By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
La Caridad, the popular Cuban-Chinese restaurant that closed after 52 years on Broadway and 78th Street in July 2020, is reopening at 130 West 72nd between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. There used to be dozens of Cuban-Chinese restaurants in the city, according to Eater, when people migrated to the United States from Cuba following the rise of Fidel Castro in the 1950s, but only a few remain. At La Caridad, “the Cuban side of the menu was fairly classic, and the Chinese-American items were dominated by lo mein and chop suey,” wrote The New York Times. The space used to be Friedman’s, which last year moved one block east along 72nd Street closer to Central Park. La Caridad means “charity” – Our Lady of Charity is a popular saint in Cuba. (Thanks to Christopher for the tip.)3 Times, a Chinese restaurant known for its soup dumplings, is opening at 964 Amsterdam between 107th and 108th Streets. The large menu includes noodle dishes, fried rice, and other dim sum options. The space used to be La Piccola Cucina, an Italian restaurant. 3 Times has a few other locations downtown and in Brooklyn.
Forever Coffee at 2263 Broadway (81st Street) has closed for renovation and will reopen under new ownership with a new name and menu. Forever Coffee opened at this address last year. Its original location is further uptown at 181st Street and remains open as usual. (Thanks to Jackie for the tip.)
Playa Bowls, the açaí bowl chain, is opening on 72nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam, replacing the urgent care center ClearMD. Playa Bowls, which was founded in 2014 on the Jersey Shore, now has more than 150 franchises across the country. There are two Playa Bowls already on the UWS at West 84th Street and West 110th Street. (Thanks to Shira and Dara for the tips.)
Douglas Elliman, the real estate company, has closed its gallery at 2142 Broadway between 75th and 76th Streets. One of the biggest brokers in New York, Douglass Eliiman has two dozen offices in the city, including two on the UWS. The agency has more than 6,600 agents across 115 offices, primarily in the Northeast as well as other major markets, such as California, Texas, Colorado, and Florida.
Westside Deli & Convenience and 9th Barber Shop have signage up next to each other on Amsterdam between 109th and 110th Streets. They replace the deli and unisex salon that were there previously.
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