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Washington Heights Coffee Shop Adds Beer and Wine to Menu

By Nigel Chiwaya | April 7, 2014 7:28am
  White truffle pizzas are also coming as part of an expanded menu at Taszo Espresso Bar.
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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Move over coffee— one uptown cafe has added alcohol to the mix.

Edward Morgan Place coffee joint Taszo Espresso Bar is expanding its menu as a location of the South Korean coffee chain Caffé Bene prepares to open next door.

Taszo, owned by Haitem Weslati and Simone Gastaldi, now offers customers their choice of wines for $7 a glass. A wide selection of beers, including local beer Sugar Hill, are available for $5 each.

A new wine bar will be installed next week, Weslati said, along with a larger food menu.

"We're going to have food from cheese plates to pizza blanco," Weslati said.

Tapas in Hudson Heights

A new tapas place is coming to the site of a longtime Hudson Heights American restaurant.

808 West Tapas Corp has applied for an on-premise liquor license at 808 West 187th St., the former home of Bleu Evolution

Bleu closed its doors last month after 16 years in Hudson Heights. 

The new venture is owned by Yvelisse Rossi, the owner of nearby Fort Washington eatery Refried Beans. Rossi told DNAinfo the tapas restaurant is in its early stages and its menu is still being finalized, but that they hope to open in the summer.

"We're looking at three, four months," Rossi said.

Dunkin' Donuts Serves up Kosher Treats

Those who keep kosher have a new choice for lattes and snacks, as an all-kosher Dunkin' Donuts opened for business March 12. The shop at 398 Audubon Ave. at West 185th Street, near Yeshiva University, swaps out sausages and bacon for vegetarian substitutes, and has kosher flour delivered every day from a supplier near Union Square.

The store is the fourth kosher Dunkin' Donuts owned by East Side D&D, and their first in northern Manhattan. 

"It just makes sense to open here," general manger Sohaib Chaudry said. "There's not a lot of restaurants here."

More Frozen Yogurt Headed to Inwood

After years without fro yo, Inwood residents suddenly have their pick of sellers. Scarsdale, N.Y.-based frozen yogurt chain Go Greenly opened for business at 4865D Broadway, near Academy Street, over the weekend.

"In time for Spring. Go Greenly, Go NYC, Go NOW," the company wrote on its Facebook page Monday.

Go Greenly, which has at least eight stores in the tri-state area, sells self-serve frozen yogurt, fruit smoothies and bubble tea. 

Go Greenly is the third frozen yogurt shop to open in Inwood within a year, joining VSBerry at 4971 Broadway at Isham Street and Dolce Vida Frozen Yogurt at 4996 Broadway at 212th Street.