Seasonal restaurant Northern Spy is closing this month after about six years in the East Village. Owners Chris Ronis and Christophe Hille write in a note that the restaurant will be shutting its doors in about two weeks. Last year was "tough," and they were not able to bring the restaurant back to its former heights, they write. "We did not manage to pull the nose up to restore the flight altitude we once enjoyed," the note says. "We're hanging it up while we still have the buttons on our pants."
Northern Spy Food Co. opened in November 2009, and with San Francisco fine dining vets behind it, the restaurant got a lot of buzz in the early years. Its kale salad pioneered the craze in restaurants across town and remained one of the better versions of it. Northern Spy also stayed on the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand list for affordable eats for several years in its tenure, and alums of its kitchen have gone on to open restaurants like Dimes and Fancy Nancy. Ronis and Hille go on to thank customers, staff, and the slew of suppliers at the farm-to-table restaurant: "We've had a great run and are very proud of what we accomplished in this space in the last six years." The last night of service is Wednesday, February 17.