251 East Houston

Gaia Cafe Sidelined Due to Fire Atop 251 East Houston

Posted December 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

On Thanksgiving eve, a small fire sparked atop the historic four-story tenement at 251 East Houston. It was quickly extinguished, and luckily no one was hurt. However, the beloved eatery in the sub-level commercial space fell victim. The five-year-old Gaia Cafe apparently took on some water, and the electricity was subsequently cut. The future appears a […]

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Gaia Italian Cafe is Taking a Week-Long Break Starting Next Thursday

Posted September 19, 2014 at 6:02 am

Fair warning that Gaia Italian Cafe is taking a brief recess on September 25. Eponymous owner Gaia Bagnasacco took to the company Facebook page to note that the beloved three-year-old restaurant will reopen a week later on October 2, and to thank patrons for the support. Gaia is certainly a neighborhood treasure, and fiercely protected […]

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Gaia Italian Cafe is on Vacation Until Mid-February

Posted February 3, 2014 at 6:04 am

The last couple months have been pretty rough on Gaia Bagnasacco, the eponymous proprietor behind the popular Gaia Italian Cafe. Just before the new year, she had threatened to close the business, thanks to frustration born from rude patrons and vicious Yelp reviews. Yet, Gaia ultimately decided against that action upon seeing the outpouring of […]

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Gaia Italian Cafe Thanks the Neighborhood for Its Support

Posted January 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

Two weeks ago, proprietor Gaia Bagnasacco announced that she was closing her beloved subterranean cafe on East Houston. The surprising message arrived on a Friday afternoon, saying the next day would probably be the last. It was a shot heard ’round the neighborhood, upsetting many dedicated followers. Nevertheless, she was open again for Monday service […]

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Beloved Gaia Italian Cafe on East Houston Closes, then Reopens [UPDATED]

Last modified December 30, 2013 at 10:48 am

Gaia Italian Cafe at 251 East Houston Street closed over the weekend with almost no warning. The sudden, sad news is rather surprising given that the three-year-old subterranean spot usually had little problem filling tables. It was a no-frills, homey establishment with good food and cozy atmosphere. Something not easy to find around the Lower […]

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Lady of Grand’s Pick of the Week: Sano at Gaia

Last modified August 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Head down a flight of stairs at 251 East Houston and you will be transported into a small Italian cafe. The Sano (meaning healthy) with fresh pesto, frittata, parmesan, tomato, and arugula on thin panini bread baked on premise is my pick of the week. Don’t expect service with a smile at Gaia, but know […]

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Gaia Brings Taste of Italy to 251 East Houston

Posted February 2, 2011 at 6:18 am

Gaia Italian Cafe is now open. Here’s a look inside!

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Gaia, the Italian Cafe at 251 East Houston

Posted January 6, 2011 at 6:09 am

The curtain of paper advertising a new Italian cafe has become a semi-permanent fixture at 251 East Houston.  In the months after its window placement, notable activity had been pretty scarce.  But that all changed in early December with the arrival of a new wooden nameplate.  The cafe was officially christened Gaia, which means “earth.”  […]

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Coming Soon: Italian Cafe at 251 East Houston

Posted October 13, 2010 at 6:29 am

251 East Houston is a three-story tenement sandwiched between the 24-hour Remedy diner and the former Action for Progress daycare center.  Its cast-iron staircase leads down to a cozy sub-level space, where, for the last few years, the real estate lay dormant and unloved.  But all that is now in the past, as an independent cafe […]

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