Simply Noodles is located at 267a Amsterdam Avenue. When you ask part-owner Joanne what that is between, she says “Utopia Diner and Chipotle” (the streets are 72nd and 73rd.) Joanne is delightful to talk to. She told us that Simply Noodles, which opened its doors on December 28th, is still in the “soft opening” phase. “We’re testing the waters,” she said. “We’re not good enough yet.” For one thing, they are redoing the menus, which came in the wrong color, but also because customers are misunderstanding. “They ask for rice and noodles,” Joanne explained, “but what we have great experience with are ‘rice noodles’ which are very popular in China, but relatively new to the UWS.” Simply Noodles serves them in “special bowls” that keep them warm as you eat. It is open daily, from 11 am to 9 pm, for dining in, pick-up, and delivery through outside services. 212-721-1000.
Kamin Health, 105 West 72nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam. Try as we did, we could not reach a human at Kamin to tell us when their new UWS location is opening where Canine Retreat used to be — but the sign makes clear what is coming. Though Kamin is known for its urgent care facilities, it also has a string of “One-stop COVID-19 testing centers,” according to the website, offering Rapid, PCR and Antibody tests. “Please contact your insurance to confirm what they will cover for you. If you do not have insurance, you can provide your social security number, State issued ID, or passport to have the government pay for your test, as per the CARES Act. Finally, we also provide Antibody tests. This test will confirm whether someone has had COVID-19 in the past and whether they have antibodies. Daily: 10AM – 8PM. Last COVID test – 1 hour before closing.” We’ll provide you with an opening date as soon as someone answers the phone. 877-525-2646.
Community Food & Juice is opening a second UWS location at 50 West 72nd Street, between CPW and Columbus, where Le Pain Quotidian used to be. The first location is on Broadway between 112th and 113th, and offers “hearty American food, with a preference for organic ingredients.” Check out their menu here. The owner of Community, told us they are “shooting for a February 10th opening for the 72nd Street location, but that could change.” We’ll keep you posted.
Update, Sunday Morning: We just received an email from the owner of Community Food & Juice with more input. “Community restaurant is and hopes to be exactly as the name states: a restaurant with excellent food in an environment that welcomes our Community; that spot where we know the people at the next table and get a “Welcome back” upon entering. We are planning to open February 10 & 11 for dinner only. February 12 & 13 we will be serving brunch & dinner. We will be putting together a special Valentine’s Day menu for the community.”
Thanks to Scott Etkin for the tips.