Long-awaited Billy’s Bakery opened at 410 Columbus Avenue between 79th and 80th today (Wednesday). Icebox cakes and red velvet cupcakes are among their specialties. Read the backstory here.
Recolte at 300 Amsterdam Avenue (74th) is opening an “after hours” dessert bar with three courses of desserts starting Jan. 27. The pastry chef Michael Laiskonis, formerly of Le Bernardin, will run the new bar (which doesn’t serve alcohol at this point). “It will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, starting at 7 p.m., after the shop closes,” the Times reports. “Three courses of elegantly fashioned sweets, like a version of s’mores with smoked chocolate, marshmallow and a graham cracker; or a verrine of passion fruit and chocolate in a glass, are $23.” See the website here. Thanks to Holly for the tip.
Israeli chef Nir Tzuk is opening a gluten-free restaurant called Arba on Columbus and 83rd Street, according to Haaretz. “This will not be an Israeli restaurant but a Mediterranean restaurant,” he said. The emphasis will be on things like vegetables and fish, not as much on hummus (though there will be hummus apparently). Entrees will go for about $25. It’s expected to open next month.
Le Pain Quotidien at 91st and Broadway closed a few days ago because the building that it’s in is about to be demolished. The store pasted a sign on the door. Thanks to Ellen, Janet, and B. Lew for the tips. We wrote more here about the building planned for the site.
Origins beauty store at 2327 Broadway between 84th and 85th is closing on January 26, according to a sign on the door. Thanks to Sue and Erin for the tips.
Upper West Cuts on Broadway between 97th and 98th has closed. Thanks to Paul for the tip.