Showing posts with label Spina. Show all posts
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

More about Babu Ji, opening next month on Avenue B

The transformation of 175 Avenue B at East 11th Street continues.

As we noted at the beginning of the month, an Indian restaurant called Babu Ji is in the works.

The wife-husband team of Jennifer and Jessi Singh, currently based in Melbourne, Australia, will be opening their first U.S. restaurant here next month.

Melbourne-based online publication Broadsheet spoke with the couple for an article published yesterday:

“We’ve loved bringing an elevated level of Indian dining to our guests in Melbourne,” says Jennifer. “But coming back to my hometown (of NYC) has been a long-time dream of ours.”

So, Babu Ji NYC was born. Like the Melbourne restaurants, the New York outpost will offer modern Indian classics as well as Indian street food created by Punjab-born Jessi.

Melbourne favourites such as papdi chaat, India’s take on nachos – with mini pappadums and chickpeas topped with salsa, slaw and pomegranate – will feature on the menu in New York. House-made kulfi Indian ice cream made with cardamom, honey and pistachio will also make an appearance.

“We’ve always been baffled by the state of Indian dining in some of the world's greatest cities, like New York. Although there are some great Indian restaurants at the low and the fine-dining end of the spectrum, there is a void in the middle,” says Jennifer.

Italian specialists Spina quietly closed here late last month after six years on the block.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Spina's Italian fare exits Avenue B; Indian food on the way

Friday, April 3, 2015

Spina's Italian fare exits Avenue B; Indian food on the way

Spina had a nice little run at 175 Avenue B at East 11th Street… However, after nearly six years, the pasta place/trattoria has closed for good. It hasn't been open for at least a week.

The space had quietly been on the market. (The listing tells potential suitors to "exercise discretion and do not engage in conversation about the space with anyone at the restaurant.")

Meanwhile, there's an applicant on this month's CB3/SLA committee agenda for a new beer-wine license for the space. The principals are a husband-and-wife team who plan on opening an Indian restaurant called Babu Ji. The proposed hours are 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The questionnaire (PDF!) on file at the CB3 website has more info as well as a sample menu.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Spina opens

As I mentioned Monday, Spina, an Italian place on Avenue B and 11th Street, opened yesterday... This addition bring the empty Avenue B storefronts total down to, uh, 18. I think it's time for a recount. Lots of comings and goings in recent months...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Another Italian restaurant for Avenue B

I've been keeping an eye on 175 Avenue B at the corner of 11th Street. I've forgotten how many restaurants have been in here. (Uovo? Panificio?)

In any event, Spina opens at this spot tomorrow. It will be a nice Italian place with a sommelier. Paintings by Wayne Moseley will be on display there this month.

I think we will now officially have enough Italian restaurants in the neighborhood.