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NYC Restaurants That Are Still Closed Because of Sandy

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14556121212_bk12_bk1212123123112008_10_hasmaps%20%281%29.jpegHere, now, is an updated map of restaurants that are still closed because of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. When Eater started this map back in November, it had well over 50 restaurants struggling to reopen; now it's down to just over 20. Memorial Day and the month or so after has been good for restaurants reopening, with those remaining closed generally split into two camps: those where little progress has been made and the future looks uncertain, and those gearing up to reopen within the next month.

The goal of this map is to track the reopening status of these restaurants. In some cases, restaurants have been removed because there is no chance that they will return — they are closed for good. Please help us update this list by sending any information about Sandy-affected restaurants to the tipline.

Here's a look at the current state of the Sandy-affected restaurants:


July 22, 2013:
A number of restaurants have reopened. In Red Hook, Home/Made fully reopened this week; in Queens, The Bayhouse and Sugar Bowl have reopened, as well as Caracas Arepa Bar. And in Staten Island, Joe & John Toto's is back open, while the other most-affected restaurants in the borough continue to struggle.

At the other end of the spectrum, Capsouto Freres has been removed from the list because it will not reopen, with that space being taken over by the owners of Midtown's Café China, and Coral Bay Café in Staten Island is, by all evidence, closed for good because of damage from the storm.

May 30, 2013:
The original Nathan's Famous hot dog stand on Surf Avenue in Coney Island reopened a few days before its Memorial Day target. Zigolini's in the Financial District is back open with a take-out deli and a new taqueria attached called Guac Star. In The Rockaways, Caracas Arepa Bar is not yet open though it did a pop-up for Memorial Day, while beachside neighbors Rockaway Taco and Ripper's are back open, as are Connolly's Bar and Bungalow Bar. Thai Rock's outdoor patio is open while repairs continue inside. (Bungalow Bar and Thai Rock are also pushing for more parking to help get in crowds for this "make-or-break" summer season.)

In Staten Island, Marina Café is back open, while Joe & John Toto's hopes to reopen next week. And in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar has reopened for the season. Update: Obao on Water Street opened Friday, May 31, for the first time since Hurricane Sandy.

May 13, 2013:
Coney Island institution Totonno's sprung back to life on March 24. Fika Espresso Bar at 66 Pearl St. reopened last month, and the Dumbo location of Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory reopened at the end of April.

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Grandma's House in the South Street Seaport currently has both a marshal's note in the window and a "for rent" sign — it's done. Antica Venezia, located right on West St. near the Hudson River, has been closed since the storm without any update since November. The phone number to the restaurant has been disconnected, and its website redirects to sister establishment Il Tinello. Anderson's Annex Tavern on Staten Island was completely wiped out, and the bar has not posted any information about its return over the last six months. And Demi Monde has not showed any signs of life since closing last November. These four restaurants have been removed from the map above. Check out a list of the other restaurants that closed for good because of Sandy here.

March 12, 2013:
A number of restaurants have reopened, including Almondine, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Perry St., Luke's Lobster, and Flea Market Café. On Maiden Lane, Hot Clay Oven and Potbelly have reopened, while Pret A Manger will not return. Red Restaurant in the South Street Seaport is also officially closed for good.

February 6, 2013:
Chop't, the Stumptown roastery in Red Hook, and the Potbelly Sandwich Shop on Maiden Lane all reopened in the last two weeks. The owners of Cha Cha's and Governor have decided not to reopen their restaurants. Several restaurants on this map are now hosting private events, and a few are offering delivery.

January 15, 2013:
Footprints in Coney Island is back in business, and the restaurant is offering a "reopening special" until January 20.
Goodburger on Maiden Lane will become a location of Clarke's Standard sometime later this year. It has been removed from this list.

January 3, 2013:
According to a post on Facebook, Sequoia NY is now closed for good. The post notes: "After the damage from Hurricane Sandy and our lease coming to an end, the decision has been made to close Sequoia a little earlier than intended."
The Good Fork returned on New Year's Eve, and the restaurant is now open during its regular hours.
Home/Made opened for a special New Year's Eve dinner, but it remains closed. The owners hope to reopen in full by the end of the month.
The downtown location of Dig Inn Seasonal Market reopened today.
The Water Club is open now for private events, though a full reopening date is not set.
Cabana in the Seaport reopened before Christmas.
Tatania Restaurant reopened a few weeks ago.
Nunzio's Pizzeria and Restaurant reopened before the holidays.
Flea Market Cafe hopes to reopen in February.
The owners of Luke's Lobster hope to reopen by Valentine's Day.
Jack's Stir Brew Coffee remains closed, but the Jack's team is selling coffee from a table outside the still-closed storefront, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The owners of Barbarini Alimentari have parted ways and they are not going to reopen in this location. The restaurant has been removed from this list.
SUteiShi is still closed, but the restaurant has begun offering a limited menu for dinner delivery, Monday through Saturday, 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar will be open in the fall, according to the restaurant's website.
The River Cafe is closed until further notice. The restaurant's site notes: " We hope you had a wonderful New Year. The River Cafe is still closed and we are without an approximate reopening date."
Almondine owner Hervé Poussot just put his Park Slope bakery up for rent while he rebuilds the Dumbo space.
The owners of Marina Cafe hope to reopen this spring.
Colonnade reopened at the end of November according to the Staten Island Advance.
MP Taverna is back in action.
Red Hat reopened on December 18.

November and December 2012:
Fort Defiance won't be back to its normal state for months, but they are now open and serving drinks and food.
· Gargiulo's tweets a photo of their holiday decorations? they reopened on December 1.
· Mark Joseph Steakhouse on Water Street reopened on December 3.
Much of the South Street Seaport is still hurting. Eater hears that power is back on in Pier 17 but that business owners are still waiting as the building gets checked out.
· Vetro in Howard Beach has reopened.
· The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern reopened on November 30.
· Lyon has been taken off the list. Although it never reopened after Sandy, Eater hears that storm damage was not the main reason for its closure.
· Lucky Strike reopened on December 6.
· Acqua reopened on December 8. From the restaurant's Facebook page: "YES! We are finally OPEN after superstorm Sandy hit us hard! Every day Lunch and Dinner with full menu and full bar!!!"
· On Maiden Lane in the Financial District, Yushi, Chipotle, and Just Salad have reopened, but several other chains remain closed, including Goodburger, Potbelly, and Pret A Manger.

Do you know of a restaurant in your neighborhood that is still shuttered because of Hurricane Sandy? Please send that information to the tipline. Are you a restaurateur affected by Sandy? The Mayor's Office wants to help.
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— Amanda Kludt, Greg Morabito, Alexander Hancock, Marguerite Preston, Anne Goldberg, and Layla Khabiri.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Water Club

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The East River btwn 29th & 32nd St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-3333
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The Water Club is still just open for private events, though its outdoor patio, The Crow's Nest, reopened for Memorial Day. The restaurant's Facebook page includes a gallery showing the extensive damage from the storm. Owner Michael O'Keefe says the team is working on repairing the space. [Facebook]

2. Heartland Brewery

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93 South St.
New York, NY 10038
(646) 572-2337
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The Heartland Brewery space was damaged during the storm. Paper is currently up in the windows, and a note on the restaurant's site reads: "Due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, Heartland Brewery at the South Street Seaport will be closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience." The phone line currently does not work.

3. Harbor Lights

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89 South St
New York, NY 10002
212-227-2800
Although Pier 17 has reopened, Harbour Lights remains closed. A message on the restaurant's site reads: "Harbour Lights remains closed due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy…Unfortunately, we do not know when Pier 17 & the South Street Seaport will be open. The Pier & the surrounding buildings are being assessed for structural damage and we do not have any more information. We apologize for any inconvenience & do hope that you keep in touch and check in regularly to learn of any updates." The restaurant's Facebook page has not been updated since November 28. The phone line currently just gives a busy signal. [Facebook]

4. Merchants NY Café

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90 Washington Street
New York, NY 10006
(212) 363-6000
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Merchants NY Cafe on Washington Street in the Financial District remains closed. The phone line is down and an employee at sister restaurant Watermark Bar says the team is unsure when it will reopen, but when it does it will become a beer garden with a new name.

5. Il Brigante

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214 Front Street
New York, NY 10038
(212) 285-0222
South Street Seaport pizzeria Il Brigante has been closed since the storm. The restaurant raised around $2,000 on LuckyAnt to fund repairs to the space. The restaurant is currently doing some delivery from Monday through Friday 4 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 2 to 10:30 p.m.(they're making the food in an offsite location). The restaurant has plans for a grand opening in August.

6. Keg No. 229

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229 Front St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 566-2337
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Keg No. 229 and sister establishment Bin No. 220 across the street are still closed. The team raised about $1,000 from a LuckyAnt campaign and is pouring beer and wine at a pop-up in Pier 17.

7. Bin No. 220

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220 Front St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 374-9463
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Bin No. 220 was not hit as hard as Keg No. 299 across the street, but it remains closed. The team is selling beer and wine at a pop-up in the former Bath & Body Works in Pier 17 mall.

8. Bridge Cafe

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279 Water St.
New York, NY 10038
(212) 227-3344
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A member of the Bridge Cafe team told Eater this spring that the restaurant was targeting a June opening, but that target's come and gone. In early February, the restaurant set up an online fundraising campaign. Currently there's no answer to phone calls and no social media updates since March. [Photo: @bridgecafenyc]

9. Paris Café

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119 South St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 240-9797
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Paris Cafe has yet to open. A tipster sent word that it would hopefully reopen before Memorial Day, but it appears that hasn't happened. Word on the street is that the owners are moving the bar back to its original position, so that the space will look as it did in the late 1800s. The phone line is currently down, and work is ongoing.

10. SamSara

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277 Water Street
NY, NY 10038
Samsara's phone line is still out of service and the website is offline. Back in May, the message on the restaurant's website read : "Like many of our neighbors we are in the process recovering from the storm and unfortunately will have to remain closed until further notice for cleanup and renovation. Thank you all for your support, we look forward to welcoming you back soon." Signage is still up but the vital signs are, unfortunately, not good as work continues on that stretch of Water Street.

11. Jack's Stir Brew Coffee

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222 Front St.
New York, NY 10038
(212) 929-0821
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The coffee shop recently surpassed its fundraising goal on Lucky Ant, and the exterior has gotten a fresh coat of new paint. A note on Facebook reads: "Jack's is Back! We Re-open Mid Sept."

12. Nelson Blue

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233 Front St.
New York, NY 10038
(212) 346-9090
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One of the owners tells Eater that they are talking to the landlord and they are "positive about the outlook to reopen." Though work has begun on the space, it looks like it's hit a pause. Additionally, the phone line is still down, and Facebook hasn't been updated since they did fundraising in February.

13. Stella Manhattan Bistro

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213 Front St
New York, NY 10038-2008
(213) 233-2417
Things are not looking good at Stella Manhattan Bistro, which remains closed. The phone line is not active, but the signage is still up outside. It looks like work is being done on the space, though it's still far from being in good shape. The restaurant's been removed from OpenTable and Facebook has not been updated since October.

14. SUteiShi

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24 Peck Slip
New York, NY 10038
(212) 766-2344
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This Seaport sushi restaurant has been open for take-out and delivery since late December, but its dining room remains closed. An employee at the restaurant explains that they are working out of a commissary kitchen while the team rebuilds the dining room. Back in February, Suteishi also opened a Midtown delivery/take-out operation. The restaurant raised $50,000 for the rebuilding effort on IndieGogo. [Photo: Suteishi before the storm via Facebook]

15. Sunny's

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253 Conover St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 625-8211
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The team at this Red Hook bar tells Eater they hope to open in the next two to three weeks, but that that's dependent upon contractors. In May, owner Sunny Balzano estimated that he needs $80,000 to get the bar up and running by June. He raised around $12,000 from a benefit event at the Bell House recently, and he hopes to raise the rest of the money from an IndieGoGo campaign, though that campaign ended about $40K short of the goal.

16. The River Café

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1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-5200
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The River Cafe is currently hosting events in the Terrace Room, but the main dining room (the boat) has not yet reopened. Earlier this month, Eater spied workers re-stringing the lights on top of the floating dining room. Owner Michael O'Keefe recently told Josh Ozersky that he wants to get everything 100 percent back to normal, in the best condition possible, before reopening. He expects to reopen by the end of the summer.

17. Puglia By the Sea

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750 Barclay Ave
Staten Island, NY 10312
718.605.6009
Puglia by the Sea was badly damaged in the storm. The phone message: "You have reached Puglia by the Sea. Due to Hurricane Sandy, part of the restaurant was washed away. We do plan to rebuild, so please look for us. If you have any gift cards they will be valid when we reopen."

18. DiSara

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121 Roma Ave
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 979-2290
Badly damaged in the storm, Disara's number has been disconnected, the restaurant has not updated its website, and it has no Facebook or Twitter page. The owner wrote in back in May to say that the restaurant could reopen in June, but that appears to have passed with no opening.

19. Harbor Light Pub

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129-18 Newport Ave
Queens, NY 11694
The 33-year-old neighborhood fixture burnt down in a fire that destroyed much of the surrounding residential area. The owners, however, are planning to rebuild the pub. The most recent Facebook update is from April 14: "Spring is in the air---missing everyone and hoping to see you all soon!"

20. Kennedy's

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406 Bayside
Queens, NY
This Breezy Point bar and restaurant remains shuttered, but the website notes: "We are rebuilding and expect to be open this summer. We hope to see you all at our new and improved restaurant."

21. Bruckner Bar & Grill

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Bronx, NY 10454
(718) 665-2001
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Bruckner Bar & Grill in the South Bronx remains closed. Back in May, DNAinfo reported that post-storm renovations are mostly complete but that the the owners and landlord are caught up in a nasty dispute about paying for them. It could reopen by the end of summer. [Photo]

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1. The Water Club

The East River btwn 29th & 32nd St, New York, NY 10016
The Water Club is still just open for private events, though its outdoor patio, The Crow's Nest, reopened for Memorial Day. The restaurant's Facebook page includes a gallery showing the extensive damage from the storm. Owner Michael O'Keefe says the team is working on repairing the space. [Facebook]
The East River btwn 29th & 32nd St
New York, NY 10016

2. Heartland Brewery

93 South St., New York, NY 10038
The Heartland Brewery space was damaged during the storm. Paper is currently up in the windows, and a note on the restaurant's site reads: "Due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, Heartland Brewery at the South Street Seaport will be closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience." The phone line currently does not work.
93 South St.
New York, NY 10038

3. Harbor Lights

89 South St, New York, NY 10002
Although Pier 17 has reopened, Harbour Lights remains closed. A message on the restaurant's site reads: "Harbour Lights remains closed due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy…Unfortunately, we do not know when Pier 17 & the South Street Seaport will be open. The Pier & the surrounding buildings are being assessed for structural damage and we do not have any more information. We apologize for any inconvenience & do hope that you keep in touch and check in regularly to learn of any updates." The restaurant's Facebook page has not been updated since November 28. The phone line currently just gives a busy signal. [Facebook]
89 South St
New York, NY 10002

4. Merchants NY Café

90 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006
Merchants NY Cafe on Washington Street in the Financial District remains closed. The phone line is down and an employee at sister restaurant Watermark Bar says the team is unsure when it will reopen, but when it does it will become a beer garden with a new name.
90 Washington Street
New York, NY 10006

5. Il Brigante

214 Front Street, New York, NY 10038
South Street Seaport pizzeria Il Brigante has been closed since the storm. The restaurant raised around $2,000 on LuckyAnt to fund repairs to the space. The restaurant is currently doing some delivery from Monday through Friday 4 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 2 to 10:30 p.m.(they're making the food in an offsite location). The restaurant has plans for a grand opening in August.
214 Front Street
New York, NY 10038

6. Keg No. 229

229 Front St, New York, NY 10038
Keg No. 229 and sister establishment Bin No. 220 across the street are still closed. The team raised about $1,000 from a LuckyAnt campaign and is pouring beer and wine at a pop-up in Pier 17.
229 Front St
New York, NY 10038

7. Bin No. 220

220 Front St, New York, NY 10038
Bin No. 220 was not hit as hard as Keg No. 299 across the street, but it remains closed. The team is selling beer and wine at a pop-up in the former Bath & Body Works in Pier 17 mall.
220 Front St
New York, NY 10038

8. Bridge Cafe

279 Water St., New York, NY 10038
A member of the Bridge Cafe team told Eater this spring that the restaurant was targeting a June opening, but that target's come and gone. In early February, the restaurant set up an online fundraising campaign. Currently there's no answer to phone calls and no social media updates since March. [Photo: @bridgecafenyc]
279 Water St.
New York, NY 10038

9. Paris Café

119 South St, New York, NY 10038
Paris Cafe has yet to open. A tipster sent word that it would hopefully reopen before Memorial Day, but it appears that hasn't happened. Word on the street is that the owners are moving the bar back to its original position, so that the space will look as it did in the late 1800s. The phone line is currently down, and work is ongoing.
119 South St
New York, NY 10038

10. SamSara

277 Water Street, NY, NY 10038
Samsara's phone line is still out of service and the website is offline. Back in May, the message on the restaurant's website read : "Like many of our neighbors we are in the process recovering from the storm and unfortunately will have to remain closed until further notice for cleanup and renovation. Thank you all for your support, we look forward to welcoming you back soon." Signage is still up but the vital signs are, unfortunately, not good as work continues on that stretch of Water Street.
277 Water Street
NY, NY 10038

11. Jack's Stir Brew Coffee

222 Front St., New York, NY 10038
The coffee shop recently surpassed its fundraising goal on Lucky Ant, and the exterior has gotten a fresh coat of new paint. A note on Facebook reads: "Jack's is Back! We Re-open Mid Sept."
222 Front St.
New York, NY 10038

12. Nelson Blue

233 Front St., New York, NY 10038
One of the owners tells Eater that they are talking to the landlord and they are "positive about the outlook to reopen." Though work has begun on the space, it looks like it's hit a pause. Additionally, the phone line is still down, and Facebook hasn't been updated since they did fundraising in February.
233 Front St.
New York, NY 10038

13. Stella Manhattan Bistro

213 Front St, New York, NY 10038-2008
Things are not looking good at Stella Manhattan Bistro, which remains closed. The phone line is not active, but the signage is still up outside. It looks like work is being done on the space, though it's still far from being in good shape. The restaurant's been removed from OpenTable and Facebook has not been updated since October.
213 Front St
New York, NY 10038-2008

14. SUteiShi

24 Peck Slip, New York, NY 10038
This Seaport sushi restaurant has been open for take-out and delivery since late December, but its dining room remains closed. An employee at the restaurant explains that they are working out of a commissary kitchen while the team rebuilds the dining room. Back in February, Suteishi also opened a Midtown delivery/take-out operation. The restaurant raised $50,000 for the rebuilding effort on IndieGogo. [Photo: Suteishi before the storm via Facebook]
24 Peck Slip
New York, NY 10038

15. Sunny's

253 Conover St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
The team at this Red Hook bar tells Eater they hope to open in the next two to three weeks, but that that's dependent upon contractors. In May, owner Sunny Balzano estimated that he needs $80,000 to get the bar up and running by June. He raised around $12,000 from a benefit event at the Bell House recently, and he hopes to raise the rest of the money from an IndieGoGo campaign, though that campaign ended about $40K short of the goal.
253 Conover St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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16. The River Café

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The River Cafe is currently hosting events in the Terrace Room, but the main dining room (the boat) has not yet reopened. Earlier this month, Eater spied workers re-stringing the lights on top of the floating dining room. Owner Michael O'Keefe recently told Josh Ozersky that he wants to get everything 100 percent back to normal, in the best condition possible, before reopening. He expects to reopen by the end of the summer.
1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

17. Puglia By the Sea

750 Barclay Ave, Staten Island, NY 10312
Puglia by the Sea was badly damaged in the storm. The phone message: "You have reached Puglia by the Sea. Due to Hurricane Sandy, part of the restaurant was washed away. We do plan to rebuild, so please look for us. If you have any gift cards they will be valid when we reopen."
750 Barclay Ave
Staten Island, NY 10312

18. DiSara

121 Roma Ave, Staten Island, NY 10306
Badly damaged in the storm, Disara's number has been disconnected, the restaurant has not updated its website, and it has no Facebook or Twitter page. The owner wrote in back in May to say that the restaurant could reopen in June, but that appears to have passed with no opening.
121 Roma Ave
Staten Island, NY 10306

19. Harbor Light Pub

129-18 Newport Ave, Queens, NY 11694
The 33-year-old neighborhood fixture burnt down in a fire that destroyed much of the surrounding residential area. The owners, however, are planning to rebuild the pub. The most recent Facebook update is from April 14: "Spring is in the air---missing everyone and hoping to see you all soon!"
129-18 Newport Ave
Queens, NY 11694

20. Kennedy's

406 Bayside, Queens, NY
This Breezy Point bar and restaurant remains shuttered, but the website notes: "We are rebuilding and expect to be open this summer. We hope to see you all at our new and improved restaurant."
406 Bayside
Queens, NY

21. Bruckner Bar & Grill

1 Bruckner Blvd, Bronx, NY 10454
Bruckner Bar & Grill in the South Bronx remains closed. Back in May, DNAinfo reported that post-storm renovations are mostly complete but that the the owners and landlord are caught up in a nasty dispute about paying for them. It could reopen by the end of summer. [Photo]
1 Bruckner Blvd
Bronx, NY 10454

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