Columbia welcomes two new eateries to Morningside Heights

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Columbia University is set to welcome two new eateries to
its Morningside Heights campus neighborhood.

Bushwick pizza favorite Roberta’s will opens its first standalone
location in Manhattan at 2913 Broadway between 113th and 114th Streets.

And Sapp’s, a Long Island City restaurant serving Japanese
cuisine, will open its second location at 2888 Broadway between 112th and 113th
Streets.

JLL’s Amy Zhen brokered both deals on behalf of Columbia and
worked with Lee & Associates’ Jaime Schultz on the Roberta’s lease.

The signing of Roberta’s and Sapp’s is consistent with
Columbia University’s long-standing retail approach which favors local
businesses that bring a variety of amenities and experiences to the diverse
Columbia community and surrounding neighborhood. 

The two restaurants will join several other local businesses that have recently opened or signed leases in Columbia buildings in Morningside Heights and Manhattanville, including Hex & Co., Blue Bottle Coffee, Dos Toros, the Expat, and a multi-concept food hall in the Jerome L. Greene Science Center.

Eater NY has described Roberta’s as “steadily transforming
itself from a very good Italian-American joint and pizza parlor into one of New
York’s most quintessential kitchens.” Known for their brick oven pizza,
Roberta’s will serve a mix of classic and specialty pies, salads, entrees, and
more.  Roberta’s is anticipated to open
in the summer.

Sapp’s, a Long Island City restaurant serving Japanese
cuisine, will open its second location at 2888 Broadway between 112th and 113th
Streets. The menu will feature sushi, specialty rolls, ramen, rice bowls,
grilled and skewered foods, and more.  A
drink menu will be available with beer, wine, sake, and cocktails. The
restaurant is owned by Shih Lee, who owns Michelin-recommended SHI in Long
Island City, and partners Eric Lehrer and Selix Lai who were a bartender and
long-term waiter at SHI, respectively.

Lee thinks opening a second location of Sapp’s in
Morningside Heights – and his first venture in Manhattan – would be a great fit
for the neighborhood.  “We’re very
excited to be part of the Columbia University community, especially in a post
pandemic world,” Lee said. “We want to help reinvigorate the neighborhood with
good food and good times.”  Sapp’s is
anticipated to open in the fall.

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