By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
A Jet’s Pizza franchise, serving “Detroit style” square pizza, is opening at 728 Amsterdam between 95th and 96th Streets. On Wednesday, August 3, they are giving out free “4 Corner Pizza” with up to three toppings or a specialty pizza to walk-ins from 5-8 pm. The next day, August 4, the official opening, they will offer 20% off all regular priced pizza when ordered by text (646-861-1605). The UWS location isn’t big enough to have seating, so it’s available only for take-away and delivery.
“I talk to a lot of people and they’re like, ‘Oh my God, you’re up in New York City, there’s pizza everywhere,’” said Scott Gregerson, who runs Jet’s franchises downtown and on the Upper East Side. But he has found that people who grew up with Jet’s in their hometown are excited to see it in the city. “There’s a great, diverse audience on the Upper West Side [with] Harlem and Columbia, so we’re going to do our best to deliver to all those folks.” The same recipes are used as when the original Jet’s opened in 1978. (Thanks to Avi for the tip.)
The Chelsea House, a seafood restaurant, is opening on Amsterdam between 94th and 95th Streets, replacing The Boilery restaurant. Chelsea House’s existing location on 9th Avenue between 24th and 25th Street has a night-club vibe, decorated with a neon sign that says “Real Bosses Eat Together.” There’s also a “casual elegant” dress code, according to the website. The menu features a raw bar, seafood sandwiches and boils, as well as mixed cocktails and even bottle service.
Reamir & Co. Barber Shop at 303 Columbus between 73rd and 74th Streets is closed temporarily for renovation – custom furniture is being installed – and is slated to re-open in September. In the meantime, customers can go across the street to the Museum Barber Shop, which is under the same ownership. Arthur Rubinoff, a fourth generation barber, runs the business and opened 303 Columbus in 1999 as the first Reamir & Co. location. There has been a barber shop where the Museum is since 1939, said Arthur, who was close with the previous owner. “I’m proud to be in this part of history,” he said. Arthur grew up in Uzbekistan and his father, Rubin, was the first stylist to introduce the “wash, cut and blowdry” to the country, then part of the Soviet Union, in 1974.
Spaghetti Tavern, the Western-themed saloon on Amsterdam between 80th and 81st Streets, has closed its kitchen, but the bar remains open. The menu is down from the website and a sign out front says “BYO snacks.” The tavern, which replaced Frank Mac’s in March 2021, hosts various live events throughout the week like trivia, open mics and karaoke. (Thanks to Rachel for the tip.)
Kirsh Bakery & Kitchen at 591 Amsterdam Ave at 85th Street is “temporarily closed,” according to a sign on the window. The sign says “We are working on a new opening date, so please look out for us in the future.” It also thanked its customers. Kirsh opened in April 2016 with the goal of becoming “a staple in the UWS neighborhood as a place for New Yorkers to come for a quick coffee and pastry or a full meal, morning, noon or night.” WSR tried to reach Kirsh and will post an update when we have more information. (Thanks to Jack for the tip.)