Brick Lane Curry House's Upper East Side location is back in business after closing last week due to owner Sati Sharma's nearly $350,000 tax debt. The state Department of Tax and Finance seized the 1664 Third Avenue location and a 235 East 53rd Street location in Midtown last Tuesday, saying that Sharma had been charging customers sales tax and not passing it along to the state. A location in the East Village, at 99 Second Ave., never closed.
State spokesman Geoff Gloak says the state has returned the keys for the Upper East Side location, but the Midtown one remains closed. He could not comment on whether Sharma has started paying off his taxes. "We continue to work with the owner to resolve the tax debt," he says. Employees in East Village and Upper East Side did not know how things played out, only that both restaurants are open for business. One also said the Midtown location would reopen next week. Sharma did not immediately respond to a request for comment.