New Chinese, Asian-Latin and Taiwanese restaurants are opening on the Upper West Side, as an Indian spot appears to have closed.
Zen Taco is opening at 522 Columbus Avenue (85th), the former home of Firehouse Tavern, which had been there for 28 years. “The cuisine is a mix of Asian and Latin influences, with customization at the heart of the concept,” according to a Craigslist jobs posting. “The atmosphere is bright and fun, as well as very family friendly. The restaurant features full service in house as well as take out and delivery.” Thanks to Michelle, Jonathan, Peter, MEreps and “nameless” for the tips.
Taiwanese restaurant Zai Lai is opening in the Turnstyle underground mall and food court in the Columbus Circle subway station in late November.
Beauty store Lush is opening in the corner space on 77th Street and Broadway in the Hotel Belleclaire building. The hotel restored the building to look more like it did in the early 20th century. Thanks to Theo for the photo and Michael for the tip.
Mille-Feuille bakery also recently reopened in the same building with a new facade. “The café is newly, beautifully refurbished and its pastries and breads are truly sans pareil!” wrote Amy, who sent the photo above. It’s still not clear if Westside Market will be sticking around.
Chinese food chain Panda Express looks like it’s about to open on Broadway between 110th and 111th streets. They even got to hoist a sign saying “Panda” above the T-Mobile sign on the corner. Thanks to Flash for the photo.
A new Serafina Italian restaurant is set to open at 2737 Broadway (105th) on Thursday (today!). Thanks to Elizabeth Martorella for the photo.
The new Sephora is open on 73rd and Broadway.
Saffron, the Indian restaurant on 75th and Columbus that was once Mughlai, appears to be closed. They’re not answering the phone and the interior has been mostly cleared out. Thanks to Tom, Aimee, Timothy and Keith for the tips.