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Moves, Closings and New - UWS

nativeNYer Apr 13, 2008 07:22 PM

Kefi is moving to Columbus Avenue between 84 and 85th. The restaurant will take credit cards, reservations and offer catering.

Masala Garden has closed as I had expected.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening a location on Amsterdam near W73 - mid-block. Yeh, I know, it's no great shakes. It always amazes me to see the lines out the door of its new Morningside Heights location.

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  1. biondanonima RE: nativeNYer Apr 13, 2008 07:38 PM

    Any official word on the move date for Kefi? I'm planning to take my parents there on May 8 - I hope it's not closing before then!

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      nativeNYer RE: biondanonima Apr 13, 2008 08:14 PM

      You might want to call or just drop in to ask. I don't believe I noticed a date (or projection) on the sign on their wall.

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        David W RE: biondanonima Apr 15, 2008 07:10 AM

        Bruni had a post back in March that said Kefi is closing at it's current location "late May or early June"...so I think you are safe, but a call couldn't hurt.

      2. floretbroccoli RE: nativeNYer Apr 14, 2008 07:20 AM

        I hear that the new Kefi will be serving lunch, which is very good news indeed.

        1. LNG212 RE: nativeNYer Apr 15, 2008 12:44 PM

          I just passed a new place going in (not quite completed yet) called B. Cafe Belgian Brasserie. It was Amsterdam between 87th & 88th. Does anyone know anything of this place?

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            nativeNYer RE: LNG212 Apr 15, 2008 02:13 PM

            wow. i didn't know about this. looks like they have an UES location. looks interesting. has anyone tried this place?

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              MMRuth RE: nativeNYer Apr 15, 2008 02:16 PM

              I've been there, and did not write up a report (shame on me!). We went for an early dinner after making an open table reservation. We were the first people there, but it filled up quickly. My recollection is that the food was quite good - endive salade, moules, maybe steak frites or steak tartare (I know we ordered extra frites), but it seemed a bit expensive - though we also ordered a lot to drink, if I recall correctly. Someone else posted about a negative experience/attitude from the bartender, but we had very pleasant service from the owner and others.

              Edit - checked the menu - yes, my husband had moules to start, then the berkshire pig dish, which he really liked, I had the endive salade (w/o balsamic) and the steak frites.

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            gloriousfood RE: nativeNYer Apr 15, 2008 02:56 PM

            Has anyone tried the place that opened up on Broadway around 92nd, 93rd streets? I can't quite figure out if it's a Greek restaurant or a diner that serves Greek food as well as regular diner fares. Sorry, I can't recall the name either, just that the exterior is green.

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              nativeNYer RE: gloriousfood Apr 15, 2008 03:15 PM

              i saw that. i think it was a small pizzeria that expanded to an "italian/greek restaurant". hmmm? something with a 'p'. not sure if this is the place to which you are referring.

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                gloriousfood RE: nativeNYer Apr 15, 2008 06:31 PM

                Hmmm...I think you're right that it replaced a pizzeria. That is a tough block or two for restaurants to thrive. I've seen many come and go.

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                  samiam123 RE: gloriousfood Apr 15, 2008 08:00 PM

                  just awful. It is basically the same menu they had as a pizza shop but now double the price.

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                    280 Ninth RE: samiam123 Apr 16, 2008 07:44 AM

                    Had an early dinner there on Sunday before a show at Symphony Space. It wasn't haute cuisine, by any means, but it wasn't bad either, certainly nowhere near awful in my experience. Stuck with Greek cuisine, which was a good decision I think. Well prepared, if modest, and very affordable.

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                      gloriousfood RE: 280 Ninth Apr 16, 2008 08:07 AM

                      Would you classify it as a diner or what? That's what I'm trying to figure out. It certainly looks cheery enough.

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                        280 Ninth RE: gloriousfood Apr 16, 2008 10:27 AM

                        No, not a diner, but not a typical restaurant either. It's a hybrid pizza place and Greek restaurant. It's a good family place, since the kids can dine on pizza while the adults have other choices. My food was well--prepared, and flavorful...not on a par with Ouest, by any means, but for what it was, it was perfectly good.

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                AlwaysUpperWest RE: gloriousfood Apr 16, 2008 02:17 PM

                I've been there a number of times. It's owned byt the guys who own Perfecto Pizza (I told them that having that huge neon sign was ridiculous - glad they took it down.)

                Owners are very friendly - nice place to sit and have a drink at the bar. Food is a bit pricey for Greek and what they offer, but it's tasty. I was there one night recently and saw about 8 people from my building. It's no Kefi, but it's certainly a step up for the neighborhood, and considering all of the "Pan Asian" on Amsterdam, a welcome change! Give it a chance, and support something local.

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                  nativeNYer RE: AlwaysUpperWest Apr 16, 2008 04:42 PM

                  ok. so this is all good news. i will give them a try particularly for their greek food. i am curious about their pizza b/c greek cooks typically make amazing pizza.

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                    gloriousfood RE: AlwaysUpperWest Apr 17, 2008 06:46 AM

                    Thanks, AUW and 280. Your posts are encouraging and I will give this place a try.

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                    Dave O RE: gloriousfood Apr 17, 2008 02:26 PM

                    Its part of Perfecto Pizza, and they recently removed the red neon SuperCuts sign that they changed a few letters around to make up Perfecto. The place is always packed, which seems strange to me because the original small pizza shop was so awful. Not sure why anyone would even give it a try since their prices are so high.

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