A new tapas spot and a whoopie pie store just opened, and several other new businesses are opening soon.
Bodega 88, a Latin bar and restaurant run by the team behind Calle Ocho, has opened at 573 Columbus at 88th Street. They’re serving tapas and cocktails. “Everything is small bites – I had pulled pork tacos, chicken empanadas, and chicken lollipops,” Dawn tells us. “Also had several pomegranate mojitos.” It was once a bodega. Thanks to Dawn and Connie for the tips.
Batter & Cream, a bakery specializing in “artisan whoopie pies”, has opened at the Turnstyle underground mall in the Columbus Circle subway station.
Joe & the Juice is opening a new location at 247 Columbus Avenue between 71st and 72nd in the former home of Clarins. Joe & the Juice serves shakes, sandwiches, coffee and more. Thanks to Ilan Hoffman, Swati Jags, Sarah Verena and Diana for the tips.
Banco Popular is opening a new location in the former Radio Shack on the east side of Broadway between 108th and 109th, Jill tells us. “This location is directly adjacent to a Banco Santander that is well-known in the neighborhood for middle-of-the night alarms. The Banco Popular will be the fourth bank on 109th and Broadway and there are rumors that another bank is planning to move in on the west side of Broadway.”
United Tae Kwon Do Center, offering Tae Kwon Do and kickboxing, is opening at 586 Columbus Avenue (88th) in the former home of Ziva’s Hair Fashions. The chain has several locations in New York and New Jersey. Thanks to Kenneth for the photo.
The Subway sandwich shop at 84th and Columbus has closed. Thanks to Trish Anderton and Sharon for the tips.