By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Tatiana, the new restaurant from award-winning chef Kwame Onwuachi, is opening in the renovated David Geffen Hall at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza on November 1st. The menu is inspired by the diversity of New York City and chef Onwuachi’s background, bringing together influences from African, Caribbean, and Southern cuisines. The restaurant is named after Onwuachi’s half sister, who he grew up with in the Bronx and is also a professional chef. It will be the only sit-down, full-service dining option at David Geffen Hall. Reservations are available on Resy, but there’s a wait – the first open slot isn’t available until November 23rd.
Emmy Squared Pizza, serving up rectangular slices, is opening at 200 W. 60th Street in the space formerly occupied by the Olympic Flame Diner. Emmy Squared Pizza combines New York style grandma pies with Detroit style pizza made with “fluffy focaccia-like dough edged with a caramelized, crispy cheese known as frico crust.” Emmy Squared’s first location opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2016. The company now has 18 locations nationwide including eight in NYC. The pizza chain also serves burgers and their double stacked burger, “Le Big Matt,” was voted one of “The Best New Burgers in NYC” by Gothamist. (Thanks to Alison for the tip.)
NeXa Pilates is moving its studio from 2273 Broadway (at 82nd Street) ten blocks south to 50 West 72nd Street, between Columbus and Central Park West, on October 31st. The last day of business at the Broadway location will be Friday, October 28th. NeXa is a fully equipped Pilates studio offering private and small group classes. Currently the studio has an introductory offer for private sessions (three for $250) and for group classes (three for $110). “The caliber of the instructors at NeXa is outstanding,” a loyal client told WSR. “Their attentiveness to the client experience is evident in every aspect of their operation. NeXa is hands down my favorite place to workout.”
RA Sushi at 433 Amsterdam between 80th and 81st Street has closed its UWS location. The sushi restaurant has another location in Times Square, which it directs customers to in a sign in the storefront window. RA began operating in the space last year, which previously was run under the name Haru Sushi. (Thanks to Stephanie for the tip.)
A Panera Bread is opening at 2333 Broadway between 84th and 85th Street, replacing a Victoria Secret store. The chain also recently opened a location on 8th Avenue between 56th and 57th Street. The chain’s first cafe opened in St. Louis in 1987 and now has thousands of franchises across North America serving breakfast, soups and sandwiches. (Thanks to Marc and Jon for the tips.)
Jade Nails & Spa is in its soft opening at 2286 Broadway between 82nd and 83rd Street. The salon is offering 30% off all services, which includes: manicures, pedicures, waxing and massage as well as eyebrow and eyelash treatments.
The last day to visit Pier i Cafe before it closes for the season is October 30th. The seasonal outdoor cafe is located in Riverside Park along the Hudson River, closest to the 68th Street entrance. This weekend it is open from 11:30am to sunset.