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Critic-Approved East Village Indian Spot Shutters — and More Closings

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A weekly updated roundup of shutters throughout New York City

Old Monk [Official Photo]

January 17

— Critic-approved East Village Indian restaurant Old Monk is now closed, with a sign on the door saying the restaurant space is up for rent. The “contemporary Indian soul food” restaurant opened in 2017, taking over the space that once belonged to the beleaguered but influential Babu Ji, which moved to Union Square. Old Monk was a project from Akbar and Dawat founder Sushil Malhotra, and received a favorable nod from Pete Wells of the Times last year.

Tu-Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery closed after nine years in the East Village. The sweet shop’s lease was up for renewal next month but owner Tully Phillips decided against it, she says on an Instagram post announcing the closure. “Due to a variety of factors, including the rising cost of doing business in NYC and the fact that I live halfway across the country in Texas, I have had to make this difficult decision,” she writes.

— UWS Italian restaurant Isola has shuttered, and a new restaurant called Ortomare will open in the space with the same chef and a similar menu, under a different owner.

— Marshmallow and rice crispy treat shop Treat House is closing after over five years on the UWS.

Coco Fresh Tea and Juice has closed for the next month for renovations and may be relocating to another location in the UWS.

January 10

— One of the early franchises of Nathan’s Famous closed in Dyker Heights after more than four decades in the neighborhood. The original Coney Island store remains open, along with dozens of other concession stands and shops in NYC.

Grunauer Bistro on the Upper East Side has closed. It opened in March 2016 and received a positive review in the New York Times, praised for its straightforward Austrian offerings like Wiener schnitzel.

— The West Village’s Greenwich Steakhouse from a Smith & Wollensky vet has closed according to a tipster and also is listed as permanently closed on Yelp and Open Table. Calls to the restaurant went unanswered.

— Bed-Stuy’s Filipino restaurant Tamá closed. The casual joint opened a little under two years ago to critical acclaim, including a writeup in Ligaya Mishan’s Times column.

— In the East Village, Carma East has been closed recently, and the phone is disconnected.

Make Sandwich closed in East Village and is seeking a new location.

Chelsea Thai closed after five months in East Village.

— On the UWS, Italian restaurant Acqua has closed.

— After nearly seven years, Talde in Park Slope closed. The restaurant from frequent Top Chef competitor Dale Talde opened in January 2012, serving pan-Asian fare

The Sosta, an Instagram-y pasta restaurant backed by same company that founded vegan hit By Chloe, closed just over a year after opening.

Blossom du Jour, a vegan restaurant on the UWS, closed due to rising rent and costs.

Big Bang Burger, a burger shop that opened on the UWS in 2017, shuttered.

— The UWS kosher cafe CoffeeBerry, which opened in 2015, closed.

— An UWS KFC on 106th and Broadway shut its doors.

January 3

Cornelia Street Cafe — an iconic space in NYC’s literary, music, and art worlds — closed after over four decades in West Village. Artists Charles McKenna, Raphaela Pivetta, and Robin Hirsch established Cornelia Street Cafe in 1977. It was a cultural fixture through the years, hosting hundreds of performances annually.

— Union Square stalwart Blue Water Grill closed its doors after more than 20 years in the neighborhood. In recent years, it had struggled to keep up with rent increases.

— East Village rum bar Cienfuegos departed the neighborhood after eight years. Owner Ravi DeRossi is flipping it into Honeybee’s, a vegan barbecue spot.

— Chef-owners Walker Stern and Joe Ogrodnek shuttered their New American tasting menu restaurant Battersby in Cobble Hill due to an expiring lease and slowing business. The once-white-hot restaurant opened in 2011, landing on Bon Appetit’s 10 best new restaurants in America list within its first year.

— Tao Group’s Stanton Social shuttered after 15 years in Hell Square. It was one of the early NYC restaurants that helped shape the prolific restaurant group’s over-the-top approach to food and drink. Chef-owner Chris Santos noted that the closure is the result of an ending lease.

— Chris Scott, who competed on season 15 of Top Chef, shuttered two restaurants in Windsor Terrace at the end of the year. He closed his soul food restaurant Butterfunk Kitchen and its sibling restaurant next door, Sumner’s Luncheonette, which served breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch.

— East Village corner spot Bar Virage shuttered after 22 years in the neighborhood.

Pasta Flyer, the pasta fast food spot from ex-Del Posto chef Mark Ladner, closed after a little over one year of serving plates of fusilli, fettuccine, and spaghetti for under $9 each. Ladner is searching for a new location.

Extraction Lab — the Brooklyn cafe that once sold America’s most expensive cup of coffee, coming in at a whopping $18 — is now closed.

— Tribeca juice bar Lyfeping closed after just a few months of serving acai bowls, juice, and smoothies.

— Only a few months after debuting in West Village, Mediterranean corner restaurant Fava Bistro permanently closed.

— East Village dive bar the Continental really is gone for good after one last New Year’s Eve party. The bar, which infamously offered five shots of anything for $12, had been in the neighborhood for 27 years.

Raymi Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar closed in Nomad after more than six years. Chef-owner Richard Sandoval opened it in the summer of 2012.

— Upper West Side Italian restaurant Acqua closed. It served brick-oven pizzas and classic Italian dishes like carbonara and bolognese.

Al Forno Pizzeria on the Upper East Side shuttered.

— Brooklyn French restaurant Dumonet closed. The French bistro offered prix fixe and a la carte dinner menus during the week as well as weekend brunch.

— West Village juice and smoothie bar Whole Green shuttered after seven years in the neighborhood.