Tasca, a Spanish and Latin-Caribbean restaurant, plans to open on Thursday at 505 Columbus Avenue at 84th Street, the former home of Kefi. That space has two levels and it’s large enough to seat 65 inside at a 25% capacity. It also has seats for 30 outside. The menu has both Spanish and Latin American flavors: “cassava-crusted scallop paired with 25-year-old Spanish sherry vinaigrette; sancochito, a Caribbean vegetable, saffron and seafood soup; duck magret over a tower of sofrito goat cheese and sweet plantains; and paella for two.” Tasca (Spanish for Tavern) has the same owners as Upper East Side restaurant Don Pedro’s. Check out the menu here, courtesy of Debi.
Japanese restaurant Shinbashi 72 has opened at 218 West 72nd Street between Broadway and West End. It’s got noodle and rice dishes, including several curry rices. The menu is posted on Yelp here.
The 7-Eleven at 2567 Broadway between 96th and 97th Streets has closed, according to Nina, who lives nearby.
A new bar called The Upside has opened at 588 Amsterdam Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets. It’s got seating outside, and people can sit there and watch the TVs inside the bar. It’s got a unique beer list that you can see here.
This Friday, Columbia University Irving Medical Center will hold a grand opening for a brand new primary care practice at 2702 Broadway (at 103rd Street). The office will offer checkups, screenings, vaccinations, COVID-testing, and referrals to Columbia specialists. “Columbia Primary Care’s team of family physicians, internal medicine specialists, and pediatricians will offer same-day appointments, in-person or via telehealth.” Watch the live-streamed ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. Friday here.