Nearly two years after restaurants inside New York were first closed, 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.
Among them are the pop-up bubble tea shop Undited by Solely Tea as well as a Dominican favorite El Gran Castillo de Jagua. 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 post will be updated regularly.
East Village: Downtown Restaurant from Virginia, known for its burger, closed for New Years at East 11th Street on Avenue C. The team tells Eater that their lease was up for renewal and they will instead look elsewhere for a bigger space. The restaurant, which opened in 2015, had faced both the challenges of a fire and the pandemic.
Green Point: Charming neighborhood restaurant filled with books Milk & Roses, closed at 1110 Manhattan Avenue near Clay Street. But fear not, according to their Instagram post, the team plans to move one block away to 1140 Manhattan Avenue at Box Street in the next few days — stacks of books are coming in for the move.
Upper West Side: my favorite dish, a kosher restaurant that had been a downtown staple for over 40 years, says goodbye. According to the West Side Rag, the closure was linked to issues with a lease renewal. The publication also reports that the company will be looking to relocate its restaurant elsewhere.
Chinatown: unedited by Solely Tea, a spinoff of Chinatown sneaker and boba shop Solely Tea, has closed for good after a brief five-month run. The showcase focused on high-value shoes curated by siblings Amy and Kenney Zhang. It opened last August, but a grocery store has since opened in its place.
East Village: The seemingly always-busy retro-themed cocktail party Boilermaker called it quits after seven years in the neighborhood. Earlier this week, the team announced a final call for wings and drinks on their Instagram account. Owner Greg Boehm’s other businesses, including the Cabinet and famed Mace bar, will continue to operate.
Hell’s Kitchen: pub on the road, a bar that opened on Ninth Avenue in 2019, closed just before the New Year. The bar faced several challenges, including reports of gas line issues and a fire on the roof of the building, combined with difficulties stemming from the pandemic.
Downtown : Greek place Molyvos — which had been open in Manhattan for 25 years — closed. The team announced the closure on its website, saying the restaurant inside the Wellington Hotel would be undergoing renovations and the owner would be looking for a new location. Restaurant group Livanos also owns Oceana and Hudson West, as well as Westchester City Limits Diner and Moderne Barn businesses which remain open.
Nomadic: Chef Jonathan Benno’s eponymous restaurant Beno had just won a 2021 Michelin star, but that didn’t prove enough to stop the chef from shutting down the dining destination at Hotel Evelyn. The restaurant, which received a rare three-star review from food critic Pete Wells in 2019, had been closed for most of the pandemic. In September last year, Benno reopened briefly only to close again at the end of the year. According to New York Times, Benno is also leaving Leonelli Bakery and Bar Benno, his two other projects at the hotel, operated by the Bastion Collection and Triumph hotels; the bar will be renamed Evelyn Bar and Leonelli Bakery will keep its name under its new management. Benno also shared in a statement to Time, “[COVID-19] tested our wits, strengthened our bonds and forced a serious reassessment.
Perspective heights: The essential of the neighborhood El Gran Castillo de Jagua announced its permanent closure last week, concluding a 34-year run in Prospect Heights. “We are sad to inform you that after thirty-four years, El Gran Castillo de Jagua will be closing after losing our lease,” owner Sergio Olivio shared in a Facebook post. The beloved Dominican restaurant closed once before in 2013, after losing its lease at its former location at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Park Place. In a Facebook comment, the restaurant shared that it has no plans to reopen at any other location.
Union Square: The location of Union Square Tamam Falafel, owned by Simon Oren of neighbor 5 Napkin Burger, has closed at 150 East 14th Street after a year in business. In January 2021, the vegan falafel spot opened in the former 5 Napkin Burger Express location in Oren. According to EV Grieve, the Upper East Side outpost of Tamam will remain open, and Oren plans to open in a new, undisclosed location soon.