New Chinese food and much more in this edition of Upper West Side openings and closings.
A new Chinese restaurant called Lava Kitchen is set to open at 2656 Broadway between 101st and 102nd Street, the former home of Sura. Its newly created Yelp page promises “The best Chinese street food boutique in Manhattan. Lava soup Malatang (vegetables and meat cooked in a spicy soup) is our specialty. We also have Chinese style beef noodle soup, steamed buns, dumplings and some special cold dishes. Come and melt your tongue!” Thanks to Sasha and Celeste for the tips and photos.
Astro West, which sells fossils, meteorites and gems has opened at 102 West 79th Street, just West of Columbus Avenue. “In addition to specimens for the established collector and enthusiast, they also carry items for children like crystal growing kits, starter gem collections, and geodes,” according to the Columbus Avenue BID.
The Duane Reade on 72nd Street near West End Avenue is nearly empty. “The 2 remaining staff members looked too gloomy for me to ask details,” Priscilla tells us. “So what replaces a Duane Reade in a space with such a large frontage? It’s not really a good location for a bank.”
Cedra Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy with “concierge services”, looks like it’s close to opening at 2268 Broadway between 81st and 82nd Streets. We last wrote about it here. Thanks to Kevin for the photo.
New York Look is close to closing its store at 1884 Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Street after 33 years. It also closed its location at 2030 Broadway. Thanks to Kevin for the photo.