We lost many restaurants in 2011.
*Update: Regrettably, we add Polonia to the list, shuttered Christmas Eve after 22 years in the East Village.
*Update 2: We just learned that Auggie's Coffee shop on Thompson has closed after 45 years.
The city's red-sauce joints took more hits as Rocco Ristorante announced they'd be closing after 89 years due to a rent hike and takeover by the Torrisi chain. Rocky's Italian also announced their impending closure, also due to rent hike and takeover by a Nolitan called Balaboosta.
After 52 years in Little Italy, the original Ray's Pizza closed its doors. Less original, but also mourned, Famous Ray's in the Village shuttered.
We lost the second-to-last Andrews Coffee Shop and the Tramway Diner. Also vanished, Niko's on the Upper West Side.
Doyers Vietnamese was shuttered and recently became a trendy hipster spot.
And very quietly, without fanfare, two Latin places disappeared from Chelsea--Cabo Rojo off the High Line and the Cuban Chinese joint La Nueva Rampa.
What have I missed?
Previous Year-End Reviews:
2009: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter