pictured at right, with challah) told us. Orwasher’s drew a large crowd of people for its baked goods — from cookies to challah — at the festival.
Zucker’s Bagels, opening on Columbus between 72nd and 73rd, still has quite a bit of work to do on the store before opening. Zucker’s makes hand-rolled bagels and will also sell sandwiches and pastries. After consulting with the landmarks board (it’s in an historic district), owner Matt Pomerantz says they’ll be building a wooden storefront with a special three-section awning. They’re aiming to open in October.
Kirsh, the new bakery and restaurant on Amsterdam between 86th and 87th street is getting some good traffic on weekdays and is hoping to draw bigger crowds on weekends too, a sous-chef there told us. Given that the space was formerly occupied by Popover Cafe, “everyone who comes in asks for popovers!” Stop by and check out what they’re cooking. It sure looks good on owner Dan Kirsh’s Instagram.
New Taste is put on by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District and proceeds benefit various neighborhood nonprofits and causes. West Side Rag was a sponsor this year.