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Family-Friendly Upper West Side Gets a New Date Spot

By Emily Frost | October 25, 2012 9:59am

UPPER WEST SIDE — A new date spot is opening on the family-friendly Upper West Side.

Peter Coundouris, longtime owner of the traditional Italian restaurant Pomodoro, is launching a new American fare venture, Park West, right around the corner.

The new restaurant at 103 W. 70th St., slated to open in December, will feature a bar and cozy lounge area in the front with small sofas and tables, plus a tree-ringed backyard with seats for 15 to 20 guests.

"If you're coming back in the evening, it will be a nice place to have dinner," Coundouris said. 

He plans on having "wine and cheese" and beer nights in the space, which is about 800 square feet with a 400-square-foot patio.

"Monday might be ladies night," he said, as a way to draw in drinkers and diners. 

Small plates will be available as well as classic American choices like filet mignon and hamburgers.

All the changes Coundouris made to the space relate to the decor, with the basic bones and structure remaining the same as when it was Epices, a Tunisian-French restaurant that recently closed after 15 years.

Coundouris said he plans to bring Pomodoro's warm, friendly service to Park West, but he wants to serve more couples on a romantic night out rather than just local families. 

Park West is a joint venture with his business partner, Fabio Machado, also an owner at  Pomodoro. Coundouris also owns Bistro Cassis, just a few doors down from Pomodoro.