By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Miznon, the Mediterranean restaurant, is opening a new location at 2895 Broadway between 112th and 113th Street. It replaces the Mill, the longtime favorite Korean restaurant. The menu will feature Mediterranean-inspired street food and pita sandwiches, according to an announcement from Columbia University, which owns the property. Miznon was first opened in Israel in 2011 by chef Eyal Shan and now has several locations internationally and in NYC, including North Miznon on West 72nd Street. “Miznon pita is plush, Miznon pita is pillowy – I would happily take a nap on a stack of Miznon pita,” The New Yorker wrote of the chain’s spot in Chelsea Market back in 2018. The new location is expected to open early next year. (Thanks to Noah for the tip.)
FieldTrip, a fast-casual rice bowl shop by James Beard Award-winning chef, TV personality and author JJ Johnson is opening at 2913 Broadway between 113th and 114th Street, in another one of Columbia’s properties. FieldTrip – whose motto is “rice is culture” – takes an ingredient that’s often an afterthought in the US and elevates it with global favors. Bowls are made with “freshly milled and never enriched rice.” FieldTrip has locations in Harlem, Rockefeller Center, and a seasonal pop up at the US Open tennis tournament. “Rather than taking on the ethos of yet another focus-group salad or chicken bowl from Chopt or Dig, [FieldTrip] feels like the type of ideas-driven venue one expects from a high-level contemporary chef,” writes Eater NY. The new location, expected to open in Spring 2023, replaces Aerosoles, the shoe store. (Thanks to Noah for the tip.)
Bellini, the Italian restaurant on 483 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th Street), has been under new ownership since June 2022. Chris and Maggie Gini, the siblings in charge, formerly owned Italian restaurants in Westchester and the Bronx. Looking to bring their skills to Manhattan, the duo came across Bellini, which was for sale last spring, Chris told WSR. ”We always wanted to try the Upper West Side. It is a beautiful, historical area of the city,” Chris said. The Ginis redesigned the indoor and outdoor space, adding new tables, chairs, tablecloths, and decor. They decided to keep the name “Bellini” – the cocktail with prosecco and peach juice – for consistency since that name dates back to 2006 for the restaurant. ”We didn’t feel it was right to change it,” Chris said. The Ginis are Bellini’s fourth owners. Chris and Maggie’s parents are helping them with their new venture: mom is the head chef bringing her own recipes, and dad “does a bit of everything,” Chris said. All pasta dishes are fresh and homemade. “The duck porcini has been very popular,” Chris told the Rag. (Thanks to Michael for the tip.)
The Cashmere Sale, the annual pop-up shop, has returned to the UWS. It is open now through December 17th at 2220 Broadway on the corner of 79th Street, the former home of DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse). It has a range of discounted womens and mens cashmere clothing including: cardigans, outerwear, pants, pajamas, dresses and accessories. The Cashmere Sale was founded 20 years ago in Greenwich, CT and today hosts 30 pop up locations nationwide. Last year, The Cashmere Sale was in the former Modell’s space on Amsterdam between 76th and 77th Street. There is another pop up on the Upper East Side.