Open and Shut: Good for Your Brain, Not Your Body

by - April 13, 2010 at 2:14 am -

High-concept restaurants have been shutting down on the Upper West Side, but burgers keep flooding the neighborhood. More diner food is on its way, and our Mexican food options are multiplying. Also, two companies in the television business are opening in the neighborhood. If you pay attention you might even learn something!

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Big Daddy’s
The 80’s-style diner at 2454 Broadway (91st Street) that we told you about last year looks like it’s close to opening, although the company hasn’t revealed the date yet. It was initially supposed to open in January or February. The massive burgers will put your arteries to the test! (Photo by Harriet)

The children’s store is opening a new 3,000 square foot location Wednesday at 350 Amsterdam Avenue between 76th and  77th Streets on the ground floor of The Harrison.

David Ruggerio is expanding his empire, this time opening a Mexican restaurant and bar at 77 West 68th Street. Ruggerio has opened a wide variety of eateries in the area, including Jewish-style deli Lansky’s, Italian donut shop Bomboloni, and Sushi a-go-go. The new restaurant is expected to open in June and serve ceviches, tamales and more, according to documents filed with the community board. The board voted in favor of the restaurant’s liquor license application.

Time Warner Cable
A new Time Warner Cable store is expected to open on 96th Street and Broadway, meaning you won’t have to schlep down to 23rd Street anymore to get a new cable box. The company hasn’t confirmed it to us yet, but our tipster, Ellie, has a good track record.

The public television company, parent of Channel Thirteen and WLIW21, opens a new street-level television studio today right next to Avery Fisher Hall at 66th Street and Broadway.

The Corner
We told you about the restaurant moving into the old Roth’s Westside Steakhouse at the corner of 93rd and Columbus last month, but its name has already changed from Scratch to The Corner (don’t they know that there can only be one “Corner” on the Upper West Side?). It opened on April 1 and is serving New American cuisine.

Cafe Frida
This Mexican place at 768 Amsterdam Avenue (98th Street) actually opened a couple of months ago in the old spot of Argentinian restaurant La Rural. (via Eating in Translation)

Neo Sushi
The sushi restaurant at 2298 Broadway (83rd Street) has closed its doors.

Vietnamese restaurant Barbao at 100 West 82nd Street is done for. Goodbye delicious duck hash.

Corner Cafe and Bakery
The bakery, caterer and restaurant on Broadway between 84th and 85th Streets shut down a few weeks ago.

Jennifer Convertibles
The furniture store on Broadway and 83rd Street had a blowout sale last weekend and closed down. Ashley Furniture may replace it. (MyUpperWest) (our initial article said the store on 89th and Broadway had closed, but it is still open. Thanks to commenter kimdog)

Senor Swanky’s
The Mexican restaurant and Margarita emporium on Amsterdam Avenue between 84th and 85th Street has shuttered and auctioned off its equipment.

Have you noticed a new business on the Upper West Side, or one that’s closed? Let us know!

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  1. kimdog says...

    The Jennifer between 89th and 90th is NOT closed. I passed it three hours ago. It must be the other Jennifer Leather between 83 & 84?