By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
The Best Buy at 1880 Broadway on the corner of 62nd Street is closing October 29th. This sprawling retail space – occupying nearly 46,000 square feet across three floors – had some misfortunes over the past couple years: in 2020 it had a window broken during unrest around the Presidential election and last year its basement floor was flooded during Hurricane Ida. The chain’s closest locations are in Midtown at 531 5th Ave. and on the Upper East Side at 86th Street and Lexington. (Thanks to Gretchen for the tip.)
Morning Goods, a pop-up serving breakfast tacos, overnight oats and cold brew, has opened in Caledonia, the whiskey bar on Amsterdam between 80th and 81st Streets. The pop-up is a sibling company of Uptaco, the Harlem-based wholesale provider of breakfast tacos in cafes across NYC. “There are a lot of bars that don’t utilize their space until the evenings [so we decided] let’s try to form a partnership,” said Dan Nechamkin, co-founder of Morning Goods and Uptaco. Dan found a partner in Caledonia owner Michael Ferrie, who was open-minded about the venture. “We’re taking it slowly and testing out our menu items and asking for feedback,” said Dan. “But we’ll be here for the foreseeable future.” Morning Goods plans to build out the menu to include yogurt parfaits, croissants and Brazilian cheese bread. Morning Goods is open from 7:30am to 12:30pm on Monday to Wednesday, and 9:30 am to 2:00 pm on weekends. Everything on the menu is designed to be “grab-and-go,” but customers are also welcome to sit at the bar or use the outdoor seating.
A new veterinary chain, URvet Care, is coming to the Upper West Side. It has signage up at 169 Amsterdam on 68th Street, and on the website it lists a location opening at 541 Columbus on the corner of 86th Street (formerly Three Star Coffee Shop). The vet, which is rolling out several locations in NYC starting October 8th, will also have specialty care and telemedicine appointments available for “rechecks and simple problems.” According to the website, it will be open 8:00am to 8:00pm from Monday through Friday, have weekend hours, and will offer “on demand care” without an appointment necessary. (Thanks to Diane and Mindy for the tips.)
dntl Bar, a dentist office offering same-day appointments, has opened at 2169 Broadway between 76th and 77th Streets. Its $39/month membership gives discounts on their services, including: dental check ups, teeth whitening, crowns, fillings, bridges, implants, aligners and veneers. They also sell dental care products. DNTL Bar is open from 8:00am to 7:00pm on weekdays, and 9:00am to 3:00pm on weekends and has locations in Chelsea, Union Square and on the Upper East Side. It replaces a Variazioni clothing store.
SAPPS, a Japanese restaurant, opened on September 28th on Broadway between 112th and 113th Street. This is SAPPS’ second location – the first is in Long Island City – and staff at the new restaurant dressed in Columbia University blue in honor of their neighbor. SAPPS has a full sushi menu in addition to ramen, teriyaki, yakitori and noodle dishes. It replaces e’s restaurant.
Sushi of Gari, on Columbus between 77th and 78th Streets, is closed temporarily for construction. The restaurant is not accepting take-out or delivery orders during the renovation. Reservations on the website are available again starting October 19th. Sushi of Gari’s other locations (Upper East Side, Tribeca and West 46th Street) remain open.
Royal Opticians, which has been on the Upper West Side at 453 Columbus for more than 35 years, is moving to a new location nearby. The new store will have a new name, Royal Crown Optical, and will be in the recently constructed building at 466 Columbus between 82nd and 83rd Streets. The expected opening day will be in early October, a representative from Royal Crown Optical told WSR.