A restaurant called Chama Mama has signed a lease at 373 Amsterdam Avenue, between 77th and 78th Streets (formerly the home of La Vela Ristorante). This was brought to our attention by our tipster, ‘Upper West Sider,’ who saw it noted in The Real Deal.
Chama Mama serves “Classic Georgian cuisine with a modern spin,” the restaurant website states. They currently have a location at 149 West 14th Street.
Some of Chama Mama’s specialties include fresh baked bread in a clay oven, “cheeseboats” and natural Georgian wines.
The menu starts out with a number of doughs filled with meats and cheeses, plus cold vegetable plates with components including eggplant, walnuts and beets.
Shared plates include a grilled kornish hen, kababs and skewers, and other meat dishes.
And the dessert menu lists a Napoleon, honey cake, and a “pelamushi,” a traditional Georgian sweet grape pudding.
Chama Mama tells us they plan to open before the end of the year, and they’ll be announcing an official opening date soon.
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