After Fifteen Years, City Grill Closes to Become Columbus Tavern

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Photo: Shanna Ravindra

Reps bring word that last night, Doug Griebel closed his fifteen-year-old Upper West Side spot, the City Grill, and he plans to replace it with the Columbus Tavern, a partnership with Jeremy Wladis of Nonna, Firehouse, Campo, and Brads. Chef Phil Conlon (one of the many who passed through the kitchen of Broadway East) will turn out entrees such as a lamb-shank shepherds pie, cider-braised pork ribs, and whole roasted trout with fennel, baby carrots, and salsa verde, while a new cocktail-lounge area (the 90-seat restaurants 1890s German bar will be extended) will specialize in curried deviled eggs, merguez wellingtons, and spicy duck-fat cashews. Well have more for you when Gramercy, er, Columbus Tavern opens mid-February.