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Chic Italian Restaurant La Pecora Bianca Expands to the Upper East Side

Plus, de Blasio joins the fight to save Grand Prospect Hall from complete demolition — and more intel

Inside an expansive dining room with high white ceilings, and rows of tables and teal chairs against long banquettes.
La Pecora Bianca in Nomad.
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Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

La Pecora Bianca to open fifth NYC location on the UES

Italian restaurant La Pecora Bianca is expanding — again — in Manhattan. According to an East Side Feed report, the restaurant’s ownership has just signed a lease for a new spot at 1562 Second Avenue, at 81st Street, on the Upper East Side. The restaurant is slated to open in early 2022.

The incoming UES space marks La Pecora Bianca’s fifth restaurant in NYC, following locations in Nomad, Midtown East, Bryant Park, and Soho. The chic, all-day restaurants are reliable standbys in their neighborhoods, offering housemade pastas, salads, and a handful of seafood dishes.

East Side Feed notes that the restaurant group is planning an additional expansion on the Upper West Side, which is also slated to open in early 2022.

In other news

— From Brooklyn teens to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Park Slope icon Grand Prospect Hall is gaining a ton of support in the fight against the ongoing demolition of the space.

— Sullivan Street Bakery is vacating its East Village outpost this week.

— Lower East Side destination Economy Candy is throwing a grand reopening party over Labor Day weekend with free in-store chocolate tastings from local favorites like Fine and Raw and Gotham Chocolates, along with daily discounts on food, drinks, and merchandise.

— Rolo’s in Ridgewood has replaced its grocery space with a swanky 12-seat bar room run by general manager and partner Ben Howell and head bartender Tony Milici, according to a restaurant spokesperson. Drinks include a spicy pineapple margarita; an Italian martini; and a rotating rum punch blend. The bar is open from 5 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Sunday, with happy hour deals available until 7 p.m.

— On the Upper East Side, Festival Café is celebrating its one-year anniversary at 7 p.m. today with a ticketed event featuring unlimited cocktails, a DJ, and more. Tickets start at $50 apiece.

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