Closed by NY State dpt of health...
I was there this morning and there were two signs in the door window, a yellow board of health closed notice and a hand written sign. The hand written sign said they were closed for renovations and would re open soon. Inside was a guy I have never seen before and he opened the door to talk to me. He said they were closed because they did not have a sink for employees to wash their hands, clearly that is not the full story. Lets hope they get it together soon.
Actually numerous places in New York have recently been closed for the lack of a hand washing sink within a certain number of feet of the food prep area. Recently this happened to Payard Patisserie and to Magnoiia bakery. The sink may well be the whole story, although I imagine the city inspectors ALWAYS find multiple things wrong. What's odd is that these places existed for years without falling afoul of the rule - Claude was last inspected in November 08, and the missing sink was for some reason not an issue then. I don't know what suddenly triggers the sink infraction, but it is peculiar how it can suddenly pop up.