Openings: Street Taco, El Gallo Taqueria, Small Door Veterinary, Medrite, Jeannie’s Dream

Street Taco is opening at 2672 Broadway, at the corner of 102nd Street. There’s another Street Taco downtown on the East Side. The website describes them as “casual bar and taquerias featuring heritage-driven Mexican street food and inspired Mexican street art. Our menu fuses Mexican culinary traditions with contemporary fare, paired with an expansive collection of classic and modern cocktails crafted from house-made ingredients.” Check out the menu here. Thanks to Sean for the tip.

El Gallo Taqueria, a mom and pop taqueria from Gravesend, Brooklyn, that’s opening next Tuesday at 502  Amsterdam Avenue between 84th and 85th Street, will be offering the entire menu from the original El Gallo Taqueria in Gravesend, which first opened over 20 years ago and continues to serve traditional Mexican food made from family recipes. El Gallo is best known for traditional Mexican taqueria fare, made from their mother’s family recipes including tacos, quesadillas and burritos made with tinga de pollo, al pastor, suadero, carnitas, carne asada and more. The full menu is linked here.

Small Door Veterinary is coming to the corner of Columbus and 93rd Street. It’s already got locations on the Upper East Side and West Village. The Upper West Side practice is one of three new locations opening in Manhattan and Brooklyn, tipster Scott tells us. “Small Door provides wellness and preventative care, sick patient care including 24/7 veterinary telemedicine, surgery, and other services such as pet travel certification. The company is a certified B Corp and Public Benefit Corporation. You can register for updates about the opening at the link.”

MedRite Urgent Care is coming to 77th Street and Broadway. Our ace tipster Scott got more details: “MedRite will be open to walk-in patients on weekdays from 9am to 8pm and 9am to 6pm on weekends. It has nearly two dozen locations across New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida. More information and pre-registration is available at the link.”

Hat and accessories shop Jeannie’s Dream, formerly at 245 West 72 Street, has reopened at 60 West 75 street.

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    1. LL says:

      El Gallo sounds amazing.

      • Judy Harris says:

        no guacamole on the UWS menu!

        • rteplow says:

          It’s there as a side. Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and you’ll have a choice of:

          breakfast kids sides…

          Click on sides.

          It’s just a couple blocks from me. I’m looking forward to it!

        • Cato says:

          — “no guacamole on the UWS menu!”

          Makes it much easier to read that way.

          (Actually, it’s what they appear to call “guac”, I assume in deference to those who have agreed to limit their communications to the Twitter Corporation’s arbitrary number of characters.)

    2. Pamela says:

      When oh when will the Key Food open its new location on 96th and Amsterdam?

    3. Never been to any of these walk-in urgent care places that increasingly dot the neighborhood… I guess they’re an alternative to the hospital ERs, which tend to be a nightmare of waiting for donkeys hours, or at least that was my experience.

      Are they an improvement over emergency rooms? What are the costs like?

      One time after work, at the sawbones, she forced me to go to the emergency room: “if you don’t go right now, I’m calling an ambulance”.

      “Okay, okay, I’ll take a cab…”

      Was in the ER for like 6 hours; they gave me a saline drip, period. Finally I left, saying, “I’m cutting out; I have to get up to go to work in 6 hours.

      Cost me close to a grand.

      • Christine E says:

        The urgent cares are great. Much faster than ER, more accessible than regular doctors (take walk-ins, plus open longer hours), and pricing is reasonable (you pay your insurance co-pay or the uninsured price list, which is transparent). They fill the gap between hospital emergency department and the 1-9 month wait when you call a doctor’s office for an appointment.

      • Ruby in Manhattan says:

        Your medical insurance probably covers most if not all of the cost; you can make an appointment on line or walk in; waiting time is usually fairly short; you can get X-rays; they can deal w/broken bones; access your records via a portal; not to be used for life-threatening situations (heart issues, severe bleeding, etc.) My experiences have all been positive. Good luck.

      • LL says:

        Nah. It is more like just going to the doctor. Like. If you break your leg, go to the ER but if say you have a really bad cough and want to be seen immediately go to urgent care. Give taken my mom a few times. They were fine

      • Dena Davis says:

        I’ve used CityMD a couple of times in different places in the city and was very satisfied. Virtually no waiting, pleasant and professional staff; after the first time they had my records. They took my insurance

      • Carol says:

        Depends on your issue. And the timing. There’s plenty of lab work they aren’t gonna do, and they aren’t really set up for infusions. Also, while they have a broad array of basic knowledge, they also aren’t specialists, so they can basically try to stabilize you til you can get more in-depth treatment elsewhere, and will sometimes even see you and still recommend that you go to an ER.
        So….. if you are pretty sure of what you need and can call to ask whether or not it’s in their scope, if you don’t already know, or you just need a convenient place to get a standard one-time Rx, need a quick assessment for potential GI bleed off-hours, etc they can be great. But they just aren’t set up to do anywhere near what an ER can do. Or what a dr you see regularly might do.

        I’m a fan. Just saying the scope is truly more “urgent care” than ER.

      • Carol says:

        PS – I’ll also add: ask for visit summary printout before you leave, especially if you are referred elsewhere. Some of them change “portals” quite frequently and don’t always import your previous records into the new portal. If you don’t get the printout, at least download your electronic/portal record into your own file/storage immediately, if there is even a slight chance you may ever need it again, whether in short or long/term future.

      • Sue says:

        I had a very positive experience. When I cut my finger (years ago) I went to one of the Walk in Urgent care clinics (69th and Bway) I kept thinking, maybe I should have gone to a surgeon. The doctor used glue instead of stitches, and now, several years later, I have no idea which finger was so badly injured.

      • Julia says:

        I’ve had good experiences with the urgent care on the west Broadway south of 103th next to Purple Circle. If the doctor’s opinion is that you need to go to an ER, an ambulance will be called for you.

      • David S says:

        I’ve been to City MD a few times and been generally happy. If I go there, it’s generally for a cold when I want a prescription for some symptomatic relief. A couple of years ago I went to a GoHealth for a sore throat. I was seen by a PA (unlike CityMD, there was no MD onsite) who told me I had a potentially life-threatening condition (tracheitis) and needed to get to an ER ASAP. I declined her offer of an ambulance, went home and called my regular MD. I described my symptoms and he told me there was no way I could have tracheitis. He prescribed an antibiotic and I was fine in a couple of days. I reached out to Northwell Health (GoHealth’s parent) to discuss the misdiagnosis, but ultimately never got a response.

    4. Marci says:

      Lawrence Braverman: The walk-ins are terrific. I’ve never waited more than 20 minutes, my co-pay is $40, and most of the staff at any I’ve been to are very helpful and nice. There are a lot of tests they can do on site, and they always follow up the next day. Try it, you’ll like it!

      • Huh says:

        First check your insurance for co-pays. While urgent care has a much lower copay that an ER, my plans over the years have always considered it at the rate of the highest category of specialist $75 – 100. In those same plans primary care was much lower so consider your options. Also, many of the urgent care places on the UWS can be overrun with people getting covid tests for travel so sometimes they stop taking patients much earlier than posted hours.
        Speaking of hours some are basically 9-5 with minimal weekend hours. I think they are most useful afternoon and early evening. That’s after work or school and when regular doctors offices usually close.

    5. Big Earl says:

      Anyone have any idea what’s going on with Charles’ Pan Fried Chicken? They signed a lease in Feb for a small store on W 72nd and the sign says coming this summer. We were so excited, but there has been zero activity. Argh.

    6. Mark Moore says:

      Can’t have too many tacos or vets here on the UWS.

    7. PAL says:

      Street Taco will be a great addition to the neighborhood! We used to live near their location on 26th Street and it was our go-to taco spot. Give the Fried Chicken Taco a try – you won’t be disappointed.

    8. Lauren says:

      Is El Gallo opening Tuesday November 16 or Tuesday November 23?

    9. Joan Paylo says:

      For the two Mexican restaurants: 2021 is calling! Please add gluten-free and vegan indications on your menus. Celiac disease is a medical condition and those who have it choose their restaurants accordingly. Thanks.

    10. Molly says:

      Street Taco-if they don’t show prices on their menu then I don’t go! I know prices change but I like to know anyway.