Open and Shut: Hello Robert and 999, Goodbye Tavern

by - January 4, 2010 at 1:13 am -

The new year is upon us and a few new restaurants are helping Upper West Siders usher it in. But the closing of an iconic eatery overshadows the openings this week, as Tavern on the Green has gone dark.

Robert Restaurant
The Museum of Art and Design in Columbus Circle now has a new restaurant — and a particularly artsy one at that. The Roberts Restaurant is on the 9th floor of the museum, and you can sit by the windows and overlook Central Park, or eat while lounging on sofas. The place even has tea service from 3 to 5 p.m. Check out some pictures here.

P.D. O’Hurley’s
The popular bar on 72nd Street between Broadway and Columbus has opened a second spot nearby, on the south side of 72nd between Broadway and West End Avenue.

A new lounge has opened in the former spot of La Negrita at 999 Columbus near 109th street. It’s run by the owners of the A cafe at 108th and Columbus. They’re expecting to serve British pub food there soon.

Gina La Fornarina
After months of anticipation, the Italian restaurant at the corner of 73rd Street and Amsterdam has opened. Its breads and baked dishes look mouth-watering (though the one review at Yelp is “mixed” at best). That block is now looking like a pretty serious culinary destination. Just try to walk by this place, Salumeria Rosi next door, and Jacques Torres two doors down without stepping inside.

Pure Yoga
The yoga chain straight out of Hong Kong has opened a branch at 77th street and Amsterdam. New York magazine says the East Side spot has the best beginner yoga classes around. (via MyUpperWest)

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Tavern on the Green
The famous restaurant at 67th Street just inside Central Park closed indefinitely on Jan. 1. The doors are padlocked and the fixtures are for sale.

I’m sure we missed something. If you’ve seen a business that recently opened or closed let us know and send us a picture if you can!

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