The Upper West Side dining scene is about to see a lot of fresh eating, with new restaurants from a Dovetail alum and the Maison Pickle team planned for later this year.
Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co., a new venture from Jacob Hadigeorgis of neighborhood favorites Jacob’s Pickles and Maison Pickle is set to open in March at 513 Amsterdam Ave. and West 85th Street. It will feature a short menu of dumplings, like the shrimp pillow dumplings on the menu at Maison Pickle, and soft-serve for dessert. The restaurant will be highlighted at the 11th annual Taste of the Upper West Side.
In July, Nick Pfannerstill — who was previously at Michelin-starred Dovetail — will open Nobody Told Me at 951 Amsterdam Ave., near West 107th Street. West Side Rag reports that the new restaurant generated buzz among board members at a Community Board 7 committee for liquor licenses. Pfannerstill described the restaurant as “fast cuisine.”
And as previously reported by Eater NY, Tom Valenti is also hitting the UWS with a new restaurant. Valenti’s Oxbow Tavern is set to take over the space formerly occupied by French bistro Cafe Tallulah at 240 Columbus Ave., between West 71st and 72nd streets.
Also getting previews at the Taste of the Upper West Side event, Harlem bakery Make My Cake is moving to UWS after closing its 22-year-old shop in Harlem due to rising rents. Make My Cake is scheduled to open in June at 805 Columbus Ave., near West 100th Street. Elea — from Joe Ragonese, formerly of shuttered Long Island restaurant Kenta in Melville — is also set to open in June at 213 West 85th St., between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. And Twin Palms from chef Ryan Turner of Burke & Wills is set to open the same month at 200 West 84th St., near Amsterdam Avenue.
According to West Side Rag, the Cibo E Vino and Marlow Bistro owners are opening a yet-to-be-named restaurant at 1012 Amsterdam Ave., between West 109th and 110th streets, as well. Thai restaurant Ruadee is opening at 307 Amsterdam Ave. The 60-seat Ruadee is slated to open in April. Akimoto Sushi Inc. is opening a sushi joint at 146 West 72nd St., between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues. There is also an Akimoto Sushi in Tribeca. And serving small plates and only open for lunch, Owl Café is opening at 215 West 75th St., near Broadway.
And it wouldn’t be a restaurant proliferation without a poke expansion. Pokebab in Williamsburg is opening a new location at 2047A Broadway, between West 70th and 71st streets next week. The space formerly housed Maoz.
The neighborhood has experienced several closures recently, including the long-running Big Nick’s Burger & Pizza Joint Too, seafood restaurant Ed’s Chowder House, and the 11-year-old South Indian restaurant Hampton Chutney.