New and Coming Soon: Who’s Jac W.? and Patisserie Vanessa

Who’s Jac W.? recently opened its doors at 1626 Second Avenue, between 84th and 85th Streets (formerly home to La Pulperia). “Inspired by the eccentric feeling and vibe of the downtown LES, this uptown restaurant is designed to be a haven for the local crowd and a welcome option for anyone that seeks a fun atmosphere and cuisine with a modern American flair,” the new restaurant’s website reads. Chef Joel Reiss (Artisanal, Park Avenue Café, S Prime Steakhouse, Maloney and Porcelli, Odeon and Orsay) has partnered with Peter and Frank Pecora (owners of Delizia 73) to develop the concept.

One appetizer – the Nashville Hot Frog’s Legs – has been getting an understandably disproportionate amount of press, though more traditional apps like wings, mac and cheese are available as well. Entrees include fish and pasta plates, steak, burgers, chicken and braised short rib.

The new spot has also gotten some media love for its Manischewitz Red Sangria and its Chicken Parmanese.

They’ve also got a solid selection of beers and cocktails and a cool Instagram wall.

Learn more at whosjacw.com.


French bakery Patisserie Vanessa appears to be planning a new location at 1340 Lexington Avenue at the corner of 89th Street (thanks to our tipster ‘Upper West Sider’). Recently issued permit documents indicate that work is being done within the spaces cellar, first floor and mezzanine.

An online listing for the commercial space, which was last occupied by clothing shop Emmelle, indicated an asking price of $15,000 per month.

Patisserie Vanessa’s pastries are sold at coffee shops throughout the tristate area. The actual baking takes place at its kitchen and “pick-up window” at La Marqueta, a marketplace under the elevated Metro North railway tracks on Park Avenue between East 111th and East 116th streets.

The bakery’s products, which are shipped throughout the City and nationwide through Goldbelly, include madeleines, canelés, mini financiers, mini carrot cakes and chocolate mousse.

We’ve reached out to the company for details and will provide an update once we know more. To learn more, please visit patisserievanessa.com.
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