Owner of Popular Italian Spot Says It’s Replacing Rosa Mexicano

  Last modified on June 19th, 2024
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Community Board 7 met Tuesday for its Business & Consumer Issues Committee meeting, where it reviewed liquor license applications and sidewalk cafe permits. We learned during the meeting that Mark Barak, the owner of La Pecora Bianca, is planning to open its second restaurant on the Upper West Side – which will be its seventh in the city.


The first Upper West Side location opened in 2022 at 359 Columbus Avenue (77th Street), a space that had briefly been home to 8th Hill following Isabella’s thirty-year run.

Now, Barak says he’s planning to take over the space on 62nd and Columbus which has been home to Rosa Mexicano for close to 25 years, according to this 2000 review by The New York Times.

“They’re actually out of term right now,” Barak explained to the board. “They’re in holdover technically, so the landlord is working on getting them out.”

Barak continued, “I think their plan is to have them operate through the end of the year, assuming they can reach an agreement. So I think we’re getting possession in January or February.” He said they would likely open the new restaurant towards the later part of 2025.

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We reached out to Rosa Mexicano via social media and when we asked if their Lincoln Center location was closing, the person who manages their Instagram simply replied with “No.” We followed up with a bit more context and they told us it was the first they were hearing about it.

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Community Board 7 members were all happy with Barak’s plans, giving him the unanimous green light to proceed with next steps.


La Pecora Bianca’s menu features house-made pastas which can be supplemented with burrata; signature dishes include its Gramigna with sausage and broccolini and Tagliatelle with beef and pork bolognese. Mains include a branzino, tuna, scallops, ribeye and pork chop, and desserts include Tiramisu, Olive Oil Cake, Chocolate Hazelnut Budino and Gelati / Sorbetti.


Gramigna — $26 on the UWS menu (c/o La Pecora Bianca)

La Pecora Bianca means “the white sheep” in Italian, and the owners have designed the restaurants to offer a “relaxed, all-day dining experience and vibrant Italian fare in a beautiful setting.”

The location at 359 Columbus Ave. has a Google score of 4.3 and a Yelp score of 4 (out of 5 stars).

We’ll provide updates as we learn more.


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