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The Shutter Report: Portofino Grille, First Wok, Sortie, Boerum Hill Food Company, La Strada, Bagicha

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It's quickly becoming the season of frequent shutters. A few restaurant that have served their last customers ahead. If you know of any more, you know who to contact.

2008_12_portofino.jpg1) Upper East Side: A reader reports Portofino Grille on 64th and 1st has been shuttered since November 24th, and a call to the restaurant finds the number disconnected: "Note on door says reason for closing 'personal family matters.' I know it's the upper east side, but people eat here too." [Shutter Inbox]

2) Upper East Side: Another reader report: "Thought I'd report that long time neighborhood stalwart First Wok, at 88th-89th and 3rd Avenue, closed sometime in November. Walked by there a few days ago and noticed a closed sign on the front door. Not the greatest Chinese food around, but they'd been there about 25 years and was a regular spot for some of us UES high schoolers in the '80's due to their lax carding regimen. Oh well." [Shutter Inbox]

3) Hell's Kitchen: The 'Bag shares the ironic news that Sortie, a Hell's Kitchen lounge, has closed: "...with the loss of this lounge that once offered food and drink to after-work types, comes the sad feeling associated with the loss of the opportunity to sit on a pink bench decorated with pink pillows, feet propped on a pink ottoman, surrounded by pink walls. Of what will the recession deprive us next?" [TFB]

4) Midtown: Midtown Lunch sends word that La Strada a "pizza place turned Latin food joint" on 56th between Park and Lexington has served its last. [ML]

5) Boerum Hill: Gowanus Lounge reports Boerum Hill Food Company closed earlier in the week. A community group sent out a mass email lamenting the loss of the neighborhood spot, beseeching residents to visit the owners' other, more popular, restaurant Saul. [GL]

6) Upper West Side: Another sad reader report: "Bagicha, one of the better (and more ambitious) UWS Indian spots (79th between Bway and Amsterdam), has closed. Phone # is not in service and a 'For Rent' sign is posted on the window. Sad." [Shutter Inbox]

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