Sneaky summer openings and closings:
Heading back to Broadway from 125th Street, I walked up Amsterdam Avenue and spotted construction on a new restaurant: Nikko. The sign reads “Hibachi Asian Fusion,” so expect a pan-Asian menu in the worst sense of the term—an unfocused mess of dishes from China, Japan, and every country in-between. Located at 123rd and Amsterdam (if my hastily scribbled notes are accurate), Nikko is unlikely to attract a Columbia crowd.
One of Morningside’s many coffee shops looks closed. Café Bagutta’s windows have been sprayed with white paint, a reasonably sure sign that the operation has moved along. This shut-down doesn’t surprise me—Bagutta’s food and brew both dipped below average once Joe opened a few blocks away.