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An updated roundup of closed restaurants in New York City

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Terms of Endearment is the latest in a string of closures from the owners of Screamer’s Pizzeria.
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In this weekly column, Eater documents the city’s permanent restaurant and bar closures. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at ny@eater.com.


February 16

East Village: Emilia By Nai, a wine bar with small plates, has closed. The business did not announce the closure on its website or social media pages, though a “closed for a private event” sign has been in the window for months, according to EV Grieve. The property is now listed for rent with an asking price of $18,500 a month. Emilia by Nai was run by chef Ruben Rodriguez, who opened Nai, a tapas bar, at this address in 2010. He has other restaurants in the neighborhood, including Bad Hombre, which recently opened on Second Avenue, and Kōbo, a Mediterranean restaurant. 174 First Avenue, near East 11th Street

Greenpoint: A restaurant known for its lobster rolls and other New England fare has closed after 13 years. “We succumbed to the economy and the cost of doing business in this city,” Steven Costello, the co-owner of Lobster Joint, tells Greenpointers. The restaurant’s sales in the summer and winter had dipped, while food costs have shot up. Last fall, the New York Times covered how rising lobster prices were affecting local businesses. A natural wine bar called Bouquet has applied for a wine and beer license at the address. 1073 Manhattan Avenue, near Eagle Street

Greenpoint: Pizza Prince, a neighborhood pizzeria, has closed. The 500-square-foot space is listing for $15,000 a month. 86 Nassau Avenue, near Manhattan Avenue

Noho: Gabriel Stulman’s American restaurant Jolene has closed. Stulman, who runs the Manhattan restaurant Jeffrey’s Grocery and Sailor in Brooklyn, announced it would be closing last month. “Sometimes it last longer than other times and sometimes it doesn’t,” he said on Instagram. “I wouldn’t change much about the journey.” The restaurateur took over this address in 2019 and opened the Jones, named after the previous tenant, the Great Jones Cafe, open from 1983 to 2018. He changed the name to Jolene in 2021. 54 Great Jones Street, near Bowery

Williamsburg: Terms of Endearment, a vegan cafe, has shuttered after four years. The restaurant did not provide a reason for the closure, but a Marshal’s notice on the door says the building’s landlord has taken possession of the space. Ahead of the closure, Terms of Endearment was hit with a wave of health code violations that included improperly storing raw foods; it was given a C letter grade on January 5. The business is the latest in a string of closures from restaurateur Brad Baker, who is also behind the Brooklyn restaurants Hartbreakers, Champs Diner, and Screamer’s Pizzeria. All of the businesses have closed locations in recent months: Screamers shuttered its Greenpoint pizzeria last fall after its lease expired, and Champs Diner followed in January; in Bushwick, Hartbreakers and its next-door taqueria Paradise Taco closed last month, too. Only a location of Screamer’s Pizzeria in Crown Heights remains. Eater has contacted the restaurants for more information. 135 Metropolitan Avenue, near Berry Street

Williamsburg: Strangeways, an American restaurant that opened at the height of the pandemic, has closed. The restaurant did not announce the closure online; based on online reviews, the doors seem to have closed in the last month or so. The restaurant was run by Ken Addington, a chef who rose to prominence while working at Greenpoint’s popular Five Leaves restaurant. He opened Strangeways as a 90-seat outdoor restaurant when indoor dining was off-limits. The dining room followed later. 302 Metropolitan Avenue, near Roebling Street

Upper West Side: Street Taco, a Mexican restaurant, closed its Upper West Side location on February 11. There’s another outpost on the Upper East Side. 2672 Broadway, at West 102nd Street


February 9

East Village: The party is over before it started at Cafe Coretto closed before it could get off the ground. Owners Colin Vickery and Leah Blewett blamed the decision on “ongoing building repairs” in a statement. The business opened in June, but two months later, a gas leak forced the owners to close. The cafe never reopened. 511 E. 12th Street, near Avenue A

East Village: The building at the corner of First Avenue and Saint Marks Place has seen a lot of movement in recent years. The Wild Son, a cafe, started in this location in 2020, then moved one door down to make room for Bar Lula, a cocktail bar that opened the following year. The bar closed at the start of the year, says owner Robert Ceraso. His restaurant group, Endless Hospitality, is opening an American bar and grill called the Lions in its place later this month. 132 First Avenue, at Saint Marks Place

Greenpoint: Irene’s Place, a longstanding Polish pub, closed this week after 44 years. Owner Irene Kabala announced the news with a sign on the door: “We are closing our doors and moving on.” The bar was known for its Polish beers and music. 623 Manhattan Avenue, at Nassau Avenue

Greenpoint: The Manhattan Avenue location of Mama Pho recently closed, according to Greenpointers. The Vietnamese restaurant chain is still open in Williamsburg and Midtown East. 685 Manhattan Avenue, near Norman Avenue

Hudson Square: Pine and Polk, a small store with a hidden cocktail bar, has closed. Owner Lindsay Weiss confirmed the closure, which was announced on Instagram this month. “It’s been a special time, but it’s our moment to grow the business outside of these walls,” she wrote. Weiss and Alyssa Golub opened the business in May 2022 to highlight women- and minority-owned retailers. The bar in the back opened at a time when speakeasy-style bars were showing up across the city. 300 Spring Street, between Hudson and Renwick streets

Koreatown: Korean barbecue chain Baekjeong has closed its location in Manhattan after nine years. The restaurant was recently marked as “temporarily closed” on Google; owner Bobby Kwak confirms the restaurant has closed at its current location. The barbecue chain has several outposts in California, which impressed the late food critic Jonathan Gold. The New York location had different owners but it was one of the best Korean barbecue options in Manhattan. 1 E. 32nd Street, near Fifth Avenue

Lower East Side: The Market Line, one of the biggest food halls to open in the last five years, is shutting down this spring. Ahead of the closure, several businesses have called it quits, including Veselka, Que Chevere, Pho Grand, and Cafe Grumpy. Others, like Slice Joint beer bar Grand Delancey, are closing later this month. The unceremonious end comes three years after the opening of the Market Line. A spokesperson for Delancey Street Associates, a real estate group backing the development, said the closure was due to the pandemic. 115 Delancey Street, at Essex Street

Ridgewood: Longtime butcher shop Morscher’s Pork Store closed for good this week. Owner Herbert “Herbie” Morscher says the building’s owner, Siegfried Strahl, was ready to close the business. (Strahl is also a partner in Morscher’s; he planned to “quadruple” the rent beginning in March, according to QNS.) The old-school pork store has been open at its current address since 1957. It’s one of several butcher shops to close in recent years. 58-44 Catalpa Avenue, at Woodward Avenue

West Village: The Hangar, a decades-old gay bar, recently closed on Christopher Street. The bar opened 31 years ago. Last month, it broke the news to customers with a sign on the front door: “We are saddened by the sudden closing, but it could not be helped.” 115 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson streets


February 2

Astoria: Jujube Tree, a nine-year-old vegan restaurant, closed at the end of January. The restaurant specialized in vegan Chinese takeout dishes, like General Tso’s soy protein. 35-02 30th Avenue, at 35th Street

Bed-Stuy: Queer cocktail bar Oddly Enough closed for good this week. Owners Laura Poladsky and Caitlin Frame announced that the bar would be shutting down in January. “We have seen the full spectrum of holding space for a community that doesn’t have a lot of space,” they said on Instagram. The Bed-Stuy bar, which describes itself as a “queer space for all,” opened in 2022. That year, several of its workers filed for a union election that never materialized. The last day was January 27. 397 Tompkins Avenue, at Jefferson Avenue

Bushwick: High Low Beverage Company, a Vietnamese cafe and bar, also closed this week. Owners Shriver Tran and Jaime Hodgkin announced the news on Instagram last month: “The hospitality industry is an extremely difficult business even in the best of times,” the post states. “The obstacles we continue to face have become insurmountable.” The owners met while working at Stumptown Coffee. They opened High Low in 2020 with pandan doughnuts and Vietnamese iced coffees, but the menu grew to include banh mi and bowls of bún bò huế chay. It closed on January 31. 295 Wyckoff Avenue, near Linden Street

Bushwick: Paradise Taco, an eight-month-old restaurant, closed in January. The business did not provide a reason for the closure. “Small businesses struggle every day to keep open,” the owners said in a post on Instagram. “We are a dying breed.” The restaurant was known for its vegan breakfast burritos and Crunchwrap Supremes. 820 Hart Street, near Knickerbocker Avenue

East Village: Los Angeles lunch chain Everytable couldn’t make it work in New York. The California-based company, known for its sliding scale prices, has closed all seven of its restaurants in the city; founder Sam Polk is scaling back operations to focus on the 38 stores it has in California. Polk, a former hedge fund manager turned restaurateur, started Everytable in 2016; its food prices are determined by the median household income around each location. It came to Manhattan in 2022. 229 Avenue B, near East 14th Street

Lower East Side: Ukrainian diner Veselka has closed its food stand at the Market Line food hall. “We have made the decision to close our outpost at the Market Line as we turn our attention to our new restaurant in Williamsburg,” owner Jason Birchard said in an email. The diner was one of the food hall’s first tenants when it opened in 2019. 115 Delancey Street, at Essex Street

West Village: Japanese shaved ice shop Cloud 917 was only open for a few months. The small cafe opened last August serving kakigori topped with black sesame, ube cream, and kiwi puree. The business is being replaced by a gelato shop from Sofia’s, which opened in Little Italy during the pandemic. 496 Hudson Street, near Christopher Street

Williamsburg: The Breakers won’t be reopening on Meeker Avenue. The retro cocktail bar has been marked on Google as temporarily closed. Owner Dave Rosen, who also runs the Woods, tells Greenpointers the closure is permanent. The ’80s-themed cocktail bar opened at this address in 2018. The interior was decked out in neon signs, skateboards, and surfboards. 307 Meeker Avenue, at Frost Street