Openings & Closings: Atlas Kitchen, Bar Veloce, Billy’s Bakery Pop-Up, Mystery Pizza Spot

Chinese restaurant Atlas Kitchen opened last month in the old Legends space at 258 West 109th close to Broadway, west of Amsterdam. It’s gotten mostly positive reviews on Yelp already. “The taste is very close to what you can have in China,” wrote one Yelper. See the menu here. Thanks to Daniel for the photo.

Bar Veloce is close to opening at 466 Amsterdam Avenue between 82nd and 83rd Streets, the former home of Amaze Fusion. The “modern wine bar” has five other locations in the city. We first wrote about it here. Thanks to Holly for the photo.

A new pizza place is opening in the old Barley and Grain space on 80th and Amsterdam, Joe tells us. “They were doing work yesterday and invited my wife and I in for a slice on the house. Great Sicilian/pepperoni. Reminded me of prince street pizza. Will be great to have a real NY pizza place in the neighborhood again.”

Billy’s Bakery isn’t open yet at 410 Columbus Avenue (80th). But it’s introducing itself to the community by opening a pop-up shop to sell pies on Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. or until supplies run out. Not a bad way to take advantage of that Thanksgiving traffic.

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    1. Maryellen Nugent says:

      How clever of that new pizza joint to invite Joe to try a slice! Gives me a great feeling about the place – can’t wait to try it.

    2. Mary says:

      Another Chinese place! The neighborhood is really becoming saturated…

      • Sean says:

        There are a number of Chinese students at Columbia.

      • Bruce E. Bernstein says:

        not only Chinese students love Chinese food!!

        Atlas Kitchen is higher priced but looks to be highly authentic and unique, at least from the menu. Of course i haven’t tried the food. It might actually be over my price range, except for rare special occasions.

      • Jeff says:

        The area is definitely a budding Chinatown, but Atlas replaces another Chinese restaurant that was there for like five years, so no net change.

      • Eric says:

        I have eaten there twice now (discovered it walking by on Election day) and the food is definitely a cut above the other places in the neighborhood and (in my opinion) totally worth the higher prices. Some dishes, like their shrimp with garlic, are prepared right at the table. They also make a delicious glazed hot sweet rice pudding.

        I know people like to pay as little as possible but I think the place is worth it.

    3. Laura says:

      Where is the Billy’s Bakery POP up?

      • dannyboy says:

        Billy’s Bakery says:
        November 19, 2018 at 4:59 pm
        Visit our new Upper West Side store on Wednesday, November 21!

        Our newest Billy’s Bakery will open for a Pop-Up Pie Shop at 410 Columbus Avenue on Wednesday from 12-6PM (or until supplies run out).

        Stop by, say hello, and pick up some of your Thanksgiving favorites:
        – Apple Crumb Pie
        – Bourbon Pecan Pie
        – Pumpkin Cupcakes
        – Holiday Sugar Cookies
        …and more!

    4. nyc10023 says:

      I found out the construction at the corner of 69th/Broadway, across from West Side Restaurant is going to be a …..

      T-Mobile store.

    5. Mark Moore says:

      Any good pizza would be great. That’s Mama’s Too place burns everything.

    6. Darwin says:

      Atlas looks great – their “American” section remind us that what most other restaurants serve is not really Chinese food at all.

    7. Mark says:

      Bar Veloce is great in other nabes and a wonderful, I would daresay better replacement for the loss of Tangled Vine just a block south.

      • WJL says:

        I love the Bar Veloce in the East Village. Hopefully, they will offer their amazing happy hour and bruschetta sampler. The UWS is fortunate to get this gem.

    8. wij says:

      SABA Pizza (79-80 on Amst) is good.

    9. Kat French says:

      There are already two pizza places within steps of that intersection: Bardolino (formerly T&R) and Saba’s (kosher), both on Amsterdam between 79th and 80th. Wish it was something we didn’t already have! Won’t someone please open a Vietnamese restaurant on the UWS?

    10. Steve says:

      I’m told that the space that was once Gristedes on 86th and Broadway will become a gym called Rumble.

    11. Miriam says:

      Turtles, frogs, fish heads, chicken feet and duck tongues? Sounds like a witch’s brew! :/ I’m to westernized for this restaurant. And don’t troll me. I own it.

    12. Marie says:

      Some of the items on the Atlas menu: chicken feet,turtle, stinky tofu, duck tongue, eel, fish head, fungus. I think I will stick to my usual UWS Chinese food takeout spots.

    13. The West 80th Street Block Association says:

      We had the most delicious pumpkin pie we ever had by Billy‘s Bakery at West 80th Street/ Columbus Avenue on Thanksgiving!