Two years after indoor restaurants first closed in New York, restaurants and bars continue to close. At least 1,000 have closed since March 2020 due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the difficulty of tracking restaurant and bar closures, experts say that number could be even higher and will likely take months or even years to assess.
Below, Eater documents the city’s permanent restaurant closures, including the East Village cocktail bar Pouring Ribbons and Forlini’s, Chinatown’s red sauce favorite. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at [email protected] This post will be updated regularly.
Chelsea: Omai, a white tablecloth Vietnamese spot close to Chelsea’s many art galleries that featured on Eater’s own list of top Vietnamese spots, officially closed. Omai, which had been open for almost 20 years, was known for its dishes like its bo bia (soft rice paper rolls). A note on the company’s website says the business will close at the end of April, while Google has marked the operation as permanently closed.
East Village: After appearing to be temporarily closed last summer, Rakka Cafe is officially closed, according to EV Grieve. A sign on the business says Rakka has $188,000 in back rent and the space has been emptied. The original Cafe Rakka opened in 1972. In 2013 the name changed to Rakka Cafe, and it was unclear if the ownership had changed as well.
East Village: Ropes Ramen, a Chicago-native noodle restaurant that opened in February 2020, has quit, according to EV Grieve. The local blog has a photo of a sign on the door that attributes the closure to complications from COVID-19.
East Village: In February, EV Grieve noted that the writing was on the wall at Thai Direct. At the time, a notice was posted stating that the owner had “taken possession of the premises as of February 11”. Now, the publication has flagged the closure as official. The fast-casual Thai restaurant opened in the neighborhood in 2018.
Gowanus: Lavender Lake, a sprawling brasserie with plenty of outdoor seating, closed in December, according to an Instagram post, but was not previously reported by Eater. The team tells Eater the reason for the closure had to do with disagreements with their landlord, but will reopen under the same name in Williamsburg this summer.
Green Point: Floating boat helm Brooklyn Houseboat closed its operation in North Brooklyn, according to a business Instagram post, which claims its owner has not asked them to return. The bar, which opened in 2015, is currently looking for a new home.
Center-East: the Great Northern Food Hall, the Nordic-themed Grand Central food hall run by Noma co-founder Claus Meyer, first opened in 2015, appeared to be closed since the onslaught of the pandemic, but things have gone quiet. Now Meyer confirms to Eater that the food court – which housed five food stalls upstairs and the Michelin-starred Agern restaurant downstairs – inside Vanderbilt Hall has, in fact, closed from March. 2020. In its place, City Winery opens a sprawling new bar and restaurant.
Boerum Hill: The Gumbo Brothersa Cajun restaurant reviewed by the New York Times, closed its doors in Brooklyn after eight years. According to an Instagram post from the restaurant, the team decided to close because “the space economy” was no longer financially solvent during the pandemic. A second location in Nashville remains open, according to the restaurant’s website.
East Village: After its opening last July, bagel pattern is calling it stops on First Avenue, reports EV Grieve. The local bagel chain opened its first outpost in 1975 on Long Island and currently has 14 locations across New York.
East Village: Organic grills, a vegan health food restaurant that opened in 2000, closed its doors this month before moving to Greenwich Village. According to the EV Grieve, co-owner Vlad Grinberg had planned for the new storefront at 133 West Third Street, between Sixth Avenue and MacDougal Street, to be a second location, but he decided to close the original because his lease was ending this summer. . . Grinberg tells EV Grieve that he hopes to eventually reopen at another location in the East Village.
East Village: After eight years in the East Village, a gastronomic spot in the South Root & Bone is not anymore. According to a spokesperson for the restaurant, the establishment closed on April 17 after reaching the end of its lease. Root & Bone has been hailed for its outstanding fried chicken over the years, which is also served at Miami and Indianapolis offshoots that remain open. In 2017, the owners and Excellent chef Formers Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth got into legal trouble after a lawsuit alleged they used $290,000 of the restaurant’s money to renovate their apartment and fund a pop-up in Puerto Rico, among other expenses .
Chinese district: Manhattan red sauce at Forlini closed after nearly 70 years in the neighborhood. The old-school restaurant — a popular hangout for downtown court workers and, more recently, New York’s fashion crowd — has been sold to an undisclosed buyer, according to owner Joe Forlini. The last days have been strange for the legendary place: at first, Forlini planned to keep the establishment open until the end of April, but it abruptly changed course and closed at the end of March in a movement which coincided with an order closure issued by the Department of Health.
East Village: One of the best bars in New York, Angel’s share, officially closed at the end of March after failing to renew its lease. For weeks, several local news outlets had reported on the rumors of the impending closure and what it would mean to lose a seminal cocktail bar. The closure marked the end of a nearly 30-year run for the East Village bar, located at 8 Stuyvesant Street, between Third Avenue and East Ninth Street. Angel’s Share was not just any cocktail bar, however. He helped usher in the craft cocktail movement in the early years and many of today’s award-winning bars are run by bartenders who either worked in the establishment or admired the Japanese-style cocktail bar. Tony Yoshida, the bar owner, did not comment on the closure, but he told the New York Times that his daughter can reopen the speakeasy at a new location. The Yoshida family also owned Sunrise Mart and the nearby Panya Bakery, which also closed.
City of Long Island: Charcoal ovens no longer burn to neighborhood favorite Via Bella, reports LIC Talk. Less than a year after opening in 2002, the Italian restaurant received a rave review from then-critic William Grimes in the New York Times.
Upper East Side: Appetizing historic Jewish store Russ and his daughters closed its outpost inside the Jewish Museum. “After five successful years at the Jewish Museum, Russ & Daughters is refocusing on its core business,” reads a closing notice posted on the museum’s website. The century-old institution still retains its original Lower East Side shop and nearby restaurant, as well as a location in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Meanwhile, the museum is “exploring a variety of possibilities” for new dining options in the space, according to the post on its website.
Upper East Side: After 22 years, Coastal Bar indicated on its website that it had closed shop. The downtown establishment was a destination for sports fans with West Coast vibes — surfboards and California-themed t-shirts hanging from the ceiling — serving fenders, nachos and snacks. beers.
Hill Clinton: The owner of social butterfly confirmed to Eater via email that the club and lounge, located along a busy stretch of Atlantic Avenue a few blocks from Barclays, has closed after nearly a decade.
East Village: This downtown area, home to some of the city’s best cocktail bars, lost a favorite when pour ribbons closed March 26. Owner Joaquín Simó not only mixed classic cocktails for patrons, but set the place apart with temporary themed menus – a popular hit was the Silk Road, which allowed bartenders to whip up cocktails based on popular spice maker on the trade route between Europe and China – which has won a following among the city’s cocktail enthusiasts. The bar has decided not to renew its lease to “move on after 10 chartreuse-filled years,” according to its Instagram announcement in February.
East Village: EV Grieve reports that At Ramen Setagaya The St. Mark’s Place store has closed. The publication shared photos of what appeared to be an empty restaurant. The ramen-ya no longer lists the restaurant on its website and Eater has requested more information about the closure.
East Village: Quick service sandwich shop Coddiwomple closed after just three months in the neighborhood, reports EV Grieve. The store’s other two locations in Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper East Side also appear to have closed.
Harlem: Since opening four months before the pandemic hit NYC in March 2020, barsha served a menu with a mix of latin and mediterranean influences, shakshuka shrimp and tostones. His last day in business is April 1, ownership confirmed via Instagram.
Park trail: Eight-year-old casual Greek restaurant Pitas and Sticks closed. “The 2yrs+ with Covid 19 really cracked us up,” the store owner wrote in a closing Instagram announcement. But that may not last long: The owner wrote that the business could reopen as a discounted take-out location elsewhere in the neighborhood.