Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai has opened at 267 Amsterdam Avenue between 72nd and 73rd Streets. The restaurant serves a variety of ramen dishes and its own signature “chashu pork” that’s hand-prepared every day. “Excellent food and staff,” Melanie Ward Wesslock told us after visiting on one of the first nights. “First come first seated sign in system. Happy to have another ramen spot in our hood!” Here’s an image of their menu. Thanks to Diana and Gretchen for the tips too.
Kee’s Chocolates has opened at at 228 Columbus Avenue between 70th and 71st. The chocolate shop serves handmade chocolates and other delicacies like macarons.
A pop up luxury gift and accessories shop called Happy Kangaroo opened at 465 Amsterdam Ave (82nd-83rd). “The Happy Kangaroo Lifestyle Collection includes handmade curated gifts, tableware, and accessories whose timeless designs reflect a refined and relaxed way of life. New pieces and discoveries are added daily so that the Collection always remains fresh and exciting.
And two restaurants have been closed temporarily by the city’s Department of Health after inspections.
Barney Greengrass on Amsterdam between 86th and 87th was closed on Thursday by the DOH, the day after being closed for Yom Kippur. “We had worked for 40 hours,” Gary Greengrass said in an interview on Thursday night. “We were closed yesterday. It’s unfortunate and it’s a little unfair. It was right after the busiest day of the year…It’s hard enough doing business in this city, and now there’s this added stress. It ruined my new year already.”
And Opal Thai at 722 Amsterdam Avenue (95th) was closed by the DOH on Wednesday after racking up 52 violations points.