UWS Rumors & Openings: Maria Bonita, Friedman & Bloomfield Wine Bar Project

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Restaurateurs Ken Friedman & April Bloomfield (Photo: Eater)

You probably don’t know their faces, and you might not know their names, but those are restaurateurs Ken Friedman & April Bloomfield pictured above.

They’re behind popular and well-known places like The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory Oyster Bar.

Rumor has it they might be looking for space on the UWS for their next project.


Eater recently posted that Friedman and Bloomfield have abandoned plans to open a wine bar in the West Village due to perceived opposition from Community Board 2. (h/t to @ehegan18 for the link)

What’s of note is that Friendman told Eater “maybe this is a sign we need to open uptown.”

Now, it’s speculation at best, but Eater is already positing that could mean the Upper West Side is on their short-list.

There’s been a trend of late for established downtown hot-spots to make the trek north, including The Smith (confirmed) and RedFarm (rumored) to name a couple.

This is far from a sure thing, but it’s nice to know they might be considering opening something in the neighborhood.

Elsewhere, MUW reader Kris reports that  Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant & Steakhouse (2672 Broadway, between 101st & 102nd) has opened. Per Kris:

I think Maria Bonita is open, I heard mariachi on Sunday evening.

UPDATE 5/5/13: Looks like Maria Bonita has shuttered

That’s it — I’m crunched for time again today. Hopefully things will be a little less hectic tomorrow.



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  • http://www.facebook.com/marisa.reo Marisa Reo Delmore

    The 2nd PD O’Hurley’s on 72nd and West end closed a few weeks ago, heard a rumor that was going to be a wine bar also….

  • http://twitter.com/floretbroccoli Florrie Brafman

    Respectfully, it’s restaurateur.  No n.

  • MyUpperWest

    Hi Florrie,

    My mistake — I’ve now corrected it.

    Thanks for spotting.

    -Mike

  • MyUpperWest

    Thanks for the tip, Marisa.

  • http://twitter.com/floretbroccoli Florrie Brafman

    Easy mistake to make.  And easy to miss the same word in the caption.  ;-)

  • MyUpperWest

    Just posted an update on this — the new place is going to be called The Purple Fig:

    http://myupperwest.com/upper-west-side/uws-openings-closings-6/

  • MyUpperWest

    Only took me a month to get around to this, but I’ve finally corrected. Thanks for the copy editing.

    Had you in mind when I made sure to write “restaurateurs” & not “restauranteurs” in the New Taste Of The UWS post I just put up:

    http://myupperwest.com/upper-west-side/5th-annual-new-taste-of-the-upper-west-side-on-friday-limited-tickets-still-available/ 

    -Mike