More than a year after the first restaurant closings inside New York City, restaurants and bars continue to close. At least 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 right now, experts say that number could be even higher and that it will likely take months, if not years, to assess.
Among them are new neighborhood favorites like Uncle Boons and MeMe’s diner, as well as decades-old institutions like 21 Club, Fedora, and Frank’s Cocktail Lounge. Below, Eater documents the city’s permanent restaurant closures so far. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at [email protected] This article will be updated regularly.
East Village: Even though it was a tiny bit of space, Drunk tea was big on ambition and has become a destination for serious tea drinkers across town. It specialized in a quality selection of Chinese teas and the serene and simply decorated space was the perfect backdrop for many classes, tastings and afternoon outings. The store closed after eight years, but according to an Instagram ad, fans can look forward to future collaborations.
Upper West Side: This Korean restaurant has been a popular mainstay near the Columbia University campus since 1986 for its classic preparations of dishes like bibimbap, kimchi fried rice, and seafood pancakes. The mill officially closed in mid-August, the restaurant confirmed via email with Eater. It was one of the first Korean restaurants to open outside of Koreatown in Manhattan, and when it took over the old Mill Luncheonette, the menu even featured egg custard. However, it has become known as a neighborhood spot for its comforting Korean cuisine.
Upper West Side: In the Before Times, this Upper West Side spot was a late-night spot for fatty burgers and pizza. Big Nick’s Burger & Pizza Joint too was also one of the few establishments to remain open 24 hours a day. Although he never kept those hours during the pandemic, he had a loyal following among locals, even through various changes in ownership in the years before its recent shutdown.
Elmhurst: There is no shortage of New York restaurants specializing in northern Thai cuisine these days, but one of the best was Lamoon Thai, which announced its closure on Instagram. Whether it was the curry-based khao saoi or the chili nam giaw (a fiery soup with pork ribs), diners would come to this place in Queens to look for dishes beyond take-out. typically Thai. Owned and operated by Arada Moonroj, the establishment was recently named to the Eater’s list of the best Thai restaurants in town.
Lower East Side: The Bun Hut took over the old Colors space just months after the start of the pandemic and has now closed permanently, Bowery Boogie reports. The casual place served a fusion menu of items such as Chinese bao with Caribbean ingredients. According to a post on Bun Hut’s Instagram account, the property will move the restaurant to a new location which has not yet been disclosed.
West Village: Controversial yogurt-based guacamole was nowhere in sight when Netflix culinary expert Antoni Porowski strange eye, opened on The village lair. Three years later, the laid-back, fast-paced place closed after serving a menu – which was vegan, paleo, and gluten-free – that Eater reviewer Robert Sietsema said needed some work.