Covacha, the Mexican restaurant which Cristina Castañeda opened in 2021 to replace her former longstanding eatery, Cafe Frida, has just been added to the Michelin Guide, Patch first reported. Located at 368 Columbus Ave between 77th and 78th streets, Covacha is one of 30 NYC restaurants to recently be added to the guide. “The tequila selection is a perfect companion to the Jalisco cooking,” the guide states of Covacha. “It’s not your typical Mexican menu: think of everything from delicious and messy shrimp ajillo with hollandaise to torta ahogadas with birote salado, pork and oregano-spiked tomato sauce.”
Broad Nosh Bagels opened in December 2020 at 2350 Broadway, between 85th and 86th streets (replacing Cafe 86). It’s since grown a strong following and even earned a spot on our list of the best bagels on the Upper West Side. Now, Broad Nosh is expanding with a second location (just south of the UWS) at 314 West 58th Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues.
An Italian restaurant called Osteria Accademia will be opening at 646 Amsterdam Avenue, between 91st and 92nd streets. The last tenant to occupy this space was Scarlatto, also an Italian restaurant, which opened in 2020 (we’re not sure exactly when it closed). Before Scarlatto, Mana served organic and vegan plates from the storefront for over thirty years until it closed in 2019.
Osteria Accademia’s owners have posted several job listings on culinaryagents.com, where they describe their forthcoming eatery as “upscale casual” and note how their “interior theme reuses upcycle books as the main interior theme for looks, but also as sound control, reducing interior noise, it’s also a conversation starter.”