Gotham Food, a beloved grocery store and deli on Columbus between 72nd and 73rd street that opened in 1970, is closing in the next few months because it can’t keep up with rising rents.
Nick, the owner, told us that the rent has continually risen in recent years and that he simply can’t keep up anymore. “Everything has to end.” He says he has the option to stay until September and hasn’t decided yet if he will close before then.
A tipster had told Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York that “the Starbucks located next door will be expanding into the deli’s space,” but Nick was doubtful.
He predicted that a clothing store may end up renting the space. “The boutiques are expanding on Columbus.”
Ore loyal customer said that Gotham’s closure is a big loss for the community.
“All that will be left are the rot-gut stuff (wraps and pre-made sandwiches and dirty tasting salads) cranked out by chains like Lenny’s,” said Paul, a longtime customer who gets sandwiches at Gotham at least once a week.