How are those budding UES wine bars coming along, you ask? Well:
1) Last time we checked in on Bar Vepsa there wasn’t much to show — and now look at it! It sits at 1609 2nd Ave., in all its unabated red glory. Yes, it’s very, very red…and that’s quite a font they’ve got going on…and now I’ll always know what time it is when I’m on 2nd. And it would appear they’re ahead of the “probably next year” opening we were told back in early August.
2) Enoteca Di Leonardo, a new wine bar on 2nd Ave., between 81st and 82nd, kept good on its promise to “open soon” when it was unveiled last Friday. A peek inside after the jump.
UES Wine Bar Trend Continues [78thand2nd]
The (Almost) UES Wine Bar Trend [78thand2nd]
Pushing the UES wine bar trend forward is Enoteca Di Leonardo, which is “coming soon” according to the sign outside of the 2nd Ave spot (between 81st and 82nd) pictured above. The bar seems to be attached to Leonardo da Vinco Restorante, the Italian restaurant to the left, which was closed for four days but was scheduled to be back open Thursday (it wasn’t). A peak inside reveals Leonardo’s tables stacked and overturned, things are a little chaotic. Facelift going on? What up?
The (Almost) UES Wine Bar Trend [78thand2nd]
More pics after the jump.
We’re getting to close to revealing our all-inclusive, neighborhood-wide, ‘Best Bars Poll’ – but you still have time to weigh-in with your thoughts. Shoot us an email or hit the comments section here, and lets hear your picks for the UES’s best bars and worst bars, the biggest dives, hottest bartenders, worst bouncers, biggest loser hangouts, best for (fill in your favorite team) fans, best places for buy backs – and whatever else comes to mind.
We’ve been collecting opinions for a few weeks now, so here’s a little glimpse at some early favs: Blondie’s is making a strong case in the “Best Place To Watch A Game” category and, sorry American Trash, but you’re nearly an unanimous vote for “Worst Bar Ever.”
Best Bars on the Upper East Side? [78thand2nd]
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It’s sllloooow in the news department today – perfect time to work in some sidewalk cafe news! Two have been unveiled recently. The first is part of pop star Justin Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality (on 2nd between 76th and 77th), which is bringing sidewalk back with its ‘lil cafe area. The spot unveiled the sidewalk digs a few days after opening. It’s lately been catering to a lot of people who drive Range Rovers with New Jersey plates, and lots and lots of tourists.
Sidewalk cafe number two, which was added when the interior of the spot got an overhaul a few weeks back, is from Ship of Fools (on 2nd between 82nd and 83rd). They re-did the front part of the bar, removed two booths by the door which opened the place up a bit. The pic above is of their spiffy new outdoor cafe.
And just when it seemed like there was no other exciting sidewalk cafe news to be found, this rolled in: Sushi Hana (on 78th and 2nd) and Green Kitchen (on 1st at 77th) recently applied for sidewalk cafe permits with Community Board 8, which make recommendations to the city about who should and should not get permits for a sidewalk cafes, among other things.
Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality Opens…Kind Of
Justin Timberlake Sets Up Shop On The Upper East Side
My stint hanging out as a guest blogger with New York City real estate blog Curbed ended on Friday — thanks to the Curbed guys for having me and making it a great experience.
The comments my posts received were among the week’s highlights for me — some were intelligent and interesting, some were from some seemingly disturbed folks — below are a few worth checking out:
Where’s Chou: Demo For 78th and 1st?
Bike-Path War: 91st vs. 89th
Second Avenue Subway Scene: Phase I of Phase I Complete
There are some others as well – the full list of posts I took part in is here.
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Being a big fan of the NY real estate blog Curbed I jumped at the invitation to sit in and guest blog with them for a week — and that week is here. Updates to 78thand2nd for the next 5 days will most likely consist of many links to the Curbed stories i take part in, as well as some additional, stand alone posts here.
So, as always, please hit me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any UES neighborhood tips (and for this week any REAL ESTATE or general NY tips).
And check out Curbed.
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Actress Renee Zellweger has shelled out $2.2 million for a condo on 82nd [Bergproperties]
Are restaurant chains killing the authentic NY neighborhood cuisine? [NY Press]
With that question in mind, is anyone besides me still hoping for an In N Out debut in the area? [Cory H, via Eater]
Best bars on the Upper East Side? We know you have an opinion [78thand2nd poll]
Have your pet fixed…in a car [NY1]
Little drunk driving, little car chase with the cops, little crash into an Italian restaurant [NY Post]
2nd Ave Subway construction make for great fun in the East 90s [Curbed]
Sit-down with Gossip Girl creator (it’s a show debuting in the fall about privileged teenagers from the UES) [Popgurls]