I know I said I wasn’t going to write about the Upper West Side anymore. OK, go ahead and call me a liar. Above 96th Street, there’s a lot of action. 16 Handles is opening soon and Westside Market may finally greet its first food shoppers next month.
Here’s some food news you’ll want to know:
- 16 Handles, the make-your-own-yogurt-mishmash outfit, is opening its newest shop at 2600 Braodway between 98th and 99th Street March 2, according to a worker inside the partially completed interior build-out. They’re going to have a new machine that mixes together different yogurts into one treat. The story of the chain’s expansion uptown was originally broken by the Westside Rag.
- Local merchants say Westside Market, which was suppose to open in January, is now slated to start selling groceries in March. The longtime UWS grocer is going into the former Duane Reade space at 2589 Broadway, between 97th & 98th.
- The gentleman who sits behind the counter at Westside Stationers on Broadway at the corner of 99th Street was eating an orange sprinkled with chat masala when I walked in. His daughter-in-law had brought him a plate of fruit sprinkled with the traditional Indian spice mixture. Why not just eat the orange au naturel? I asked him. “I said to her ‘put something on it to make it more interesting,” he replied, popping a slice into his mouth.