West Side Rag »Alcohol Licenses Approved for Italian and Japanese Restaurants


Posted on June 11, 2021 at 1:09 PM by West Sider

The future home of Song’E Napule.

By Maya Mau

Community Board 7’s business and consumer committee approved new liquor license applications for three restaurants at its meeting on Wednesday.

West of Coppola, a family-style restaurant in southern Italy at 206 W 79th St (between Broadway and Amsterdam), has been operated by Salvatore Coppola at this location since 1991. The restaurant is applying for a new liquor license as it had to change its corporate name of Coppola’s of New York City Inc. at Sal 79 Associates.

There is another Coppola in Kips Bay at 378 3rd Avenue (28th Street). Coppola’s serves an assortment of Italian staples such as salads, pizzas and pasta. It also hosts private events and offers catering services. Coppola himself attended the meeting to express his appreciation for the community.

Song’E Napule, an Italian pizzeria and trattoria open at 464 Amsterdam Avenue (82nd Street), replaces Mokum, which served internationally-inspired American cuisine before it closed in summer 2020. In addition to pizza, Song’E Napule will serve salads , pasta, panuozzis, and desserts.

Manuel Coccaro, one of the owners of Song’E Napule, attended the committee meeting to express his optimism about joining the Upper West Side community. He mentioned his 10 years of experience in the New York food scene and helping his family run three restaurants in Italy. Coccaro also said that chef Ciro Iovine has been voted best pizza chef at Gambero Rosso in New York for three consecutive years. Coccaro and Iovine own a restaurant of the same name in West Houston, open since January 2015.

Moonrise Izakaya, a bustling Japanese gastropub at 774 Amsterdam Ave (98th Street), has sought committee approval as it seeks to expand into the building next door. The restaurant has been open since fall 2019 and serves fun Japanese fusion cuisine – including a rotating “Bao of the Month” and cheesy corn with edamame – in addition to cocktails.

A representative for Moonrise Izakaya said the new space has apparently been vacant for five years and is owned by the same owner. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, it has always seen abundant demand, which made them want to grow.

All three rounds received unanimous votes in favor of committee members and other committee members. All three applications await final approval from the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA)

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