By Joy Bergmann
Mike Sabry is feeling grateful this holiday season. Though COVID times haven’t been easy for the Utopia Diner owner, he says he knows many folks are having a rougher go of it.
“I always think about being in someone else’s shoes,” he tells WSR. “Thank God I don’t need help. But maybe somebody else needs.”
To give back to the Upper West Side community that’s supported his restaurant for more than 39 years, Sabry will be offering up to 60 free “to-go” dinners to anyone in need who visits Utopia Diner on Saturday, Christmas day between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Recipients will receive a nourishing meal featuring a cup of soup, turkey, sweet potatoes and his “special” stuffing with pine nuts, chestnuts, raisins and apples.
The diner — located at 267 Amsterdam Avenue [72nd Street] — will also be open for regular service between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Christmas day. “I want to be open so people have a place to go and don’t stay home alone,” he said.