More than two years after the first closure of restaurants inside New York, restaurants and bars continue to struggle. More than 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 a 91-year-old restaurant on the Upper East Side and a Korean smoothie spot in the East Village. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at [email protected]m. This post will be updated regularly.
East Village: Kinship closed Sunday, August 14, but fans can get their hands on memorabilia like spoons and glasses at the garage sale on Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In 2019, the team at nearby Ruffian – Alexis Percival, Patrick Cournot, Moshe Schulman and Josh Ochoa – launched Kindred with a small menu and a focus on natural wines. In an Instagram post in early August, Schulman cited inconsistent sales, inflation, a looming recession, another potential COVID outbreak and dwindling foot traffic in Manhattan for the shutdown.
East Village: After a year of serving juice, smoothies and bibimbap bowls, Hi Noona has come to an end, owner Stella Pak confirms to Eater. “My intention with Hi Noona was to explore my identity of what it means to be Korean American through the lens of health and food,” Pak wrote in a closing Instagram post. “Looking back on my explorations, I am proud to say that I have achieved this intention and will continue to do so through different expressions.” She will continue to run Noona Noodles at Food Gallery 32 in Koreatown.
Upper East Side: A local pizzeria since 1986, Little Vincent’s Pizza, closed. “We weren’t able to get back on our feet after Covid,” a rep told East Side Feed.
Upper East Side: Green KitchenThe 91-year period of has come to an end. In 1931, the restaurant opened with classics like pancakes, omelettes and chicken wraps. An employee at its second location on 84th Street — which is still open — confirmed the closure on 77th Street and First Avenue.
East Village: August 6 was the last day of service for Grapes and cereals, specializing in wines and tapas like marinated oysters and homemade ricotta cheese with grapes, tarragon and verjuice. Since opening over 15 years ago, the property has passed to TJ Provenzano, which is also behind the Rooftop Reds vineyard in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Rosella in the East Village. An Instagram post from the Grape and Grain team hinted that the team might open a new spot in the same space.
Greenwich Village: Pioneer in the field of Chinese guokui, Crop Circle brought “bigger than your face” stuffed wheat flatbreads which he named himself. Favorites included the guokui filled with spicy beef and taro; salted egg and pork floss; and prawns. The store has gone dark and the phone is disconnected.
City of Long Island: Celebrity Chef Dan Kluger Penny Bridge serves its last meals on August 12. In early 2021, Kluger — who also runs Loring Place in Greenwich Village — greeted customers with seasonal dishes that have since included summer squash campanelli and nachos with strawberry tomato salsa at his second restaurant. The LIC spot was an expected milestone for the chef whose resume includes Union Square Cafe then under Danny Meyer as well as Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Cocina and ABC Kitchen, where he led the team to a 2011 James Beard Award. is definitely not the result we were hoping for, but I’m incredibly proud of the restaurant we’ve created,” he wrote in an Instagram post.
Lower side is: Diet Japanese coffee AO bowl blames its closure squarely on Senator Chuck Schumer, reports EV Grieve. A two-page farewell letter posted on the glass door reads, “Sen. Schumer stabbed us in the back after first promising and then failing to replenish the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). This would have reimbursed us for the costs we had to bear because of the government-mandated closures. Many large restaurant chains have received millions from the RRF while small businesses like us have received nothing even after being approved. It debuted in early 2021 with slow-cooked onsen egg bowls and coconut matcha smoothies.
Lower side is: Over two years ago fast casual restaurant iSouklavi brought pitas and platters centered around chicken, loukaniko and grilled pork on skewers to the neighborhood. EV Grieve reports that the storefront signage and listing of locations on the website are now gone. Owner James Paloumbis is also behind Gossip Coffee in Astoria and Merakia in Flatiron.
Staten Island: August 12 marks the last day of service for of nuncio after an 80-year run on Staten Island. “My grandfather used to take me here and it means a lot,” one longtime customer wrote in the comments to the pizzeria’s Instagram post announcing its closure. Grub Street even wrote an ode to what will now become a cabinet showroom.
Union Square: After 15 years of attracting customers for cheap booze, Trader Joe’s Wine Shop just below Union Square came to an abrupt end with an unceremonious farewell note posted on the storefront yesterday.
East Village: In 2018, Day brought Roman-style thin-crust pizza and pasta to the East Village, and EV Grieve reports it’s now closed. A representative confirms to Eater that Dia is indeed “closed and put up for sale”. The closure, however, has struck a chord with New Yorkers who want abandoned outdoor dining sheds removed.
Lower side is: End of 2020, Oh la la coffee opened and created a hangout atmosphere involving soups and salads, Jenga games, football shows, and a drunken piñata party. But it ended on July 10, reports Bowery Boogie.
Downtown West: Daa! Dumplings started with take-out pelmeni pop-ups at Urbanspace in 2017, eventually opening outlets inside the Columbus Circle subway station and a standalone store a few blocks away, both closed. “We have closed all retail operations due to the conditions presented in post-pandemic NYC and its effects on small businesses,” the company said on its website. It’s not gone for good though: pelmeni is still sold online and in grocery stores.
Union Square: Panera closed its Union Square location, sandwiched between Mount Sinai Hospital and GNC along the eastern edge of the park, on August 2, EV Grieve reports.
Williamsburg: In 2003, Arepa de Caracas Bar co-owners Maribel Araujo and Aristides Barrios brought Venezuelan arepas to a New York restaurant scene where they were rare. The reception was so great that the team, at its peak, ran outposts in the East Village, Rockaway Beach and Williamsburg. Sunday, July 31 was the last day of service in the Brooklyn spot, and the owners held a garage sale for everything from forks to art. Only the concession stand by the beach is still in vogue, with live music and DJ sets.