By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Telio and Perfecto Ristorante, the Greek and Italian restaurants next door to each other on Broadway between 92nd and 93rd Streets, have closed. Both were longtime establishments – Perfecto opened in the early ‘90s and Telio in the mid ‘00s – under the same ownership, and they closed due to a rent increase. However, Telio will live on through a unique arrangement with Good Enough to Eat. The brunch spot will open in the evenings as Telio’s Taverna, with the same menu, pricing and chefs from the original Telio on Broadway. Perfecto Ristorante, also known as Perfecto Pizza, sold brick oven pizza pies, pizza by the slice, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and wings. “The Meatball Parmesan hero was the best I’ve had on the Upper West Side,” wrote Susan, a regular, on Yelp. “I leave this review in honor of the many years I have patronized this restaurant.” (Thanks to Sally for the tip.)
Essential by Cristophe, an upscale French restaurant, is opening on December 7th at 103 West 77th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam, replacing the restaurant Dovetail. It is the first restaurant led by Michelin-starred chef Christophe Bellanca, who formerly worked at Le Cirque and Atelier Joel Robchon. The menu includes á la carte dishes as well as three prix fixe options: an eight course meal called “Évolution,” and a Winter and Vegetarian menu, each six courses. The “nearly 100-seat dining room [is decorated with] leather, brass and delicate touches of Élitis wallpaper and porcelain tile.”
Shun Lee Cafe, the Chinese fine-dining restaurant is in a “soft opening” at its newest location, 98th and Broadway – the space formerly occupied by Hunan Balcony. A limited takeout menu is available for pick up by calling (212-222-1216) or from Uber Eats. The restaurant is also taking dine-in reservations over the phone. A manager told WSR that they hope to officially open on Friday December 9th. A sign in the window says the restaurant is currently hiring assistants, a front desk cashier, and bus boys/girls. The space has been under renovation since January this year. Shun Lee has a few other NYC locations: Midtown East (Shun Lee Palace), which opened in 1971, and on West 65th Street near Lincoln Center (Shun Lee West and Shun Lee Cafe), which opened 10 years later. (Thanks to Robert for the tip.)
St. Agnes Library at 44 Amsterdam Avenus between 81st and 82nd Streets, which was closed for renovation, is reopening in mid December, a representative from the library told WSR. The NYPL branch has been closed since August for a floor replacement and repairs throughout the building.
Sephora, the cosmetics and beauty chain, is moving its location in the Shops at Columbus Circle to a vacant space on Broadway between 61st and 62nd Streets. “Frankly [I] think it will be great because it will bring more pedestrian street traffic,” wrote Monica Blum, President of the Lincoln Square BID, in an email to the Rag. The BID has heard similar news but is not involved in the lease. The interior construction work is still in progress in the retail space on 61st beneath the Park Loggia, a luxury apartment building. (Thanks to Amy for the tip.)