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A Coffee Shop Run by a Robot Barista Expands to Manhattan

Plus, slice shop Upside adds a soup spot — and more intel

A two-armed robotic barista sits motionless on a counter of a Greenpoint coffee shop, Botbar.
The robot barista running Greenpoint’s ominous coffee shop Botbar has expanded to Manhattan.
Emma Orlow/Eater NY

Another location of Botbar, the robot-run coffee shop, has opened in New York, this time in Manhattan. The latest has been installed inside a Midtown location of Sanmiwago, the Taiwanese dumpling shop, at 1695 Broadway, near West 53rd Street. The soulless Botbar Coffee opened in Greenpoint in May 2023, bringing with it a two-armed robot barista named Adam who ultimately still requires some human oversight. The owner of the Greenpoint coffee shop, Sunny Lam, says they are not involved with the expansion to Midtown; however, the new outpost uses the same Richtech Robotics-branded robot. Eater has reached out to Botbar for more information.

Soho has a new soup spot for winter

Upside, the slice shop with several locations around the city, is flipping its adjoining Soho soft serve shop, Softside, into Soupside for the winter. Lailee Taghdisi (alum of Sweetgreen and Dig) has teamed up with the pizzeria to help transform the storefront. Soupside launched on November 24, with soups such as potato leek, tomato, and minestrone. It will remain that way until April, and throughout that time will host various rotating chefs — like Andy Baraghani — with proceeds going to the pop-up’s charity of choice.

The East Village has a new ceviche spot

Don Ceviche, a Peruvian ceviche stand inside of the Essex Market, has opened the doors on a follow-up East Village location. A standalone Don Ceviche now sits at 57 First Avenue, at East Fourth Street.

There’s a new exhibit about dim sum

Welcome to Chinatown is hosting an art show about dim sum at the community organization’s new hub. The exhibit will showcase various art mediums, exploring “the evolution of dim sum restaurants through various pivotal eras as Chinese Americans take charge to shape their own narratives and identities.” It runs on December 2 and 3 at 115 Bowery, near Grand Street, in Chinatown.