Ed’s Chowder House, the seafood restaurant on 63rd Street and Broadway under the Empire Hotel, will close on January 27, according to a manager and an employee there. The manager said they are closing for renovations, but would not confirm if they are reopening. She didn’t have further information. An employee who spoke to one of our readers made it sound like they’re closing for good, as did an employee who spoke to West Side Rag. Management did not respond to an email seeking further information. Ed’s closed once before, only to return several weeks later.
Greek restaurant Kefi on Columbus Avenue between 84th and 85th street was closed on Tuesday night with a notice from the city marshal’s office that the landlord now has control of the space. Another sign on the door said it will reopen for dinner at 5 p.m. — though it’s not immediately clear which night they mean. Restaurants can certainly recover from being seized like this, though it does not always work out that way. We were unable to get through to the restaurant early Wednesday morning for more info. The popular Greek restaurant was also forced to close for several months a few years ago because of a gas problem in the building. Thanks to Rachel Hoffman and Jenn for the photos and Marlene for the tip.
Barcibo Mediterraneo, the tapas spot at 2020 Broadway (68th-69th Street) also has a marshal’s notice up and has been closed for several days. It was formerly known as Barcibo Enoteca. Thanks to J.R., Janine and Alex for the tips.
W96 Deli is now open on 96th between Broadway and Amsterdam, on the south side of the street. It serves breakfast lunch and dinner. Thanks to Flash for the photo.