An Honor Roll Of Restaurants Past…

Thank You nys

Last night I had one helluva time falling asleep. Instead of counting sheep I decided to recount restaurants I liked in this city that are no more. Let’s just say it has been on the brain of late.* Here’s a partial list:

  1. Bleu Drawes: Jamaican food in Greenpoint? Yes, once there was! This was on Commercial Street, now the space is occupied by Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
  2. Oznot’s Dish: Berry Street, replaced by Silent h
  3. Silent h: (see above) , replaced by a French bistro. This was the place which really got me into Vietnamese food.
  4. Barossa: Graham Avenue, replaced by Gwinnett Street whose menu is mildly upscale “artsy” food. (I do not recall the latest name for this establishment, but I imagine part of the reason for the name change was one of the owners being charged with handling narcotics. you can’t make this shit up, folks.).
  5. Kenny’s Trattoria: Havemeyer Street, razed for residential development.
  6. Taco Bite: South 4 Street at Rodney, replaced by a short-lived vegetarian/health food restaurant.
  7. Grand Sichuan: Canal Street, razed so as to build a hotel.
  8. Conos al Pescatore: Graham Avenue. Replaced by Sage an upscale Asian fusion establishment (which I will admit serves pretty good food— but still).
  9. La Vuelta: 45th Road, replaced by a barbecue joint.
  10. Village Mingala: Burmese restaurant whose East 5 Street location is now a Michelin recommended bistro. ASIDE: this leaves one Burmese restaurant in New York City.
  11. El Paso: Houston Street, new tenant TBD
  12. Casa Mon Amour: Franklin Street. They served Dominican food. Now the space is occupied by Vamos al Tequila (which is a fairly good replacement). The folks at Vamos al Tequila have my business for life for simply having the temerity to post the sign gracing the beginning of this post. I can only imagine what necessitated its creation.
  13. Driggs Pizzeria: Driggs Avenue (duh), replaced by Two Boots. This one infuriates me as much as Village Mingala’s closure (READ: A LOT).
  14. Monsignor’s: Bedford Avenue, now Lokal
  15. Rocco’s Ristaurante: Thompson Street, taken over by these guys.
  16. L.A. Ristorante: Manhattan Avenue, now a magazine/cigar store. To their credit, they did retain some semblance of a restaurant— but it really isn’t the same.
  17. Bean: North 8 Street. A nice little Mexican restaurant; now it is Pop’s.

Is it just me or is there an overall trend here? Anyone care to add?

*Thankfully it would appear John’s of East 12 Street has dodged becoming statistic. At least for now, anyway…

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Lovely Light

August 5, 2014 ·
Filed under: New York City, West Village, West Village Manhattan 

Taken by Rommel Parada.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Bedford Street

May 18, 2014 ·
Filed under: 10014, West Village, West Village Manhattan, WTF 

Taken May 17, 2014.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: High Line

248/365 Gilbert & George «Walking»

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From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Omar

August 22, 2013 ·
Filed under: 10012, West Village, West Village Manhattan 

Stranger 2/100. Omar

mistergalaxy writes:

Omar is a taxi cab driver. I saw him several times in West Village but had no courage to approach him. But yesterday suddenly I noticed Omar drinking coffee by his car on Christopher street. He gladly let me take a picture of him. Though it was a tough task because of the deep shadows

Here’s a shot of his amazing ride!

NYC Taxi

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Fire Escape

August 16, 2013 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City, West Village, West Village Manhattan 

227/365 Sitting out on the fire escape

Taken by mistergalaxy.

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: The Word On The Street

allcaps

Taken August 2, 2013.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Friends

July 23, 2013 ·
Filed under: New York City, West Village, West Village Manhattan 

203/365 Old Friends

Taken by mistergalaxy.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part III: Grillin’

July 19, 2013 ·
Filed under: 10012, New York City, West Village, West Village Manhattan 

New York-style Barbecue

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From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: The Word On The Street

170/365 It's All Good

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