FINANCIAL DISTRICT — A new Mexican restaurant is spicing up the Financial District.
Guac Star, a burrito and taco shop, launched last week in the popular Zigolini's, an Italian deli and restaurant at 66 Pearl St. that was heavily damaged Hurricane Sandy and only recently reopened.
Guac Star sits in a space that was once home to Zigolini's made-to-order pasta station and offers a variety of beef, fish and pork tacos and burritos. The eatery hopes to launch a high-end tequila bar soon and plans to add Mexican small plates as well, manager Nancy Jessup said.
“Right now, we’re just so happy to be open,” Jessup said. “It’s been a long haul.”
Because of extensive flood damage and subsequent mold issues in the building, which is shared by Zigolini’s and neighboring Thai and Vietnamese eatery Obao, post-Sandy repairs took much longer than expected, Jessup said.
Zigolini’s, which has been on Pearl Street for more than 10 years, finally managed to reopened its deli about two weeks ago, followed by the new Mexican restaurant last week.
Obao, which first launched on the corner of Coenties Slip and Water Street two years ago, reopened its fast-casual noodle shop for the first time since Sandy on Friday.
Manager Zach Srethabur said most of the restaurant's employees were able to return Downtown, since the owner had temporarily offered them work at Obao's other location in Midtown, at 222 E. 53rd St.
"It's great to see customers, to be back," said Srethabur, 33. "We've all been waiting for this."
A new ballet school, Children’s Warehouse, has opened in Battery Park City. The studio, which offers classes for kids from three months to 6 years old, is located at The Club in Gateway Plaza at 375 South End Ave.
Dave’s Hoagies, a sandwich shop that makes gourmet, Philadelphia-style sandwiches, has opened in the Financial District. The small store at 26 Cedar St. makes five types of hoagies — Italian, turkey, prosciutto, roast beef and vegetarian. The large sandwiches, made using freshly baked bread from SoHo's Parisi Bakery, cost $10 to $12.
A new Lenny’s, a growing sandwich chain in the city, is opening at 114 Pearl St., according to signage on the storefront. The eatery already has several other nearby locations Downtown, including at 32 Water St.