Gas Hookup Issues Sideline Essex Street Newcomer ‘Ninja Grill’
Another day, another gas-related restaurant closure on the Lower East Side. This time around it’s the three-month-old Ninja Grill on Essex Street.
The so-called Hibachi Express fast food joint closed down last week due its gas hookup. Signs adorning the storefront don’t provide much explanation, but Department of Buildings records point out the truth. City inspectors found – “gas being supplied without authorization to new gas equipment.”
Ownership notes that the closure is temporary, and that a return to form will happen “soon.” However, exact timetable is anyone’s guess, given that gas-related issues are taken seriously by the city and Con Edison. Just don’t be surprised if Ninja Grill is permanently sidelined.
Ninja Grill opened at 103 Essex Street this past December. It’s the second business within a year, behind Prestige Cafe, to attempt commerce in this cursed spot. (It sat empty for years after Le Lupanar closed in 2011.)
Several readers have written to us about the closure, and how the food here is pretty good. What’s your experience there?