Two new food places on Manhattan’s UWS

New Taco Place Opening on 84th and Amsterdam

Mike Mishkin  September 12, 2021  Food & Drink

El Gallo Taqueria will soon be bringing its tacos to the Upper West Side. The owners tell us they’ll be opening at 502 Amsterdam Avenue, between 84th and 85th Streets, by the end of September.

This space was once home to Harriet’s Kitchen, which closed its doors in early 2019 – marking the end of an era which began in 1989.

The taco spot opened its first location in the Gravesend area of Brooklyn in 2017 and now has a second storefront in Nolita. The Upper West Side location will be offering dine-in counter service, take-out and delivery.

The menu includes tacos, burritos, quesadillas and bowls, which can be packed with an extensive number of fillings. Some interesting options include beef tongue and grilled cactus.

El Gallo Taqueria Upper West Side

El Gallo also offers nachos and their own signature fries with chipotle mayo, cheese and a choice of salsas.

El Gallo Fries

Additional menu items include an Avocado Caesar Salad, tortas and cemitas (tortas served on sesame seed rolls).El Gallo Taqueria


To view the full menu and learn more, please visit

Délice Macarons Opens at 75th and Amsterdam

Mike Mishkin  September 14, 2021  Food & Drink

Délice Macarons has opened its doors at 321 Amsterdam Avenue, off the corner of 75th Street. This space was formerly occupied by Mighty Bowl, which opened in November 2019 and closed in September 2020.

Thanks to our reader, Josh Sills, for the tip and photo. Josh had positive things to say about the newly opened bakery’s croissants, macarons and pain au chocolat.

Delice Macarons 321 Amsterdam Ave

Délice Macarons offers a rainbow of macoron flavors, with standouts including its pink birthday cake, cookies & cream and Earl Grey; chocolate, almond and apple croissants; a sugar and chocolate brioche; custom cakes; egg sandwiches and more.

This is the French bakery’s second location. The original shop is located in Cranford, NJ. To learn more and view the full menu, visit


It’s been the summer of sweets on the Upper West Side.

Italian chocolatier Venchi will be opening its second Upper West Side location … by mid-November we’ve been told.

Two recent openings include Janie’s “Life Changing Baked Goods” at 212 West 80th Street and Zai’s Dessertery at 468-470 Amsterdam Avenue.

And three places expected to open soon include Chip City Cookies at 370 Columbus Avenue; a second Blue Marble Ice Cream at 2058 Broadway; and Maman, at a location which is currently undisclosed.

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