A new restaurant called Curry Mania opened at 267 Amsterdam Avenue between 72nd and 73rd Streets a few weeks ago. They serve various kinds of curry and special Japanese sandwiches. Some early reviews are quite positive. “The rice is amazing. I say this as a rice aficionado. Koshihikari is fluffy, fragrant, sweet, and perfectly tacky in texture (also a good thing). It pairs fantastically with the curry. Koshihikari rice can retail 5x more than a generic long-grain Jasmine, and it’s so worth it,” wrote one Yelper. See the menu here.
Book Nook, a children’s literacy studio, just opened a new outlet at 59th Street and West End Avenue.
The Hoptimist appears to be a new beer shop opening in the former home of the Beer Shop at 422 Amsterdam Avenue between 80th and 81st streets. We don’t yet know all the details, but we’re trying to stay hoptimistic. Thanks to Anita for the tip.
A new restaurant called Le Pecora Bianca — the white sheep in Italian — is taking over the spot on 77th and Columbus that was most recently the home of 8th Hill, and before that Isabella’s, according to the Post. La Pecora Bianca has other locations in the city. Check out the menu at its midtown spot here.
The Post also reports that SA Hospitality Group, which operates restaurant and wine bar Felice, is planning to open a new restaurant in the former home of Oxbow Tavern at 240 Columbus Avenue off of 71st Street. It’s not yet clear what the name will be. “We have always looked for the perfect location for a Felice on the Upper West Side,” SA partner Jacopo Giustiniani said, noting that the pandemic provided a perfect opportunity. “The Upper West Side is an iconic neighborhood, and we hope this opening will help in its recovery.”