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Bubble Tea Shop One of 6 New Upper East Side Eateries to Open This Year

By Shaye Weaver | March 17, 2017 4:55pm
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UPPER EAST SIDE — A new bubble tea shop that also serves gelato and red bean pancakes is one of at least six new eateries to moved into the neighborhood within the last few months — and more are on their way.

We compiled a list of new restaurants to try on the Upper East Side, including the tea shop, BobaMosa, and Famous Famiglia Pizzeria, which recently replaced Mimi's Pizza at Lexington Avenue and 84th Street.

Famous Famiglia Pizzeria,  1248 Lexington Ave., at 84th Street

Famous Famiglia Pizzeria opened at the end of December after revamping the space that housed Mimi's Pizza for five decades. The new eatery serves pizza by the slice, whole pies, stromboli, pasta, salads and sandwiches. Many of its ingredients are imported from Italy, according to restaurant owners. Prices vary.

The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Mellow Yellow Coffee & Vibes, 1729 First Ave., at 89th Street

Mellow Yellow Coffee & Vibes opened its yellow door in late February serving strong Italian coffee, fresh pastries and a slew of other menu options — including hot curry soup, a skirt steak sandwich, hot couscous and avocado salad on a baguette, among others. Prices vary.

Mellow Yellow is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

BobaMosa, 1300 Madison Ave., between 92nd and 93rd streets

Another late February debut, BobaMosa serves bubble tea, which is made with a tea base mixed with fruit or milk and chewy tapioca balls or fruit jelly. The tea comes in many flavors, including mango green tea, hibiscus yogurt, kumquat lemon tea and matcha latte. Aside from the tea, the new shop sells gelato and red bean pancakes. The drinks go for at least $5 a piece.

BobaMosa is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

► Ziggy's, 1485 Second Ave., at 77th Street

Ziggy's, a Mexican restaurant with a beach theme, opened at the end of December and serves a slew of traditional dishes and cocktails. Beyond tacos, the restaurant features a raw bar with oysters and clams. The drink menu includes the "Sweet and Spicy" with house-infused jalapeño and habanero tequila and Hellfire bitters; the "Blue Killer" made with blue Curacao, coconut cream and pineapple juice; and "The Zombie," made with rum, plantation pineapple rum, ancho reyes, cinnamon, grenadine, orgeat and fresh-squeezed lime juice. Dishes range from $4.50 for a single taco to $99 for its El Rey Platter, and drinks range from $7 to $24.

Ziggy's is open daily from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Casa Pizza & Restaurant, 1427 Third Ave. at 80th Street

Casa Pizza & Restaurant opened in the former Lunetta storefront in February with plenty of pizza and Italian specialities, including a chicken bacon ranch pie and a Caesar salad pizza with grilled chicken. The eatery also does gluten-free pizzas, pizza rolls and calzones. Prices range from slices at $2.50 apiece to $28 for a specialty pie.

Casa is open from 9 a.m. to at least 2 a.m. daily.

AOC East, 1590 First Ave. at 82nd Street

This French wine bar and bistro serves small plates, like fried oysters on the half shell, escargot, cheese platters, as well as bigger entrees like a grilled North Atlantic salmon and a Black Angus hanger steak. After dinner, AOC East offers a full dessert menu with a mini chocolate bar, macarons, creme brulee, chocolate lava cake and other treats. The restaurant also sells wine by the glass on a rotating weekly menu. Prices range from $5 to $21 for eats and $10 to $17 per glass of wine.

AOC East is open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, and until 2 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.