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Two Beloved Downtown Mainstays Shutter Following Decades

Plus, where Gayle King loves to eat in NYC — and more intel

Caffe Vivaldi
Caffe Vivaldi
Photo via Jazz F./Yelp

The closing of two longtime restaurants Fay Da’s original location will close after nearly three decades

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.

Further downtown, 27-year-old Chinatown bakery Fay Da will shutter its original location. In a post on Instagram, the restaurant, which serves both savory and sweet Asian pastries, said it will close on June 30 at 191 Centre St. due to “immutable terms” on the lease. Several other locations in Manhattan and Queens are still open.

Two other closures to mark

Another closure to mark is L.E.S. Kitchen, a burger joint at 15 Essex St. It also looks like young Taiwanese restaurant Cheers Cut at 26 Saint Mark’s Pl. might be closed, as it’s been shuttered and the phone is disconnected. Meanwhile Ippudo is down but not out: The East Village location is closed through July 17 for renovations.

And two coming attractions

On Thursday, June 28, fast-casual teriyaki restaurant Glaze is opening what it’s calling its flagship location at 643 Lexington Ave. with a new menu item: teriyaki pulled pork. Gypsy brewery Grimm Artisanal Ales is finally getting its own space, opening in East Williamsburg at 990 Metropolitan Ave. in a 7,500-square-foot space this Saturday, June 30. There will also be food from Middle Eastern Williamsburg restaurant Samesa on hand.

Where Gayle King loves to eat in NYC

Here are a few of TV anchor and Oprah bestie Gayle King’s favorite NYC restaurants: UWS French brasserie Cafe Luxembeourg, cupcake shop Magnolia Bakery, local burger king Shake Shack, hipster pizza favorite Pizza Loves Emily, and UWS Italian restaurant Milling Room. Apparently King took Oprah to Milling Room, and Oprah loved it so much that she returned the next day with Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.

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