We haven’t been in a while ~ a long while. But then, we haven’t been anywhere in quite a long while because of COVID-19. So it was today, with a heavy heart, that we read that the beloved Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop, which opened in the heart of Ladies Mile in 1929, closed its doors.
This has been a difficult year for small businesses. With the no-indoor-dining rule still in effect, Mom & Pop restaurants, with none of the financial reserves of the big guys, have had to be creative. With the Metropolitan Museum of Art opening soon, we thought it a great time to visit the oldest family owned luncheonette in New York City, right around the corner from the Museum.
Oh, how we love when friends come to visit. It’s our chance to act like a tourist and see the sites through fresh eyes. At the top of our list ~ Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where the show never stops ~ until now.
Closed due to COVID-19, this popular institution owed over $600,000 in back rent, and if not paid by August 7th, the stardust will fall & the curtain will close for good. But today, we heard great news ~ Ellen’s Stardust Diner will reopen its doors on Thursday, October 1, 2020 ~ with outdoor dining!
“We are excited to open our doors again and welcome back New Yorkers and tourists to Times Square,” said Scott Barbarino, Artistic Director at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. “Stardust has been a New York City institution for more than 30 years and our hope is that everyone will still be able to enjoy a bit of Broadway with our singing wait staff in this interim before nearby theatres will be able to reopen as well.”
Ellen’s will be operating under a reduced capacity and will be implementing enhanced measures in accordance with guidance issued by federal, state and local authorities to ensure a safe, socially distant experience for all, with a “reservations only” policy through Yelp, six days a week from 11:30am to 9:30pm, with service expected to expand to include breakfast served during early morning hours once hotel occupancy increases in NYC. Additionally, the singing wait staff will be wearing face shields and will be significantly distanced from patrons while performing.
Come along inside during our visits over the years.
California Chef Russell Jackson has opened a fine dining restaurant, Reverence Harlem, in the historic Strivers Row District, close to where he has been living, on 138th Street ~ and Reservations are now Live!
The much anticipated renovation of Settepani Harlem is complete, with a soft opening that packed the tables. The new concept has all the bells and whistles from their signature breads and gorgeous deserts to salads, pizza and panini’s ~ along with a full bar.
The artists Ektoras Binikos and Simon Jutras have merged their diverse artistic styles to create a sophisticated new mixology cocktail bar, located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard’s Restaurant Row in Harlem ~ a homage to the Uptown Speakeasies and salons of Harlem’s historic past ~ Sugar Monk.
The much anticipated opening of the gourmet bistro, Amuse Bouche in La Marqueta is finally here! The expansion of the popular caterer will be open from Thursday through Sunday, with a wide selection of tempting treats, fresh baked goods, sumptuous prepared meals, and finely brewed coffees and teas.
We were delighted to read about the opening of Chef Pierre Thiam’s Senegalese restaurant, Teranga, at The Africa Center.. Not because of a lack of African restaurants in Harlem, but because it’s a sure signal that movement is afoot, with the Museum opening set for February 9, 2019. Check out their menu here. along with the December, 2020 news of Teranga opening in Downtown Brooklyn at Dekalb Market Hall!