More than two years after the first closure of restaurants inside New York, restaurants and bars continue to struggle. More than 1,000 have closed since March 2020 due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the difficulty of tracking restaurant and bar closures, experts say that number could be even higher and will likely take months or even years to assess.
Below, Eater documents the city’s permanent restaurant closures, including a 91-year-old restaurant on the Upper East Side and a Korean smoothie spot in the East Village. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at email@example.com. This post will be updated regularly.
Chinese district: Extensive beverage chain Bamboo – known for its line of Vietnamese ché, or sweet dessert drinks – has closed its only store in New York, according to an Instagram post from the company. The drink spot maintains dozens of locations across the country, including an outpost on Long Island.
East Village: 12 year old neighborhood beer store good beer sold its last cans. The beloved store has lived up to its name by sourcing beer from craft breweries across the country, and has kept a rotating selection of a dozen drafts on tap for customers to order. EV Grieve reports that the company never quite recovered from lost sales due to business closures during the pandemic.
Upper East Side: Cocktail coffee bar DTUT – which stands for Downtown, Uptown – has closed. The cozy and eclectic space, which was originally created in 1997, has kept the lights on for a decade in its current location. “We would love to stay, but it’s out of our hands,” read a Facebook post announcing the closure.
Upper West Side: I Love the Upper West Side reports that Café Viva Gourmet Pizzaa reliable mainstay for gluten-free and vegan slices, closed after 30 years in the neighborhood.
Elmhurst: Deksen closed August 27 after six years of serving family-style Thai dishes like chicken curry noodle soup and basil fried rice. It was the first restaurant owner for spouses and longtime restaurant industry employees Ramphai Rinnasak and Phaisat Sirimatrasit, who are closing shop for a new retirement life, a representative told Eater. Their son will keep the lights on at their second restaurant, Bangkok Degree in Park Slope.
Greenwich Village: In 2018, Toriko — of Tokyo Restaurants Factory which runs Sushi Amane and Mifune — debuted with a focus on high-end yakitori. It racked up positive reviews until it closed in March 2020. What was meant to be a temporary closure “to ensure the health and safety” of customers and staff, according to an Instagram post, appears to have been permanent. What Now NY reports that locally sourced comfort food spot Gab’s has taken over the space.
Downtown West: Friday, August 26 marked the end of West Hudson, where the pistachio hummus and mastiha edamame cocktails had their fans. You can still try other Greek dishes from the Livanos restaurant group, which owns Oceana and Molyvos, which will open shortly after Labor Day on 43rd Street and Ninth Avenue.
Crown heights: wild birds closed this week Brooklyn Magazine reports. “I’m incredibly proud and grateful” for Wild Birds’ run, said co-owner Julian Klepper. He did not specify the reasons for the closure, other than that it was “sad and sudden”. The venue, a destination for jazz, afrobeat, cumbia, and more, offered dishes such as Traze’s granny-style platter pizzas during the week and Chinelos tacos on the weekends.