Old Morningside Favorite to Get New Life, New Owners as Wu and Nussbaum

May 21, 2019

New owners have signed a lease with Columbia University in the former Nussbaum and Wu space at 2897 Broadway to open an upgraded shop offering fresh bagels, specialty dumplings and more.

New owner Alan Philips says he and partners Jiansong Chen and Pongshing Chiu decided on the name “Wu and Nussbaum” in recognition of how much the local community valued the offerings at the former restaurant.

“We know people appreciated having fresh bagels in the neighborhood, and we understand how important that is,” Philips said. “We want to keep that, while enhancing what’s served."

In addition to continuing neighborhood staples like bagels, Philips, Chen, and Chiu—who is the chef—plan to expand the foods offered, especially in the evenings with a variety of dumplings and a noodle bar.

Philips owns two other popular neighborhood eateries that are Columbia tenants, Community Food and Juice and Friedman's, and also owns the nearby La Salle Dumpling Room.

Columbia University’s long-standing approach to its retail tenants across the Morningside and Manhattanville neighborhoods favors local businesses, like Wu and Nussbaum, that bring a variety of amenities and experiences to the diverse Columbia community, the wider local community, and visitors.

Wu and Nussbaum will join several other local businesses that have recently opened or expanded in Columbia buildings in Morningside Heights: Elysian Fields, University Hardware and HousewaresSliced, H-Mart, and e’s BAR.

Wu and Nussbaum is projected to open this summer.