By Scott Etkin
On April 18, the seasonal outdoor restaurant Ellington in the Park is returning to Riverside Park (near 105th Street) for the seventh year. “The sunset views are spectacular and there is a lot of open space where patrons can spread out and have a comfortable dining experience,” said Glenda Sansone, the restaurateur, behind Ellington in the Park and The Ellington (on Broadway between 105th and 106th Street). This year, Ellington in the Park is expanding its menu of mostly comfort food and will serve craft beers, as well as Big Shane’s Ice Cream, which is “this fantastic ice-cream brand made locally,” she said. The top-level bar of Ellington in the Park is made from a repurposed shipping container and the lower-level lounge area is next to beach volleyball courts and soccer/softball fields. It is scheduled to stay open through November.
Super Runners Shop on Amsterdam between 77th and 78th Street is moving to the corner of 79th and Amsterdam. They are planning to close the current location by the end of the month, said Juan, who works at the shop, and open the new one in the first or second week of May. Super Runners was founded more than fifty years ago by the winner of the first NYC marathon, Gary Muhrcke. (Some trivia: he also won the first Empire State Building Run-Up.) The space on 79th Street used to be a Classic Kids Photography studio. (Thanks to Tierney for the tip.)
Di Di Dumpling is coming to Amsterdam between 69th and 70th. They are “waiting on the gas” connection and the restaurant should be open in the next month, we gathered in a phone call with their location on Lexington and 24th Street. Di Di has been open in NYC since 2011 and serves grilled potstickers and boiled dumplings – with names like “beef sensation,” “chicken experience” and “veggie natural” – as well as some Chinese soups and noodles. (Thanks David and Wendl for the tips.)
Broadway Farm, the grocery story on Broadway between 85th and 86th Street, has closed its fresh fish section. Kabir, a manager, said that there wasn’t enough business to justify keeping it open, which has been the case for years. He might replace the section with other perishable foods, such as cold cuts. “Bobby has always supplied the best quality fish. What a loss!” writes tipster Cathrine.
Upper90, the shop selling soccer jerseys, cleats and gear, was moved from the corner of 86th and Broadway down the street toward West End into Crossbar, the new soccer-themed café, retail and event space. (Find the full write-up of Crossbar here.) Upper90 originally opened on 94th and Amsterdam in 2009 and it relocated to 86th and Broadway last year.
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