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Popular Pizzeria GG’s Shutters to Make Way for Emmy Squared — and More Closings

A weekly updated roundup of shutters throughout New York City

The GG’s Grandma pie
The GG’s Grandma pie
Photo by Nick Solares

December 28

— After three years in Alphabet City, Nick Morgenstern’s popular grandma pie restaurant GG’s has closed. Hit Williamsburg Detroit-style pizza place Emmy Squared will open in the space come spring 2018.

— Midtown East gastropub The Upsider, at 1004 Second Avenue, has closed suddenly.

December 21

A new lease structure has shuttered Lupulo, Aldea chef-owner George Mendes casual Midtown Portuguese restaurant. He is searching for a new space to hopefully reopen in 2018.

— Upper West Side pizza restaurant Farinella has closed its Amsterdam Avenue location, but remains open at two places on the Upper East Side.

December 13

— St. Mark’s Taiwanese restaurant TK Kitchen closed after 10 years in the East Village. It served bubble tea, popcorn chicken, noodles, and other Taiwanese fare. The owners say they have a new idea in the works.

— A franchise location of pizzeria Patsy's has closed its University Place outpost.

— The Upper West Side is down a bagel store with the closure of Jumbo Bagels at 83rd and Columbus.

— East Village cafe Stuyvesant Organic has closed, but looks like it will soon be a dumpling restaurant.

— Over in Bushwick, coffee roaster Supercrown has closed after two years.

— Coffee shop Honeyhaus at 334 East 11th Street has closed without explanation.

Over on the Upper West Side, Thai restaurant Sookk at 2686 Broadway has closed.

December 6

— In the East Village, Hot Pot Central on 2nd Avenue has closed its doors. The owners have previously closed two other concepts in the space.

— East Village Coffee shop and co-working space combo Pourt has shuttered. The business, which opened in January, offered bottomless coffee for $2.99, conference rooms, internet access, and things like printers and chargers.

— Down in Tribeca, a juice spot called Wicked is down for the count. A Dunkin’ Donuts will open in its place.

Qi Thai Grill in Williamsburg has shuttered, with famed Queens Thai restaurant SriPraPhai taking over the space at 176 North 9th Street.

November 29

— Up on the Upper West Side, a location of The Meatball Shop suddenly closed last week. A representative for the restaurants points to costly structural changes that made it “too cost prohibitive to continue operation.” Interested employees have been relocated to other locations.

— Cuban restaurant Agozar closes November 30 after 15 years in the East Village. Ownership did not give a reason for the shutter.

— Bay Ridge’s Welsh pub Longbow closes Thursday after nine years. Until then, 2009 prices are available with $5 draft beer and $5 and $6 bottled beer and cider.

— After five years at 254 Broome Street, Tache Artisan Chocolate has closed to move to the basement location at 163 Chrystie Street.

November 22

— Brazilian-style tapioca crepe restaurant Oca has closed the doors on its Nolita restaurant — but the restaurant’s Facebook says it will reopen in a “secret location” in Williamsburg. It first opened in Nolita last year.

— East Village’s International Bar closes its 120 1/2 First Avenue location after service on Wednesday. Sister bar Coal Yard will instead be transformed into International Bar, with the change happening on Thursday.

— After two-and-a-half years on the Lower East Side, one-Michelin-starred restaurant Rebelle closed after dinner service over the weekend.

— Despite a fairly enthusiastic following, the Golden Girls-themed Rue La Rue Cafe in Washington Heights has closed after less than a year. Owner Michael J. La Rue says he may reopen it one day.

November 15

— On the Lower East Side, Whynot Coffee has closed to make way for Una Pizza Napoletana’s hyped return to NYC at 175 Orchard Street.

— Cute little fashion- and art-focused coffee shop Cafe Henrie has shuttered two years on the Lower East Side at 116 Forsyth Street.

— Upper West Side Indian restaurant Saffron, at 320 Columbus Avenue, is now closed, with the interior already mostly cleared out

— Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly French bistro Le Village is no longer open at 127 East 7th Street

— Citing a higher rent and expenses, Rita’s Ice at 2486 Broadway has closed, though it is still offering its custard and frozen ice for catering. Management decided to shutter rather than raise prices.

November 8

— New York City hardly knew 33 Greenwich, the Southern restaurant at 33 Greenwich Avenue that has shuttered after just six months. Owners flipped the space to Greenwich Grille with Harold’s Meat + Three chef-owner Harold Moore now in charge of the comfort food-producing kitchen.

— The legendary fine dining Maccioni family has closed its upscale Italian restaurant Osteria del Circo — aka Circo. The family, best known for French fine dining institution Le Cirque, first opened it in 1996. They had a dispute with the landlord over the 120 West 55th Street space but plan to reopen it nearby.

— Hot dog purveyor and NYC original Papaya King has closed its location at 3 Saint Mark’s Place to make way for an office building.

— Cocktail bar Wise Men (355 Bowery) has shuttered after five years, with no explanation.

— Bushwick neighborhood bar Tutu’s (25 Bogart Street) is no more, with owners posting a thank you note on the Facebook page that did not explain the closure.

November 3

— East Village rock bar HiFi ended its tenure after 15 years on Avenue A. Owner Mike Stuto — whom many considered a champion for indie artists — said that the weekend bar crowd was “mostly indifferent to the place,” and the business wasn’t doing well. Before it was HiFi, the space housed Brownies for 13 years, another rock bar.

— All signs point to Graffiti, an Indian small plates restaurant from chef Jehangir Mehta, being closed. The East Village restaurant, around for about a decade, hasn’t been open, and a new Greek restaurant is applying for a liquor license at the space.

— The Gansevoort Market location of controversial sushi chef David Bouhadana’s Sushi by Bou has closed, with word that the chef allegedly made derogatory and racist comments to other vendors. The 30-minute omakase counter has two other locations in the city.

October 25

— SF-based quinoa automat Eatsa — where diners can order and pick up lunch without talking to a single human — has closed both of its New York City locations. It had an outpost at 285 Madison Avenue and one at 666 Third Avenue.

— The remaining location of longtime Italian fine dining destination A Voce has ended its tenure. After 13 years, the restaurant’s 41 Madison Avenue location across from the park closed for good last Friday.

Birdbath, the environmentally-minded sibling to City Bakery, has closed its 45 Spring Street location.

— A Greenwich Village location of salad chain Fresh&Co has shut its doors at 58 East 8th Street location. A location a few blocks north at 729 Broadway is still open.

October 18

— After nearly 40 years in Chelsea, family-run Spanish seafood restaurant Francisco’s Centro Vasco has closed permanently once again.

— Popular East Village restaurant Cafe Orlin officially shut its doors after 36 years in the neighborhood. It may reopen elsewhere.

Chelsea Deli and Bakery at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue, around since at least 1999, has closed its doors.

October 4

— After three years, chef Jesse Schenker has shuttered his Flatiron American restaurant The Gander, citing rising costs and decreased sales.

— East Village cocktail bar Coup — founded on the idea of donating its profits to organizations fighting against the policies of Donald Trump — closed to take its cocktail charity on the road across the country.

— Thirty-five-year-old Chinatown beef jerky shop New Beef King will shutter as soon as its jerky sells out. Owner Robert Yee plans to retire, which means his daily-made jerky will, too.

September 27

— After just a year and a half on Broome Street, playful Thai restaurant The Lucky Bee shut down. Owner Rupert Noffs says the restaurant was unable to keep up with the space’s rent.

— The white-picket-fenced Elizabeth’s Neighborhood Table closed its doors on the Upper West Side. Owners plan to transfer Elizabeth’s brunch menu over to Gabriella’s, the other restaurant they own.

For the first half of 2017’s restaurant closures, head here.