Indian restaurant Ashoka on Columbus between 83rd & 84th has reopened after a devastating fire in its building last April, and its fans are thrilled. “Dishes will vary every few days and our lunch—for $14.95—included chicken tikka masala, lamb rogan josh, saag, cabbage, vegetable pakoras, daal, rice, salad, naan, and they brought us a special trea to our table—tandoori chicken legs—that were amazing. The buffet is on weekdays from 11:30 am to 3 pm. The staff and service could not be more gracious. Can’t recommend it enough,” wrote tipster Terry. Thanks to Gerald and Terry for the tips.
Fresh cosmetics store at 159 Columbus Avenue (67th) is closing next week. “We’d like to share that January 26th will be our last day open here at the fresh Columbus Avenue shop on the Upper West Side. We would love to see you in store before we close, as we have an exciting promotion only for guests at our Columbus shop: Up to 30% off your purchase!” the store said in an email to customers. Thanks to Nichole and Deborah for the tips.
Benefit Brows is now open at 315 Columbus Avenue (75th). It’s a part of Benefit Cosmetics, which is owned by LVMH Group. Thanks to Marie for the tip.
Cafe 86 on Broadway and 86th Street appears to have closed for good, with the restaurant emptied out and for rent signs on the windows. the had recently been closed because of health violations. Thanks to Sue for the tip.
Calaveras Cafe is now open at 947 Columbus Avenue (106th-107th). The menu is below.