Perfect Picnic has opened at 405 Central Park West at 100th Street. The store creates picnic boxes that encourage you to “take it outside.” Picnic packages range from a $10 kids picnic to a $35 classic picnic to a $500 ultimate picnic with caviar and more. “We focus on delicious high quality food, for a reasonable price that travels well..to the park your office or your living room!” wrote owner Wendy Weston in an email to West Side Rag.
Marinara Pizza opened its new location in the former home of Polpette on Amsterdam between 83rd and 84th Streets. As we wrote before, they’re famous for cauliflower-crust pizza, among other delicacies. See the menu here and here, courtesy of The Crunchy Radish. Thanks also to Allison for the tip.
Made in New York Pizza opened last month in the former home of Barley & Grain at 80th Street and Amsterdam. We first wrote about it in November. With 45 reviews on Yelp, it’s holding on to a perfect 5-star score so far. “There’s a lot of lousy pizza on the UWS but this is the good pizza place that the neighborhood has been missing all these years,” one Yelper wrote. Hey, who you calling lousy?
St. Francis Thrift Store at
214 West 97th Street 217 West 96th Street, which had been closed for months, just reopened and is accepting donations. “Our new hours will be Tuesday through Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm. Donations will be accepted on the weekends during store hours,” the website says. There are several items they don’t take, so check the website. Thanks to Rob and Cary.
Orange Theory fitness studio just opened on 72nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus. “Best all around workout with running, rowing and/weights during the hour long class. If you’re not into the running or rowing, there’s always a bike to swap for the run or row section of the class,” wrote tipster Edith Chen.
ShiShi, the boutique clothing store on Broadway between 92nd and 93rd Streets, is closed for renovations. “Just a bit of a facelift. We’re not going anywhere,” the store said on Facebook. They plan to reopen next week.