The Upper West Side is getting some very savory food in the coming days and weeks. A new gastropub, and Italian and dry pot Chinese restaurants are getting ready to open as Maison Pickle releases its full menu.
Gastropub The Fat Monk is getting ready to open at 949 Columbus Avenue between 106th and 107th Streets. Chef Rob McCue, a veteran of the Hell’s Kitchen TV show, will “create elevated American comfort food in an elegant yet casual dining room.” Watch McCue get chewed out on Hell’s Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay here. Thanks to Daren for the photo.
Italian restaurant Mama’s Too, a spinoff of Mama’s on Amsterdam and 106th, is set to open on the East side of Broadway, between 105th and 106th Streets. They’ll be making “Italian pasta dishes, panini, pizza and Italian specialties”, according to the Facebook page. Thanks also to Daren.
Maison Pickle at 2315 Broadway (84th) is officially opening on Saturday, though we wrote about its “soft opening” last week. The Jacob’s Pickles spinoff sells several kinds of French Dip sandwiches, one of which is pictured above, and other inventive dishes, like half pig head confit (with kimchi!). Here are the drinks and dinner menus (pdf’s).
The combination Subway and Papa John’s restaurant on 89th and Amsterdam has closed. Thanks to Marsha for the tip.
Babeth’s Feast, which mostly sells gourmet frozen food, has opened at 309 Amsterdam between 74th and 75th. This location also has a “hot food bar” where customers can get warm meals, and a marble-top bar where people can eat and mingle.
Bolton’s on 82nd and Broadway is closing, with many items already 50% off. Bolton’s closed its location on 68th last year. Thanks to Marjorie for the tip.
A new salon called Effy Hair Boutique opened at 2790B Broadway (108th), right next to Absolute Bagels. “Effy is wonderful, professional so NICE and gives a fantastic hair cut. It’s a marvelous example that small businesses still open on the UWS and I want it to succeed…He’s great with men and teenagers too. And he gives fantastic advice, the way a good hair guy should,” wrote Isabel Gillies.
Little Creatures has been open at 770 Amsterdam between 97th and 98th Street for 25 years. Now it’s directing customers to its store at 525 Amsterdam between 85th and 86th. There are three empty storefronts on Amsterdam between 97th and 98th now, notes Paul, who sent in the photo above. This is the note that they posted.
We heard a juicy rumor about the old Food Emporium space on 90th Street and Broadway. A worker doing some interior demolition there told our tipster that it will be a furniture store. We have not further details, but it’s an interesting possibility (and a potential disappointment to people who were hoping for another market).
A new “dry pot” Chinese restaurant is set to open in the former home of Tara Hill pub (and O’Connell’s and Cannon’s before that) at 108th and Broadway, according to Dave Cook, who publishes a website called Eating In Translation and who sent in the photo above. It’s not clear what the name will be. We asked Dave what dry pot is. “Perhaps you’ve had ‘hot pot’ at a Chinese or other Asian restaurant, in which you and your friends use your chopsticks to dip pieces of meat, seafood, and vegetables into broth that’s bubbling over a low flame. You each cook an individual tidbit, eat, and repeat. ‘Dry pot’ — the fuller Chinese name ma la xiang guo translates, roughly, to spicy fragrant pot — still enables you to choose the ingredients, sometimes from a menu, often by pointing to a display. These are stir-fried for you in the kitchen and delivered in a bowl from which you and your friends can eat communally. A popular East Village restaurant called Ma La Project specializes in dry pot; Flushing, Queens, offers many more.”
There’s a For Rent sign up in the window of Rain at 74th Street and Columbus. Rain just opened two years ago. Thanks to Amy, Claudia and David for the tips.
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