Openings and Closings: Nina’s Great Burrito Bar, PianoPiano, Rosetta, 67 Gourmet, The Sunshinery, Cassidy Ingram Dog Training, Soha Gourmet Marketplace, Baazi, The Bar Method


By Scott Etkin

Nina’s Great Burrito Bar has opened on Columbus Avenue between 85th and 86th Streets. Nina Guzman originally opened The Great Burrito in 1994. After closing in 2020 due to the pandemic, it temporarily reopened as a take-away only operation. The new restaurant, which Ms. Guzman has opened in collaboration with restauranteur Jeremy Wladis, offers “at least four differ kinds of salsas to go with their burritos and other items like carnitas tacos and octopus tostadas,” writes The Infatuation(Thanks to Gary for the tip.)

PianoPiano, a piano rental, storage, moving, tuning and maintenance service, has relocated from 54th Street to 64th Street between Columbus and Central Park West. PianoPiano also has practice rooms available to rent by the hour. “We are a third-generation family-owned business and have been in the piano business since the 1930s,” wrote Sarah Binder Mehta, PianoPiano’s President, in an email. She has extended a special offer to WSR readers: “Mention West Side Rag and new customers will save $50 on their piano delivery in the Upper West Side or save $5 for the first hour in our studios.”

Rosetta, an Italian bakery, is coming to the corner of 64th Street and Broadway. Already with several stores in Miami, it will be the bakery’s first location in NYC. A rosetta is “the most recognizable bread in Italy” and often “filled with slices of natural ham or other cold cuts.” The storefront was previously occupied by Lululemon.  

67 Gourmet, which will make food and wine deliveries as part of the existing 67 Wine store nearby, is coming to Columbus Ave. between 68th and 69th Streets. It fills the vacancy left by the Deciem, the beauty company. (Thanks to Katerina for the tip.)

The Sunshinery, a shop selling cheerful household items and accessories, is now on 87th street and Columbus. “Opening here makes me so happy,” wrote owner Jennifer Simoni. (Thanks to Tierney and Solana for the tip.)

Cassidy Ingram Dog Training has opened on 79th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue. Services include group and private training, as well as boarding and day care.

Soha Gourmet Marketplace, a small grocery, will open on February 1st on 96th and West End Avenue. As WSR previously reported, the store replaces West End Taqueria on a corner that has had high turnover.

Baazi, an Indian restaurant, is opening on January 17 on 98th Street and Broadway. Baazi, which means “to bet,” describes itself as doing a modern take on traditional spices. It replaces the Indian restaurant Awadh. (Thanks to Juliet and Matt for the tip.)

The Bar Method fitness studio at 2387 Broadway (87th Street) has closed. Real estate company Newmark has listed the space for lease. (Thanks to JJ for the tip.)

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    1. LL says:

      The Bar Method has been closed for awhile, no?

      And stoked about a bodega turning to 96th. I. Loved. That place

    2. JA says:

      Noooooo …. I am Indian and after a 10 year search I FINALLY found an Indian restaurant in NYC that was worth my time – Awadh. I am so sad it is going to be gone. The only other place that nearly stacks up is Benares but that is very downtown 🙁

    3. fellowwestsider says:

      Eager to give Rosetta a try. I wonder what happened to the dumpling place that I thought was supposed to open on Amsterdam Ave and 68th or so. I tried reaching out to them, DiDi Dumpling, but haven’t heard back.

    4. Kathie says:

      Closed: Kolor Nail Spa 167 Amsterdam – shades down, phone disconnected!!

    5. Karen says:

      Soha Gourmet Marketplace is not yet open. I walked past it 15 minutes ago and there is still brown paper taped to all of the windows. Today is Saturday 1/15 2:33 pm

    6. EAK says:

      The tacos are excellent at Great Burrito. Was my go-to when they were on Amsterdam and 80. Glad they found a place.

    7. Carmella Ombrello says:

      The lights were out and the shelves empty at the 86th & Columbus Dunkin on Saturday afternoon.

    8. We need more restaurants on the Upper Upper West Side, above 86th Street. So many have closed. Please come back!

      • Huh says:

        There are many restaurants above 86th street up to about 110th including some relatively new ones. Amsterdam. What do you think is missing?