70-Year-Old Upper West Side Emerald Inn Finds Second Life; Relocating To West 72nd

UPDATE 5/7: Emerald Inn Targeting June 1st For 72nd Street Opening Wrote back in February that Emerald Inn — an Upper West Side fixture since 1943 — was facing closure due to a massive rent increase. It now looks like the UWS institution has found a second life and will relocate from 205 Columbus (between [...]

UWS Openings & Closings: Dakota Bar, Papasito Mexican Grill & Agave Bar, P.D. O’Hurley’s

I little late with tonight’s “Openings & Closings” due to earlier reports of an explosion that turned out to be related to fireworks. The corner space at 53 W. 72nd (at Columbus) has been vacant ever since Indian restaurant Earten Oven closed in August 2011. In October 2011 it was reported that Jennifer Klein, a [...]

UWS Openings & Closings: Legend, RedFarm, The Purple Fig

Posted last month that Rack & Soul closed shop at 258 W. 109th (near Broadway) after six years. A new restaurant has already taken over the space and it’s pretty big news (at least in terms of restaurant openings): An outpost of Chelsea’s highly regarded Legend Chinese restaurant opened its doors this weekend. Upper West [...]

The Purple Fig Experiment Ends; UWS Restaurant Reverts Back To P.D. O’Hurley’s

November saw the end of two mediocre sagas: The Twilight Saga and the saga of The Purple Fig. The much maligned restaurant at 250 W. 72nd (between Broadway & West End) recently closed and has been replaced by its predecessor, the reincarnated P.D. O’Hurley’s.

UWS Openings: The Purple Fig, Kosher Burger Bar, Center Bar

Had a slew of posts last month about the ongoing saga (Are they open? Are they closed?) at The Purple Fig (250 W. 72nd). If you lost track of things, they reopened in late-September with a new menu. Apparently they also have new management (thanks to @ManhattanMingle for the photo).

UWS Openings & Closings: Second Time Around, The Purple Fig, Lansky’s, Yapple, C. Wonder

  It’s been almost a year since upscale consignment shop Second Time Around opened their first UWS store at 2624 Broadway (between 99th & 100th) last October. They’re now opening a second location a little further south in the neighborhood.

UWS Openings, Temporary Openings & Closings: Harry’s Shoes, Halloween City, The Purple Fig

Posted back in May that Harry’s Shoes (2299 Broadway, between 82nd/83rd) would be expanding its store by taking over the space next door neighbor Talbot’s had vacated. The new combined space opened earlier this month and I recently had a chance to stop by and check it out. They’ve done an outstanding job with the [...]

The Purple Fig Closed By Health Department For Operating Without A Permit

The ongoing saga at The Purple Fig continues: Yesterday, the restaurant was ordered closed by the Department of Health for operating without a permit.

UWS Openings & “Not Closings”: The Purple Fig, 7-Eleven, Variazioni

I’ve spent the past three days speculating that The Purple Fig had closed for good (here, here & here). It turned out to be as unproductive as speculation usually is… Looks like Purple Fig will indeed be reopening.

UWS Openings & Closings: The Purple Fig, Verizon Wireless (In Former H & H Bagels Space)

It’s day three of “The Purple Fig Death Watch.” Posted on Monday that the restaurant had not reopened from their “summer vacation” as planned and that their telephone was disconnected. Then yesterday, despite all indications that the restaurant had ceased operating, a deal was listed for them on Groupon. Today, that deal seems to be [...]