Closing of restaurants in New York, December 2021


Almost two years after the first restaurant closings inside New York City, restaurants and bars continue to close. At least 1,000 have closed since March 2020 due to the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the difficulty of tracking restaurant and bar closings, experts say that number could be even higher and that it will likely take months, if not years, to assess.

Among them are new neighborhood spots like Jeepney and Hunky Dory, as well as decades-old institutions like 21 Club, Fedora, and Frank’s Cocktail Lounge. Below, Eater documents the city’s permanent restaurant closures so far. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at [email protected] This article will be updated regularly.

December 10

Bushwick: Bodeguita, a queer-friendly CBD bar, handed over the keys to a new business. According to Grub Street, some bar elements remain in place in the new business that has taken over: Ornithology Jazz Club, which comes from Rie Yamaguchi-Borden and her husband Mitchell Borden, who opened nightclubs like Fat Cat by the past.

Lower East Side: Rice & Miso, known for its ume-flavored rice balls, or onigiri, as well as bento boxes, is closing its Forsyth Street store. Owner Mika Hatsushima, a former model in Tokyo, launched Rice & Miso as a Brooklyn Flea pop-up in 2012. On Instagram, Hatsushima cited a staff shortage as the reason for the shutdown. Its location at 134 Nevins Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, will remain open (an additional outpost at 139 Plymouth Street in Dumbo also remains, but is listed on the team’s website as temporarily closed).

Park slope: Johnny Mack’s Bar and Grill, a neighborhood pub that had been open for about 25 years has closed. In her place, Allison Arevalo will open a second expanded location of her pandemic Pasta Louise spot in the spring.

December 3

Astoria: A beloved neighborhood Greek Cypriot tavern is closing after 33 years in Queens. According to the Greek journalist, Zenon Tavern officially closed on Sunday November 28. The publication reports that the restaurant, which opened in 1988, was run by chef Stelios Papageorgiou, who came to the United States via Cyprus. Until its closure, the space was maintained by members of his family. The post also details how the restaurant got involved in preparing meals for hospital staff during the pandemic.

East Village: According to EV Grieve, Indian vegetarian restaurant Ahimsa Garden, located at 265 East 10th Street, between Avenue A and First Avenue, is no longer. But fear not: According to a team post on Instagram, the restaurant will reopen at 204 East 38th Street, between Second and Third Avenues, in early December.

Elmhurst: Kazuo Yoshida, the Michelin-starred chef behind Chinatown Juku’s omakase hot spot has opened Yoshidaya by Kazuo in Elmhurst. The Japanese-style place had a small but powerful menu with dishes like Japanese lobster pancakes, which helped the restaurant get on the Eater’s Queens heat map. Yelp and Google have marked the restaurant as permanently closed, and Yoshida no longer lists Kazuo’s Yoshidaya in her Instagram bio. Eater made several calls and one person who picked up the phone said that Eim Khao Mun Kai, a popular Thai chicken and rice restaurant, has opened its second outlet in the space.

Rinsing: A Korean spot, Monkey noodle bar, which has also consistently made its way onto the Eater’s Queens heat map, has reportedly been shut down. The restaurant was known for its dishes such as kongguksu, a noodle soup with cold soy milk broth. While Yelp lists the restaurant as “closed,” Google has yet to mark it as such. However, according to Caroline Shin, an Eater collaborator, a new restaurant called Ktown has already taken over the space.

Harlem: Renowned Indian restaurant Chaïwali called on him to quit smoking. Chef Anita Trehan opened the restaurant in 2015 inside her home. She was met with a local fanfare, even drawing praise from New York Times food critic, Pete Wells. The last day of service is December 12.

Caroline Shin contributed reporting on the Monkey Noodle Bar and Yoshidaya closures by Kazuo.


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