One of NYC’s Best Pho Restaurants Will Not Reopen — And More Closings
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. 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.
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. 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.
Bushwick: Lisa Fernandes, a former Top Chef contestant and executive chef at Dos Caminos in Midtown, opened Sweet Chili, which started off as a food truck, in November 2019. The restaurant, which served a menu spanning Thai- and Vietnamese-inspired dishes, closed in late June, the Bushwick Daily reported.
Bushwick: Since it opened in December 2014, Onderdonk & Sons quickly became a go-to spot in this Brooklyn neighborhood for burgers and beer. It closed permanently on June 28, however, and on the bar’s Instagram account, one of the last posts noted that “the decision, like the last year, was tough.”
Garment District: While New Yorkers like to joke about avoiding Penn Station at all costs, Just Pho was a delicious reason to head toward the transit hub for some of the city’s best bowls of pho. Our critic Robert Sietsema was a fan of the Hanoi-style beef noodle soup served here (Ligaya Mishan also reviewed it for the New York Times). The restaurant had been closed during the pandemic for stretches at a time, and it’s not clear when it shuttered. Currently, there is a for-sale sign out front and the dining room sits empty.