Le French Wine Shop, located on the Southeast corner of Amsterdam between 67th and 68th Street, is now in its soft opening phase. The shop is affiliated with Vin Sur Vingt, which operates several wine bars in NYC, including one on 84th Street off Columbus. The shop will host classes and tastings once the hard open takes place, likely the week of January 23. It replaces Tower West Cleaners.
El Fish Shack, a New England-style seafood restaurant, is coming to the Northeast corner of Amsterdam between 66th and 67th Street. The chefs behind the restaurant are Julian Medina and Louis Skibar of the Toloache Restaurant Group, which includes Toloache, Tacuba, Coppelia and Cuba Restaurant & Rum Bar. (Louis Skibar recently reopened Old John’s Diner.) El Fish Shack already has a location in Astoria. It replaces Sunflower Deli & Grocery. (Thanks to Andrea for the tip.)
Miriam, an Israeli restaurant, is now open on 74th and Amsterdam. As WSR previously reported, Miriam replaces Recolte, the Taiwanese-French bakery. Miriam’s existing Brooklyn location is a popular brunch spot.
Chabad of the Upper West Side has opened an annex on the corner of 93rd and Amsterdam. Chabad is an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, educational and cultural center. Chabad has been part of the Upper West Side since 1984, including a location on 97th Street and Amsterdam. It fills the vacancy left by Sunflower Café, a kosher restaurant. (Thanks to Naomi for the tip.)
Omonia Café is expected to open in March on 108th Street and Broadway. Originally, Omonia served Greek and Italian pastries and has expanded its menu to breakfast, lunch and dinner. Established in 1977, Omonia has locations in Astoria and Bayridge. It replaces Hoshi Coupe, the hair salon. (Thanks to Tracy for the tip.)
JustFoodForDogs is coming to Broadway and 70th Street, replacing the HSBC. (We don’t have a date yet, but we’re working on it.) “The dog food company is best known for healthy options and their Petco partnership,” writes tipster Upper West Sider. Tipster Nadine C. writes, “This will be the premier first shop to be opened — a big deal for this company. I’m so totally looking forward to have them here.”