Nadine and Alain have been in the restaurant industry for over 40 years and all over New York City. In 2004, they decided to open up a business in the Upper West Side and as they were driving around, they found a location “very very sunny and full of light. [They] fell in love with the lighting.” Having found the perfect location, they opened up a family and community oriented bistro called Cafe du Soleil (cafe of the sun) and “quickly became a neighborhood French bistro.”
From being able to see bakers kneading dough and baking bread at 11:00pm to walking in to hear the employee say, “You want your regular?”, Silver Moon has truly helped create a sense of community. Judith, the owner and baker, describes, “It’s a neighborhood center. On 9/11 it was jammed packed because people wanted to be with each other and their community.”
Chander has been in the neighborhood for 32 years and has helped create Bloomingdale “a restaurant row” along with his partner Ivan by running Roti Roll Bombay Frankie. Since 2004 when the store opened, Roti Roll has gained an immense customer base at Columbia and Barnard.
Having ran Zanny’s cafe for the past 8 years, Julia – the owner – has created a true neighborhood cafe in which she can confidently claim, “I know just about everyone”. She offers, “Good food. Good quality. And Good prices.”