More than two years after the first closure of restaurants inside New York, restaurants and bars continue to struggle. At least 4,500 have closed since the start of the pandemic due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the difficulty of tracking restaurant and bar closures, experts say that number is likely much higher and will take years to fully assess.
Below, Eater documents the city’s permanent restaurant closures, including Dig Inn 232 sit-down restaurant Bleecker and 14-year-old Brooklyn stalwart James. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at [email protected] This post will be updated regularly.
East Village: Compilation Cafe comes out in Piazza San Marco after less than two months. EV Grieve first reported that the cafe appeared to have closed earlier this month; a cafe spokesperson now confirms that the owners decided to close the space after business did not pick up.
East Village: Of short time restaurant and bar Luna Cafe Lounge closed on Second Avenue. A sign for rent now hangs in the window of the building, reports EV Grieve.
East Williamsburg: NiteNite is done on Meserole Street after just over a year. The team’s corner behind Brooklyn restaurants Walter’s and Karasu opened in the summer of 2021, finding fans as a neighborhood hangout where it was always possible to find a table. The restaurant announced the closure in an Instagram post last month.
Perspective heights: Brooklyn popular james restaurant closed after nearly 15 years in Prospect Heights. Chef Bryan Calvert and Deborah Williamson opened the seasonal American spot in a residential corner of the neighborhood after living upstairs for more than a decade. The restaurant announced the closure in an Instagram post earlier this month, wrapping things up with a final dinner service on Nov. 12.
Tribeca: Chambers Street Slice Shop Cafe Amore is no more, reports Tribeca Citizen.
Upper West Side: Downtown Japanese restaurant Izakaya at moonrise ended its three-year run in the neighborhood, reports West Side Rag. “We are so pleased with everything Moonrise has done, the people we have brought together, and the community we have built,” the restaurant shared in an Instagram post announcing the closure.
Upper West Side: Columbus Ceafood Bar & Restaurant closed on Columbus Avenue, reports West Side Rag. The neighborhood seafood spot promised to return as a food truck in an Instagram post.
Greenwich Village: The downtown location of the popular vegan restaurant Flower came out after two years. The team announced the closure of its University Place outpost in an Instagram post, saying it was “grateful to have the opportunity to focus our energies and resources at our flagship Upper West Side location.”
West Village: 232 Blecker, the sit-down restaurant of the fast-casual chain Dig, announced its closure on Instagram in early September. The restaurant closed just before its third anniversary, but it seems the business isn’t done with the space just yet. “We’re closing doors, wallpapering windows, and reimagining space and food from top to bottom,” the post reads. “The atmosphere changes but the address remains the same.”
Long Island City: Bellwether, a new American restaurant that has garnered a handful of Michelin nods in its four-year run, will not reopen, according to LIC Talk. The business is listed as “permanently closed” on Google, and a sign posted on the restaurant’s front door says the space is under new management.
Sunny side: The owners of the Brooklyn Burmese Rangoon restaurant have unplugged their take-out and delivery outlet in a ghost kitchen in Queens. Mandalay Club, which spotlighted regional Burmese dishes like chili-infused pig’s head salad and pork shoulder curry, opened last December in a New York outpost of CloudKitchens, run by founder from Uber, Travis Kalanick. The restaurant closed a few weeks later, according to co-owner Daniel Bendjy, and the team is now focusing on its second Rangoon location, which opened in Chelsea this month.
Astoria: A restaurant in Queens that has been open since the 1920s closed in September following a dispute with the building’s landlord over unpaid rent, the Astoria Post reports. Mike’s dinner announced the closure in a sign posted on its front window: “End of lease. We appreciate your patronage over the years.
Astoria: Pizza Palace, a neighborhood staple that has been selling slices at the corner of Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street since 1973, has closed. In June, Patch reported that owner Joe Vitale was in talks to turn over the decades-old shop to a new owner due to various “financial challenges” that plagued the business before the pandemic. The phone line has since been cut and the restaurant is marked as permanently closed on Google.
Bed-Stuy: Corner restaurant Cafe Tucum is permanently closed after being evicted over $75,000 in unpaid rent on October 17. Brownstoner reports that landlord Sid Matos Castelo-Branco hadn’t paid his full monthly rent since signing his lease in 2019. The building’s landlord is now in possession of the space, according to the release. .
Clinton Hill: Fulton Grand, a watering hole on the corner of Fulton Street and Grand Avenue, has dried up. The 12-year-old bar from the owners of the well-worn Brooklyn Fourth Avenue Pub and Washington Commons spots closed Aug. 19 “due to many factors,” according to an announcement on Instagram.
East Village: One of Manhattan’s most beloved ice cream parlours, mike likes this, is in the East Village. The scoop shop announced the closure – more of a corporate restructuring – in an Instagram post this week, citing plans to open several new locations and a flagship store in the spring of 2023. “Having gone through constant daily battle and hardship due to the pandemic we just haven’t been able to recover quickly enough and get along with our current owner,” the post read.
East Village: Lower Manhattan haunt the Pyramid Club is officially over, according to EV Grieve. The decades-old nightclub closed at the start of the pandemic, before making a brief return in the summer of 2021 and opening on weekends. On October 16, the bar announced on Instagram that it would be wrapping things up with a Halloween party on October 29, wrapping up a 43-year run in the East Village.
Greenpoint: Western Wine Bara neighborhood bar in Greenpoint, ended its five-year existence on October 23. The owners of the bar confirmed the closure to Greenpointers saying the building owner would not be renewing his lease.
Greenwich Village: Village pillar Pearl oyster bar came out after 25 years, owner Rebecca Charles announced in an Instagram post last month. The popular seafood restaurant, famous for its lobster roll, clam chowder bowls and legendary bouillabaisse, attributed the closure to the rising costs of running a business during the pandemic. “Independent restaurants, with the current momentum, are becoming a thing of the past,” Charles writes.
Upper East Side: Downtown Thai Restaurant Bangkok house closed after three years earlier this summer, according to UpperEastSite.com. “After careful consideration, we have unfortunately decided to close our doors,” reads a note posted on the restaurant’s front door. His last day was May 31.
Williamsburg: “Modern noodle bar” No strings attached came out after just over a year on North Fifth Street, according to an announcement on Instagram. The restaurant with Japanese, Italian and Japanese Italian dishes (think: angel hair pasta with uni) will reopen at the downtown Brooklyn food court Hana House, at 345 Adams Street and Willoughby Plaza, under the name by NSA Noodle House.