By Gus Saltonstall
After readers inquired, we have updates about two local restaurants.
Café Noi at 387 Amsterdam Avenue (Between 78th and 79th) has closed its doors permanently after 5 years of business on the Upper West Side– for those five years the café had been serving an assortment of espresso drinks, pastries and other café classic items.
“My favorite place to write on UWS,” wrote Terena Bell on Twitter. “I feel like my community is gone.”
“I’m a coffee snob and I really enjoyed what they brewed,” wrote Steven Stark, owner of nearby Beacon Paint & Hardware. “They were really nice and we kibbitzed a lot. I ran into friends there all the time.”
No new business has yet to claim the soon to be empty location, according to an employee.
Vai at 429 Amsterdam Avenue (Between 80th and 81st), a highly rated Mediterranean restaurant serving its food in an “intimate and energetic space”, recently closed its doors and put up brown paper on its windows. However the closing is only temporary as they are making some small renovations and the restaurant should be opened back up sometime this week, the owner said last week.
Thanks to Rebecca and Terena for the photos, and to several others for the tips.