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2020’s Saddest NYC Restaurant Closures


#Welcome to #Year in #Eater 2020, #Eater’s annual ritual of eulogizing the past 12 months. #In 2020’s final days, #Eater NY will be posting questions about #New #York #City’s restaurant scene in the past year, with answers from food writers, photographers, chefs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, and even a few local legislators who helped to support the industry through this enormously difficult year. #Now, we ask: #What was 2020’s saddest restaurant closure?


#Eric #Adams, #Brooklyn #Borough #President: There are too many to count.

#Clay #Williams, food photographer and co-founder of #Black #Food #Folks: #Honestly, I’ve tried not to keep an eye on the ongoing list of closures, it’s all too terrible. #But, hearing about The 21 #Club, #Blue #Smoke, and #Franklin #Park, just this month has been pretty awful. They all have particular places in my personal history as a diner and in covering the industry. #It’s hard to imagine this city if they hadn’t been there, or what could possibly take their places.

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#Kat #Kinsman, senior editor, #Food & #Wine: #Each closing was painful because whether or not it was a place you frequented, it meant the loss of livelihood for so many unseen people with nowhere to turn. #On a personal level, #Gotham and #Blue #Smoke were fundamental places in my now pretty long tenure as an NYC diner and I felt some pretty strong pangs. #As a collective tragedy — so many #Chinatown restaurants. They are living history, they are culture, they are community, and they were felled by a lethal combination of economics and xenophobia. #It’s deeply disheartening, and I’m so grateful to #Grace #Young for everything she’s doing with the #savechineserestaurants movement to raise awareness of the humanity behind the meals so many of us have taken for granted.

#Jennifer #Tam, co-founder of non-profit #Welcome to #Chinatown: #Hop #Shing was a devastating, unexpected hit for #Chinatown. They’ve served generations of #Chinese #American families since 1973. A visit to #Hop #Shing was like traveling back in time to its early days; I would be surrounded by #Chinese newspapers, tea cups and small plates of dim sum, and older seniors catching up with friends.

#Carlina #Rivera, NYC council member: I’m really sad about #Rosario’s on #Stanton #Street closing. I grew up down the street from there, and I can’t tell you how many memories I have of getting a slice with friends there at 3 a.m. after a long night. #You would sit by the window and everyone passing by would clearly agree you were doing the exact right thing in that moment.

#Priya #Krishna, food writer and author of the best-selling cookbook #Indian-ish: #Glady’s. I’ve been having their slushies and jerk since I moved here, and that menu translated so well to takeout. I’ll miss it so much.

#Emma #Orlow, writer for the #New #York #Times, #Bon #Appétit, and #Eater: #Ugh, so hard to pick just one. They’re all incredibly devastating, especially knowing that it was preventable if the government had actually cared about saving small businesses and their employees. #Tamra #Teahouse’s closing was definitely sad.

#Fabián von #Hauske #Valtierra, chef and co-owner of #Contra and #Wildair: #Uncle #Boons.

#Brad #Hoylman, #New #York state senator: #Certainly something that also stands out for me is the story of the young restaurateur moving here from #Colorado to pursue her dream by opening the #Banty #Rooster on #Greenwich #Avenue and then having to close because her landlord wouldn’t renegotiate the rent when her sales plummeted. #That’s just cold, heartless greed. #She returned to #Colorado but I hope she gives NYC another chance.

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#Lucas #Sin, chef at #Junzi #Kitchen and #Nice #Day: The closure of the 52-year-old #Chinese-Cuban restaurant #La #Caridad 78 was particularly difficult to hear. #As a #Chino #Latino emblem of the confluence of #Chinese food ways, it’s been a huge influence on my thinking on how food and culture evolve in #New #York #City.

#Connie #Chung, chef and co-owner of #Milu: #Too many to name. I think #Gotham #Bar and #Grill is sad because it was so iconic and a staple to the NY restaurant scene. #Anytime a restaurant that has been around that long closes, it’s very sad. #On a more personal note, #Dub #Pies in #Brooklyn. #It used to be our go to spot for a post #Prospect #Park run coffee or #Milo. #But no more.

#Kim #Pham, co-founder, #Omsom: I know it’s not a restaurant, but I was devastated when #Pegu #Club closed. #One of the first proper cocktail bars I ever fell in love with when I first moved to the city, and truly a tragedy for the community. #If we’re talking restaurants, my heart broke to see west~bourne close. Their team kept pushing the thinking of what it means to be by and for the community, doing really beautiful work plus slinging some of the tastiest veg-forward dishes I’ve had in a long time.

#Erika #Chou, co-owner of restaurants including #Wayla and #Chemistry: #Gaia’s #Italian #Café. #Gaia’s was a super local spot I used to go to all the time for lunch down the block from where I opened my very first restaurant (#Yunnan #Kitchen) nearly 10 years ago. #It was such a definitively NY restaurant, under the radar and quirky, so delicious, affordable, and run by a very strong no-nonsense woman who knows her mind and her food. #Unique places like this make #New #York’s dining scene what it is. #Gaia, please re-open!

#Gary #He, food writer and photographer, author of #Astrolabe newsletter: #Yu #Li (#Tang #Hotpot, The #Tang) reached out to me in #February about taking pictures for his new spot in the #East #Village, #Doma. #We must’ve shot like 30 dishes, some of which would be added to the menu in the months to come. #Li seemed so thrilled to be expanding. I walked by the other day and saw “For #Rent” signs on the front of the building and it absolutely gutted me.

#Melissa #McCart, editor of #Heated and former #Eater NY editor: #Mermaid #Inn, #Jewel #Bako, #Uncle #Boons. #So, so many.

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#Alan #Sytsma, editor, #Grub #Street: I don’t think any single closing was as difficult to take as the realization that each shuttering was just part of the city’s overall loss. #Yes, I’ll miss certain places more than others, but I think it’s going to take much longer to shake the lingering effects of the year more broadly.

#Note: #Some answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.





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