Fish on the Fly, a “casual counterpart” to the The Flying Fisherman next door, opened on Columbus Avenue between 72nd and 73rd Streets on Friday. “The 12-seat boutique seafood spot will serve a menu featuring casual seafood fare served all day eat-in, take-out, or delivery! Inspired by New England fish shacks, diners can choose from classics like mouthwatering Lobster Rolls ($19) with seasoned butter and crème fraiche on a garlic brioche bun served with Old Bay seasoned fries, or finger-licking Crispy Fish Tacos ($13).” See the menu here.
Momofuku Noodle Bar has opened its newest location on the third floor of the Shops at Columbus Circle on 59th Street. The restaurant serves “a constantly changing roster of noodles, steamed breads, soft serve, and daily dishes. Join us for a quick bite at our kitchen counter, lunch and dinner in our dining room, or a celebratory meal in our private dining room. At our bar, we offer a full selection of beer, wine, sake, and cocktails, with a focus on highballs.” Ramen is $15 to $19. See the menu here.
Mokum, a new restaurant at 464 Amsterdam Avenue (82nd Street), is set to open on Monday, at first just for dinner. “Mokum is a Yiddish word meaning ‘place’ or ‘safe haven.’ It will serve “internationally-inspired dishes showcasing the finest local ingredients.” It’s a partnership “between healthy living enthusiast, geneticist and Upper West Sider Tea Zegarek Pollock, together with Chef Ben Vaschetti, who has trained in the finest Michelin starred kitchens around the world. As their first U.S. project, Vaschetti’s all-day menu seeks to nourish the community from early until late, providing the neighborhood with a full-service gathering space that nourishes both mind and body. Mokum will also offer hand-selected artisanal products and an expertly curated wine and cocktail program.” Here’s the dinner menu, the lunch menu and the breakfast menu (pdf’s). There’s also a bar and breakfast menu.
Shakespeare & Co. has opened at 2020 Broadway at 69th Street, the latest new bookstore in a renaissance for Upper West Side bookshops. If you stop by, send pictures of the inside to westsiderag at gmail dot com. Thanks to Stephen Harmon for the photo of the bookstore on Thursday night.