New Italian and Mexican food is coming to the Upper West Side, and two unique Kosher spots have opened.
Spiga to Go is opening at 57 West 84th Street, replacing Primo Pizza. According to the menu, it will be serving pastas and other Italian dishes, including veal saltimbocca. We also had an update last week on the restaurant going into the old Spiga space on 84th. Thanks to Holly, Melanie, Daniel, ZKG, Marv and Kirk for the tips.
West Side Noodle Company is moving into the space previously occupied by Yasha Ramen on Amsterdam between 106th and 107th. West Side Noodle Company will also be serving ramen (the menu isn’t up yet). “West Side Noodle Company guarantees a bold flavor you’ve never experienced before. Enjoy West Side Noodles from the comfort of your own sofa when you order for delivery!” its website says. Thanks to Scott, Dave and @d_mags212 for the photos.
A new restaurant, likely serving Mexican and/or other Latin food, will open at 153 Amsterdam Ave (at 67th Street). It is owned by Chef Julian Medina who operates Toloache. “The Toloache restaurants (three locations) are known for good Mexican and Latin cuisine in a bistro setting,” notes the Lincoln Square BID. “Chef Medina also owns Tacuba (two locations), Yerba Buena (two locations), and other eateries around the city.”
Gina La Fornarina, which closed its restaurant on 73rd and Amsterdam, is taking over the space at 2020 Broadway (at 69th Street), with a dual concept — Gina La Fornarina and Gina Mexicana. It will serve “a menu that offers a mix of the best of the Chef’s Italian and Mexican fare with a full bar,” according to the Lincoln Square BID. “The Gina restaurants are owned by Paola Pedrignani, which includes Gina Mexicana, Gina Americana, and others.” Thanks to Amy for the photos and tip.
Barcibo Mediterraneo is opening up in the former location of Barcibo Enoteca at 2020 Broadway (at 68th Street). “The restaurant will have a full bar with an extensive wine selection and a menu of smaller plates. The location will also have a new chef running the kitchen,” according to the Lincoln Square BID.
Amaze Fusion and Lounge, the Asian fusion restaurant on Amsterdam between 82nd and 83rd Street that was once Sushi Hana, has closed, with the phone being “temporarily disconnected.” The inside appears to be gutted and there’s a listing up for the space. WSR tipster Tom wrote that “the inconsistent food was often quite good, and the lunch special was an amazing deal. Not the biggest loss to the neighborhood recently, but an unwelcome one nonetheless.” Thanks to Bob and Tom for the tips.
Starbucks plans to close all of its Teavana stores by next year, and that would include the one at 2261 Broadway (81st). Thanks to Paul, Thomas, Batya and Gretchen for the tips.
PetSmart is opening a small store at 670 Columbus Avenue (92nd-93rd), according to the Commercial Observer. “The retailer is planning to open a micro-version of its traditional 13,000- to 20,000-square foot stores, of which there are five active locations in the Big Apple. PetSmart expects the new store to open in October.”
Noi Due Carne has opened at 141 West 69th Street, the former home of Andanada. The Kosher restaurant is currently serving a price fixe menu (see it here), but plans to offer an a la carte menu as of next week.
Mac Cosmetics on Columbus between 66th and 67th is closing at the end of September and is reopening in the Time Warner building on the second floor next to Sephora, according to two in-the-know sources. The company did not respond to a request for comment.
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