A New Restaurant is Opening in the Old Dovetail Space

103 West 77th Street Essential by Christophe

The currently empty space at 103 West 77th Street (Google Maps)

Chef Christophe Bellanca is bringing a new fine dining establishment to 103 West 77th Street — most recently home to Leonti, which opened in November 2018 and closed in early 2020. Dovetail occupied the space from 2007 until it closed in 2018.


Bellanca has served as the executive chef at Le Cirque on East 58th Street; L’orangerie in Los Angeles; and at Atelier Joel Robuchon’s NYC and Miami locations.

Essential by Christophe will be debuting its fare on the second night of the upcoming Taste of the Upper West Side (along with some other not-yet-open restaurants like Friend of a Farmer and El Fish Shack).

The restaurant is expected to open in November, and it will showcase “Christophe’s relaxed yet refined culinary approach to everyday fare,” a press representative tells us.

There will be an a la carte menu available, in addition to a 4 course prix fix with a small hors d’oeuvre and dessert. We’re told the price will be $110 or $120.

A few dishes to expect include Hiramasa (Snaké, Passion Fruit, Sudachi dressing); Scallops (Stuffed Cabbage, Black Truffle Emulsion); and Black Sea Bass (Braised, Razor Clams, Curry emulsion).

We’re told Bellanca and his team have been working on a gut renovation, and a job description site (they are currently seeking a general manager) includes a few teaser photos.

We’ll provide an update once we learn more.

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