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Another Pret A Manger Comes to Bryant Park

1071 Avenue of the Americas.

Employees who work at the Bank of America Tower and around Bryant Park will soon have another lunch option; U.K. import Pret A Manger, the coffee and food-on-the-go spot that has popped up around Manhattan, has signed a deal at 4 Bryant Park.

In a new 15-year lease, the company will take 2,100 square feet on the ground level and 1,789 square feet in the basement at the property, which is also known as 1071 Avenue of the Americas. The building sits between West 40th and West 41st Streets. Read More

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Michelin-Recommended Wasan Opening Outpost in Park Slope

440 Bergen Street (Photo: Costar)

Locally sourced Japanese restaurant Wasan, which has had a location at 108 East 4th Street in the East Village since late 2010, is coming to Brooklyn, a broker in the deal told Commercial Observer.

Toshi Koizumi signed a lease with Signa Management for 1,100 square feet on the ground floor and 700 square feet in the basement at 440 Bergen Street at Fifth Avenue, according to Colby Swartz, a broker with Suzuki Capital. He represented the landlord along with colleague Dino Mouzakitis. Mr. Koizumi didn’t have a broker in the transaction. Read More

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Birch Coffee Takes Space at 8 Spruce Street

8 Spruce Street.

Birch Coffee fans will get their java on in Lower Manhattan at 8 Spruce Street by the end of the year, Commercial Observer has learned.

For its seventh location, Manhattan-based Birch Coffee, which serves coffee, tea, food, beer and wine, signed a 10-year lease for the entire 904-square-foot retail space at the 76-story, 904-unit residential New York By Gehry Building between Nassau and William Streets, Birch Coffee’s broker said. The asking rent was $125 per square foot. Read More

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Starbucks Opening Empire State Building Location for Deliveries

Empire State Building.

Starbucks Coffee addicts will now be able to have their beverages delivered to their front door through a new delivery service set to launch in New York City at the Empire State Building, the coffee giant announced at yesterday’s annual shareholders meeting.

On Monday, Starbucks signed a lease for 1,173 square feet on the West 33rd Street side of the Empire State Building at 350 Fifth Avenue, the second lease Starbucks has in the building, a spokeswoman for Empire State Realty Trust, which owns the building, told Commercial Observer. The new lease is for 10 years and the asking rent was $200 per square foot.  Read More

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Bareburger Signs Its Biggest Lease Ever, in East Midtown

251 East 52nd Street (Photo: CoStar)

Bareburger is taking a monster-size bite out Manhattan with the organic, all-natural burger chain’s biggest eatery ever, at 251 East 52nd Street between Second and Third Avenues, in space formerly occupied by Opal Bar & Restaurant, Commercial Observer has learned.

“This is the latest example of Bareburger’s tradition of operating in New York’s most desirable neighborhoods,” said Bareburger’s broker JP Sutro, a director at Lee & Associates NYC, in prepared remarks. “After three years of searching for the perfect Midtown East space, we are excited to bring the largest location to an area bustling with employees and tourists.” Read More

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Baked by Melissa’s Pick-Up Window Returning to Soho

Tie-Dye Baked by Melissa cupcake (Baked by Melissa website).

Less than a year after the closing of a Baked by Melissa pass-through window on Spring Street, the mini-cupcake specialists are returning with a window on the same street, a source with intimate knowledge of the deal told Commercial Observer.

Baked by Melissa launched its bite-size cupcake business in the city with a window at 80 Spring Street in March 2009. That shop closed on July 21, 2014 before a construction project at Broadway and Spring Street commenced, as Grub Street previously reported. Now, Baked by Melissa will be setting up a new window at JTRE‘s 63 Spring Street at the corner of Spring and Lafayette Streets.  Read More

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Birch Coffee Opening Fifth Location, This One in Murray Hill

432 Third Avenue.

Coffee junkies rejoice. A Birch Coffee is coming to Murray Hill, to a space at 432 Third Avenue at East 30th Street, Commercial Observer has learned.

Manhattan-based Birch Coffee, which serves coffee, tea, food, beer and wine, signed a 10-year lease for 450 square feet, according to SCG Retail, which negotiated the deal on behalf of the landlord, Gramercy Construction Management Corporation. The asking rent was $190 per square foot. Read More

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Indian Fusion Eatery Coming to Flatiron District

15 West 27th Street.

Pondicheri, a Texas-based Indian fusion restaurant, is breaking into the New York market with a 3,363-square-foot ground-floor lease at 15 West 27th Street, according to The Wall Street Journal.

As the Commercial Observer previously reported, leasing and management company Kaufman Organization and Principal Real Estate Investors completed the purchase of 13-15 West 27th Street from development company Extell Development last April, as part of a $175 million Madison Square portfolio consisting of four buildings across NoMad and the Flatiron District that belonged to real estate investors Michael and Frank Ring. The properties are currently undergoing $34 million in renovations, The Journal said. Read More

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French-Inspired Rotisserie Chicken Coming to UWS [Updated]

426 Amsterdam Avenue.

Poulette is getting even more serious about its French-inspired rotisserie chicken, opening a second Manhattan eatery, Commercial Observer has learned.

The new 650-square-foot spot is on the ground floor of a five-story Upper West Side residential building at 426 Amsterdam Avenue between West 80th and West 81st Streets. It was occupied by a newsstand until the end of last year. The 10-year lease includes a full-storage basement and an asking rent of $240 per square foot, according to a spokeswoman for Eastern Consolidated. Read More

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Martha Stewart Cafe Isn’t So Much a Cafe as It Is a Kiosk

601 West 26th Street.

Martha Stewart is opening Martha Stewart Cafe inside RXR Realty‘s Starrett-Lehigh Building, as Bloomberg News reported two days ago, but Commercial Observer has learned that the cafe is really a kiosk occupying a mere 150 square feet.

The kiosk, which will replace a seating area on the first floor in the building at 601 West 26th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, is not enclosed and won’t have any seats, said a source with intimate knowledge of the long-term deal, which was signed within the last 30 days. There were no brokers involved in the deal. Read More

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Two TGI Fridays Buildings Hit the Market for Lease [Updated]

TGI Fridays at 34 Union Square East. (Lauren Elkies Schram)

Two East Side buildings that are home to TGI Fridays are available for lease, Cushman & Wakefield announced.

C&W’s Joanne Podell, Ian Lerner, Brandon Singer and Chris Stanton have been appointed as the exclusive leasing agent for the three-story, 12,615-square-foot 34 Union Square East at 16th Street and the six-story, 21,000-square-foot 604 Fifth Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets. Read More

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SushiSamba Investor to Open Spanish Eatery in Old PAS Space [Updated]

245 Park Avenue South.

One of the investors in SushiSamba, which closed its Park Avenue South flagship in the summer, will be opening a Spanish restaurant in the Gramercy Park area space in the spring of 2015, Commercial Observer has learned.

SushiSamba, serving a blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, was in 2,500 square feet of ground-floor space at 245 Park Avenue South between East 19th and East 20th Streets for more than 15 years until the expiration of its lease on June 30, according to information provided by Jed Sutton, executive assistant to Ofer Yardeni, co-chairman and chief executive officer of Stonehenge, the owner of the building. The residential portion of the building, with an entrance on East 20th Street between Park Avenue South and Irving Place, uses the address 8 Gramercy Park. Read More

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Starbucks Renews UWS Lease

540 Columbus Avenue.

Starbucks Coffee has re-signed a 3,425-square-foot lease on Columbus Avenue and West 86th Street, Commercial Observer has learned.

The coffee chain took a 10-year renewal with a one- to five-year option for its 2,425 square feet on the ground floor and 1,000 square feet in the basement at 540 Columbus Avenue. Read More

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Kosher Steakhouse Coming to NoMad

A rendering of the condo unit at 31 East 28th Street that will be home to a Kosher steakhouse.

The NoMad area will be getting a high-end Kosher steakhouse come the beginning of next year, Commercial Observer has learned.

JTRE Holdings has leased to Prime & Wine Kosher Steakhouse a 6,000-square-foot retail condominium unit at 31 East 28th Street, 4,000 square feet of which is on the ground floor and 2,000 of which is below grade. The asking rent in the 15-year deal was $500,000 per year triple-net. Read More