New Kids on the Block

By Arthur Schwartz

Sofia’s Bagels
535 Hudson Street
(between Charles and Perry)

Photo courtesy of Sofia’s Bagels,

This new shop is unlike most bagel places, which close by mid-late afternoon. At night they serve Mexican food. Here is their own description — we couldn’t say it better. “Discover the culinary journey at our charming West Village corner! Indulge in the best of both worlds at our innovative eatery, starting your day with our freshly baked bagels and artisanal spreads. As the sun sets, experience a delightful transformation as our space transitions into a vibrant Mexican Kitchen, serving flavorful dishes that transport your taste buds south of the border. Nestled in the heart of West Village, our unique concept offers a dynamic dining experience that satisfies cravings from morning to night. Join us for a fusion of flavors and a warm, inviting ambiance that captures the essence of two delicious worlds in one unforgettable destination.”

Their bagel servings are not the usual. The Nova has salmon, avocado, fried eggs, on an everything bagel. The Chorizo has Scrambled eggs, chorizo, jalapeno, chipotle sauce on a plain bagel.They even have a Pastrami bagel!

Pamina Dolci e Gelato
461 6th Avenue (where Sammy’s used to be)

Photo courtesy of Pamina Dolci e Gelato.

With the smashing success of Amorino on University, we are seeing a growth of Gelato eateries in the Village. The latest is on the site of what used to be Sammy’s Noodle Shop. The space is small but super cute with a few seats indoors and some extra tables out front. The staff is friendly and let you try as many flavors as you want. They have a rather small but very creative menu focused on seasonal and high quality ingredients — many refreshing fruity combos. Flavors include peach with lemon verbana, Meyer lemon, chocolate, cannoli, lemon, and citrus. They also have a selection of pastries/desserts available.