A “board game cafe,” wine bar, and new bakery are coming to the Upper West Side, along with some frozen treats.
Hex & Co., a “board game cafe”, is set to open at 2871 Broadway between 111th and 112th Streets. According to the website, it has afterschool clubs and camps for kids centered around games. There are actually two websites for the spot — the other one, hexnyc.com, has a countdown clock on it at the moment indicating it will open in 9 days. Thanks to Matthew Perlman and Sarah for tips and photos.
Spuntino Bar has replaced Vai on Amsterdam between 80th and 81st and is set to open this week. It’s apparently owned by the same people, as there’s a Vai Spuntino in the Village. “They’ve got some brand new dishes and some old favourites and we enjoyed everything,” wrote Simon, who attended a pre-opening a few days ago. It’s got “crudo” (raw meat and fish), vegetables, fish and meat dishes on the menu.
Floating Mountain, a tea room, is open on the second floor of 239 West 72nd Street. A Yelper explains the offerings. “An out-of-the-way little tea room on the 2nd floor of a building on 72nd, Floating Mountain offers a serious menu of teas, personally imported by the owners. For now they have Chinese teas but the plan eventually is to broaden out. Not that there’s any shortage felt in limiting themselves to China–the menu has maybe 50 teas, from white to green, to oolong to black (or red, as they call it here), and more. They prep the teas for you, giving you a perfect cup. Relaxed, airy, with comfy floor cushions for seats and some street views from the windows, Floating Mountain is lovely and unexpected.”
Récolte, the Taiwanese-French bakery and cafe replacing Josie’s at 74th and Amsterdam (201 West 74th or 300 Amsterdam Avenue), now has its signs up and is hiring. “Fingers crossed for great bread. Since we lost Grandaisy in this section of the UWS, and since it’s impossible to buy bread at Levain on 74th anymore because of the cookie lines, this may be a welcome addition to the neighborhood,” writes Brian, who sent in the photo. We last wrote about it here.
16 Handles is opening at the Turnstyle subway mall at Columbus Circle in the next few months.
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