UWS Openings & Closings: French Bakery Moving Into Former Big Nick’s Space, Popover Cafe Shutters

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

It’s been a little more than five months since Big Nick’s closed, ending a run of more than 50 years at 2175 Broadway (between 76th & 77th).

Now a French bakery is getting ready to move in sometime this spring.

DNAinfo recently reported that Mille-Feuille is aiming for a March opening, following a gut renovation of the space. It will be their second outpost, joining the original that opened in Greenwich Village in 2011.

The downtown location gets a solid four stars on Yelp, so the new UWS space certainly has promise (although I doubt that’s any solace to fans of Big Nick’s).

Chef/owner Olivier Dessyn (who’s actually French) seems to have an impressive resume.

Mille-Feuille is not only a bakery, but also a cafe that will feature roughly 20 seats.

Regarding the food menu, Mr. Dessyn told DNA “We have a variety of lunch options. We mostly do quiches, sandwiches and savory croissants.”

The Village location also features regular baking classes (macarons and croissant), although it’s not clear if those will be offered on the UWS.


Speaking of Upper West Side stalwarts, the neighborhood has lost another longtime fixture — Popover Cafe served its last meal on Sunday.

The restaurant, located at 551 Amsterdam (btw. 86th & 87th), had been open since 1981.

The New York Times had a nice write-up shortly before New Years (h/t to my dad for the link).

Early rumors indicate the space is slated to become a 24-hour restaurant.

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    Also heard Paris Baguette is opening at the former

    TD Ameritrade

    2039 Broadway, New York

  • http://ricosays.tumblr.com/ Eric Matisoff

    Nice to have you back!

  • MyUpperWest

    Thanks, Eric. Maybe 2014 will be the year I finally try braised pork shoulder at Cocina Economica!

  • MyUpperWest

    Thanks. Any word on timing? How’d you hear about it? Will be nice to finally have something there — it’s been vacant for ages.


    First heard about on another blog West Side Rag! No word on timing! Went to the midtown location and was great! Website is http://parisbaguetteusa.com/


    Maybe a month now? Looks like it will be devided!!


    Yep! Will be opened on Monday!! @MyUpperWest:disqus