By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
La Salle Dumpling Room, the Chinese restaurant that has been closed since the start of the pandemic, has reopened at 35 West End Avenue between 61st and 62nd Streets. It is sharing space with Friedman’s West, the American-style restaurant that’s under the same ownership. “We were listening to our guests, and the neighborhood really wanted the return of the La Salle Dumpling Room,” said Jonah Phillips, Managing Partner at Friedman’s Restaurant Group, which also owns Pick-a-Bagel and Community. Over the last six months they have “re-engineered” the kitchen to accommodate both menus. There’s another La Salle Dumpling Room on Broadway and La Salle (124th) Street, but the Lincoln Center location offers more vegan and gluten-free options, such as Impossible soup dumplings. “It’s really fun to see people at the same table eating pork fried dumplings, cobb salad, General Tso’s chicken, and spinach dip,” said Phillips. “We love the different cultures at the dining table – it’s so New York.”
Andy’s Deli, on the corner of 80th Street and Columbus is closing on October 13, due to a rent increase. It had been in the space for 32 years. “The new owners moving in will make a new type of cafeteria style restaurant, replacing Andy’s Deli and joining the store next to it,” which used to be a Rituals cosmetics shop, writes Billy Amato, president of the West 80th Street Block Association. Before Andy’s, the location was home to a “true bona fide original Puerto Rican Bodega with the best Puerto Rican food that you could buy,” which opened in 1954, writes Billy. Andy’s deli was a favorite neighborhood spot for many longtime loyal customers. “I am heartbroken. I will miss their tuna sandwich forever,” one regular told WSR.
Osteria Accademia, an Italian restaurant, has opened at 646 Amsterdam Avenue between 91st and 92nd Streets. Huseyin Ozer, the owner of popular UWS Mediterranean restaurants Bodrum and Leyla has partnered with Leyla’s general manager Murat Akinci, who has worked in management at other UWS restaurants including Nice Matin and French Roast. The scholarly theme – a nod to Columbia University and the other schools in the neighborhood – is incorporated into the decor, which features 3,500 vintage books repurposed from a decommissioned library line.
The Chelsea House, a seafood bar and grill, has opened at 710 Amsterdam Avenue at 94th Street. The Chelsea House is open for dinner and serves seafood sandwiches and baskets in addition to main dishes. It is available for private events. Its first location is on 9th Avenue in Chelsea. (Thanks to Joseph for the tip.)
MACC Wine Bar at 51 West 106th Street, which had weekly live jazz performances, has had paper covering the windows for a few weeks. WSR tried to reach MACC by phone but it appears the phone is not being answered. MACC Wine Bar opened in 2019. (Thanks to Ruth for the tip.)
Warby Parker, the eyeglasses store, will be opening two new locations on the UWS: at 2875 Broadway between 111th and 112th Streets (formerly a Chase bank), and at 284 Columbus between 80th and 81st Streets (formerly a Flying Tiger Copenhagen store). There’s also an existing Warby Parker at 185 Columbus Avenue at 68th Street. Warby Parker was founded by Neil Blumenthal in 2010, originally as an online-only business. (Thanks to Matthew for the tip.)
An eviction notice has been posted on the storefront of Kirsh Bakery & Kitchen at 551 Amsterdam between 86th and 87th Street. Originally opened in 2016, it has been closed since August. (Thanks to Betsy for the tip.)