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April marked a busy month for Upper East Side businesses, with a slate of new restaurants and the closure of two neighborhood fixtures | Envato Elements

April’s Openings & Closings on the UES 🆓

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April marked a busy month for Upper East Side businesses with a slate of new restaurants and a beloved market’s expansion, while the neighborhood said goodbye to two fixtures of its dining scene that have spent decades serving customers. 

Upper East Site has a breakdown of what’s open, what’s closed, what’s coming and whose future is now uncertain:

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Now Open

Butterfield Market

1114 Lexington Avenue on the corner of East 78th Street

A long wooden storefront and purple awning
Butterfield Market has been located at 1114 Lexington Avenue between East 77th and 78th Streets for 109 years | Upper East Site

Introducing a new Caffè Panna flavor and adding to its popular prepared food selection, Upper East Side favorite Butterfield Market unveiled its newly expanded store featuring a dedicated sushi station with rolls made fresh before your eyes and a tasty chef’s table serving a different entreé daily.

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Playa Bowls

1248 Lexington Avenue between East 84th and 85th Streets

Photo shows a silver storefront with floor to ceiling windows and a sign reading 'PLAYA BOWLS.'
Playa Bowls is set to give the Upper East Side a double dose of summer flavor when its second neighborhood shop opens Tuesday | Upper East Site

Bringing a taste of the tropics to Carnegie Hill, smoothie and açaí bowl purveyor Playa Bowls opened its second Upper East Side outpost, prominently featuring its kosher certification hanging in the window. 

BurgerFi

1571 Second Avenue between East 81st and 82nd Streets

Longtime Upper East Side cheeseburger purveyor BurgerFi is making a return to the neighborhood after a two-year hiatus | BurgerFi
BurgerFi is located at 1571 Second Avenue between East 81st and 82nd Streets | BurgerFi

Returning to its old Upper East Side stomping grounds with a bang after a two-year hiatus, BurgerFi unveiled its new menu and updated Better Burger Lab concept to excited customers longing for their perfectly grilled patties.

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Buffalo Wild Wings GO

1258 Lexington Avenue near the corner of East 85th Street

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Buffalo Wild Wings GO is located at 1258 Lexington Avenue near the corner of East 85th Street | Upper East Site

Turning up the heat on the Upper East Side, Buffalo Wild Wings GO brought the same great taste the company is known for in a slimmed-down takeout and delivery-focused concept, serving its 29 sauces without the usual sports bar attached.

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Dear Coffee

1246 Lexington Avenue on the corner of East 84th Street

Photo shows a storefront with floor to ceiling windows and a wheelchair accessible ramp in front.
Dear Coffee is located at 1246 Lexington Avenue on the corner of East 84th Street | Upper East Site

Taking over the space once belonging to bone broth purveyor Brodo, Dear Coffee hopes to fill your cup with some joe, bringing a calming ambiance, flavorful brews and light pastries to the corner.

abcV at The Mark

25 East 77th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues

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The Mark’s Madison Avenue dining shed serves as home to abcV | Upper East Site

Plant-forward and health-conscious, the iconic vegetarian restaurant abcV opened a pop-up presence at The Mark Hotel on the Upper East Side, but be warned, the scaled-down menu is only available in the dining shed on Madison Avenue.

Burp Bowl Cafe

1812 Second Avenue between East 93rd and 94th Streets

Three storefronts in a row, in the middle, one with a red awning a white writing is Burp Bowl Cafe
Burp Bowl Cafe opened its second location at 1812 Second Avenue between East 93rd and 94th Streets | Upper East Site

Offering bold spice and handmade rice noodles, authentic Chinese fast casual and takeout restaurant Burp Bowl Cafe opened its first uptown location in Yorkville, introducing its high quality, affordable and quickly prepared eats to a whole new audience.

Coming Soon

Bar Vivent 

164 East 88th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues

Photo shows a black storefront with construction underway inside.
Bar Vivent is under construction at 164 East 88th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues | Upper East Site

A quiet, sophisticated wine bar with select appetizers, Bar Vivent plans to open on a quiet block in Yorkville. No timeline has been released, but with construction underway, the plans have already ruffled the feathers of neighbors.

Angelina Bakery

1649 Third Avenue between East 92nd and 93rd Streets

Photo shows a storefront under construction with a large banner featuring a rendering of a finished storefront on it.
Angelina Bakery is under construction at 1649 Third Avenue between East 92nd and 93rd Streets | Upper East Site

Not to be confused with Angelina Paris on Lexington Avenue, this Italian sweet shop is expanding to the Upper East Side with a new Yorkville location planned to open next to La Voglia this summer.

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Keuka Wine Bar & Kitchen

435 East 86th Street between First and York Avenues

Under street scaffolding sits an empty restaurant space with a dark blue awning
Keuka Wine Bar & Kitchen will open in the long-vacant space at 435 East 86th Street between York and First Avenues | Upper East Site

Coming to Yorkville this fall, Keuka Wine Bar & Kitchen will bring wines from New York’s Finger Lakes region and sustainably sourced ingredients to an intimate and inviting restaurant in a long-vacant Upper East Side space.

Tramway Restaurant

1079 First Avenue on the corner of East 59th Street

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Tramway Restaurant will open at 1079 First Avenue on the corner of East 59th Street | Upper East Site

Adding an American-style diner to his takeover of the southeastern edge of the Upper East Side, longtime restaurateur and owner of George Southern Greek and Ritz Diner George Kalogerakos is opening Tramway Restaurant in Lenox Hill next month, replacing Under the Bridge which shuttered permanently in January.

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Rafael

973 Lexington Avenue between East 70th and 71st Streets

Photo shows a grey two-story restaurant's storefront with rounded windows on the second floor.
Rafael will open at 973 Lexington Avenue between East 70th and 71st Streets | Upper East Site

Few details have been made public about Rafael, a new restaurant coming to Lenox Hill. Backyard patio and sidewalk seating with be available, and no timeline has been announced. 

Warby Parker

1187 Third Avenue on the corner of East 69th Street

Photo shows a vacant two story storefront with window coverings advertising the space is for rent.
Warby Parker’s new Upper East Side store will be located at 1187 Third Avenue on the corner of East 69th Street | Upper East Site

The trendy eyewear chain is bringing its design prowess and customer-focused approach to Lenox Hill with its second Upper East Side location. 

CityPickle at Wollman Rink

Wollman Rink, Central Park

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Fourteen newly resurfaced professional pickleball courts are returning to Central Park’s Wollman Rink next month | Upper East Site

Upper East Siders will soon be having fun in the sun as CityPickle’s 14 newly resurfaced pickleball courts return to Wollman Rink on Wednesday, May 1st. Just don’t forget to make a reseration for yourself and friends ahead of time.

Closed

Mini Deli

1266 Second Avenue between East 66th and 67th Street

A deli storefront with a dark green awning and two small white tables and four chairs on the sidewalk
A Lenox Hill landmark since 1978, Mini Deli closed after 46 years serving the neighborhood | Upper East Site

After 46 years of dutifully serving Lenox Hill, Mini Deli, selling authentic Italian sandwiches, espresso and select groceries since 1978, closed last week amid a post-pandemic downturn. Longtime owner Pino Cinquemani told Upper East Site he blamed the changing neighborhood.

Charley Mom

1491 First Avenue near the corner of East 83rd Street

Photo shows an angled view of a storefront with a green awning reading 'CHARLEY MOM' and floor to ceiling windows covered with brown paper.
Charley Mom was located at 1580 York Ave near the corner of East 83rd Street | Upper East Site

More than 35 years after opening on the Upper East Side, popular Yorkville family-owned Chinese restaurant Charley Mom abruptly shut its doors without explanation, leaving its customers, some having frequented the eatery for decades, wondering why.

Future Uncertain

Capriotti’s 

1711 Second Avenue between East 88th and 89th Streets

Photo shows a black restaurant with a red door.
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop is located at 1711 Second Avenue between East 88th and 89th Streets | Upper East Site

Currently facing an eviction lawsuit brought by its landlord, the popular sandwich chain’s Upper East Side franchisee is accused of not paying its $9,017.65 per month rent since last year, according to court documents reviewed by Upper East Site. 

Capriotti’s did not respond to our request for comment.

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