By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Moonrise Izakaya, the Japanese gastropub at 774 Amsterdam Avenue (98th Street), is closing this weekend. “We are so happy with everything that Moonrise has done, the people we have brought together, and the community we have built over the last 3+ years,” Moonrise posted on Instagram. Moonrise was decorated with elaborate murals and served a variety of traditional Japanese dishes and small plates, including: Japanese fried chicken, ‘Karaage’, bao buns, ramen, gyoza, fried rice and udon noodles. Izakaya, which translates to “pub,” will host a “final farewell party” on Saturday and is offering 30% off after 9pm. “Keep an eye on our account as we may have some new projects coming in the future,” Moonrise wrote on Instagram. (Thanks to Meg for the tip.)
Buttercup Bake Shop is now open at 166 West 72nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus. Known for its buttercream cupcakes, Buttercup sells classic American desserts and is certified kosher. The original Buttercup Bake Shop was across the street – it was founded by Jennifer Appel, who also co-founded Magnolia Bakery a few years earlier. This is the fifth location in Manhattan for the bakery, which also has two shops in midtown and two downtown. The UWS space was formerly occupied by My Pie Pizzeria Romana. (Thanks to Lese for the tip.)
QQ Nails & Spa has opened at 528 Amsterdam between 85th and 86th Street. It replaces the salon Devi Nails. They are offering 15% off all services for the month of November. QQ has many locations throughout NYC, including another UWS spot at 312 Columbus Ave. between 74th and 75th Street. The spa offers all types of manicures and pedicures, including kids manicures and pedicures as well as waxing services.
Columbus Ceafood Bar & Restaurant at 903 Columbus Avenue between 104th and 105th Street has closed. Its menu featured fish and grits, sandwiches, happy hour specials and lobster rolls (including the fried lobster “UWS” roll). The restaurant posted on Instagram that they will reopen as a food truck. We’ll update with more information.