By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Avenue Bakery, a kosher bakery and café is opening at the corner of West 84th Street and Broadway. It is replacing a Variazioni clothing store. A variety of coffees, tea, lattes, and cappuccinos will be served, in addition to bakery items, sandwiches, and cakes by the slice, a representative told West Side Rag. Avenue is a new bakery, planning to open its first locations on both the Upper East Side and Upper West Side by the end of February. (Thanks to Yvonne, Ian, and David for the tips.)
Boulud Sud, chef Daniel Boulud’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant at 20 West 64th Street, has closed for renovation. Details about the renovation and the timing of its reopening were not available, but a company representative told WSR in an email that some of the classic Boulud Sud dishes will be added to the menu at Bar Boulud. (Boulud Sud’s sister establishments on the same block, Épicerie Boulud and Bar Boulud, remain open). Shortly after Boulud Sud originally opened in 2011 it earned two stars from The New York Times. “Boulud Sud is the Manhattan equivalent of a private yacht anchored off Monaco, serving the food of Sardinia, Greece, Tunisia, Gibraltar, Beirut,” Sam Sifton wrote in his review. “And you are invited along.” (Thanks to Thomas for the tip.)
The restaurant at the historic Central Park Boathouse (72nd Street in the park) is reopening on March 4th after a renovation, The New York Times reported. The Boathouse’s outdoor café re-opened last June, but the restaurant has been closed since December, 2022. Legends, the hospitality company behind the food service at Yankee Stadium and other New York City landmarks, now operates the restaurant. It has committed $3.25 million in capital investment and $250,000 for structural-maintenance improvements to the Boathouse.
Marine Layer, a men’s and women’s clothing store known for casual, comfortable apparel, is moving from 205 Columbus Avenue (between 69th and 70th), to 420 Columbus Ave (between 80th and 81st streets), in the space previously occupied by Rituals, the skin care/cosmetics shop, which closed in May, 2022. The last day at the Columbus location was January 24th, and the goal is for the new location to open in mid-March, the area manager told WSR on a phone call. Marine Layer was founded in 2009 in San Francisco by Mike Natenshon after his girlfriend threw away his favorite “soft” T-shirt, which was worn out. The company strives to sell “absurdly soft” apparel for a “seven-day weekend” lifestyle. Marine Layer has approximately 50 stores nationwide. The first UWS shop opened in 2019, taking over the lease of Kate Spade, the clothing and accessories store. That lease is up and Marine Layer is expanding into the larger space further up on Columbus, the manager told the Rag.
The Starbucks at the corner of West 75th Street and Broadway is closed for renovation and is expected to reopen this fall, according to a sign posted on the storefront. The nearest open locations are at 73rd and Columbus, and 81st and Broadway. Customers can also check the store locator in the Starbucks app.
One Bite Omakase, a sushi restaurant, is opening at 411 Amsterdam Avenue between West 79th and 80th streets. Omakase translates to “I leave it up to you,” which refers to how the sushi chef makes the decisions about what to serve. At One Bite, the set meal will consist of 13 courses for $89 per person, the company posted on Instagram. The chefs leading the restaurant previously worked at Masa and Blue Ribbon, both high-end Japanese restaurants. One Bite is replacing Bardolino Pizza, which closed in March last year.
In case you missed it: Morton Williams Supermarket opened on January 26th on Broadway from West 68th to 69th streets. The grocery store takes up the full block, making it one of the largest markets in the neighborhood. (Click here for our full story about the opening.) CPW, a longstanding women’s clothing boutique at 495 Amsterdam Avenue (84th Street), is closing on January 31st. (Click here for our full story about the closing of CPW.)
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