6 NYC Places You Need to Visit Before They’re Gone Forever
Our hearts will go on
Sometimes change is good, like when you try a new skin-care routine or finally clean out your closet. But in NYC, change often means saying good-bye to our favorite things. Here are six awesome spots that haven’t closed yet but may not be around much longer.
Sad news for pastrami lovers: The Midtown mainstay will serve its last mile-high sandwich on December 31. Even if you’ve never been, it’s worth stopping in for a slice of NYC history (and cheesecake, obviously).
854 Seventh Ave. (at W. 55th St.); 212-757-2245 or carnegiedeli.com
The Waldorf Astoria
The storied Art Deco hotel is set to close on March 1 for three years as it converts most of its rooms to condos. And while a permanent residence there is always an option, there’s no knowing how much those renovations will change the iconic space. Now might be the time to splurge on a staycation—or at least pop in for afternoon tea.
301 Park Ave. (at E. 49th. St.); 212-355-3000 or waldorfnewyork.com
OK, don’t freak out just yet: The Italian charmer had a scare last year when its building was sold, but there hasn’t been any news in a while. That said, you’d do well to eat as much of its life-changing roast chicken as possible, just in case.
775 Washington St. (at W. 12th St.); 212-924-9700 or barbutonyc.com
Three Lives & Company
After 33 years in the West Village, this beloved indie bookshop faces an uncertain future since its building was sold to developers. So stop in, pick up a new read and chat with the crazy-knowledgeable staff while you still can.
154 W. Tenth St. (at Waverly Pl.); 212-741-2069 or threelives.com
Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen
It’s never easy to say good-bye to a great brunch spot—especially one that makes incredible baked goods in a 135-year-old oven. You have until the end of November to get your fix of challah French toast, fried chicken and bone marrow with bacon bread.
35 Downing St. (at Bedford St.); 212-337-0404 or blueribbonrestaurants.com
New York Bakery
The city's about to lose one of its best cheap-taco destinations: This mom-and-pop counter for inexpensive Mexican eats could be booted from its space in as little as a month or two. Stop in for lunch ASAP and try not to cry into your salsa verde.
51 W. 29th St. (at Sixth Ave.); 212-213-2838