By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Sempre Oggi, an Italian restaurant, is opening at 164-166 75th Street (off Amsterdam) this summer. It is backed by Robert Guarino, the restaurateur behind several UWS institutions, including Playa Betty’s and 5 Napkin Burger. Robert said that the concept has been years in the making. “First and foremost the goal is to be very seasonal,” he said in a call with the WSR (“sempre oggi” means “always today”). He aims to strike a balance between casual and fine dining – “we won’t be white table cloth per se, but it will be an elevated experience.” The space, which used to house the Italian restaurant ‘Cesca, appealed to Robert because its location on the side street is quieter and more open than most spaces that are along the avenue. Operating restaurants in a residential neighborhood like the UWS “makes it fulfilling to develop regulars – to get to know people, to get to know their families,” Robert said. On Instagram, he is providing frequent video updates on the process of opening the restaurant.
Yakitori Sun-Chan, the Japanese restaurant on Broadway between 103rd and 104th Streets, is temporarily closed after a NYC Department of Health inspection found several violations. On January 19th, the restaurant posted on Instagram that it will be closed for “maintenance” for two to three weeks. (Thanks to Lesley for the tip.)
Fashion Nail & Spa has signage up at 521 Columbus Avenue between 85th and 86th Streets. The nail salon has six locations on the Upper East Side, and this will be the first Upper West Side location. A representative from the Madison Avenue location told WSR the Columbus Avenue salon is expected to open in “a few months.” The space was formerly occupied by Uni K Wax.
La Traviata 2, a pizzeria, opened on February 1st at 2753 Broadway (on 106th Street). The pizzeria is under the same ownership as La Traviata Pizza, a longstanding Upper West Side spot at 101 West 68th Street. La Traviata 2 is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm for dining-in, take out, and delivery. (Thanks to Susan for the tip.)
The Duane Reade at 94th Street and Broadway is open, even though it says that this location is “temporarily closed” on the website and in the recorded message when you call the store. A representative from Walgreens (Duane Reade’s parent company) said they’re working on fixing the issue. (Thanks to Elisabeth for the tip.)
The Shell, a seafood restaurant with a raw bar, has opened at 635 Amsterdam on the corner of 91st Street. “From lobster salads to garlic shrimp our menu has something for everyone,” the restaurant posted on Instagram. The space, formerly the Mexican restaurant Blockheads, has a large outdoor patio section that can seat 60+ people. (Thanks to Ian and Emily for the tips.)
The Citibank branch formerly at 2560 Broadway between 97th and 98th Streets has completed its move across the avenue to 2553 Broadway on the corner of 96th Street. The move was scheduled for early December 2022 but it was delayed a couple months due to construction at the new building. (Thanks to Robert for the tip.)
dntl Bar, a dentist office offering same-day appointments and memberships, has closed its location at 2169 Broadway between 76th and 77th Streets. The UWS office opened in fall 2022 but a representative said that the company is consolidating their locations. The remaining dntl Bar offices are in Chelsea and Union Square. (Thanks to Rena for the tip.)