Eat and Drink NYC restaurant closings By Melissa Kravitz & Georgia Kral Updated August 25, 2016 9:12 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Elevated rents, lost leases, New Yorkers' ever-changing tastes: these are just some of the reasons NYC businesses are constantly opening, closing, moving and changing in the big city. In the city that never sleeps, it seems that restaurants are opening and closing around the clock. Here are some oldies but goodies that are closing up shop. Spice Market Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote Jean-Georges' Spice Market will shut its doors on Sept. 29, 2016, the restaurant announced on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The Meatpacking District eatery will be shuttered as it nears the end of its lease. A retail store will take its place at 403 West 13th St. Lowlife Photo Credit: georgiakral via Instagram This Lower East Side restaurant received plenty of buzz when it opened in late 2015 but according to Eater, the restaurant is now closed. A source told Eater investors may "have been rattled by unexpected costs, as well as the slow process of turning a profit with 60 seats in an out-of-the-way downtown location." 178 Stanton St. Telepan Photo Credit: Johnny Simon Bill Telepan operated Telepan on the Upper West Side for more than 10 years, until recently. The last day of service was May 15, 2016. The closing was announced on the restaurant's Facebook page. The post did not explain why the restaurant was closing but The New York Times reported rising costs were to blame. Telepan opened Telepan Local, a casual spinoff of the restaurant, in TriBeCa in 2014. That closed less than a year later. Northeast Kingdom Photo Credit: Northeast Kingdom via Facebook Beloved Bushwick haunt Northeast Kingdom closed its doors at the end of May 2016. The owners left the restaurant behind in order to spend more time with their children and to pay closer attention to cultivating their farm upstate, according to a post on the restaurants website (north-eastkingdom.com.) The restaurant was largely credited with helping make Bushwick into the creative community it is today. URBO Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz This sprawling, two-floor Times Square restaurant has closed, reported The New York Times. It was open for almost two years at 11 Times Square. Pickle Shack Photo Credit: Pickle Shack via Instagram The vegetarian sandwich shop, from the folks behind Brooklyn Brine pickle company and Dogfish Head Brewery, was a popular local hangout but was never financially stable, reported Eater. It closed at the end of February. 256 Fourth Ave., pickleshacknyc.com Peanut Butter & Co. Photo Credit: Peanut Butter & Co. Peanut Butter & Co. owner Lee Zalben told amNY that the current location at 240 Sullivan St. was too small, and that the restaurant was looking for a new one. It opened in 1998. Bark Hot Dogs Photo Credit: Bark Hot Dogs via Facebook Bark Hot Dogs is closed doggone doors after Super Bowl Sunday. "It is with sorrow we must announce that after 7 years, Bark will be closing it's doors for business as of next Monday," the Park Slope restaurant shared on its website on Feb. 2, 2016. "We are so grateful for all of our fans over the years and want to thank each and every one of you for your support and patronage." 69 Bayard Restaurant Photo Credit: chinatownicecreamfactory via Instagram This beloved Chinatown restaurant known for dollar bills on the walls and fried chicken wings closed on Feb. 27, 2016. "The lease is over," manager Mr. Cheng told amNewYork, adding that all the employees planned to share the dollars tacked to the walls. Costata Photo Credit: Costata Michael White's Italian steakhouse Costata closed on Dec. 31, 2015. Montmartre Photo Credit: Montmartre Gabriel Stulman -- the restauranteur behind the Happy Cooking Group and restaurants Fedora, Bar Sardine and Perla, among others -- closed Montmartre in March 2016. Stulman opened the Chelsea bistro in 2012. "The bottom line is that we're not doing enough covers enough of the night," he wrote to his team, according to Eater NY. Biblio Photo Credit: Biblio via Facebook Literary-themed burger restaurant and bar Biblio shut its doors in Williamsburg on Dec. 21, 2015: "2015 was a very tough year for us at Biblio and sadly we have to close our doors. Despite serving great comfort food, global craft beers, cocktails, spirits and wine at affordable prices we just could not get by. Thanks to everyone that has come and supported us since opening in May 2013." The now-shuttered restaurant was home to a popular patio and brunch menu that was apparently not enough to keep it alive on N. 6th St. Brucie Photo Credit: BrucieNYC via Instagram Cobble Hill Italian restaurant Brucie was open for more than 5 years before announcing on Instagram that they'd be closing after service on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14, 2016). The neighborhood spot was known for its inventive, fresh takes on classic food and especially for its to-go lasagna. "Please come see us as many times as possible over the next two months. There are simply no words to describe the past 5 1/2 years. It has been magic. What's next is unknown, so if you have any fabulous ideas please feel free to let us know," the post read. Deluxe Luncheonette Photo Credit: Google Maps After almost 16 years of serving burgers, mac and cheese and nightly specials, popular Columbia student hangout, Deluxe Luncheonette, also known as Deluxe on Broadway, shuttered in December 2016. "We want to thank you for all the wonderful years together," read a sign on the door of the Morningside Heights diner. Ted & Honey Photo Credit: Ted & Honey Beloved neighborhood sandwich and coffee shop Ted & Honey closed its doors on Nov. 29, 2015. Located in Cobble Hill, the spot was open for 8 years and was known for its sandwiches and baked goods. Co-owner Michelle "Honey" Mannix told Eater she wanted to spend more time with her family. Burlap Sack Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz After nine months in Murray Hill, Burlap Sack was forced to close its doors due to "fortunate circumstances with our landlord" as the potato restaurant's website stated. Their current home will be torn down, but Burlap Sack plans to reopen in New York City soon. Kin Shop and Perilla Photo Credit: Melissa Hom Chef Harold Dieterle planned closed both his restaurants by the end of 2015. The first "Top Chef" winners restaurants, the contemporary Thai spot Kin Shop and the comfort-food neighborhood restaurant Perilla, have run their course, the chef told Eater NY. The death of these restaurants, both widely acclaimed when they opened but which have sadly not maintained loyal followings in the past several years, is indicative not only of a changing NYC but also a changing dining scene. As Dieterle said, "The mom and pop model is very difficult in the changing economics of New York City." Empire Szechuan Photo Credit: Empire Szechuan Village via Facebook After 30 years in the West Village, Empire Szechuan is closing its doors due to a 500% rent increase, reports Eater. Owner Oscar King signed a long-term lease on the 1,800-square-foot restaurant at the corner of Perry St. and Seventh Ave. South in 1985, agreeing to pay $5000/month. With an increase to $25,000/month requested by the landlord, King decided that the albeit fair raise was also a sign to retire. Empire Szechuan, which serves both Chinese and Japanese cuisine has two-and-a-half stars on Yelp and a measly single star on Seamless. Taco Santo Photo Credit: Taco Santo "The restaurant formerly known as Taco Santo has been sold to a new owner," reads a statement on Taco Santo's website. Park Slope's favorite taco brunch spot served its last scrambled egg taco on Sunday, September 27. The restaurant's original outpost, serving tacos and much more, Palo Santo, is in its ninth year of business at 652 Union St. and plans to incorporate old Taco Santo favorites on the menu. Ruthie's Restaurant Photo Credit: Ruthies Restaurant via Facebook Popular Fort Greene soul food eatery, Ruthie's (560 Myrtle Ave.), which opened in 1997, closed on Sunday, August 23 after almost 20 years in business. Beloved owner Ruth West passed away in November 2009 and her son, John Monroe, told DNAinfo that he decided to close the restaurant in 2015 to focus on his writing career. Alder Photo Credit: AlderNYC via Instagram It's been a rough year for Wylie Dufresne. First, his beloved WD-50 closed on the Lower East Side thanks to an upcoming real estate development. On July 31, Dufresne tweeted that his East Village gastropub, Alder, will suffer a similar fate. "Sad to report that after 2.5 great years on 2nd Ave, we've decided to close Alder at the end of August. The search for a new home begins..." There's no confirmation that a rent raise is the reason for the close, but New York food lovers are suspicious. Eater food critic Ryan Sutton tweeted Monday, "Alder's (imminent) closure is yet another reminder that avant-garde cuisine, however accessible, has long had a rough go of it in NYC." Get Dufresne's rye pasta with shaved pastrami in August while you still can! Carmine's Original Pizza Photo Credit: Carmines Original Pizza via Facebook 35-year-old Greenpoint pizza shop, Carmine's Original Pizza (93 Norman Ave.) is serving its last slice. The owner posted on the restaurant's Facebook page on July 6th. "Dear Friends, Neighbors and Customers, After 35 years of serving pizza in the great neighborhood of Greenpoint, I have decided that it is finally time to retire," the owner wrote. "I thank every person who ever walked into Carmine?s Original Pizza for your business, your conversation and your friendship. I will remember and miss you all. Each day was truly a pleasure because of you!" Whiskey Soda Lounge Photo Credit: Georgia Kral via Instagram Andy Ricker's Pok Pok NY spillover space turned bar and small plate spot Whiskey Soda Lounge closed July 3. Modeled after a Thai eating and drinking establishment, the small restaurant opened in 2013 as a way to help the throngs waiting for a table at Pok Pok enjoy their hour-long waits. In true Andy Ricker style, his statement on why the spot would shutter was blunt and honest: "Despite a small loyal following and critical success, including a nice one star review by Pete Wells in the NYT, WSLNY never found it's footing in the neighborhood. Contributing to this is the fact that since Pok Pok Ny started taking reservations, the need for a place to hold people while waiting for a table has diminished. While I am saddened by the fact it never really caught on the way the concept has in Portland, I am also very proud of what we were able to deliver to the few folks who did make it a regular stop, and to those we hosted while they waited for a table at Pok Pok Ny. The Chew host Carla Hall will open a restaurant in the space, but no details are available yet. 115 Columbia St., Columbia Street Waterfront District, pokpokny.com The Trash Bar Photo Credit: The Trash Bar via Facebook Beloved Williamsburg bar and concert venue, The Trash Bar, announced on Facebook that it's final night will be Saturday, June 27. Free beer will be served that evening at 7 p.m. but until then there will be drink specials, karaoke and promised fun. The Grocery Photo Credit: The Grocery Popular family-owned and run Carroll Gardens restaurant The Grocery will serve its last dinner on June 27, reports the The New York Times. The restauranteurs reported that as owners of the space, they plan to keep it and perhaps host private events, wine dinners or even weekend breakfasts. Louro Photo Credit: LOURO Dave Santos' popular and inventive Louro is closing. Santos said the rent on the space was going up 70% and he just couldn't afford the West Village space any longer. Say goodbye to those popular Monday night tasting menus... Santos says he is looking for a new location. 606 R&D Photo Credit: 606 R&D via Facebook This Prospect Heights standby known for farm-to-table dinners, Sunday suppers and homemade donuts will close on March 15. "A number of factors contributed to this decision amongst them lack of business during the frigid nights of the past few months," read the sad Facebook message. The provisions shop next door, R&D Foods, will remain open. La Parisienne Diner Photo Credit: Hirstoshi Bando via FourSquare La Parisienne Diner, an iconic Midtown greasy spoon near Columbus Circle, closed its doors forever on Feb. 18th. The owners posted to their Facebook page: "Sadly, La Parisienne has closed its doors forever. Its been a great 45+ years! Thank you to all our beloved customers-Jimmy and John" While plenty of similar diners are still in the area, we're wondering what will happen to their classic neon sign... Back Forty Photo Credit: Back Forty Peter Hoffman's locavore restaurant in the East Village has closed after 7 years. Back Forty was known for its infamous crab boils in its gorgeous backyard. The second location of Back Forty, at 70 Prince St., which used to be Savoy, remains open. 190 Ave. B., 212-388-1992, backfortynyc.com Heartland Brewery Photo Credit: Heartland Brewery Heartland Brewery has closed its original location in Union Square. The craft brewery and pub is very popular among tourists and isn't known for having the best food in the city, but as GrubStreet wondered, if even they can't make it, what is in store for Union Square? The remaining locations - in Times Square, Midtown West and by the Empire State Building- remain open. Tea Lounge Photo Credit: Tea Lounge NY via Facebook The seemingly always packed and cozy Tea Lounge in Park Slope will close on Sunday, Dec. 14 after 14 years in business. The beloved hangout home to 'Friends' trivia and plenty of post brunch strollers and laptops posted on Facebook "We are sad to announce to the community and our loyal customers that we will be closing Tea Lounge in Park Slope on Sunday 12/14/14. Please stop by so we can say goodbye." d.b.a. Brooklyn Photo Credit: DBA via Facebook Pour one out for the cheap drinks that will no longer be served at d.b.a Brooklyn come Sunday. The announcement of the beloved dive bar's closing came via Facebook, and the reason for the shuttering is unclear: "We're very sad to say d.b.a. brooklyn will be closing at the end of the month. It's a special place for so many special people. Please come out and have a drink before we go!" d.b.a.'s East Village location (41 First Ave.) will remain open. Benny's Burritos Photo Credit: Benny's Burritos via Facebook The East Village's popular purveyor of late night margaritas and burritos the size of a small child, Benny's Burritos (93 Ave. A) will convert its buzzy restaurant to a take-out window on Saturday, Nov 29. Owner Mark Marker told DNAinfo that rising rent costs are to blame for the closure of Benny's and its sister restaurant, Harry's Burritos on the Upper West Side. 50 employees will lose their jobs with the closures. Marco's Photo Credit: Marco's Year-old Prospect Heights Italian restaurant Marco's (295 Flatbush Ave.), a spin-off of the popular Franny's, will swirl its last spaghetti on Dec. 13. The restaurant explained, "Unfortunately, as amazing as the food is and as warm and skilled our service, the business simply hasn't been profitable enough to keep the doors open." The last few weeks at Marco's will be a celebration of their food and the labor of love put into creating the trattoria. Spike Hill Photo Credit: Spike Hill via Facebook Bedford Avenue bar and music venue Spike Hill will close in early December, with no known plans to re-locate. Gothamist speculates that the building, which is under contract for a lot of money, will not be home to another bar, but endure the recent Starbucks effect of the neighborhood. By Melissa Kravitz & Georgia Kral Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Ladybird, Mile End and more new restaurants to visit Stay in the know on new restaurants. Last call for the Raccoon Lodge (and more dive bars we miss)Raccoon Lodge is expected to close for good come January 2016. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.