Some very good burgers are gone, but new Chinese food and Cajun seafood is here, and that’s worth celebrating!
Joe’s Bar on 83rd and Amsterdam closed on Sunday, selling beers, hot dogs and even the furniture. Joe’s wasn’t around very long — but it developed a substantial following. Jeremy M. wrote that it was the “home of the best damn burger in this city, period.” Thanks also to Jeff, Josh and Kevin.
108 Food Dried Hot Pot has opened on the corner of 108th Street and Broadway in the former home of Tara Hill pub, serving Chinese dry pot meals. Choose ingredients to stir-fry together and eat them with friends! “The neighborhood is really excited about this place, especially since in the last couple of years we lost both Columbia Cottage (it was at 111th and Amsterdam), and Ollie’s at 116th and B’way (though yes, another Ollie’s opened at 103rd and B’way),” wrote Sam, who sent in a tip. “Kind of spicy but I can get used to it,” wrote one Yelp reviewer. Thanks to Ernie for the photo.
My Pie is open at 166 West 72nd Street between Columbus and Broadway, serving flatbread pizzas.
Junzi Kitchen is opening on Broadway between 112th and 113th in the former home of Deluxe Luncheonette. Junzi “serves bings (Chinese pancakes), noodles and other Chinese food in a fast casual restaurant style,” according to a profile of the two founders from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. “The restaurant currently serves wraps, rice bowls and salad bowls with protein and vegetable fillings. The menu, according to an interview with Zhao last year, draws from the Chinese dish chun bing, or spring pancake, which is not typically a dish at Chinese restaurants in the U.S.” The restaurant has another location in New Haven. As seen in this image, they’re now hiring. Thanks to Naomi for the photos.
Fika, the Swedish cafe on 79th and Broadway, expects to close at the end of June, an employee told us. It has already closed its location in the Turnstyle mall at the Columbus Circle subway station. Thanks to our anonymous tipster.
Shaking Crab has opened at 2869 Broadway near 111th Street, in the former home of the restaurant Varelli. Shaking Crab appears to be connected to a restaurant of the same name in Newton, Mass. that serves Cajun-style seafood. “Our restaurant is known for its freshest seafood and Southern sweet tea. Our two chefs are brothers, boasting both seafood-restaurant and food-truck experience in Boston.” Thanks to Cynthia for the tip and photo.
Felix and Fanny has opened at 2868 Broadway near 111th Street. “It’s clothing and gift items where all profits benefit Children’s Aid Society,” writes Cynthia. “It took the place of the long-time optician at that location.” So we were clearly wrong when we initially thought it might be a music store!