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 2020 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 email@example.com. This post will be updated regularly.
Downtown Brooklyn: Harlem-based pan-African restaurant Teranga has permanently shut down its outpost in Brooklyn food hall Dekalb Market after six months. The restaurant will be transitioning into a larger space to open at a later date, according to a closing announcement posted to Instagram.
East Village: The 24-hour Ukrainian diner Odessa has officially shut down and the space is on the market, according to the real estate broker managing the sale. Previously, the restaurant’s former owners said that they planned to bring the space back to life this year after the diner ceased operations last July. The owners are now retired, according to the broker.
Lower East Side: The LES location of Blue Bottle Coffee, on the corner of Clinton Street and Rivington Street, has permanently shut down, Bowery Boogie reports. The chain still maintains 17 locations across NYC, according to its website.
Tribeca: Neighborhood hangout Tribeca Tavern has permanently closed, according to Tribeca Citizen. The bar was a longtime local favorite that regularly appeared on lists of Tribeca’s top bars during its 25-year run.