UWS Openings & Closings: Center Bar, Numero 28 Cucina, Refine Method Fitness, Kefi

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Well here’s a blast from the past…

Posted back in May 2011 that Chef Michael Lomonaco was planning to open a wine bar in the atrium next to his Porter House New York restaurant at the Time Warner Center.

Fast-forward to today, almost a year-and-a-half-later, and the space — known as Center Bar — is just about ready to open.

I heard from a respresntative of Center Bar last week that they were tentaitlvey planning to open October 4th (i.e. tomorrow).

I’m not sure if that date has been formalized, but whether it’s tomorrow or sometime in the coming days, this place is just about ready for the public.

NYT’s Florence Fabricant had a brief write-up yesterday:

[Chef Lomonaco] sees [Center Bar] as a place for those who want less than a full steak-focused menu, or who may even be waiting for a table in his steakhouse. The wine list offers 100 choices selected by Brad Nugent; there are cocktails by James Moreland and a menu featuring small plates (charcuterie, oysters, stuffed piquillo peppers) and a few entrees, including giant prawns and slow-cooked halibut.

It’s worth noting that NYT also lists the opening as tomorrow, but these things aren’t always written in stone.

Center Bar’s website is pretty much a placeholder at the moment, but there are some additional details on the website for the Shops At Columbus Circle:

A restaurant, wine bar and classic cocktail lounge featuring a selection of tapas-style small plates of savory and sweet dishes prepared in a display kitchen under the direction of Chef/Owner Michael Lomonaco whose neighboring Porter House New York has established itself as one of New York’s leading modern steakhouses.

Center Bar is located at Time Warner Center in The Shops at Columbus Circle, with dramatic city views of Columbus Circle, Central Park and New York’s inspiring skyline. Featuring the refined and notable modern American cooking of Michael Lomonaco with a range of influences and flavors from around the world and a wine list of extraordinary champagnes and fine wines from around the world, under the curatorship of Wine and Spirits Manager Brad Nugent and Master Bartender James Moreland who oversees the vast selection of cocktails.

UPDATE 10/4: Confirmed — Center Bar is officially open

Elsewhere…

Mentioned on Monday that Numero 28 Cucina opened at 660 Amsterdam (between 92nd & 93rd).

Thrillist posted some photos earlier today of both the restaurant’s interior and some samples of its food:

Helmed by a Michelin Bib Gourmand award winner, this latest in the Numero 28 mini-empire features a wood-burning pizza oven pumping out emasculating 29” pies like the Francesina w/ speck, smoked prosciutto, mozz & brie, plus homemade tonnarelli pasta carbonara w/ swordfish, and Sardinian gnocchi w/ ragu of braised baby lamb.

Looks good…

Have previously posted that boutique fitness studio Refine was opening an UWS location at 117 W. 72nd, between Amsterdam & Columbus (coverage here & here).

According to this DNAinfo article, Refine finally opened their Upper West Side space earlier today. Among other notes from DNA:

Unlimited membership is $300. To incentivize clients to attend more classes, Refine offers a “pay nothing upfront” program where your first class is $32 and each class you take after is $1.50 less than the one before and you pay at the end of the month.

Newcomers can also start with a four class pack for $80 followed by an eight class pack for $160

Finally, if you missed the post earlier, popular UWS Greek restaurant Kefi was recently closed for two day by the health department. They reopened for business earlier today.



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