Openings & Closings: Daily Provisions, Design Within Reach, Boucherie

Photo via Daily Provisions.

Provisions, a coffee shop and bakery by Danny Meyer, is planning to open at 375 Amsterdam Avenue, on the corner of 78th Street. That would be the former home of White Gold butchers. “The full menu hasn’t been finalized just yet, but we’re excited to bring coffee, crullers and other daily provisions uptown!” the company said on its Twitter account. Daily Provisions also serves a casual dinner menu. Provisions has other locations downtown.

Design Within Reach is building out its new UWS store at 2162 Broadway between West 76th and 77th Streets. Thanks to Suzanne for the tip.

Boucherie, a French restaurant with two other NYC locations, is applying for a liquor license for the former Ed’s Chowder House location in the Empire Hotel at 44 West 63rd Street. It’s got lots of meat and some hefty price tags — that will be $49 for the bouillabaisse, madame. See the full menu here. The liquor license hearing is set for Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at 250 West 87th Street.

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    1. Sarah says:

      Boucherie is deranged when it comes to prices. I was surprised when it seemed to be doing well in the WV, and I think it’ll struggle in the UWS. It’s not even ambitious food–they basically took Blue Ribbon and doubled the prices.

      • Sean says:

        It won’t be on the UWS. It will be at Lincoln Center. Tourists in that area have money to burn.

        • Jay Ellar says:

          That’s right. The Smith across the street does very good business with the tourist crowd.

          • Sarah says:

            The Smith’s whole franchise depends on being (relative to NYC prices) reasonably-priced. Totally different price range at the two places.

        • Dale says:

          It is the UWS, Lincoln Square to be exact and there are plenty of us non-tourists in the area

    2. MDS says:

      I wish we could get a great coffee shop/bakery at 96 and WEA…

      • TravelgalNYC says:

        I agree! That location on 96th and WEA seems to be doomed though. It’s like everything opening there starts with their standards very low. Why not just do something well and charge for that quality? People will pay for good food and good quality!

        • Chuck D says:

          fPutting a sign up and/or painting the space something other than death metal black probably would’ve helped the taco shop.

      • Todd says:

        That little space on the corner? Yes.

    3. curious says:

      Is the new Design Within Reach taking the old West Side Market space?

      Either way, I wish we could get another grocery store up here. Fairway is an utter zoo. Ditto for Trader J’s.

      • Sue says:

        Remember when there were tons of grocery stores not he UWS? Yesterday I needed frozen peas. Fairway was out. There was nowhere else nearby to go.

        I hate shopping there so much (no just because of the peas. Its just a zoo and you get run over by carts and you can wait a long time to buy one thing. Did I mention that its like a zoo?

        • Paul says:

          Look for the nearest Key Food. It’s the only remaining option for “regular” grocery items, but don’t expect them to be cheap. They also sell household essentials such as bleach.

        • Babs says:

          No frozen peas at Trader
          Joes too.

        • Andrea C says:

          Try Pioneer on Columbus.

        • RF says:

          Agreed! As someone who cooks frequently, the lack of grocery stores in the neighborhood is becoming more and more problematic. Whole Foods and Trader Joes are great for certain things, but neither of them are traditional grocery stores. Fairway is the best remaining option in the 70s/80s, but shopping there has become a chaotic nightmare. The last two times I’ve visited, the “express” line has literally stretched out the door of the store, and the number of full service lines has been reduced to make room for “Instacart only” lines. There is no longer a way to run in, grab one or two items, and run out quickly. West Side Market used to be my go-to for quick shopping trips, and if they didn’t have what I needed, Food Emporium worked just as well. Now both of those are gone. As much as I’d rather support a local business, I’m glad that CVS and Duane Reade have expanded their grocery sections, making it easier to pick up a few things without fighting crowds and standing in a 20-minute line at Fairway or TJs. Still holding out hope that Wegmans will find its way to the UWS!

          • HH says:

            Use the Fairway Mobile Checkout app. It’s makes getting in and out of ther a snap. I use it all the time

      • Sean says:

        The customers at Fairway are your neighbors.

      • Pedestrian says:

        No. UW Market space was across the street.

      • BA says:

        Totally agree. Please WEst side Market consider coming back. We need you.

    4. Karindnyc says:

      The menu at Boucherie is pricey and I don’t eat lots of things they serve, but most sound so yummy that my mouth is literally watering!

    5. Billy Amato says:

      Very interesting and hopefully very successful…. But, I can’t imagine this ocation for this kind of store. Just recently in the past year the Upper West Side has been bombarded with coffee shops and bakeries and I am sure Danny knows this and has done his logistics homework. Which makes it kind of strange. A little too much over play now like the banks and CVS/ Pizza stores ect. Can’t we find more creative type of stores like back in the 70s and 80s, or did we lose all those creative people back in the 70s and 80s….unfortunately.

      • Kenneth says:

        The broker listing for this 11 year sublet indicated an asking rent of $24,000 a month and $420,000 in key money. I suspect Danny Meyer did his homework before signing on the lease.

      • Woody says:

        Are you that familiar with Danny Meyer or are you pretending to be by calling him Danny?

      • B.B. says:

        We’ve been through this; food and beverages are one of the one forms of retail not in direct competition with online. That is why you are seeing everyone and their mother opening pizza, coffee, bakeries, bars and other similar sort of places.

        Restaurants and hospitality aren’t having exactly an easy time of things either; but for someone seeking to open something such things are probably a safer bet than trying to go up against online.

        So called “creative” stores are closing all over the city. Even Housing Works and other thrifts are shutting down or moving into smaller spaces. The HW on Chambers Street shut down a few months ago.

        Unless part of a chain or franchise (such as Flying Tiger) opening retail that sells little tchotchkes or whatever “creative” merchandise requires either deep pockets, or maybe your father, uncle or some other family member owns the building and is giving you a sweetheart lease.

        • Bruce E. Bernstein says:

          so according to the supply and demand, retail rent rates should be crashing all over the city.

          btw, small stores are doing much better in the outer boroughs, where rent is cheaper. still some problems, but much healthier than Manhattan.

      • Sean says:

        No, because young creative people no longer live on the UWS. They cannot afford to do so.

        • Gota love the Upper West Side/BillyNYC says:

          Sean – yes very true… When I first moved into the neighborhood it took a good 5 to10 years before I saw anything happening here at all (I knew it was going to) but once the younger people did move into the Upper West Side in the 70s. The entire Upper West Side crystallized of creativity & youth and has co-op’s and higher rents sword and the younger people moved to the Lower East Side. The LES is awesome with a lot of fun once the UWS offered, I like the restaurants. The future of the Upper West Side looks to me very Bronxville/ Scarsdale Village style, something I ran from the very next day I graduated from high school.

          • B.B. says:

            Generation or so ago people worked hard to get off Ludlow Street. Now the grandkids and great-grandkids are moving back down there. *LOL*

            Smart money either remained in those old RC apartments or even better, bought the property. But then again who knew?

    6. jimbo says:

      What sucker would pay $5.50 for a regular coffee????Boucherie get real.

    7. Howard Katz says:

      Signs of life at Bustan — their current signs say “REOPENING SOON ALMOST THERE”

    8. jsc says:

      Finally, a Danny Meyer place on the UWS. Please, please a real restaurant next! We can handle it!

    9. B.B. says:

      People moaning about Boucherie’s prices surely understand they aren’t just pulled out of a hat.

      Running a restaurant or any sort of business in New York isn’t cheap. Things have kicked up a notch or two with increased minimum wage, and host of various other social schemes city and state have foisted upon all employers.

      You people are always whinging about closed/empty retail spaces; well if a place cannot make money that is what happens.

      • Bruce E. Bernstein says:

        of course according to “BB” it has nothing to do with commercial rent. It’s all about that nasty minimum wage!

      • Sarah says:

        I will never understand how grown people in a big city can maintain such intense innocence.

    10. Jay Ellar says:

      Very excited about Boucherie opening next to the Empire hotel. Their prices could be a notch lower but the execution of the menu has been superb since they opened downtown.

    11. Carol says:

      All the new establishments sound great!!!

    12. Wendy says:

      I loved Ed’s. They had a great happy hour and good bartenders. That place will be missed.

    13. DrM says:

      OMFG!!! Who in the HELL is buying all this coffee and pastries on every freaking block every single day??? Seriously? Am I the only UWSider left who needs to work for a living? Makes a pot of coffee at home? Eats Thomas’s English muffins? Jeez! Enough already!

    14. Valerie says:

      The Smith has terrible food. I think of it as a tourist trap. I’d rather pay a little more and have better food.