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 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.
Chelsea: Korean restaurant Zusik has permanently shut down after two years, ownership announced on Instagram. “We could not survive the pandemic,” the announcement reads. “We appreciate all your love and support.”
Crown Heights: Popular Atlantic Avenue bar Diamond Reef has closed after a four-plus-year run in the neighborhood. The building reportedly was sold and the landlord informed the bar that its lease would be terminated. The owners are hoping to reopen in a new location.
East Village: Following an 18-year run, East Village pizza staple Vinny Vincenz Pizza has permanently closed. A for rent sign now hangs on the door.
East Village: Gelateria Fresco will not be reopening in the East Village. It had temporarily shut down last October with the owners citing a decline in revenue. A for rent sign now hangs in the front of the shop, which remained in the neighborhood for eight years.
East Village: A for rent sign has been posted on Hayaty Hookah Bar in the East Village. The lounge never reopened after the city first shut down dine-in operations last March.
Long Island City: Acclaimed ramen destination Mu Ramen has permanently shut down, LIC Talk reports. The restaurant, which debuted in late 2013 as a pop-up out of a bagel shop, exploded in popularity after New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells declared its ramen the best in the city. Mu has operated out of its permanent shop in LIC since 2014.
Jackson Heights: The original location of cult-favorite Tibetan food counter Lhasa Fast Food was “completely destroyed” after a four-alarm fire tore through a row of commercial buildings on 37th Road and 74th Street on March 5. Owner Sang Jien Ben has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the shop reopen at a new location in the neighborhood.
East Village: After 41 years in business, the Pyramid Club will not reopen because as manager Maria Narciso told EV Grieve: “While many businesses were allowed to open with heavy restrictions, nightclubs and performance venues/theaters have suffered the most.” The East Village institution became the center of the city’s drag and punk rock scene in the 80s.
East Village: NYC has lost yet another dollar-slice joint now that F&M Slice Pizza — which also served Buffalo wings and Jamaican beef patties — shuttered. According to one local there was “not enough business, and the rent is too high.”
East Village: The sprawling bi-level Irish sports bar and lounge Central Bar was open for nearly 20 years, but according to the establishment’s Instagram post on March 18, a new landlord has taken over and decided not to keep its tenants.
Nomad: Hand Hospitality, which is behind some of NYC’s most notable Korean restaurants, jumped into the Korean hot pot scene with the opening of On in 2019. But according to the restaurant’s website, it closed on March 20 and the space will reopen as another concept.
Long Island City: Something Sweet, a source for ice cream and bubble tea in Long Island City since opening five years ago, is now closed. The shop’s owner decided not to renew the lease, citing the dearth of walk-in business since the pandemic began last year.
Hudson Yards: Momofuku Kāwi, among the most well-received restaurants within Hudson Yards, is no more. At the soon-to-open Ssäm Bar located at the South Street Seaport, the restaurant’s star chef Eunjo Park will be in charge of the kitchen. Peach Mart, which was modeled after Asian convenience stories and located next door to Kāwi, also permanently closed.