Supermarkets are disappearing fast from the Upper West Side, but one that recently shuttered will be soon filled by another market.

The former D’Agostino on 110th Street and Broadway, which closed in April, is set to become a supermarket again, according to Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell. O’Donnell had pressured Columbia, which owns the space, to rent it to a new market, he said in a recent email to constituents.

dag6“Assembly Member ODonnell is pleased to announce that Columbia University has secured a grocer for the D’Agostino space on Broadway. They anticipate that the grocer will open towards the beginning of 2017 after renovation.”

O’Donnell’s staff did not know which market will move in, but we’ve heard from multiple tipsters — including at least one who talked to workers there — that it will be a specialty Korean market and fish store.

That made us think it could be H Mart, but a rep at that New-Jersey-based Korean chain had no information about a new New York spot. A specialty grocer would be an exciting addition to the block, and allow it to compete better with the nearby West Side Market.

Thanks to Rich for the tip.

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    1. wombatNYC says:

      Wegman’s or Stew Leonard’s would be nice

      • B.B. says:

        Wegman’s was recently voted top choice for supermarkets. Beating out Trader Joe’s.

        A Wegman’s in Manhattan would be a serious game changer.

    2. dannyboy says:

      “a specialty Korean market and fish store”

      WSR makes a difference!

      now things are changing FOR THE BETTER

    3. Maryjane says:

      how about a larger mustard emporium

    4. Wendy says:

      what about the old Food Emporium on Broadway and 90th? We need something in there.

      • Larry says:

        Yes exactly…. I have a mobility issue and it’s very very difficult for me to get around. I live a few blocks from Food Emporium and sure miss it!

    5. Sophie says:

      H-Mart! Oh that would be fantastic! We’ve been begging H-Mart to open a market at this location, I hope they do. It would be a perfect complement to Westside Market. Fingers and toes crossed!!!

    6. LEE APT says:


    7. Lrahip says:

      I know that Assembly Member tried very hard to convince Trader Joe’s to open in this spot, but it was too small for them to make it work.

    8. V says:

      I want Trader Joe’s!!!

    9. Ellie steinman says:

      Is there any news about the former Food Emporium on Broadway and 90th Street? It looks like there are people working in there but no news about it.

    10. Ellie says:

      Is there any news about the empty space at Broadway and 90th Street that was the Food Emporium? Lately there have been workmen in there but nothing posted about new tenants.

    11. Bonnie says:

      We desperately need one where food emporium was..
      So many families.. So few markets!!

      • UWS-er says:

        I work in Tribeca, the Food Emporium that closed down (Greenwich St.)here was re-opened as a Best Market supermarket…very good store, with good prices. rents are probably both on par

        • B.B. says:

          Best Market purchased several former A&P supermarket sites when that company went bankrupt. Most were out of the City, except for the Tribeca location.

          IIRC Best Market has a location somewhere in Harlem.

    12. UWSHebrew says:

      Westside Market is literally across the street. Central Markets is a 5 minute walk from there. I like both places. I have a feeling whatever new supermarket it will be, will disappoint. BTW Gristede’s is so, so bad.

    13. Julia says:

      How about an Associated? The one at 97th and Amsterdam is the only store I wind up spending less than I expected, so I get a lot of basics there.

      • dannyboy says:

        and they have great one-time-only items that they must get at the warehouse when it is on Special Offer.

        Today I bought 8 bottles of Fiuggi sparkling. I’d traveled to Fiuggi and drank water, bathed in water (and ate gelato).

        saved a lot of airfare with this purchase at Associated today.

    14. NYC10023 says:

      now if we could just get a supermarket in the mid-60’s. Heck, I’ll even take a bodega.

    15. Mark says:

      How about a “book mart” where the sidewalk guys could set up their stalls, thereby freeing up the sidewalks.

    16. Steen says:

      H-Mart! H-Mart! I would love to not have to drive to NJ for my fix!

    17. Vicky says:

      Brooklyn Fare please. Anything is better than what we have above 80th street.

      • dannyboy says:

        how about Barzini’s

        not the crime family

        • UWSHebrew says:

          Barzini’s is gross. Filthy store and the food (especially the cheeses), always go bad in 24 hours!

          • dannyboy says:

            a second food store that’s not for you.

            makes them less crowded

            for me

          • Anne says:

            Never had that experience with Barzinis. Going there for decades.

            • dannyboy says:

              I beat that “the food (especially the cheeses), always go bad in 24 hours!” by eating the cheese at the store. I love sampling!

            • UWSHebrew says:

              @dannyboy @Anne — my negative experiences at Barzini’s are mild compared to others: check out their reviews on Yelp…

            • dannyboy says:


              Thank you for your concern.

              I don’t rely on Yelp, as it is usually the disgruntled customer who posts their criticism, rarely the satisfied one.

              But I do rely on Zabar, who said that Barzini is a great store.

              So, as always, to each his own.

    18. Sarah says:

      H-Mart would make the most sense, given the other markets nearby. I think the closest “Asian” market now is the M2M up at Columbia (B’way & 116th). Oh, please, let it be H-Mart. The one in Ktown is such a haul.

    19. Ken M says:

      Probably a good thing that Colombia rented to a grocery store. This space does not seem suitable at all for classroom education.

    20. B.B. says:

      Is it just me or is anyone else uncomfortable with the word “pressure” being used in the same sentence as a politician’s name?

      • dannyboy says:

        just you?

        • stevieboy says:

          Honest question…

          Why do you insist on making these snarky comments to everyone on this site?

          Are you just desperate for some kind of human interaction or are you just a &%$@# by nature??:)

          • dannyboy says:

            Honest answer…

            Because I gave my honest reply to B.B.’s question.

            There is no need for you to explain yourself; as you did that previously:
            stevieboy says:
            September 12, 2016 at 7:59 pm
            Oh, DannyBoy…the pipes, the pipes and so on and so forth…

            It’s funny you should ask because I have been in and out of mental institutions and asylums my entire life. I was actually conceived in the psych ward at Arkam, the product of a brilliant, young psychiatrist and a criminally insane prostitute.

            After I was adopted by a very well-to-do UWS family I was forced to attend all of your fancy Prep Schools and Ivy League Universities…that was where the real horrors took place.

            I thought I could handle anything at that point, numb to the pain of a lifetime of abuse and regret. And then….just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, when I thought the universe had taken everything from me….even thinking about it now, years later sends a shiver down my spine….

            THEY CLOSED BIG NICK’S!!!!!! something inside me snapped and I haven’t been the same since. Now I just roam message boards and threads reeking havoc like the demented nihilistic maniac that I am…..MUAHHHHHHhhh MuahHHHHh:)

            So, what’s your diagnosis, Counselor?? and more importantly, do you have a prescription pad?”

            • stevieboy says:

              Hahah…that is awesome!! I’m going to have to start paying you rent cause obviously I am living in your head, DB.

              Admit it…you love my creative writing!! I bet you even Googled Arkham Asylum.:)

              And it all happens to be true…I haven’t been the same since they closed Big Nick’s.

          • dannyboy says:


            No i did not googled Arkham Asylum, because I do not consider your comments to be “creative writing” as you have provided so many hints to your condition, Examples include:

            “stevieboy says:
            September 1, 2016 at 10:21 pm
            tick tock old timer…”

            and: “stevieboy says:
            September 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm

            If I wasn’t so busy I might think about explaining a few things to you all but you know…I really don’t care that much. I know why and that’s enough…but by all means keep complaining to each other…hahaha”

            I am trained in identifying these outbursts.

    21. CG says:

      how much space is there in the basement? Would Trader Joe not fit in there? That would be THE addition to the neighborhood!

      • RF says:

        There is already a Trader Joe’s slated to open on 93rd and Columbus. Seems unlikely that they’d open another new store so close to that one. Wegmans would be AWESOME though.

    22. Natali says:

      I wish a politician had pressured the landlord of the Food Emporium near the Apple store to rent to a new market. I’m still upset that it’s now a Lowe’s.

      • RF says:

        And a crappy Lowes at that. I wasn’t thrilled that they were taking that space (had hoped it would become a Wegmans supermarket, as rumored) but I thought it would at least be a new option for buying plants. Greenmarket is my first choice, but my work schedule often conflicts with the ones in the neighborhood and I don’t always have time to make it to Union Square. I expected Lowes to have a big selection of plants like Home Depot on 23rd; instead, they had a couple of shelves of sad, half-dead plants outside, and not much more. Disappointing. Didn’t have much luck with finding a lightbulb I needed there, either–the store is small and fairly useless. The neighborhood would’ve been better-served by a new supermarket.

    23. lynn says:

      The DR on Broadway btwn 72-73 is finally getting a much deserved facelift. There’s a team in there right now, ‘attempting to make this a store that fits the needs of Walmart customers.’ Does anyone know if the DR on 72nd (near WEA) has closed yet, and if so what’s moving into that spot?

    24. Mk says:

      Patel brothers

    25. Shashi says:

      H Mart! The Korean market has a built-in audience in the Columbia nabe. And would introduce non-Asians to some terrific new foods and brands.

    26. ron shapley says:

      We need a GOOD supermarket on Amsterdam in the upper 130’s…. In fact, we need anything in the upper 130’s that is not chinese take out or a bodega… Even a McDonald’s. This area is a vast wasteland even though there is instant clientele from City College.. I don’t understand why this neighborhood has gone untouched..

    27. luokaining says:

      Yes to an H mart! Or Hong Kong Supermarket (see Chinatown)– some kind of Asian supermarket. The demographic is strong in the hood!