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Dizengoff in Chelsea Market
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August 30

— Philly hummus restaurant Dizengoff has closed its NYC location in Chelsea Market. Opened in 2016, the popular stand was acclaimed restaurateurs Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s only New York business. They didn’t give a reason for the closure, but the stand, though it picked up a critical acclaim, looked more quiet after the entry of Israeli pita chain Miznon to the market.

— Casual French restaurant Macaron Cafe closed after four years at 303 Greenwich.

— At 85 First Ave. in East Village, Shinbashi Sushi has not been open recently, and the phone number is no longer in service.

— After less than two years, sandwich restaurant the Press Shop has closed. The Noho store served various cuisine-inspired sandwiches, such as an Italian one and one inspired by banh mi.

— The Financier Patisserie in Brookfield Place has closed.

— East Village Australian Flinders Lane closed on Sunday, August 26 after five years; owners did not give a reason for the closure.

August 23

— Five-year-old East Village water boutique Molecule Project has shuttered. The so-called “water cafe” sold $2.50 glass bottles of literal tap water that was run through a fancy filtering machine. Vitamin supplements could also be added.

— The UES location of Cajun pizzeria chain Two Boots closed. Other locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and in Jersey City, LA, and Nashville remain open.

August 16

— LES bar Boss Tweed’s Saloon is permanently closed despite earlier reports that it would re-open. In August 2017, New York City authorities seized the bar after an underage woman was locked in overnight. A fast-casual bowls spot called Greens and Grains is opening in its place.

1 Pike Cafe and Bar, a wine bar in Chinatown, has closed. It initially opened as a coffee shop in June 2017 and then transitioned into a wine bar serving bistro fare like fish and chips, steak frites, and mussels. It was known for its affordable drink prices, including $7 glasses of wine and $5 beers on tap.

— Greenwich Village celeb-magnet restaurant Omar’s La Ranita and its private nightclub Omar’s have closed.

— Scott Conant, a regular judge on popular Food Network show Chopped, has closed his Flatiron Italian restaurant Fusco.

— Fashionable all-day cafe De Maria shuttered. Chef Adriana Urbina posted a statement to Instagram saying that the closure was in part due to “lack of transparency and professionalism from the owner.”

August 9

Union Fare, the Union Square restaurant perhaps most known for its Instagram ploy of a rainbow-filled birthday cake croissant, has closed. It will reopen in the fall as a private events space.

— The Upper West Side gastropub known for its duck burger and other hefty meat dishes, the Fat Monk, shuttered after just over a year.

— Williamsburg neighborhood pub Gordon Bennett shuttered.

— UWS desserts shop Tiny Treats Cafe is permanently closed, and the building is for rent.

— On the Upper West Side, AG Kitchen closed after six years in business, and a post on Facebook notes that it will eventually reopen as a new restaurant.

— Alphabet City Italian restaurant Nobody is Perfect has closed after its gas has been shut off for the last six months.

Harry & Ida’s closed its fast-casual luncheonette in Fidi. The original Harry & Ida’s in the East Village remains open.

— The Upper West Side restaurant and butcher shop combo originally opened by Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield, White Gold Butchers, closed. It’s the latest fallout in the wake of allegations of misconduct against Friedman.

August 2

— Farm-to-table Chelsea Market restaurant and wine bar the Green Table closed after 15 years in business. The owners did not note a reason for the closure.

— European brasserie Karver, which previously had ambitious expansion plans, closed its Downtown Brooklyn location, where the pastries and bread were overseen by acclaimed pastry chef François Payard. According to a PR rep, the location was always meant to be a “test kitchen” for the Karver brand. It has only been open since March. The Karver in Sheepshead Bay remains open.

— Gowanus restaurant Bar Salumi shuttered in the wake of allegations that owner Adam Harvey poisoned his neighbor’s tree.

— Over-the-top Midtown clubstaurant Sushi Roxx closed, reportedly due to financial issues.

— The 35-year-old Noho Cajun restaurant Great Jones Cafe permanently closed following the death of owner Jim Moffett.

Harlem Bar-B-Q on Lenox Avenue has closed after three years of serving dishes like baby back ribs, burgers, and wings.

— After three years in Tribeca, cocktail bar the Bennett shuttered. Its sibling bars Raines Law Room and Dear Irving remain open.

— The Chipotle outpost at 19-25 St. Mark’s Place closed.

— Local coffee chain Konditori closed its location at 182 Allen St. Locations remain open in Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Williamsburg, and Fidi.

Barilla Restaurants closed its Theater District and Herald Square locations. One Midtown location remains open.

July 26

— Quaint neighborhood candy shop the Sweet Life permanently closed after over three decades. It had gone through three owners, the final of which could no longer handle the cost of leaks and other building issues.

Clinton Hall’s South Street Seaport location has shuttered, stripping the Seaport District of the mini-chain’s Instagram-pandering “fondue burgers” and other food spectacles. The location was initially opened as a pop-up concept. Four more locations remain open, including one close by to the shuttered location in FiDi. New signage has gone up in the space teasing a new all-day restaurant called Cobble & Co.

— Raw-food cafe Quintessence closed after nearly two decades in East Village and flipped into a new vegan restaurant called Vegan Love with the same chef.

— Irish pub Dorian Gray Tap & Grill in Alphabet City has closed after four years.

Aroma Espresso Bar closed on the UWS after its lease expired.

July 20

— Acclaimed Thai restaurant East Village Thai closed its doors after two decades, though the owner’s daughter will reportedly be reopening a noodle shop in the space. The tiny neighborhood restaurant picked up some critical praise since it opened in 1998, including nods for its pad thai and a mention in the Times for dishes like tom yum.

— LES pan-Asian restaurant Doka Square at 53 Delancey St. shuttered after three years.

— Sunnyside restaurant Zen Yai Pho Shop has closed its East Village outpost at 518 Sixth St. The owners say they’re moving it to a bigger location elsewhere and that the shop will soon be a totally new restaurant.

— On the Upper West Side, Mexican restaurant Riviera Maya at 301 West 96th St. has been closed for a few weeks, and a marshal’s notice is posted to the door.

— Meatball restaurant Polpette shuttered its 483 Amsterdam Ave. location on the Upper West Side but remains open on West 71st St.

July 12

— Kosher deli Ben’s Best in Queens shuttered after 73 years of serving old-school classics like matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches, and meatloaf. The restaurant has been owned by the same family since 1945. Current owner Jay Parker told the Daily News that there has been a decline in business because of new protected bike lanes — a claim that bicycle advocates say is hogwash.

— Neighborhood restaurant Anella in Greenpoint is closed until further notice in the aftermath of a fire. The closure was announced on Instagram, and while the restaurant is working toward reopening, it’s unclear when that will happen. Anella opened in 2009.

— French-influenced American fine dining restaurant Mas (Farmhouse) shuttered after 14 years in Greenwich Village.

Carma Asian Tapas’ West Village location closed. Carma East remains open in the East Village.

— Hong Kong waffle shop Egloo in the East Village has departed after a year.

— UWS restaurant Dovetail closed at the end of June after 11 years in the neighborhood. It will be reopening as a new restaurant.

July 5

— Chinese restaurant Pacificana in Sunset Park shuttered after at least a decade in business. The restaurant was a dim sum destination in Brooklyn and served classic Chinese small plates.

— The 116-year-old bakery Glaser’s Bake Shop on the Upper East Side closed. The family-owned bakery at 1670 First Ave. was flooded with people for its final week.

— In East Village, Zucker Bakery shuttered after seven years of serving potato knish, matzah ball soup, and pastries like rugelach, chocolate babka, and spiced honey cookies in the neighborhood.

— Hell’s Kitchen American restaurant 44 12 closed after 15 years in the neighborhood, according to an announcement posted on the restaurant’s website. Its sister restaurant, 44 & X, remains open in the neighborhood.

— Wood-fired pizza joint Annabel in Hell’s Kitchen closed its doors.

— Downtown Brooklyn’s Papaya King is closed. It has been removed from the Papaya King website, and Yelp reports it as permanently closed.

— Decades-old UES cafe Neil’s Coffee Shop has been seized by NY state for non-payment of taxes.

— East Village mixian spot Yuan Noodle closed at 157 Second Ave. after less than a year in business. It’s the first high-profile shutter within NYC’s rice noodle craze. A sign posted on the building notes that the business is for sale.

Kambi Ramen shuttered after a decade in East Village.

— Taiwanese fried food joint Cheers Cut officially closed, and the space is for rent.

— Tribeca burger joint Zaitzeff is now closed.

— Clubby Japanese restaurant Megu, which has locations in Delhi, Moscow, Doha, and Switzerland, shuttered in the Dream Downtown hotel. It will be replaced by Upper East Side Chinese institution Philippe

— Hot chicken sandwich specialist Delaney Chicken is no more. The popular food hall vendor in UrbanSpace Vanderbilt was open for three years.

June 29

— After a battle with its notoriously crooked landlord, West Village bohemian performance space Caffe Vivaldi has closed. In its 35-year life at 32 Jones St., Caffe Vivaldi hosted musicians and other artistic souls in the small space which drew a local and celebrity crowd.

— Lower East SIde burger joint L.E.S. Kitchen is no more.

— A little over a year after opening, ramen shop Chuko’s Bushwick location has closed, though the original in Prospect Heights remains open.

— With its East Village building set to become an office space, Korilla BBQ on Third Avenue has closed. Its 30-year-old rock and shots bar neighbor Continental follows suit after this weekend.

Europan Cafe on the Upper West Side has shuttered after 15 years.

— In East Village, two-year-old Rose and Basil has closed. It served desserts and healthy dinner.

— After serving Italian food to the Upper East Side for 41 years, Vivolo has closed its doors. Owner Angelo Vivolo says he hopes to stay in the restaurant industry by consulting or finding a location for a new restaurant, but that “present conditions” made it difficult to be profitable.

June 21

— After 42 years in Greenwich Village, Spanish restaurant Cafe Español has shuttered. The restaurant served classic Spanish food like heaping paellas and shareable tapas in a stucco-walled, kitschy but cozy and bright space with white tablecloths and painted murals. It was a fixture in the neighborhood.

— Old-school Jewish deli Benash closed after 28 years in business in Midtown West.

— After over a decade along LIC’s waterfront, Riverview Restaurant along Long Island City’s waterfront has closed to make way for a new American brasserie from the team behind nearby restaurant Maiella.

— Just nine months after it opened, Kips Bay gluten-free Italian restaurant Tali has closed “due to unforeseen circumstances,” according to a notice on the restaurant’s website.

— In Greenpoint, pricey coffee shop Budin has been closed by the city for reportedly not paying rent.

— The first Manhattan location of fast food chain Carl’s Jr. closed after less than five months in business.

June 14

— Bowery’s Mexican restaurant Hecho en Dumbo shuttered after 11 years in business. As its name suggests, the restaurant originally opened in Dumbo before hopping across the river to Manhattan after three years. The restaurant was known for its Mexican seafood offerings like red snapper quesadillas as well as fried yellowfin tacos. It was known for its bright, refreshing cocktails, too. Chef Danny Mena’s cooking can still be found at Bushwick’s Mexican luncheonette La Lonchería.

— Italian grocery store and Roman-style pizzeria Pinsalab in Park Slope has closed.

— Park Slope’s Neapolitan-style pizza joint Peperoncino also shuttered after over a decade in the neighborhood.

— Italian restaurant Trattoria Il Mulino’s NYC location in Flatiron closed. Locations remain open in Atlantic City, Disney World, and downtown Nashville.

— West Village Mediterranean restaurant The Quarter has been legally possessed by the landlord according to a marshal’s notice posted to the restaurant’s entrance. A “for rent” sign is also on display, and the website is down.

Hummus Place’s Seventh Avenue location in West Village has closed after about a decade in the neighborhood.

— Russian-influenced bistro and live music joint Anyway Cafe in Soho closed.

— No-frills Tribeca slice joint Rossettis Pizza at 114 Sixth Ave. closed.

Maison Kayser at 326 Bleecker Street shuttered after four years of slinging French-inspired breads, pastries, and cafe fare. Over a dozen other locations remain open in NYC.

— David Chang’s Midtown restaurant Má Pêche closed after eight years of serving a rotating fare of cuisines like French-Vietnamese, American, and dim sum.

Fuku+, David Chang’s souped-up version of his fast-casual fried chicken chain, also closed.

Cherche Midi, Keith McNally’s meaty and critically acclaimed Lower East Side bistro, closed over the weekend after four years on Bowery.

June 7

— After nearly five years in Bushwick, noodles and tiki bar King Noodle shuttered. The restaurant offered affordable noodle dishes like ho fun noodles with shrimp and flat noodles with spicy coconut braised chicken. The restaurant revamped in 2015, trading in some of its kitschy style but keeping the disco ball. Founded by two former Roberta’s chefs, it drew a hip nighttime crowd with its handmade noodles and scorpion bowls.

— Japanese American restaurant Zutto has closed in Tribeca after over 30 years. It was a rare affordable dining option in the neighborhood, serving ramen, steamed buns, fried rice, and also a steak frites.

Lucky’s Famous Burgers shuttered after eight years at 147 East Houston St. Locations of the burger and shake joint remain open in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.

— On the UWS, new Kosher restaurant Milk & Honey closed mere days after opening.

New Museum Deli on the UWS shuttered after 11 years.

— UWS Italian restaurant Pretto has closed to make way for another location of coffee shop Bluestone Lane.

— After more than five years on the Lower East Side, cupcake shop Sweet Buttons has shuttered.

— Popular UWS Greek restaurant Kefi has now permanently closed its doors at 505 Columbus Ave. but original chef-owner Michael Psilakis will relaunch the restaurant in its original space at 222 West 79th St. in the coming weeks.

— Chef-owner Einat Admony closed her Middle Eastern neighborhood restaurant Balaboosta, citing an increase in operational costs and recent changes in the neighborhood as reasons for the closure.

— Williamsburg Southern food favorite Brooklyn Star shuttered after nine years in the neighborhood due to slowing business over the last two summers, as well as a rise in the cost of keeping the restaurant open.

— Downtown Brooklyn’s neighborhood ramen shop Ganso closed. The owner plans to open a new restaurant in the same space later this summer.

Seamstress, one of the UES’ few hip cocktail destinations, closed. Management says that the restaurant is closing for financial reasons and that it was not profitable.

June 1

— Less than two months after opening, West Village all-day cafe Bleecker Street Luncheonette from the Risotteria team shuttered according to a tipster. The phone number is no longer in service, all information has been removed from the website, and the restaurant has gone quiet on social media. The owner did not respond to a request for comment.

— UWS late-night Dominican joint Caridad has closed at 588 Amsterdam Ave. after over a decade in business. The restaurant served cheap eats and comfort foods like roast chicken with beans and rice and pernil. It also served traditional Dominican breakfasts.

— After initially announcing that it would be closing for renovations, Chinese street crepe shop Mr. Bing has permanently closed in the East Village.

— Chef Ralf Kuettel’s Swiss-American bistro and wine bar Trestle on Tenth, located near the High Line, closed after 12 years of serving cured salmon, crispy duck necks, and smoked trout salad. Kuettel’s porky sandwich spot Rocket Pig next door also shuttered.

— Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson closed his casual hip hop-inspired chicken restaurant Streetbird Rotisserie just over three years since opening in Harlem.

May 24

— East Village’s Cafe Zaiya has closed. The Japanese cafe and bakery shut down late last month following health department violations, and it is now gone for good.

— After 36 years in the West Village, diner Village Den has closed. Owners posted a note on the door at 225 West 12th St. that didn’t give a reason for the shutter.

Closed for good is six-year-old Upper West Side Italian restaurant Machiavelli, which had declining business and could not sustain itself. The restaurant had a bit of a revival last fall when it announced it might have to close, but not enough to save it.

May 10

— East Village sushi shop The Loop, which named some of its rolls after pop culture figures like the Spice Girls, Ashanti, and Billy Joel, has closed at 173 3rd Ave., and the building is for rent.

— East Village ice cream, rice, and noodle shop Pink Bear Ice Cream has closed.

— After 11 years of serving Southern-style barbecue plates and sandwiches on the Lower East Side, Georgia’s Eastside BBQ closed after service on May 6. According to a farewell post on Instagram, the shutter is the result of multiple reasons but “principally construction problems” in the luxury condo development next door.

May 4

Abbey Pub at 237 West 105th St. on the Upper West Side closed after being in business for nearly 50 years. The neighborhood bar opened in 1969, and the owner told West Side Rag that the closure was because of “the landlord and the city,” though he did not offer further details.

— In Greenwich Village, 15-year-old Irish bar Mr. Dennehy’s has closed due to its lease ending and a rent increase, according to a farewell note posted on the bar’s website.

Havana Alma de Cuba, which has served Cuban food in Greenwich Village for two decades, shuttered at the end of April. According to owner Louis Skibar, most of the former employees will work at his other restaurants in the city, Coppelia and Cuba.

— The Tribeca location of Perpetuum Cafe has shuttered, though the Chelsea one remains open.

— After 10 years, steakhouse Ben & Jack’s closed its restaurant at 255 Fifth Ave. due to a rent hike. A location of the steakhouse remains open slightly uptown, on East 44th Street in Midtown East.

— UWS coffee and chocolate shop 2Beans closed at 461 Amsterdam Ave., but three locations remain open.

— Bread and cake shop Bakeri in East Village is now closed, though locations remain in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

— The original location of David Chang’s Fuku in East Village has closed, but a larger location at 1145 Broadway at 26th Street in Nomad will open later this year.

April 27

— East Village’s No Malice Palace — which has been experiencing sporadic closures ever since its owner Phil Sherman died in November 2016 — is currently “closed until further notice,” according to a sign posted on the exterior. Facebook and Yelp list it as closed, and the bar’s liquor license expired on January 31st. The bar opened in 1999.

Tiny Treats Cafe on the Upper West Side has closed over a reported partner dispute.

— Middle Eastern chain Chickpea has closed its outpost at 210 East 14th St.

— After a three-month struggle with city authorities and insurance companies, owner Suzanne Latapie has decided to close the more than 11-year-old French restaurant bistro Chat Noir on the Upper East Side.

— Cocktail bar Suffolk Arms, located on the border of East Village and LES, has closed due to an alleged dispute between partners. The bar opened in February 2016 and featured an extensive cocktail list with more than 50 options, alongside a small American menu.

April 19

— Tribeca’s Puerto Rican restaurant Sazon has closed after a decade in the neighborhood. The restaurant served Puerto Rican fare in a lively setting. A farewell note posted on the website, Facebook, and the storefront says to be on the lookout for a new location but does not provide a reason for the closure.

— East Williamsburg coffee shop and cafe Bearcat has closed. For over a week, a handwritten “closed” sign has been on the front door, and Google and Yelp list the cafe as permanently closed. An employee at the restaurant confirmed the closure but did not provide a reason. The small spot did daily brunch, served small plates in the evenings, and offered wine and beer.

— Neighborhood restaurateurs Alex Raij and Eder Montero have shuttered their Cobble Hill coffee shop Tekoá to make room for their new fish-focused restaurant in the same space.

— Chelsea brasserie Markt has closed after 20 years of serving seafood and Belgian ales. The last day of service was April 15.

April 12

— East Village Italian cafe Paradiso closed after nine years in business. A sign posted on the window notes that everything in the space is for sale.

— West Village Italian restaurant La Carbonara, open since 2009, has been seized by the landlord, according to a notice of marshal’s legal possession posted on the restaurant. The phone number is no longer working, an email to the restaurant bounced, and it’s not accepting any reservations. The owners say it’s just a gas leak problem and did not immediately respond to questions abut the marshal’s notice.

— East Village cocktail bar Suffolk Arms has been closed recently, due to an alleged dispute between its co-owners. Google currently lists the bar as permanently closed, and the phone number has been disconnected.

— Crown Heights pizzeria Rosco’s has closed after nearly six years of slinging slices in the neighborhood.

Update: This story has been updated with La Carbonara’s owner comment.

April 5

— After 88 years in the legendary Chelsea Hotel, iconic NYC Spanish restaurant El Quijote shuttered. The restaurant will reportedly reopen six months down the line following a complete renovation, according to the new owners.

— Quirky Flatiron Southern restaurant Live Bait shuttered after 31 years of serving up dollar oysters, fried pickles, and cold beer. The restaurant was immediately flipped into a Flats Fix outpost.

— Italian restaurant Three of Cups closed after nearly 26 years. The space will be replaced by a restaurant from the Emily pizza team.

— The location of cafe chain Le Pain Quotidien at 550 Hudson St. in West Village has shuttered.

— Less than a year after its debut, TV chef Anne Burrell’s Cobble Hill restaurant Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge has been dark for the past week.

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