More than one year after New York’s first indoor dining shutdown, restaurants and bars continue to close their doors. At least 1,000 have closed since March 2020 due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Among them are newer neighborhood favorites like Uncle Boons and MeMe’s diner, along with decades-old institutions including 21 Club, Fedora, and Frank’s Cocktail Lounge.
In all likelihood, the list of permanent closures will only continue to grow in New York, as rent payments continue to mount and restaurants attempt to weather the upcoming months on takeout, delivery, and limited indoor dining. In September, a survey from the New York State Restaurant Association predicted that as many as two-thirds of the state’s restaurants could permanently close by the end of that year if they did not receive additional government aid. Due to the difficulty of tracking restaurant and bar closings right now, experts say that number could be even higher, and will likely take months or even years to assess.
Below, Eater is documenting the city’s permanent restaurant closures so far. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. This post will be updated regularly.
Chinatown: Historic dim sum restaurant Jing Fong has permanently vacated its 800-seat space on Elizabeth Street, after slimming down its operations to outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery since March. The restaurant will be reopening in July at another, much smaller venue in Chinatown, reportedly on Centre Street.
Meatpacking District: Downtown newcomer Death by Pizza has packed up after only a couple of months in the neighborhood. In a message posted on Instagram, the pizza shop says it will be opening elsewhere in an unspecified new location in June.
Murray Hill: Sprawling craft beer institution The Ginger Man appears to have permanently shut down. The bar’s phone line has been disconnected and for-lease signs have been posted in the windows.
Park Slope: Long-running cafe and coffee shop Gather permanently closed this spring after eight years in the neighborhood. “2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic has been really hard on us all,” the restaurant’s team wrote in a notice posted to Instagram.
Greenwich Village: After 38 years, deli mainstay The Original Sandwich Shoppe is permanently closing its shop. “We have enjoyed feeding you, sharing in your lives, watching your children grow up and being at the heart of Greenwich Village,” a closing notice posted on the storefront reads. The owner’s brother is opening another restaurant in May two doors down from the deli, according to a second sign posted on the shop.
Kips Bay: Aptly named neighborhood spot Thai-ish appears to have permanently closed its doors. There’s a for-rent sign on the storefront and the restaurant has been listed as permanently closed on Google Maps. Eater New York has reached out for more information.
Morrisania: Bronx pizzeria Tiny’s Pizza & Pasta appears to have permanently shut down. The restaurant’s phone line has been disconnected and the shop has been listed as permanently closed on Google Maps.
East Village: Quick-serve spot Original Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches on Avenue A, between East 13th and 14th streets, has permanently closed down, EV Grieve reports. The owner has since reopened the restaurant a couple doors down on Avenue A, where they were able to secure a better rent deal, a restaurant staffer tells Eater New York.
Park Slope: Middle Eastern mainstay Kulushkät has permanently shuttered its 10-year-old Park Slope location. The owners continue to run a second location of the restaurant in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.
Upper East Side: Restaurateur and chef Daniel Boulud has permanently closed down Café Boulud, his longrunning, elegant French cafe located inside the Surrey Hotel on the Upper East Side. The chef plans to relocate the restaurant “in the near future,” he said in an announcement posted to Instagram.