Upcoming Restaurants Including Le Botaniste and Sushi Nonaka Set to Appear Wednesday for Liquor License Hearings


Sushi from Sushi Nonaka.

Representatives from upcoming restaurants are expected to show up at a community board meeting on Wednesday night about liquor licenses, sidewalk cafes and changes in operation.

Asset on Columbus and 75th is looking to add live and recorded music.

Boka and a new sushi spot Sushi Nonaka at 80th and Amsterdam are seeking liquor licenses. Last we checked, Boka (which serves Korean friend chicken and more) expects to open after a Con Edison gas hookup on Feb. 28. Sushi Nonaka is a speakeasy-style omakase restaurant in the lower level of Boka.

Le Botaniste, which appears to be a plant-based food and wine bar, is looking to open on Columbus and 67th Street.

And Freda’s Cuisine is looking for a license at Columbus and 109th.

Anyone looking to support or oppose the applications should show up to the meeting. We’ll also have a reporter there to write about what happens.

It’s held at 250 West 87th Street, Community Board offices. See the full agenda below.

Business & Consumer Issues Committee, Linda Alexander and Christian Cordova, Co-Chairpersons
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 PM

Method of Operation Change to existing liquor license:
1.    329 Columbus Avenue (West 75th Street) 329 Hospitality Group LLC, d/b/a Asset. Request to include Disc Jockey, Recorded Music and Live Music.
Applications to the SLA for Two-Year Liquor Licenses:
2.    410 Amsterdam Avenue (West 80th Street) Public Market Inc. & Sushi Nonoka Inc., d/b/a Boka & Sushi Nonoka.
3.    156 Columbus Avenue (West 67th Street) Botanicus Columbus Inc, d/b/a Le Botaniste.
4.    993 Columbus Avenue (West 109th Street) Shwing! LLC, d/b/a Freda’s Cuisine.
Renewal Unenclosed Sidewalk Cafés:
5.    316 Columbus Avenue (West 75th Street.) Renewal application #1395732-DCA to the Department of Consumer Affairs by Pappardella Rest., Corp., d/b/a Pappardella, for a four-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 10 tables and 20 seats.
6.    417 Amsterdam Avenue (West 80th Street.) Renewal application #2076570-DCA to the Department of Consumer Affairs by BL 417 Amsterdam NY, LLC, d/b/a Bluestone Lane, for a four-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 10 tables and 19 seats.
7.    427 Amsterdam Avenue (West 80th – 81st Streets.) Renewal application #2028372-DCA to the Department of Consumer Affairs by Taikai, Inc., d/b/a Momoya Upper West, for a four-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 9 tables and 17 seats.
8.    566 Amsterdam Avenue (West 87th – 88th Streets.) Renewal application #2056574-DCA to the Department of Consumer Affairs by La Petit Amelie, LLC, d/b/a Amelie, for a four-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 4 tables and 8 seats.
9.    732 Amsterdam Avenue (West 96th Street.) Renewal application #1138270-DCA to the Department of Consumer Affairs by Le-Se Amsterdam 732 Restaurant, Inc., d/b/a Dive Bar, for a four-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 7 tables and 17 seats.
10.    249 Columbus Avenue (West 96th – 97th Streets.) Renewal application #2064661-DCA to the Department of Consumer Affairs by CMR Rest Corp., d/b/a Ella NYC, for a four-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 8 tables and 19 seats.
11.    245 West 104th Street (Broadway.) Renewal application #1187714-DCA to the Department of Consumer Affairs by Broadway 104, LLC, d/b/a Café Du Soleil, for a four-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 18 tables and 36 seats.
Sidewalk Cafe Renewal/Modifications:
12.    584 Amsterdam Avenue (West 88th – 89th Streets.) Renewal/Modification application #1247422-DCA to the Department of Consumer Affairs by TB 584 Amsterdam Rest., Corp., d/b/a Bodrum, for a four-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 12 tables and 24 seats.
New Unenclosed Sidewalk Cafés:
13.    450 Amsterdam Avenue (West 81st – 82nd Streets.) New application #519-2020-ASWC to the Department of Consumer Affairs by Mee Tung, LLC, d/b/a TBD, for a four-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 4 tables and 8 seats.
14.    2756 Broadway (West 106th Street.) New application #440-2020-ASWC to the Department of Consumer Affairs by Calle 8 BDWY 106, LLC, d/b/a Calle Ocho, for a four-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 11 tables and 32 seats.

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    1. Zanarkand says:

      Anyone know anything about the status of the shut down of Ollie’s and Candle West? It’s been over a year and the gas issue still isn’t fixed. Are they still forced to pay rent?

      • Marci Mason says:

        We’ve been told by the Ollie’s staff on 103rd that they’re very close to reopening. We’ve got our fingers crossed.

      • UWS_lifer says:

        Yeah, I was just thinking about this the other day. It has been quite some time already. There is no way they are responsible for the rent if the space is uninhabitable. That’s why landlords have insurance.

        Any suggestions for better-than-decent Chinese take-out/delivery in the 80’s or 90’s?? And not Han Dynasty…something more like what Ollie’s was.

      • Erica says:

        Candle was struggling before they closed owing to the building’s gas issues ($30 for vegetables?). They won’t be reopening. And last I heard Ollies likely won’t be either. Although they’re still storing bikes there. I love across the street and have been dealing with the construction noise on that building for several years. It happened because they had no clue who was doing their gas work. We’re all lucky the building didn’t blow up.

    2. dc says:

      Can’t wait for Le Botaniste!

    3. Juana B. Apoet says:

      Re: “…a new sushi spot….”

      Maybe they’d like this for an ad campaign:

      “If You Knew Sushi, Like We Know Sushi….”

    4. Paul says:

      What’s goin on with the space that had the now shuttered Jg melon?

      • George says:

        Lights were on in there today. Whatever they’re doing with it seems to be rolling along, but I haven’t found any information.

        I’m also curious what’ll become of the old Vai space, at 429 Amsterdam Ave. Paper went up on the windows recently.

    5. Sari says:

      What happened to Ellington moving into the old Henry’s space?

    6. StevenCinNYC says:

      Does anyone know what’s happening with Gyu Kaku on Amsterdam and when they are going to reopen? At first, they said it would only be a few days, but it’s already over a month now.

    7. Weird That Way says:

      From Asset’s website: “ASSET will be rocking the Upper West Side with their rotating live DJ or curated music program every night.” It’s bad enough that those living near the corner of 75th and Columbus suffer with the noise from Dive 75. Now this? Suddenly I’m glad I was forced to move from that corner.

    8. wombatNYC says:

      I’d love to see Candle West come back but if not , I’d welcome a WESTVILLE .. A perfect spot !

    9. Jean Luke says:

      I liked ASSET because it was a really nice and mellow atmosphere eating at the bar. Last thing in the world I need to hear is a rotating DJ rocking music. Isn’t that always the death knell of a restaurant when they add a Jazz Band or Live Music. Usually means the restaurant itself isn’t working. I hope Asset does well as its a great addition to the UWS and is beautifully designed.