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Popular Coney Island Brewery Closes After Eight Years — And More Closings

New York City restaurant closings in November 2023

A hand fills a plastic cup from Coney Island Brewery with beer and foam.
Coney Island Brewery closed on November 9.
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In this weekly column, Eater is documenting the city’s permanent restaurant and bar closures, a list that includes a steakhouse chain in Manhattan, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, and an eight-year-old brewery. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at

November 17

Coney Island: Coney Island Brewery has closed after eight years on Surf Avenue. Brooklyn Magazine first reported news of the closure. The popular brewery was located near Maimonides and Luna Park. In the summer, it’s slammed, but the owners say the “seasonality of the area” and high costs of operating near the Coney Island boardwalk had made it difficult to turn a profit for several years. The last day was November 9. 1904 Surf Avenue, between West 16th and 17th streets

East Village: The two-Michelin-starred restaurant Momofuku Ko closed on November 4 after 15 years of business. The news comes on the heels of Momofuku Ssäm Bar closing last month and is part of a larger company restructuring that has brought its products to grocery stores across the country. A spokesperson confirms the company will be holding onto the restaurant space. “We are pausing Ko as it currently operates and we hope to have something in the new year in this space.” The closure comes on the heels of Momofuku Ssäm Bar closing last month. 8 Extra Place, near East First Street

Ridgewood: Diner by the Izakaya, the restaurant that operated out of Ridgewood, Queens, event space Nowadays, closed at the end of October. The business sold tonkatsu ramen, wagyu burgers, and other Japanese dishes from the bar for three years. The Zumbador, a Mexican restaurant from a Pastis alum, took over the space on November 15. 56-06 Cooper Avenue, between Irving and Wyckoff avenues

Upper West Side: Pizza Pro, a small slice shop with two dollar slices of pizza, has closed, according to the website West Side Rag. It opened on Columbus Avenue last year. 951 Columbus Avenue, between 106th and 107th streets

Upper East Side: Quality Eats, the restaurant chain run by Michael Stillman, closed its last location on Monday. At its peak, the steakhouse had outposts in Greenwich Village, Nomad, and the Upper East Side. In August, it shuttered in the Village after eight years. Stillman said at the time that he was focusing on new projects in the works. Quality Eats is one of several businesses run by Stillman and Quality Branded; the hospitality group owns Quality Meats in Midtown and Bad Roman in Columbus Circle. 1496 Second Avenue, at East 78th Street

Upper West Side: Wild Raisin Pastry, a cafe that opened this spring, has closed, according to West Side Rag. 947 Columbus Avenue, between 106th and 107th streets

November 3

East Village: The Fragile Flour, a vegan dessert and wine bar, has closed after a year. The bar shared an address with Rabbit, a tasting menu restaurant that specializes in raw foods. Both businesses are owned by Ravi DeRossi. The space will become a bar run by the Jones Street Wine store in the West Village. 122 E. 7th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A

Greenpoint: A bar that set out to bring California wines to Brooklyn has closed after four years. Like so many businesses in the city, Coast and Valley did not rebound from the pandemic in the way its owners hoped. “It’s pushing us to take the time to prioritize our own health and well-being after a very challenging handful of years, both professionally and personally,” owners Eric Hsu and Stephanie Watanabe told Greenpointers. The last day was October 22. 587 Manhattan Avenue, between Driggs and Nassau avenues

Greenpoint: The French bistro Le Fond closes this week after nine years. Owner Jake Eberle is taking over a bed and breakfast in the Catskills. “Since I’m not the kind of chef who can do more than one thing at a time, I’m forced to close Le Fond,” he shared on Instagram. Allyx Seemann, a former employee of Eberle, will take over the space to open Gator, a seasonal restaurant, in December. 105 Norman Avenue, at Leonard Street

Long Island City: A Queens brewery ends a decade-long run this week. Big aLICe announced the decision on Instagram; the business did not provide a reason for the closure but it encouraged customers to visit its locations in Industry City and Geneva, New York. The brewery is known for beers made with local ingredients, such as honey from bees in Queens. The name nods to a common acronym for its home neighborhood, Long Island City. 8-08 43rd Road, between Ninth Street and Vernon Boulevard

Lower East Side: Contra, the Michelin-starred tasting menu restaurant, closed on the heels of its decade anniversary. Owners Fabián von Hauske-Valtierra and Jeremiah Stone announced the news on Instagram: “The time has come to give this beautiful beast a break,” they shared in the post. The restaurant will become a cocktail bar called Bar Contra. The last day was October 28. 138 Orchard Street, between Rivington and Delancey streets

Park Slope: A Haitian bakery is moving on. Bonbon Lakay, a cafe known for its beef patties, rum cake, and other baked goods, closed on October 28. The business is moving to a new location and will continue to ship orders nationally during the transition. The restaurant started out of owner Edgina Desormeau’s apartment before opening in a Park Slope storefront in 2021. In December, Desormeau set out to raise $100,000 to keep the shop open. “It’s either we go all out and ask for the help we need, or unfortunately, we walk away we close,” she said at the time. 351 Fifth Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth streets