UWS Openings & Closings

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Posted last month that the Banana Republic at 2360 Broadway (at 86th) might be closing.

At the time, an employee at the store denied that was the case, despite the fact there was signage in the window indicating the space was for rent.

Less that a month later, it’s confirmed — BR will indeed be closing the store at 2360 Broadway.

However… if you’re a fan of Banana, don’t despair. The store is relocating across the street to the long-vacant space at 2373 Broadway (also at 86th).

Commercial Observer has all the details (a belated thanks to MUW reader Thomas, who actually sent this in last Wednesday).

The 2373 Broadway space is located on the ground floor of The Boulevard, a luxury co-op.

It’s familiar space to the BR corporate folks, as it used to be home to a Gap — aka Banana’s parent company. Gap announced last November the location would be closing as part of a larger corporate restructuring, and the store officially shuttered in January after a brief liquidation sale.

The new Banana will feature 12,000+ square feet of space spread out over two floors, including 150 feet of wraparound frontage on Broadway & West 86th.

I believe that’s quite a bit larger than the current store at 2360 Broadway.

A rep from Banana told me the move would take place in March, which matches up with Commercial Observer’s generic “early 2013″ timeline.

H/t also to MUW reader Kevin A.


Posted back in September that popular Upper West Side restaurant Recipe was closing and would be replaced with a “home-style” Mexican restaurant called Cocina Economica (452 Amsterdam, between 81st & 82nd).

Owners David and Vanida Bank, who were behind Recipe and also own neighboring Land Thai, were targeting a mid-October opening.

As is the case with many openings, the process took a bit longer than expected. Signage went up in mid-November and MUW reader Eric reports the restaurant officially opened for business earlier today.

It looks like they’re only open for dinner, starting at 5:00 pm and running to 10:15 – 10:45 pm, depending on the day of the week.

Recipe used to have a fantastic lunch deal, but they stopped serving it in October 2011. No word if CE may eventually offer lunch service (Land Thai offers a great $9 pric fixe lunch).

Recipe was a popular and well-regarded neighborhood spot, as is Land Thai. Hopefully Cocina Economica can mimic their success.

I hope to have some additional information later this week, but here are a few photos from Eric in the interim.

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