Openings & Closings: Ortomare, Holy Schnitzel, The Tang


A primavera pizza at Ortomare.

Ortomare opened a few weeks ago at 994 Columbus between 108th and 109th, replacing Italian restaurant Isola. Like its predecessor, Ortomare serves pizzas and pastas. The owners say they “moved to NYC from Rome to bring to our customers the authentic italian taste of homemade pizza and pasta.” The website includes menus.

Kosher restaurant Holy Schnitzel is now open at 654 Amsterdam Ave (corner of West 92nd). The meaty menu even includes “bacon,” always with quotes around it to keep it Kosher. There’s “Holy Sauce” too.

The Tang, a Chinese noodle that started with a location in the East Village, is opening a new location on the corner of 105th and Amsterdam. “With the second location opening soon on Upper West Side, The Tang is transforming into a fully fledged eatery bringing a greater variety of Chinese cuisine to New York City.” See the menu here. Thanks to above_96th for the tip and photo.

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    1. chuck d says:

      Why all the noodle shops in the west 90s?

    2. RWC10025 says:

      I’m not Kosher, I love the explanation of on their website why eating kosher is a good thing for a consumer.

      This menu looks like a lot of delicious fried food! Yum!

      “Even if you’re not religiously compelled to eat kosher food, you should. Why? Our kosher fast foods are made from the highest quality ingredients. Kosher beef, chicken, and other meats are cleaner than your average super market fare. Further, kosher requirements ensure that animals are treated and culled properly.
      It’s not just about the kosher meats, either. Vegetables are washed and inspected according to the highest standards. At Holy Schnitzel, all vegetables are washed multiple times and special vegetable soaps are used. Cooking equipment must be kept immensely clean and uncontaminated.

      Over all, kosher foods are clean and closely inspected. Consider this: it is absolutely forbidden for insects to get into kosher foods. At Holy Schnitzel, we also use fluorescent lights to ensure no insects are present. Our suppliers are just as strict. Continuous inspections mean that the risk of insect contamination is held to a bare minimum.
      Holy Schnitzel is under strict supervision of the Vaad of Staten lsland, Rabbi Chait. A member of the Vaad makes daily visits to the restaurant making sure all the products that we use are under the right Kashrus. Along with daily visit by the Vaad of Staten lsland. We have trained Mashgichlm on premises at all times watching over and making sure everything is in order and follows the law of Kashrus.”
      https://holyschnitzel.com/who-we-are/

      • Sherman says:

        Unfortunately, all this “inspection” and “supervision” makes kosher food very expensive.

        This is why so many kosher restaurants in the neighborhood struggle and close.

        That said, the menu for Holy Schnitzel does look very good. I hope it does well.

      • Lord Of The Slice says:

        Same for Halal.
        And EVERYONE loves Halal Guys on 95th!!!!

      • UWS Mom says:

        Vegetable soap?

    3. UWSHebrew says:

      If you’re called Holy Schnitzel, your schnitzel better be damn good. Will try with high hopes…

      • kosherbride says:

        We had it last night! The fries were very good (get extra garlic mayo sauce) and hubby loved his sandwich “The Maurice”…I had a regular schnitzel sandwich and it wasn’t mind blowing but was pretty good…hubs also ordered moroccan beef cigars and the meat was seasoned really nicely

    4. Joe B says:

      What about Daily Provisions announcing they’re coming to the Upper West Side on their Instagram account?

    5. Mike R says:

      we have way too many kosher places already

      • sam says:

        Mike R – Is that a veiled way of saying there are too may “kosher people” in NYC? Clearly there is a huge demand for kosher restaurants on the UWS — all of which are very well utilized, and sorry to tell you that I don’t see the number coming down any time soon…