An over-the-top Israeli gelato maker is headed uptown for its first U.S. location
One of Israel’s most popular gelato and yogurt makers is planning to open its first U.S. outpost on the Upper East Side this spring. Among other things, Anita Gelato is known for serving an incredibly Instagrammable gelato, served out of a display case that might remind New Yorkers of those sweet cream cheese flavors that are topped with syrups, cookies, and nuts at Manhattan bagel shops. The hand-made gelato maker, which will also offers yogurt, waffles, and homemade toppings, is planning to open this April at 1561 Second Avenue, at East 81st Street.
Anita Gelato was started as a small Tel Aviv storefront by Nir and Adi Avital, and their mother, Anita, in 2002. Close to 20 years later, the gelato mini-chain now has seven locations globally, four in Tel Aviv and another three in Sydney, Australia. Anita’s storefront on East 81st is the gelato maker’s first location in the U.S. and for the occasion the owners are planning to bring their best sellers from abroad, like tiramisu, popcorn with honey, and something called the Cookieman, a decadent gelato made from hazelnut, meringue, caramel, mascarpone, and Campari. The gelato maker claims that the Upper East Side location will have 150 different flavors in total, including a few originals to be announced closer to opening.
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— Norm’s Pizza, the younger sibling to popular Midtown slice shop Upside Pizza, is adding plain and pepperoni Sicilian pies to their menu. Like Upside, Norm’s has a tight menu of classic slices made from house-milled flour and sourdough starter.
— A new festival celebrating one of Mexico’s most beloved dishes, pozole, will take place in Williamsburg this Saturday. The all-day event, called Bowl of ’Zole, will feature eleven regional variations on the hominy-based soup.
— Homer Murray, son of Bill Murray and owner of Brooklyn restaurant 21 Greenpoint, will appear in a short-form documentary series about late-night eating and drinking called “Midnight Snacks.”
— Taco Bell has inked deals for two new locations in Midtown East and the Upper East side as part of its ongoing quest to open 50 locations in the five boroughs by 2022. The restaurants will open on May 1.
— Maybe stay away from that viral potato chip dish at Ernesto’s.