Pour out a cosmo: After 17 years of serving up clubby sushi and many of the now-cheesy hot pink cocktail, Sushisamba will close its iconic West Village location on December 23 when its lease ends. The Brazilian, Peruvian, and Japanese sushi bar-slash-party spot opened on Seventh Avenue South in 1999 and is best known for its three appearances on Sex and the City.
In the closure announcement, parent company Orange Brands Management CEO Shimon Bokovza acknowledges that back when it opened, the restaurant had no idea it would morph into a global brand with five locations worldwide. Despite that success, the closure of the last NYC location — there was another at a time in Gramercy — is nonetheless a blow to the restaurant’s identity. The other ones remain open, but soon, none will exist in NYC, though Bokovza hints at a possible return to NYC in the future.
For many, Sushisamba is synonymous with the New York City glamorized in Sex and the City, one where sipping a cosmopolitan out of a martini glass in a buzzy, clubby space was the epitome of cool. After December 23, those looking for those vibes can still rely on the Tao Group.
Correction: This story has been corrected to show that the West Village restaurant was not the original location of the chain.