Eli Zabar, the New York gourmet food icon and owner of Eli’s Manhattan, has certainly been busy. In December, Zabar opened a restaurant on the Upper East Side called Eli’s Table, and now he has just announced that he is opening Eli’s Essentials on Carnegie Hill at Madison and 91st Street. Eli’s Essentials will be a daytime café that will eventually transform into a nighttime restaurant and wine bar, featuring wines from Eli’s expansive 16,000-bottle collection. The restaurant will be Zabar’s first-ever wine bar.
The café part of Eli’s Essentials will feature a “grab and go” section, as well as freshly baked bread, pastries, sandwiches, cheese, charcuterie, smoked fish, soups, and a salad bar, and is sure to be a popular lunch spot. New offerings never seen before at an Eli’s outlet include a selection of daily cold-pressed juices, egg sandwiches made to order, and sodas made in-house with a selection of different syrups.
Later this spring, the wine bar part of Eli’s Essentials will open, offering an extensive wine collection and a shared-plates menu.