Lansky’s Deli, the Jewish-style deli on Columbus between 70th and 71st Streets, has closed its doors because it simply couldn’t keep up with rising costs, according to a sign posted to the door.
The restaurant had become a mainstay for locals, and drew large crowds on the weekends. But it apparently fell victim to the same rising rents and other costs that have spelled doom for other local businesses in the past few years.
Lansky’s, owned by local restaurateur David Ruggiero, has dealt with its share of drama recently. It was hit with some nasty vandalism last year that Ruggiero said included Anti-Semitic scrawlings. Ruggiero has also had financial troubles with his restaurants in the past, with some of his restaurants declaring bankruptcy at one point in 2011.
But the breakfast foods and sandwiches were solid. Some were very solid, like the Coney Island knishwich: a potato knish cut in half and topped with corned beef, pastrami, muenster, coleslaw & Russian dressing.
It’s been a rough day for restaurants and bars on the Upper West Side — we broke the news today that 70-year-old bar Emerald Inn is going to be replaced by a Kate Spade store.