Longtime neighborhood diner Silver Spurs is set to close
After nearly 40 years in Greenwich Village, diner Silver Spurs will close on March 29. Located now at 490 LaGuardia Pl., the diner’s original location on Broadway and Ninth Street closed in 2013 when its lease expired. Now, manager Kiki Bourekas cites a drop in business for the closure, saying that about two years ago the diner stopped staying open 24 hours on the weekends because it wasn’t worth it. It’s a dismal time for greasy spoons: Longtime Williamsburg diner Garden Grill also recently closed after more than 20 years in business as well as 40-year-old Georgia Diner in Elmhurst, Queens.
Openings and coming attractions
An Alaska-themed bar called Bar Alaska has opened at 174 Rivington St., channeling the state and its proximity to Russia with a menu of Russian vodkas, Alaskan king crab tacos, oyster shooters, and salmon tartare. Noga is a new kosher dairy restaurant at 120 Allen St., on the ground level of the Sago Hotel.
A ramen and sake collaboration
Ramen Lab is partnering with Sunset Park sake brewery Brooklyn Kura to make three new ramen recipes using sake kasu, a by-product of sake production. The three ramen dishes, including a vegan option, are available through March 24, and Brooklyn Kura sakes by the glass are also available at the Lower East Side ramen shop.
Banzarbar and Freemans add late-night options
Speaking of extremely specific themed bars, the LES bar inspired by early 20th century explorers and 1930s Antarctic expeditions Banzarbar is now open every night except Monday, offering its tasting menu of low-ABV cocktails and seafood-centric small plates as well as a la carte options for both.
The restaurant downstairs, Freemans, has also extended its hours from midnight to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with an updated liquor license, and there’s a new late-night menu, posted below.