Noah’s Ark Deli on Grand is Officially Kaput

Posted on: October 25th, 2013 at 6:00 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Noah’s Ark Deli joins the long, albeit distinguished list of fallen Lower East Side Jewish joints. It was the last full-service kosher restaurant in the neighborhood. Other delis, like Katz’s, are merely kosher-style.

Despite numerous promises to the contrary by front office workers, the ten-year-old eatery is kaput. Their situation down at 399 Grand Street has been on the rocks for quite some time, but made abundantly clear during the high holiday season. It was then that they closed for observance, never to reopen.

The deli was reportedly paying roughly $5,500 in monthly rent to landlord Seward Park Co-op – certainly a deal – but fell behind. Eviction soon followed.

The Jewish Week reported on the closure, addressing the impact on the local Jewish population.

Rabbi Romm estimated that about 300 kosher-observant families remain in the neighborhood, and noted that many kosher options remain in the neighborhood — everything from bagels and bialys to pickles and pizza. The Lower East Side, he concluded, “remains a mecca for kosher and non-kosher tourists of all types.”
So why did Noah’s Ark pull up stakes?

A resident of the Seward Park co-op, who asked to remain anonymous, said that the restaurant had been declining for years — unlike the deli’s flagship location, owned by the same couple, Noam and Shelly Sokolow, in Teaneck. “It was no secret that the place was not full,” he said, “and that the prices were rising and the quality going down. The owners were trying to save a sinking ship.”

Recent Stories

Entrance to Broadway Lafayette Goes Under the Knife (Again)

One of four main entrances to the Broadway-Lafayette subway station just (partially) closed for an extended period. The shutter, albeit temporary, is the second time for this particular stairwell in the two years since development began at the southwest corner of Lafayette and East Houston. A large sign on the sub-level landing announces the closure […]

An Elon Musk Space on Rivington Street?

Until 106 Rivington Street fulfills its destiny as the next Hell Square nightspot, this. A tunnel construction company? A tipster was out front last night and snapped a few photos before security stepped in. Below a “boring” neon sign, the sparse space is occupied by something called The Boring New York Company. There is a […]

Man Repeatedly Slashed on Rivington Street Yesterday Morning

When someone asks you if you’re a gang member, just keep walking… Early yesterday morning, at around 5am, a man was slashed across the torso near the corner of Rivington and Ridge Streets. Police said that two assailants, male and female, approached another guy and asked if he was a gang member. When the victim […]

My Time Recording the Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley During his Lower East Side Years

Beloved Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley passed away of a suspected heart attack last week (December 6). Ken Lockie, singer-songwriter and sometime collaborator with John (Rotten) Lydon of Public Image Ltd., fondly recalls his time behind the board with Shelley thirty years ago in Williamsburg and on the Lower East Side. Pete Shelley was a charming, likable, […]

Cristin Tierney Gallery Takes Space on the Bowery

The decade-running trend of Chelsea gallery refugees quartering on the Lower East Side continues with news of another. The Cristin Tierney gallery just signed a lease to take over 219 Bowery. It sits one store south of the Camper Lab concept shop, both of which formerly comprised the Chair Up restaurant supplier. Tierney, who had […]