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Upper West Side: Recipe Roasts Pig in Alley and Neighbors Squeal

UWS restaurant Recipe roasting pig in alley.  Photo: Courtesty Westside Independent.

UWS restaurant Recipe roasting pig in alley. Photo: Courtesy Judy Starr via Westside Independent.

Pig Roasting on a spit in the alley behind your building?  Sound appealing…or ghastly?  Recipe, the New American restaurant at 452 Amsterdam Avenue off of 82nd Street, held a first anniversary celebration for its staff this week—and roasted a pig out back, a manager at the restaurant confirmed to the Westside Independent.

But residents apparently squealed. The smell and the sight of the piggy turning on the spit offended some.  Read more.

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Upper West Side: Pinch & S’Mac, the Pizzza and Mac ‘n Cheese Combo Closes.

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Pinch & S’Mac, the pairing of former East Side pizza restaurant Pinch, and East Village macaroni and cheese eatery S’mac, has closed its doors to make way for an Italian restaurant called Grandma’s. The Italian eatery is slated to replace Pinch & S’Mac at the Columbus Ave. space located between 82nd and 83rd St., reports the Westside Independent.  Read more here.

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Upper West Side: Pio Pio Chicken Chain Sued for Labor Violations

Photo: by stevendepolo via flickr.

Photo: by stevendepolo via flickr.

Pio Pio’s Peruvian chicken is a mainstay at our house.  Want take-in?  We go for their chicken, crispy on the outside, succulent on the inside.

Now, the chain with eight outposts—on the Upper West Side at 702 Amsterdam Ave., in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx—is being sued by nine of its workers for for allegedly running afoul of a number of labor laws.  Read more on Crain’s.

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Upper West Side: Sal & Carmine Shuttered by Health Department

Sal and Carmines Pizza joint closed for health violations

Sal and Carmine pizza joint closed for health violations. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

The Westside Independent reports that neighborhood pizza mainstay, Sal & Carmine on Broadway located between 101st and 102nd streets, has been shut down by the city’s health department. Last summer, Sal, one of the longtime pizza makers, died suddenly last summer, saddening fans of the neighborhood slice stalwart.

The reason for the health department clampdown?

According to the Westside Independent:

The most recent health department inspection from February says the restaurant had evidence of mice, or live mice, and that the toilet facility was not properly maintained, among other violations. We are assuming there was a subsequent health department inspection that didn’t go so well.

Sal & Carmine Pizza
2671 Broadway (between 101st and 102nd)
212 663 7651

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Upper West Side: Tangled Vine Opens, Starbucks Closes, Eighty One Bites the Dust, Roth’s Steakhouse Shutters

Tangled Vine, which opened recently on Amsterdam and 81st is another small plates and wine bar joint. The small plates were fine. In fact, the mushroom fricassee had a nice crunchy richness to it. But like so many places these days, the noise level was deafening.  Every surface in the place–from the tables to the walls–was hard edged; no noise buffer whatsoever. I was dining with a close friend. I may have heard every other word as she screeched to be heard above the din.

Photo: via Roths courtesy Westside Independent.

Photo: via Roths courtesy Westside Independent.

Meanwhile, three neighborhood spots–Starbucks, Eighty One, and Roth’s Steakhouse—have shuttered, according to reports by the West Side Independent.

The Starbucks at 98th and Broadway was a dreary place, but if you were desperate for a shot of java, it offered a convenient option.

Ed Brown’s Eighty-One tried mightily to bring fine dining to the Upper West Side.  But then the recession hit. Ed tried to scale back is offerings, but it wasn’t enough.  Read my interview with Brown on Eighty One and on the state of Upper West Side dining.

Roth’s, at Columbus and 93rd,  apparently plans to open at another location,says the Westside Independent.

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