WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — After seven months of renovations, a Washington Heights steakhouse is back with a new name, look and menu.
Formerly known as El Conde, the newly christened Alex Steakhouse reopened at 4311 Broadway on the corner of 184th Street last week in a completely transformed space. There's an expanded bar, reconfigured seating, exposed brick decor, larger windows and televisions and projectors for sports fans.
"Everything is different," said restaurant owner Janice Rodriguez. "We gutted everything."
With the renovation comes new food choices for diners, as Alex Steakhouse has a fresh selection of sandwiches, steamed mussels and crabcakes. The restaurant is also serving new beer drafts, and even offers the Dyckman Beer Company's Dyckman Brew.
Rodriguez said customers of the restaurant, which has been on 184th street for six years, have received the changes well. "They love it," she said.
Ricky's Pops Up in Hudson Heights
Uptowners won't have to trek far for Halloween costumes this year, as the seasonal giant Ricky's has opened a pop-up shop at 766 W. 181st St. at Fort Washington Avenue in Hudson Heights.
The temporary store, housed in the former home of VIM Drugs, opened last week and will be dressing up customers until the middle of November.
Heights Tavern Welcomes Customers in Washington Heights
The long-delayed Heights Tavern is finally open for business at 3910 Broadway on the corner of 164th Street. The tavern, a new venture by the owners of the popular Harlem Tavern, has been serving beer since the end of August. Customers can find an expansive drink list that includes 20 draughts, including a signature Heights Tavern Pilsner, as well as a menu that includes seafood gumbo and shepherd's pie.