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 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 could be even higher and will likely take months or even years to assess.
Below, Eater documents the city’s permanent restaurant closures, including an acclaimed modern Korean restaurant and a Manhattan food hall. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at [email protected] This post will be updated regularly.
21st of October
Chelsea: Joel Robuchon’s work shop, one of Manhattan’s two-star Michelin restaurants, is officially made in Chelsea. The fine-dining restaurant with outposts in Las Vegas and Miami temporarily closed at the start of the pandemic but never reopened
Crown heights: A Brooklyn bar known for its chicken fried steak, jambalaya and other dishes that pay homage to New Orleans has closed. It’s true, Catfish is made. The popular Crown Heights spot announced the closure on Instagram earlier this month, wrapping things up on Sunday, October 16 with “one last Saints game.”
Financial district: The owners of Uyghur caravan cuisine, one of Manhattan’s only Uyghur restaurants, said it was evicted following a series of miscommunications with its owner in the Financial District. “The eviction was not caused by a lack of diligence, but by language barriers,” according to an online petition to overturn the eviction, which took place in late August. The restaurant has been temporarily closed since then, and owner Abdul Ahat Bakri, a first-generation Uyghur immigrant, confirmed this week that Caravan would not reopen at its Pearl Street address. He is now looking for a new home for the restaurant in Manhattan.
Green Point: Greenpoint Favorite Annela closed after 13 years. The Franklin Street restaurant was run by former owner Blair Papagni from May 2009 until May 2021, when she sold the space to her friend Sean Curneen. Papagni tells Greenpointers the restaurant closed so Curneen could “spend more time with his family.”
Lower side is: Zhen Wei Fang, an extravagant hot pot that Eater critic Ryan Sutton once called “absolutely wild,” is no more. The restaurant with a Mandarin-speaking robot host, $80 wagyu beef, private karaoke rooms and pastoral scenes projected onto its dining room walls temporarily closed in December 2020, according to a note on its website. It never reopened and has since been tagged “permanently closed” on Google.
East Village: Pellet Lab, one of the few new restaurants to receive the Michelin Bib Gourmand label this year, has already closed its doors. According to EV Grieve, the year-old ravioli spot turned dark upon recognition, and its owners are currently looking for a new location to reopen the business.
East Village: Oiji will not reopen on First Avenue. The restaurant, once considered one of the best modern Korean restaurants in town, has been temporarily closed since the team opened Oiji Mi, their Flatiron suite which debuted in May and received a Michelin star this month. -this. A spokesperson confirms this week that the space that has housed Oiji since 2015 has since been turned over to Hand Hospitality, the restaurant group behind Her Name Is Han and other Manhattan restaurants, which plans to open a new Korean restaurant. at the address. Chef Brian Sehong Kim is now looking for a new location to reopen Oiji.
Flatiron District: National cheese factory Beecher’s Artisan Cheese has closed its Manhattan restaurant after more than a decade. In a post shared online, the company attributed the shutdown to the pandemic. “We have been hanging on for the past few years, but unfortunately we have not been able to recover from the effect of the pandemic on the neighborhood,” the note reads.
Garment area: Manhattan Food Hall the decor is made. The space closed on September 30, according to an announcement on the food hall’s Facebook page, ending its few remaining vendors. Nansense, a popular Afghan food stand that started as a truck, has closed, as has Antojitos Caseros, a Mexican restaurant that once sold tacos out of the back of a South Bronx bodega. First restaurateur Doris Huang opened the food hall in 2019, turning heads with her list of “genuinely exciting” food options. The space temporarily closed the following year due to the pandemic, returning with limited hours and fewer vendors in early 2021.
Little Italy: CafeTal, a home-style Italian restaurant that got its start as a social club in the 1940s, has gone out of business. The owners announced the decision on Instagram, wrapping things up with a final night of service on October 8.