Inside The Ellington.
By Alex Israel
Glenda Sansone, owner and operator of The Ellington, located at 936 Amsterdam Ave (West 106th Street) and Ellington in the Park (Riverside Park at 106th Street), plans to expand with a new restaurant at 2745 Broadway (West 105th–106th Streets). The space was most recently inhabited by the short-lived Boulevard Seafood, but is more well known as the former site of Henry’s, a bistro that operated for nineteen years before closing in October 2018.
Sansone will transition The Ellington name and its current menu, in a slightly more elevated form, to the new location in hopes of growing the business. “It’s still going to be a nice dining experience,” she said during a Community Board 7 Business & Consumer Issues Committee meeting for a new application to the State Liquor Authority for a liquor license.
The limited seating at The Ellington prompted Sansone to explore new opportunities. “One of my biggest issues there is the size,” said Sansone. The new space will allow her to host larger parties and get-togethers that don’t fit at the original location. In turn, she plans to cut down kitchen costs on Amsterdam by updating that menu to a selection of tapas and small bites.
Sansone said she wants to keep the new building’s existing footprint mostly the same, only adding an ADA-compliant bathroom and a folding door that would give her the option to close the back area off for parties of up to fifty people. “We don’t want to make a lot of changes,” she said, adding that she doesn’t plan to drastically alter the wood or the atmosphere of the restaurant. “People want to walk in and still feel like it’s Henry’s.”
Sansone hopes to open in Spring 2020, with hours of operation daily until 4 a.m.
After failing to appear before the committee during the October meeting, representatives from Pomodoro at 229 Columbus Avenue (West 70th–71st Streets) and Bodega 88 at 573 Columbus Avenue (West 88th Street) showed up this time, receiving approval on applications for unenclosed sidewalk café renewals. (Both thanked WSR for our coverage, which astute readers brought to their attention, informing them that they needed to turn up in order to keep their sidewalk cafés.)
All committee resolutions will be up for a vote during the next full board meeting on December 3, 2019. Liquor license applications will also need to be reviewed by the State Liquor Authority (SLA) for final approval.