A new Italian restaurant and a cafe are getting ready to open on the Upper West Side, along with other local openings and closings.
A new restaurant called Lucciola is opening in the long-vacant space at 621 Amsterdam Avenue, off of 90th Street on the east side of the block. Lucciola apparently means “firefly”. A sign in the window says it will serve brunch and dinner. Thanks to Kenneth, Margaret and Matthew for the tips, and to Margaret for the photo.
An American Craftsman, a shop that sells artisan jewelry, home decor and clothing, has opened in the former home of Rain at 74th and Columbus. “We have everything imaginable & unimaginable for the holidays. Including one of a kind woman’s wearable art featuring Meiko Mintz,” wrote Richard Rothbard, executive director of An American Craftsman. “If all goes well we will sign a long term lease,” he wrote.
Rita’s Ice has closed its location at 2486 Broadway (between 92nd and 93rd), with a manager citing increasing rent and expenses. “We can’t increase the price of the product. No one is gonna pay 6 bucks for Italian ice. We tried as much as we could but we couldn’t make it work.” They are still available for catering at the same phone number.
Lincoln Center and its official coffee sponsor Nespresso will open the Prelude Café & Bar Curated by Nespresso, inside Alice Tully Hall’s glass lobby at the corner of Broadway and 65th Street on November 14. The cafe will serve coffee, light bites and larger dishes like braised short ribs and Nicoise salads. It will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Montmartre, the clothing chain that closed its location on Broadway between 71st and 72nd a couple of years ago, has a new storefront on Broadway between 68th and 69th. “Currently the store is selling super reduced nice clothing – seems like some sort of pre-opening warehouse sale,” wrote Alice.