Open and Shut: New Stuff Just in Time for Summer

by - June 7, 2010 at 1:59 am -

If you’ve ever wondered what a dark chocolate chili martini tastes like, you can now satisfy your curiosity. In fact, lots of new restaurants and stores will give Upper West Siders a new perspective on their neighborhood. But just like that dark chocolate martini, this Open and Shut is bittersweet, as some well-loved neighborhood spots are closing.

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A new tapas place has opened in the former home of Luzia’s at 429 Amsterdam Avenue between 80th and 81st Streets, serving exciting dishes like artichoke carpaccio with salmon roe, and dark chocolate chili martinis. (image via Grubstreet)

Arpeggio Outdoors
Lincoln Center opened an outdoor cafe that will be serving food and drinks in the centrally located Josie Robertson Plaza through July 30. Check out our write-up here.

Burberry Brit
The British have invaded, setting up shop right next to the Ugg shop on Columbus between 67th and 68th Streets.

Atlantic Grill Lincoln Center
A new seafood restaurant run by B.R. Guest Restaurants will be opening up in late August in the spot that O’Neal’s is vacating (see below) at 64th Street near Broadway.

Greenstones, a kids’ clothing store on Columbus between 81st and 82nd Street is moving down the block, and soon it will open a companion Italian shoe store next door called Naturino. (thanks to tipster Glark)

Big Daddy’s
As we told you earlier, the 80’s style diner is open and serving on 91st Street and Broadway.

Ditch Plains
The West Village fish shack is planning to expand into BarBao’s old space at 100 West 82nd Street by September.

Ollie’s To Go
The noodle shop is opening a new takeout spot on Broadway between 89th and 90th Streets.

David Rubenstein Atrium
Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets is temporarily closed for construction, meaning no free Thursday concerts and no ‘wichcraft for a few weeks. It will reopen on July 19. Click here to find out where at Lincoln Center to get discounted tickets and tours in the meantime. (My Upper West)

The popular bar and restaurant for theatergoers and other Upper West Siders on 64th Street off of Broadway is closing its doors this month to make way for the Atlantic Grill. In a letter to customers, owner Michael O’Neal said the company incurred too much debt during its last renovation. “So rather than further increasing our debt we have made the painful and heart wrenching decision to close.”

Tibet Bazaar
The Tibetan craft store on Amsterdam Avenue between 82nd and 83rd Streets is closing up in July after the owner decided to return home to Nepal. It had been open since 1992. (special thanks to Kate for the tip and photo.)

Did you notice a new business, or see one that’s closing? Let us know! Check out our previous Open and Shut columns.

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