Happy Tuesday. Did you see the Super Pink Moon last night?
We got great feedback yesterday on the feature on the new popup lunchtime restaurant, Mikey Pomodoro. Some readers asked if we had a list of what has opened during the pandemic. Here’s a starter of those that we have featured — but please tell us who we have missed and we will compile a page for the website. It will be a real help to those visitors returning to New York (and Hell’s Kitchen).
In August we told the story of Dionne Figgins taking over Couture du Jour. September saw the arrival of Olde Good Things vintage furniture and reclamation store on W52nd Street. Back in November, we featured Jasmine’s Caribbean Kitchen opening up on Restaurant Row. December saw Italian restaurateurs bring the Longo Bros name back to 9th Avenue. Last month we went to the opening of Seguidilla Empanadas on W51st Street. Earlier in April, we reported on how entrepreneur (and mountain climber) Neil Hershman had opened a location for 16 Handles — while at Columbus Circle, Magnolia Bakery had brought sweetness to the neighborhood.
We reported on a mother and her two daughters who launched a Peruvian ghost kitchen, Qoyas — and Maria Ortiz mentioned in her West Side Story another Peruvian restaurant, Kausa, that’s just arrived on 9th Avenue. Tracey Kleinman Berglund praised new omakasa sushi place, Ikebana-Zen, in her West Side Story. One of the few new bars is Dolly Varden — and we love their new outdoor rail carriage!
We are sure there are many more. Hit reply and tell us. One of the most loved new arrivals has been Grind Coffee Shop at 9th Avenue and W43rd Street. We featured them in our Instagram feed at the start of spring.
What we’ve been reading
So, what does a Comptroller do? Read on to find out… (City & State)
Nathan’s is offering a plant-based dog option. (New York Times)
Everything you ever need to know about NY recycling (or that’s what it says on the label!). (Recycle Right)
Is Instagram a more attractive place for chefs than a restaurant kitchen? (Eater)
Take a history walk along W44th Street… (Forgotten NY)
Ephemeral New York has unearthed this 1883 “View of Forty-Third Street West of Ninth Avenue” by Louis Maurer. This would have been the scene 138 years ago if you stepped out from Manhattan Plaza. For reference, Grind Coffee Shop is being obscured by the guy emptying his ashcan.