Reopenings: Il Violino, Elea, Spiga To Go, Moonrise Izakaya, Bodega 88, Kirsh, Beacon Hardware

Il Violino. Photograph by Susan Sherman.

Il Violino, 25-year-old classic family Italian, on the corner of Columbus and 68th Street, is now open for pickup and delivery, Tuesday – Sunday, noon – 9 p.m., brunch and dinner, Monday, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., dinner only. Georgiana told us the whole team is working as one. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a waitress, a bartender, a manager, even the owner. We all have the same roles now. We’re all working together.”  (212) 873-2500

True Greek cuisine.

Elea, True Greek cuisine, 217 West 85th Street (Amsterdam & Broadway.) “We are back and very excited to serve our true greek cuisine along with a selection of wine and our specialty cocktails,” said owner Andreas. “We are open for delivery and pickup every day from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. You can place your order through our website. If you pick up your own order, you will receive a 10% discount. (212) 369-9800

“A sit-down menu to go.”

Spiga To GoFull Italian menu, 57 West 84th (Columbus & CPW) open now for takeout and delivery, “whatever you want,” said Luigi, the owner, Monday – Saturday, noon to 9:30 p.m. “We offer a sit-down menu to go, focusing on quality, details, and price. It’s the same food as the East Side Spiga, but much more reasonable prices.” (212) 874-0008

Moonrise Izakaya.

Moonrise Izakaya, Comfort Japanese food, 98th and Amsterdam, is open now and will extend to seven days a week after Memorial Day, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jake the owner told us they brought as many of their staff back as was possible, and they’re doing “better than expected. On the weekends, we’re offering grab-and-go cocktails and small bites,” he said. ”The neighborhood has been great to us.” (646) 969-8361

Bodega 88.

Bodega 88, Tapas-style (sports) bar/restaurant, 573 Columbus Avenue (88th Street), is again open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday – Sunday, for pickup and delivery. Co-owner David said they’re “getting a good reaction from locals, a lot of support.” (212) 799-1602

“We can’t wait to see you.”

Kirsh, restaurant and bakery, 551 Amsterdam Avenue (87th) will be reopening on Saturday, 5/23, for takeout and delivery every day. “We’ll be following all CDC guidelines for the safety of our customers and staff and we can’t wait to see you!”  (212) 951-1123

Beacon Hardware, hardware store, 371 Amsterdam Avenue, between 77 & 78 street. Beacon, which is under new ownership, sells hardware supplies, plumbing supplies, hardware supplies, houseware supplies.” 212-408-1681

Read about all UWS reopenings here.

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    1. Judith Kass says:

      so glad not to lose Beacon! Great store, helpful personnel.

    2. Jan says:

      Please note: I notice Fine and Shapiro
      On West 72 is closed permanently.
      Specializing in Jewish food a fixture on the UWS
      For decades like 50 years or more
      The Hood is changing……

    3. Mike says:

      Wok City on Amsterdam between 66/67 Streets has reopened for take out, fully decked out with a substantial plexiglass barrier and food transfer box that separates the entry area from the staff and kitchen and makes contact nearly non-existent. They’ve definitely taken things seriously and dinner tonight was great!

    4. Debra says:

      Pearl’s Chinese restaurant reopened for takeout and delivery. Placed an order tonight. The food was delicious. So happy they are back!

      796 Amsterdam Ave. (99th St.)
      New York, NY, 10025

    5. mikey 82nd says:

      Elea and Moonrise Izakaya are both very fun restaurants. highly recommend either

    6. Meb229 says:

      Sushi Yasaka reopened on Wednesday. Had it last night and it was as awesome as ever.

    7. Ethan says:

      Welcome back Spiga To Go! Ciao, Luigi! Look forward to seeing you very soon!

    8. sue says:

      Glad Beacon is back!

    9. Brian says:

      Dead Poet is supposedly opening today for togo orders from 12-8 according to an email they sent out.

    10. nycityny says:

      Please wear a mask when picking up your food at one of these fine restaurants.

      Yesterday I saw a young couple waiting at the window of Playa Betty’s – they were chatting with each other while leaning on the window and not wearing masks. The selfishness and rudeness of this young couple was striking and appalling. They could very well be young “healthy” asymptomatic carriers of the virus that they would then share with the restaurant staff. Get with the program people – wear a mask to protect others!

      • lynn says:

        It’s unlikely that any ‘young people’ are reading this so I would suggest that you always ask the owner of the establishment to put up a ‘no mask, no service’ sign, and follow through with it. It works in CA so I don’t understand why anyone who’s living in the epicenter of the virus can’t get with the program. I’ve given up trying to educate anyone who decided long ago that they don’t need to wear a mask if ‘everyone else’ is wearing one. I do wonder if they’ll encounter any backlash if/when they go back to school or their place of employment.

        • your_neighbor says:

          If they are waiting outside and doing their best to maintain 6 feet away from others there is nothing that they are doing wrong. When they went in to pick up their order they no doubt put on some sort of face covering.

          If you are so fearful of people not wearing masks at all times you should probably stay inside.

          • Billathome says:

            And you obviously are young enough not to have to worry about dying because some inconsiderate young carrier can’t be bothered to wear a mask in public. I should not have to stay locked in my apartment to avoid a more than trivial chance of dying so that people with little social conscience can be so irresponsible. This is not irrational thinking. It is the facts of life in New York today.

            • your_neighbor says:

              I don’t know why you say I am obviously young. Considering that the gov’t sends me social security I guess I am not that young, but do not have any of the the other proven co-factors in covid. I am not obese, diabetic or immune suppressed nor do I have heart disease or any respirator illness and I do not live in a nursing home.

              If you have one of those factors, please feel free to wear a mask everywhere – even when you are more than feet from others. Or just stay home if that is your safe place.

              Please take a look at the most recent studies that show how extremely unlikely it is for someone to contract the virus without extended close personal contact with others. The studies also show that it is extremely unlikely to contract the virus from surfaces that you may touch.

              I will wear a mask as required inside a store and will wash my hands frequently to keep you safe.

          • chrstnx says:

            You have that wrong. NYC is the epicenter and most wear masks here to protect others. NYC has worked hard to flatten our curve and there is no reason for us to prioritize those without masks who do not care about others over those with masks who actively care and are protecting their fellow New Yorkers. Those who don’t want to wear masks can stay home and get delivery.

          • nycityny says:

            As I wrote in my post (and you ignored), they were not doing their best to maintain a 6 foot distance. They were at the window where the restaurant employee gives them their food. And they didn’t even have a mask at their chin to pull up when dealing with the staff.

        • Leon says:

          Owners of restaurants should empower cashiers to turn away those without masks as the patrons are endangering the cashiers. Unfortunately, most restaurants or other businesses are not in a financial position right now to turn away any business.

          I wish there was a way to publicly shame these selfish people. It is fairly clear when you should be wearing a mask and when it is less necessary. And when in doubt, put it on. Those who do not wear them in situations where it is clearly necessary should be penalized.

          • Claire says:

            Instead of being angry at the young maybe direct your anger to the government that lied to world about what was happening. It isnt my fault we are in lockdown.

          • chrstnx says:

            Sure but that’s still vague though and depends on all of us having the same idea of when a mask is “necessary”. That’s why it just needs to be a blanket “Wear a mask at all times when outside of your own apartment.” Period. That’s a clear directive and people know what it means. It’s not forever and can be shortened further if everyone just does it.

    11. Kat_77 says:

      I was in the new Beacon Hardware this week. The store looks great! They were fully stocked, very well organized. They had all of the items I needed. All of the employees were very helpful. All of the workers were wearing masks and practicing safe social distancing. I’ll definitely be returning!

    12. SUSHI YEAH says:


    13. Charles says:

      I really truly don’t understand why some people refuse to wear masks. Can some of you who refuse espxplain why, I want to understand it. I am trying to comprehend the reason,

      • Claire says:

        Because we are pro herd immunity.

        • uwsdad says:

          You obviously don’t really understand how herd immunity works, or you wouldn’t make that uninformed statement. Most infectious diseases that we have beaten back were achieved through vaccines which provided the herd immunity.

          For infections without a vaccine, even if many adults have developed immunity because of prior infection, the disease can still circulate among children and can still infect those with weakened immune systems. The big problem with your call to rush for herd immunity by people just getting the virus willy-nilly is the fact that this virus has a death rate 10 times that of your average flu. The rate is even higher for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

          So…have a mask in your possession when you leave the house. Put it on when you encounter other people. To not do so shows a disregard for the vulnerable members of your community.

          Oh yeah…educate yourself a little bit on infectious disease and how it spreads…and since you seem determined to be at the front of the line to get yourself infected, when you have to go to the doctor to get tested or treated, I hope you have the respect to wear a mask then.

          Also…here is something to chew on from John’s Hopkins: Why is getting infected with SARS-CoV-2 to “get it over with” not a good idea?
          With some other diseases, such as chickenpox before the varicella vaccine was developed, people sometimes exposed themselves intentionally as a way of achieving immunity. For less severe diseases, this approach might be reasonable. But the situation for SARS-CoV-2 is very different: COVID-19 carries a much higher risk of severe disease and even death.

          The death rate for COVID-19 is unknown, but current data suggest it is 10 times higher than for the flu. It’s higher still among vulnerable groups like the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Even if the same number of people ultimately get infected with SARS-CoV-2, it’s best to space those infections over time to avoid overwhelming our doctors and hospitals. Quicker is not always better, as we have seen in previous epidemics with high mortality rates, such as the 1918 Flu pandemic.

          What should we expect in the coming months?
          Scientists are working furiously to develop an effective vaccine. In the meantime, as most of the population remains uninfected with SARS-CoV-2, some measures will be required to prevent explosive outbreaks like those we’ve seen in places like New York City.

          The physical distancing measures needed may vary over time and will not always need to be as strict as our current shelter-in-place laws. But unless we want hundreds of millions of Americans to get infected with SARS-CoV-2 (what it would take to establish herd immunity in this country), life is not likely to be completely “normal” again until a vaccine can be developed and widely distributed.

          • Claire says:

            You worry about death too much. Need to accept the flow of life and death is part of it.

            • Matt says:

              @Claire: I think this wins the award for worst take on the internet. You’re dismissing people for “worrying about death too much”? Give me a break. How about instead, you grow up and deal with a minor inconvenience to protect your fellow neighbors from potentially getting very ill and dying (or being asymptomatic and transmitting it on to family/friends, who then die).

              Nothing says “I’m a selfish, arrogant jerk who doesn’t care about anyone or anything in the world except myself and my own comfort” like not wearing a mask right now. You can’t possibly believe people should just roll the dice and “accept the flow of life and death” when there are easy steps we can take to drastically reduce the spread of Covid.

              People like you are the worst: you pretend to have these lofty ideals regarding not wearing masks, but really, you’re nothing more than a petulant little child who, when receiving good advice from an authority figure, bristle up at being told what to do and stubbornly double down on not doing that very thing, even though you know in your heart that it’s a good idea and you should do it.

              Do me a favor: if you really believe all this, carry a signed medical card that says you choose to embrace the flow of life and death and they should not treat you or waste supplies on you if you or someone you live with gets sick.

          • Claire says:

            You are all projecting your fear and anger on to me which I can handle. No one has control over this situation and no control can be had. Let your stress out but learn that you cannot control anything. Anything. The world will continue to turn whether your choose to do something great or nothing at all. Nothing has a point. Life has no point.

            • HelenD says:

              You can control the way you treat other people and show respect for those around you, so as not to incite fear and anger. That’s the point.

            • Concerned Reader says:

              Are you okay? I am genuinely asking.

            • uwsgrl says:

              I think you’re likely just trolling, so I’ll just say this. Wearing a mask does not imply fear, just human decency. I am a youngish, healthy person who is one of the population unlikely to be majorly impacted if I catch it. That doesn’t mean I can’t do my part to prevent the spread to those less fortunate than myself. Are masks annoying? Of course. Does me putting one on for 10 minutes to go in a grocery store really have that big of negative impact on my life that it can’t be done? No. This isn’t forever. Suck it up buttercup.

            • uwsdad says:

              There is no anger or fear in my post. No exclamation points…just trying to pass on some facts.

              I am glad someone asked the question but I will repeat it…Are you okay? If you need actual help please seek it out.

      • chrstnx says:

        Strikes me as Mommy issues. They have an infantile idea of what freedom is and seem to think it means “you can’t make me do this, eat this, wear this.” They just blindly believe that’s all that freedom means and never think any deeper. So maybe some education issues too.

        • Leon says:

          Exactly. Yet ironically these are the people who want to eliminate Colin Kapernick’s freedom to protest or anyone’s freedom to have an abortion. Because they have all been brainwashed. We are a truly polarized country and there is no middle ground. We should just secede and be done with these heartless Trumpers.

          • Boris says:

            That’s conjecture on steroids. It’s mathematically impossible to conclude that the majority of them on the UWS are Trumpers. they just don’t exist in the numbers you need to make your claim realistic.

            • Leon says:

              I’m talking about nationally. Do you get your jollies out of being a difficult contrarian?

    14. Jody says:

      Had delivery from Elea; it was delicious!! Would definitely recommend. Enjoy.

    15. Livablecityfan says:

      Right next to Il Violino on 68th, Traviata Pizza is also back!! What a treat to be able to bring home a box of our fav the other night! (OK I know everyone in 15 blocks has his/her/their own favorite; I just happen to love Traviata best for the last 15 years and I was very afraid they’d be gone for good.)