MANHATTAN – A popular NYC-based Italian restaurant chain is bringing a new fast-casual dining experience to the Upper East Side. Serafina To Go is set to serve up sandwiches, salads, pizzas and prepared foods in an expansive retail space that was previously home to a women’s clothing store.
Construction is already underway at the new Serafina To Go, whose name is expected to change, located near the corner of Third Avenue and East 84th Street, inside the sprawling 4,500 square foot space that formerly occupied by Ann Taylor LOFT.
It’s not clear whether the new restaurant will occupy that entire space, or whether it will be partitioned into a smaller section. Inside the eatery is still very much raw, with a pile of demolition debris visible through the large glass windows of the storefront.
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As for what to expect from the new Upper East Side fast casual restaurant once it opens, there will be twenty tables and you can count on all your Serafina favorites, just faster and more convenient.
“Everyone’s daily life has changed, especially as it relates to working, we wanted to make sure Serafina evolved with our guests, and we could provide them more choice in how they want to enjoy their Serafina favorites,” said Serafina co-founder Vittorio Assaf in an interview with Nation’s Restaurant News.
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“Adapting our brand to a smaller footprint has allowed us to serve these new neighborhoods and we can’t wait to share our signature dishes with new guests, and loyal fans,” Assaf added.
Serving lunch and dinner, on the menu, you will reportedly find favorites like Serafina’s Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti, Ravioli Pomodoro, thin crust pizza, salads and tiramisu. The new Italian restaurant is seeking a permit to serve wine and beer to customers as well.
It’s not yet clear when Serafina To Go will open on the Upper East Side, but we do know it will be one of six new fast casual locations across Manhattan.
Upper East Site reached out to Serafina Restaurant Group for more details, but have not heard back.