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Oda House, One of Manhattan’s Rare Georgian Restaurants, Shutters After 7 Years

The East Village Georgian restaurant celebrated its last day of service on August 1

The steel grates of a restaurant are decorated in orange graffiti, while a banner hangs above with the words “Oda” Robert Sietsema/Eater

Oda House closes its East Village location after 7 years

One of Manhattan’s last remaining Georgian restaurants has permanently closed, local blog EV Grieve reports. Oda House, a popular restaurant known for its stuffed cheese breads and other Georgian fare, had its last day of service on Saturday, August 1. Beginning on Sunday and as recently as Tuesday, crew members were spotted loading the restaurant’s tables, chairs, and other furniture into a moving truck. The restaurant has not cited a reason for shutting down but confirmed the closure to EV Grieve in a message over Facebook.

Oda House turned heads when it opened on the corner of Fifth Street and Avenue B back in 2013, not just for its picturesque khachapuri, but also because it was one of the rare Georgian restaurants in Manhattan. Chef-founder Maia Acquaviva was among the first to bring that country’s flavors to the East Village. Even rarer, she built the restaurant’s menu solely around Georgian dishes, rather than infusing it with Russian and Eastern European ones, as well. In August 2019, Acquaviva opened a second location of the popular restaurant on the Upper East Side, at 406 East 73rd Street, near First Avenue, which remains open.

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— Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern has reopened for outdoor dining this week with an abridged version of its menu, according to a spokesperson for the restaurant. Reservations are available through the restaurant’s website.

— La Vara, one of Brooklyn’s best Spanish restaurants, has also returned for outdoor dining. Reservations are available through Resy.

— Two more Queens restaurants had their liquor licenses suspended yesterday.

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