Nearly two years after New York’s first shutdown of indoor dining, restaurants and bars continue to close their doors. 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 the number could be even higher and it will likely take months or even years to assess.
Among them is the short-lived bubbly store Unedited by Solely Tea as well as a Dominican favorite El Gran Castillo de Jagua. Below, Eater documents the city’s permanent restaurant closures. If a restaurant or bar is closed in your neighborhood, let us know at email@example.com. This post will be updated regularly.
Chelsea: Wine bar the full Horse has taken his last gallop. The place was known for its flatbreads and Mediterranean bar snacks. A tipper shared the news with Eater earlier this month, and now the company’s website is no longer in operation; Google also marks it as permanently closed.
Clinton Hill: The neighborhood’s favorite The Good Batch has closed its ice cream shop, the God Batch Creamery. The Scoop store, which has been in operation for just over a year and was located directly opposite Anna Gordon’s bakery on busy Fulton Street, served a changing range of flavors, some inspired by popular cookies like a caramel brownie spiral. A rental sign was recently seen on the storefront, and Eater confirmed the closure via social media.
Lower East Side: Earlier this month, Eater shared that Crab Du Jour had closed in the neighborhood. Now Bowery Boogie reports it Juicy King Crab Express is no more, after less than a year in operation.
Jackson Heights: ONE White Castle who had been in Queens for more than 80 years is permanently shut down. The family-run business, which first opened in 1935, had been under the same ownership ever since.
Prospect heights: Loved the Thai place Look for the Plant Love House has closed in Brooklyn. Manadsanan Sutipayakul’s last remaining restaurant is Noods n ‘Chill in Williamsburg, which she opened with her daughters and son in January 2020. The Look by Plant Love House team tells Eater that they have no plans to open another restaurant.
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Bay Terrace: After 50 years in business, Jack’s Pizza and Pasta is out at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center. The pizzeria’s lease expired in September last year, and the Cord-Meyer Development Company, which owns the mall, did not renew it. According to local publication Patch, Jack’s and Cord-Meyer made an agreement that the restaurant could operate from its long-standing home on 26th Avenue until January 15, when it closed permanently.
East Village: Tatsu Ramen appears to be permanently closed at 167 First Avenue, between 10th Street and 11th Street. Neighbor blog EV Grieve noted in November that the three-year-old ramen store had been temporarily closed for more than a month. The First Avenue site is now advertised on the RIPCO real estate website.
Lower East Side: After a year of rapid expansion in the five boroughs, the Cajun seafood chain is boiling Today’s Crab has closed its storefront at 384 Grand Street, on Suffolk Street, according to Bowery Boogie. The closure leaves the chain with nearly 20 locations in New York State.
Lower East Side: Uchū, The 10-seater sushi counter run by chef Eiji Ichimura, closed after four years on December 30, according to a note on its website. The restaurant from owner Derek Feldman, who also runs the popular Sushi On Jones restaurant chain, stacked on extravagant ingredients like caviar, truffle and wagyu, but lacked flavor, according to an early review by Eater critic Ryan Sutton.
Meatpacking District: Crossroads at Lexus, the well-reputed #sponcon restaurant from the luxury car brand, is no more. As Eater previously reported, the restaurant managed by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group closed after three years due to reasons unrelated to the pandemic. A representative of Intersect declined to give a reason for the closure, calling the restaurant “a great success.”
Union Square: Restaurateur Simon Oren has closed Union Square’s location 5 Napkin burger restaurant chain, which also has locations in Hell’s Kitchen, Upper East Side and Upper West Side. The burger restaurant closed less than a month after the year-old Tamam Falafel, located next door and also owned by Oren.
Upper East Side: Corner bistro Eat Restaurant and Bar permanently closed on 30 December. The restaurant, known for its martinis and raw bar happy hours, hopes to reopen somewhere “very soon,” according to a note announcing the closure on its website.
East Village: Downtown restaurant Virginia’sknown for his burger, closed down for New Year’s on East 11th Street, on Avenue C. The team tells Eater that its lease was for renewal and that they will instead look elsewhere for a larger space. The restaurant, which opened for the first time in 2015, had faced both the challenges of a fire and the pandemic.
Greenpoint: Charming, book-filled neighborhood restaurant Milk & Roses, has closed at 1110 Manhattan Avenue, near Clay Street. But fear not, according to their Instagram post, the team plans to move just one block away, at 1140 Manhattan Avenue, on Box Street, in the coming days – the bookends are coming along for the move.
Upper West Side: My Most Favorite Food, a kosher restaurant that had been a fixture in the city for over 40 years, says goodbye. According to West Side Rag, the closure was related to issues related to a lease renewal. The publication also reports that the company will look to relocate its restaurant elsewhere.
Chinatown: Unedited by Solely Tea, a minor spinoff of Chinatown’s sneaker and boba shop Solely Tea, is permanently closed after a short five-month run. The storefront focused on curated, high-value shoes run by siblings Amy and Kenney Zhang. It first opened in August last year, but now a grocery store has since opened instead.
East Village: The seemingly always busy retro-themed cocktail Boiler maker has resigned after seven years in the neighborhood. Earlier this week, the team announced a final call for wings and drinks on its Instagram account. Owner Greg Boehm’s other businesses, including the Cabinet and the acclaimed bar Mace, will continue to operate.
Hell’s Kitchen: Down the Road Pub, a bar that opened on Ninth Avenue in 2019, closed its doors just before New Year. The bar faced several challenges, including reports of gas pipeline problems and a fire on the roof of the building, combined with difficulties due to the pandemic.
Midtby: Greek place Molyvos – which had been open in Manhattan for 25 years – is closed. The team announced the closure on its website, stating that the restaurant inside the Wellington Hotel is reportedly under renovation and that the ownership will look for a new location. Livanos Restaurant Group also owns Oceana and Hudson West, as well as Westchester ventures City Limits Diner and Modern Barn, which remain open.
Nomads: Chef Jonathan Benno’s namesake restaurant Benno had just gotten a Michelin star in 2021, but that turned out not to be enough to deter the chef from closing the fine-dining destination at the Evelyn Hotel. The restaurant, which received a rare three-star review from restaurant critic Pete Wells back in 2019, had closed most of the pandemic. Last September, Benno briefly reopened 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 hotel projects run by the Bastion Collection and Triumph Hotels; the bar is renamed Evelyn Bar, and Leonelli Bakery retains its name under its new management. Benno also shared in a statement to Times“[COVID-19] tested our wits, strengthened our bonds and forced a serious re-evaluation. ”
Prospect heights: Neighbor staples The great castle of Jagua announced its permanent closure last week and completed a 34-year run in Prospect Heights. “We are sorry to inform you that after thirty-four years, El Gran Castillo de Jagua will close its doors 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 on its former location on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Park Place. In a comment on Facebook, the restaurant shared that it has no plans to reopen elsewhere.
Union Square: Union Square location of OK Falafel, owned by Simon Oren of the neighboring 5 Napkin Burger, has closed its doors at 150 East 14th Street, after a year in business. In January 2021, the vegan falafel place opened its doors in Oren’s former 5 Napkin Burger Express location. According to EV Grieve, the Upper East Side outpost in Tamam will remain open, and Oren plans to open in a new, unpublished location soon.