Despite the opening in 2017 of such critically acclaimed restaurants as Danny Meyer’s new Roman wine bar Vini e Friti, NYC lost dozens of popular eateries. They range from low-priced neighborhood coffee shops to venerable classics, gone primarily because of increasing operating costs, including greedy landlords. Others shuttered due to owner/operator exhaustion, or simply closed with no reason given.
Let’s raise a glass to these places that vanished during just the last three months of 2017. Sadly, it’s a long list.
Restaurants closing today, December 31
Top of the list goes to Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar, from TV chef and showman Guy Fieri, closing down will shutter after serving ends on New Year’s Eve, after five rocky years in tourist mecca Times Square. Widely panned by restaurant reviewers, the ill-received, yet still wildly popular restaurant that served as a touchstone for Fieri fans. According to NY Eater, Fieri did not explain the reason for the closure, but noted he is “proud” of serving millions of people throughout the years and thanked his team.
Saturday, December 31 marks the final day for 32-year-old casual American and Chinese cafe Noho Star and its sister cocktail bar Temple Bar. Citing “economic” reasons with the city, the two longtime neighborhood businesses, opened in the 1980s by late restaurateur George Schwarz — the guy behind Elephant and Castle and reviving Keens.
Restaurants closed earlier in December
A new lease structure has shuttered Lupulo, Aldea chef-owner George Mendes casual Midtown Portuguese restaurant. He reportedly is searching for a new space, to reopen somewhere in 2018.
Upper West Side pizza restaurant Farinella closed its Amsterdam Avenue location, but remains open at two places on the Upper East Side.
St. Mark’s Taiwanese restaurant TK Kitchen closed after 10 years in the East Village. It served bubble tea, popcorn chicken, noodles, and other Taiwanese fare. The owners say they have a new idea in the works.
A busy franchise location of pizzeria Patsy’s closed its University Place outpost.
The Upper West Side is down another bagel store with the closure of Jumbo Bagels at 83rd and Columbus.
East Village cafe Stuyvesant Organic closed, but expected to re-open as a dumpling restaurant.
In Bushwick, coffee roaster Supercrown closed after two years.
Coffee shop Honeyhaus at 334 East 11th Street closed without explanation.
Also on the Upper West Side, Thai restaurant Sookk at 2686 Broadway has closed.
In the East Village, Hot Pot Central on 2nd Avenue closed its doors. The owners previously closed two other concepts in the space.
East Village Coffee shop and co-working space combo Pourt shuttered after less than a year. The business, which opened in January, offered bottomless coffee for $2.99, conference rooms, internet access, and things like printers and chargers.
In Tribeca, a juice spot called Wicked is down for the count. It’s being replaced by yet another Dunkin’ Donuts
Qi Thai Grill in Williamsburg shuttered, with famed Queens Thai restaurant SriPraPhai taking over the space at 176 North 9th Street.
Restaurants closed in November
On the Upper West Side, a location of The Meatball Shop closed suddenly without notice. A representative for the restaurants points to costly structural changes that made it “too cost prohibitive to continue operation.” Some employees were relocated to other locations.
Cuban restaurant Agozar closed after 15 years in the East Village. Ownership did not give a reason.
Bay Ridge’s Welsh pub Longbow closed after nine years.
After five years at 254 Broome Street, Tache Artisan Chocolate closed to move to the basement location at 163 Chrystie Street.
Brazilian-style tapioca crepe restaurant Oca closed the doors on its Nolita restaurant — but the restaurant’s Facebook page says it will reopen in a “secret location” in Williamsburg. It first opened in Nolita last year.
East Village’s International Bar closed its 120 1/2 First Avenue location. Sister bar Coal Yard will be transformed into International Bar.
After two-and-a-half years on the Lower East Side, one-Michelin-starred restaurant Rebelle closed suddenly.
Despite a fairly enthusiastic following, the Golden Girls-themed Rue La Rue Cafe in Washington Heights closed after less than a year. Owner Michael J. La Rue says he may reopen it one day.
Cute little fashion- and art-focused coffee shop Cafe Henrie shuttered two years on the Lower East Side at 116 Forsyth Street.
Upper West Side Indian restaurant Saffron, at 320 Columbus Avenue, is now closed,
Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly French bistro Le Village is no longer open at 127 East 7th Street
We hardly had a chance to discover 33 Greenwich, the Southern restaurant at 33 Greenwich Avenue that shuttered after just six months. Owners flipped the space to Greenwich Grille with Harold’s Meat + Three chef-owner Harold Moore now in charge of the comfort food-producing kitchen.
The legendary fine dining Maccioni family has closed its upscale Italian restaurant Osteria del Circo — aka Circo. The family, best known for French fine dining institution Le Cirque, first opened it in 1996. They had a dispute with the landlord over the 120 West 55th Street space, but reportedly plan to reopen nearby.
Bushwick neighborhood bar Tutu’s (25 Bogart Street) is no more, with owners posting a thank you note on the Facebook page that did not explain the closure.
East Village rock bar HiFi ended its tenure after 15 years on Avenue A. Owner Mike Stuto — whom many considered a champion for indie artists — said the weekend bar crowd was “mostly indifferent to the place,” and the business wasn’t doing well. Before it was HiFi, the space housed Brownies for 13 years, another rock bar.
All signs point to Graffiti, an Indian small plates restaurant from chef Jehangir Mehta, being closed. The East Village restaurant, around for about a decade, hasn’t been open, and a new Greek restaurant has applied for a liquor license at the space.
The Gansevoort Market location of controversial sushi chef David Bouhadana’s Sushi by Bou has closed, with word that the chef allegedly made derogatory and racist comments to other vendors. The 30-minute omakase counter has two other locations in the city.
Restaurants closed in October
SF-based quinoa automat Eatsa — where diners can order and pick up lunch without talking to a single human — has closed both its New York City locations, at 285 Madison Avenue and at 666 Third Avenue.
The remaining location of longtime Italian fine dining destination A Voce has closed after 13 years. The 41 Madison Avenue location was convenient to Madison Square Park.
Birdbath, the environmentally-minded sibling to City Bakery, has closed its 45 Spring Street location.
A Greenwich Village location of salad chain Fresh&Co has shut its doors at 58 East 8th Street location. A location a few blocks north at 729 Broadway is still open.
After nearly 40 years in Chelsea, family-run Spanish seafood restaurant Francisco’s Centro Vasco has closed permanently once again.
Popular East Village restaurant Cafe Orlin officially shut its doors after 36 years in the neighborhood. It may reopen elsewhere.
Chelsea Deli and Bakery at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue, around since at least 1999, has closed its doors.
After three years, chef Jesse Schenker has shuttered his Flatiron American restaurant The Gander, citing rising costs and decreased sales.
East Village cocktail bar Coup — founded on the idea of donating its profits to organizations fighting against the policies of Donald Trump — closed to take its cocktail charity on the road across the country.
Thirty-five-year-old Chinatown beef jerky shop New Beef King shuttered in October. Owner Robert Yee plans to retire, which means his daily-made jerky will, too.
After just a year and a half on Broome Street, playful Thai restaurant The Lucky Bee shut down. Owner Rupert Noffs says the restaurant was unable to keep up with the space’s rent.
The white-picket-fenced Elizabeth’s Neighborhood Table closed its doors on the Upper West Side. Owners plan to transfer Elizabeth’s brunch menu over to Gabriella’s, the other restaurant they own.
Thanks to NY Eater for putting this list together. For additional restaurant closures in 2017, head here.