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People are Tired of Zabar’s, says Gastronomie 491 Owner

Gastronomie 49, opening day, March 21, 2011. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

Just-opened Upper West Side food specialty shop Gastronomie 491 owner Nicole Ahronee says, “People are tired of going to Zabar’s,” and that they’re eager for an alternative to the 70-plus-year old food emporium. Gastronomie 491, an upscale eat-in and take-out place, is just a few short blocks away from Zabar’s, which is on Broadway at 80th Street.

“They’re so grateful…having this in the neighborhood,” the auburn-haired owner said on opening day of locals’ reactions to the food, cheese and desserts market that opened March 21 at Columbus and 84th Street.

When asked to respond to Ahronee’s contention that people are tiring of Zabar’s, the owners, Stanley and Saul Zabar, said through a spokesman, that people should “see our Facebook page, and our blog, which reveal that Zabar’s is, and continues to be, greatly appreciated by our customers.”

On the night that Gastronomie 491 opened its doors to customers, a steady stream of curious locals trekked in and out. A few were buying. Most were food tourists eying the artfully displayed fresh vegetables and prepared foods like cauliflower au gratin with olives.

“I know the neighborhood,” Ahronee said as she stood in the front of the shop greeting neighbors and friends offering good wishes and gifts of potted plants. “I can feel the energy.”


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Cupcakes: Baked By Melissa to Open on Upper West Side

Crains reports that mini-cupcake maker Baked by Melissa is opening an outpost on the Upper West Side. Yelpers give the bite-sized treats a generally solid rating.

The shop is slated to open at 2325 Broadway at 83rd Street. It’s the company’s fifth shop in Manhattan.

Cupcakes by Baked by Melissa.

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Upper West Side: Gluten-Free Store, G-Free NYC, to Open April 20

G-Free NYC gluten free store opens on UWS April 20. Photo by Margaret Magnarelli.

Celiacs and gluten-intolerant folks rejoice! G-Free NYC, a shop selling gluten free products, will open April 20, according to the company’s web site and reports by DNA Info and My Upperwest.

The shop will be located on 85th Street between Columbus and Central Park West. Featured will be products ranging from pasta and chips to frozen foods to fresh baked rugelach, vegan apple crumb pie and of course, cupcakes.

“We’ve all tried one too many products that taste like cardboard or have the texture of sand,” says the store’s web site, which aims to provide tasty fare.

It’s the first store in Manhattan devoted entirely to gluten-free foods. Delivery is promised soon.

G-Free NYC
77A W. 85th Street
New York, NY 10024 |
646 781 9770

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Upper West Side: New Greek Food Store Opens on Amsterdam Avenue

Anthis Greek Food, Amsterdam Ave., NY. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

A new store, serving traditional and newfangled Greek foods, has just opened up on Amsterdam Avenue.

Named Anthis, after the owner’s daughter, the shop serves old comfort food standbys like spinach pie, Greek salad, and Pastitsio.

But it also features new takes on old Greek favorites.

If you like traditional Greek yogurt with walnuts and honey, you’ll love Anthis’ impossibly rich yogurt with pecans ($4.00 for 9 ounces).There’s also yogurt with almonds and cranberry, and one flavored with mango. All varieties come in full and reduced fat versions, says owner Paul Likitsakos, whose family owns a couple of Greek food shops on the Upper East Side.

The yogurt is homemade. “My family makes it,” says Likitsakos, who also sells it occasionally as well as other Greek treats at the Green Flea on Columbus Avenue between 76th and 77th streets.

Pastries like baklava are imported from Astoria.

“I’ve done research for years” on who in Astoria makes the best pastries, says Liktsakos.

What’s selling well? Spinach pie and the yogurt.

The shop opened just before the summer exodus out of town.  “July was good and August was OK, but now things are picking up,” said Likitsakos.

Anthis Greek Food
614 A Amsterdam Ave. (betwn. 89 and 90th streets)
New York, NY 10025
212 787 1007
No website or deliveries yet.

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Trader Joe’s Upper West Side Taking Job Applications

Here’s a photo that offers living proof that Trader Joe’s will almost certainly be opening soon. Want a job? They’re taking employment applications in a loading area on 72nd Street, or at least they were a couple of days ago.

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Photo: Laura B. Weiss

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