By Lucas Brady Woods
It was approvals all around at Community Board 7’s Business and Consumer Affairs Committee meeting last night. One new restaurant is setting up shop on the Upper West Side, while some already-popular spots announced plans to expand. The committee also granted liquor licenses, approved renewals for some neighborhood staples and moderated a dispute over one bar’s noise.
Le Botaniste is opening soon at Columbus and 67th Street, which will be the restaurant’s fourth location. The plant-based, organic food and wine bar will feature non-dairy, gluten free, vegan food, marketed as health-forward. One of the restaurant’s representatives at the CB7 committee meeting described it as a “pharmacy” but with food and natural wine instead of medicine. Some of the menu items, labeled as “Prescriptions” on the restaurant’s website, include red beet caviar, seaweed tartare, and happy fish maki.
Upper West Side Latin mainstay Calle Ocho’s new location at 2756 Broadway will be getting plenty of sidewalk seating in time for warmer weather. The CB7 committee gladly approved the 12-table seating plan that will accommodate 32 people. Owner Jeff Kadish has been running restaurants in New York City for 25 years, and co-chair Linda Alexander called him “one of the best operators in the neighborhood.” There are plans for the restaurant to utilize the location’s backyard space eventually, and Kadish assured the committee he would work with neighbors to minimize its impact.
Bodrum, the popular Turkish restaurant on Amsterdam between 88th and 89th, has acquired the space next door, which was formerly Oxford Cleaners. Bodrum plans to renovate both the restaurant inside and expand its sidewalk cafe in front of the additional space. The expanded outdoor seating area will have 21 tables and seat 46 guests. They plan to start construction in about two weeks, but don’t worry, the renovations will only require them to shut down for two or three days.
The committee approved renewals for established sidewalk seating for two other neighborhood staples, Cafe du Soleil at 104th and Broadway and Bluestone Lane at 80th and Amsterdam. Committee co-chair Alexander called the Cafe du Soleil a neighborhood “institution,” and the cafe’s owner, Nadine Chevreux, assured the committee that nothing was changing, saying, “Fifteen years and we are the same old restaurant!” Bluestone Lane is a hip Australian-inspired coffee shop and cafe.
The request from restaurant and bar Asset for permission to hold live music in the restaurant was approved by the committee despite heated pushback from neighbors. The committee sided with the restaurant but acknowledged the community members’ complaints, saying they did not warrant the committee’s disapproval of the live music request.
Sushi restaurant Boka and accompanying speakeasy Sushi Nonaka at 80th and Amsterdam had their liquor licenses approved. The committee also approved continued sidewalk seating for Papardella (316 Columbus Ave), Momoya Upper West (427 Amsterdam), Amelie (566 Amsterdam), Dive Bar (732 Amsterdam), Ella (249 Columbus Ave), and Land Thai (450 Amsterdam).
All committee resolutions will be voted on by the full board at its next meeting on March 5, 2020.
Correction: Asset does not have a backyard.