Restaurant closings in New York, February 2022

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Nearly two years after restaurants inside New York were first closed, 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, experts say that number could be even higher and will likely take months or even years to assess.

Among them are the short-lived, plantain-focused Kelewele, as well as a longtime Italian restaurant, Sandro’s. 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 tips@eater.com. This post will be updated regularly.


February 18

Dumbo: Vodega Owner Jeremy Dean tells Eater that he closed his vegan grocery store in October due to “not enough vegan traffic in the neighborhood.” In its place, Dean relaunched with a new restaurant called Lucky Rabbit Noodles, named after his recently deceased rabbit. Half of the menu is still devoted to vegan dishes.

Nomadic: Four year old Italian restaurant Cardoncello DiVino, known for showcasing the thick, meaty cardoncello mushroom in many of its dishes, has closed its doors. An announcement on the restaurant’s website said pandemic issues were the reason for the closure and the last day of service was Valentine’s Day.

Sunset Park: Since February 13, Tadaima closed its outpost at Brooklyn’s Industry City food hall. Owner Ayaka Ando plans to reopen the Japanese bakery at a nearby location in late March, according to an Instagram post.

Upper West Side: Cuban and pan-Latin American spot Ocho Street is no longer, according to neighborhood website I Love the Upper West Side. Calle Ocho first opened in the neighborhood in 1998 and has won a following for its arepas, ceviches, crispy, honey-glazed calamari, and happy, bottomless brunch with ten different varieties of sangria on tap. . The restaurant has closed and changed locations three times over the years, ending with its last move in January 2020. This time the closure is permanent, according to a post on the restaurant’s Instagram account. His last day of service was January 23.


February 11th

Greenpoint: Italy Pizza, a home for quality calzones, heroes and slices in Greenpoint, will not reopen. According to neighborhood website Greenpointers, a staff member at Greenpoint Original Pizza, two blocks from the same team, confirmed the closure.

Center-East: Jubilee, a cozy and neighborhood favorite French bistro, has closed its doors. Chef Luc Holie and manager Ilda Araujo announced the closure in an email to customers in February, writing that their lease had expired on December 31 and that they were unable to reach a new agreement with their owner.

Nomadic: Twenty-seven years after it opened on the border of Kips Bay and Flatiron, fine-dining Italian restaurant I Trulli has ended. The restaurant survived a 400% rent hike and at one point there was no tipping, but owner Nicola Marzovilla quit before the second anniversary of the pandemic. He announced the closure in an email to customers on February 9. “As the saying goes, all good things come to an end,” the post read.

Upper West Side: Kosher pizzeria Cafe Roma is not anymore. The slice shop with knishes, bourekas and other Jewish dishes closed Jan. 30, according to neighborhood blog West Side Rag. The restaurant, originally located on 91st Street and Amsterdam Avenue, had been operating in the neighborhood for over 25 years.

Upper West Side: Joe’s Coffee Company is moving out after a rent increase at her store on the corner of 73rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, according to West Side Rag. The New York City coffeehouse chain has two additional locations nearby, at 187 Columbus Avenue and 514 Columbus Avenue.


February 4

Downtown Brooklyn: Rachel Laryea’s stall at Dekalb Market, powered by plantain Kelewele is not anymore. Laryea took to Instagram this week to announce the closure of the restaurant, which opened last June. After opening in the downtown Brooklyn food court, Laryea expanded with another location at the Barclays Center, which also closed. According to the Instagram post, the chef is focused on wholesale distribution of her plantain treats.

East Village: Baker’s Pizza called for leaving Avenue A. The team confirmed the news on Instagram last week, writing that a “new owner may reopen but likely change branding and name. I’m done!” Owner Jordan Baker first opened the pizzeria in 2016 and became known for his focaccia, meatball sandwiches and huge pies.

Iron : Gadi Paleg’s modern Israeli restaurant nour is officially done after four years in Manhattan. The last day of service was January 22.

Fort Green: The Fort Greene Business Improvement District announced the closure of Fulton Street’s broccoli bar this week. The restaurant launched with an all-broccoli vegan menu in 2020.

Upper East Side: Downtown Italian restaurant At Sandro’s is not anymore. In a voicemail, the restaurant shared that it permanently closed on January 23. The recording didn’t provide a reason for the closure, but in an Instagram post, the restaurant shared that the closure was “out of our control.” According to Grub Street, owner Sandro Fioriti has been cooking in New York for over thirty years.

Williamsburg: Owners Zack and Diana Wangeman shared on Instagram this week that their Williamsburg restaurant, Sober Masa Coffee, closed permanently following a temporary closure. The much-loved spot opened during the pandemic and has become known for its outstanding breakfast tacos and all-day cafe vibe. The Wangemans cited omicron-related struggles as the reason for the closure, saying they will focus their attention on Sobre Masa Tortilleria, a taqueria, cocktail bar and corn tortilla production facility they opened last year at 52 Harrison Place, between Morgan and Knickerbocker Avenues. , in Bushwick.

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