By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Popup Bagels, the award-winning bagel shop, is opening at 338 Columbus Avenue on the corner of West 76th Street in March or April. Popup is unique in that it sells only freshly made whole bagels and schmear, not sandwiches or even drinks. “We bring back the old school bagel line where you get a hot bagel. We don’t do anything else. We don’t toast, we don’t slice,” said Adam Goldberg, in a call with West Side Rag. “We like to think that we’re bringing back a bagel from 70 or 80 years ago when they weren’t oversized, dense pieces of bread.”
Popup was started in Connecticut, and while many New Yorkers tend to be skeptical of bagels from outside the five boroughs, it has won top prizes at Brooklyn’s annual Bagelfest competition. Goldberg started baking as a hobby during the pandemic in 2020, when he had a very different career as a flood mitigation specialist. He has since opened six bagel shops, including three in Connecticut and one in New York City just south of Washington Square Park, which is known to have lines around the block. “We’ve had a lot of customers drive in the early morning from the Upper West Side to Greenwich to pick up bagels from us,” said Goldberg. The UWS location will likely have some tables outside, but no indoor seating. “We love the proximity to families in the neighborhood as well as to the Park,” he said. The space has been vacant in recent years, but used to be a Starbucks. (Thanks to Yael for the tip.)
Gelato Factory opened on December 22nd on Broadway between West 78th and 79th streets in the Apthorp building. The shop makes gelato fresh daily on the premises and is open from 9 a.m. to midnight. The UWS shop is the second for Gelato Factory — they also have one in New Jersey, a clerk told the Rag. Vegan and sugar-free gelato flavors are available and all sorbet flavors are dairy-free. Gelato Factory also serves fresh-made crepes, milkshakes, and soft drinks. Among the gelato and sorbet flavors are: Rum Raisin, Cherry Mania, Pecan Pie, Chocolate Wafer, Tiramisu, Birthday Cake, Mint Chocolate Chip, Lemon Mint Sorbet, and many more. The space takes over part of the old Apthorp Pharmacy location. (Thanks to Karin and Josh for the tips.)
City Coffee Bar, a café, opened last week at 914 Columbus Avenue between West 104th and 105th Streets. They serve breakfast, lunch, and pastries from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We have free Wi-Fi and are laptop friendly,” said the manager in a call with WSR. “We’re a spot for you to do your job or study and feel like home.” City Coffee Bar also plans to open a full bar at night once they receive their liquor license. (Thanks to Daniel for the tip.)
Eats on Columbus Marketplace is coming to 501 Columbus Avenue (84th Street), in the former spot of the New Parisian Deli, which closed in June after 40 years at that location. The space has been thoroughly renovated. Owner Anoer Alkandi told West Side Rag he hopes to open either Friday, January 5th or Monday, January 8th. Eats on Columbus will be a “bodega style” deli and will serve fresh sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and juice for take out, as well as a selection of organic fruit and vegetables. Catering services will be offered, which will feature crudité and fruit platters in addition to sandwiches. They do not plan to stock beer. Alkandi is one of seven brothers who own approximately 14 delis throughout New York City. He opened Simply Gourmet at 494 Amsterdam Avenue (84th Street) three years ago. He will offer a 10% discount to police officers. “We are here for the neighborhood,” Alkandi told WSR in a phone call.
Züri-Coffee is opening in the small corner space that was formerly Blank Street Coffee at West 79th Street and Broadway. We’ll provide an update when more information is available. (Thanks to Andrew and Jackie for the tips.)
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