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Possible Closings on W72nd St. (Earthen Oven and Fine & Shapiro?)

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nativeNYer Aug 17, 2011 05:49 PM

Since Monday, Earthen Oven has had a sign on its front door: "Sorry. We are closed today". Then I noticed most of the place settings, that were still there on Monday, had been cleared from the tables on Tuesday. This place was a great neighborhood option when it first appeared. Service and food quality declined over the past years although it was still decent as we don't have many good Indian alternatives in the nabe. Perhaps they are just repairing the place. Time will tell.

Speaking of repairs, Fine & Shapiro has papered their windows as of last weekend , A sign on their front door mentions the plan for ongoing reservations. Although I'm not a fan of the place, it has been around for 80 years.

Anyone know the scoop on either of these places?

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Earthen Oven
53 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

Fine and Schapiro
138 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

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    nativeNYer RE: nativeNYer Aug 17, 2011 06:41 PM

    Just notice Earthen Oven's website was updated today. The following banner flashes across the screen: "Restaurant is closed for business. We may be serving you from a new location in the future."

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    Earthen Oven
    53 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

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      JoLi RE: nativeNYer Aug 18, 2011 09:22 AM

      Ah, I was wondering that today! Thanks for posting!

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      nativeNYer RE: nativeNYer Aug 30, 2011 08:42 PM

      Fine and Schapiro has reopened. In a report on eater.com, Earthen Oven owners stated the restaurant was too expensive to operate.

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      Fine and Schapiro
      138 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

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        JoLi RE: nativeNYer Sep 7, 2011 12:15 PM

        That Earthen Oven corner is cursed... I wonder what's next!

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          coasts RE: JoLi Sep 7, 2011 09:21 PM

          is it possible for something good to open in the west 70's? i had so much hope for a renaissance of sorts for my hood, but that doesn't appear to be happening. hopefully the Greek place that's taking over Compass will be good. Fine and Schapiro may as well have closed. Their food is atrocious and overpriced. and Energy Kitchen? no thanks! Sad state of affairs when Dallas BBQ becomes the best restaurant on the entire block!

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          Fine and Schapiro
          138 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

          Dallas BBQ
          27 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

          Energy Kitchen
          142 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

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            JoLi RE: coasts Sep 8, 2011 09:43 AM

            Agreed! Although I actually do enjoy dinner at Seven once in a while. It is pretty good value...

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            Seven's Turkish Grill
            158 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

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              nativeNYer RE: coasts Sep 8, 2011 10:14 PM

              I agree but, sadly, the quality of the food at this Dallas BBQ is far worse than most of their other locations. Aside from living near this one, I work a block away from another Dallas BBQ. lol. I can usually manage a burger, whenever I am desperate, and their onion loaf is good if prepared correctly, primarily at their other locations,

              Lansky, which has never been good for pastrami/corned beef, is not even good in a pinch for comfort food . I've eaten there less than 5 times and, after not eating there in approximately a year, I stopped by on one of the recent monsoon days. Without even being finicky, their food is stale and tasteless, and my server returned 3 times to repeat a very simple order. Ok, at least she tried but this was just plain bad, food and all. It wasn't this bad a year ago.

              I am looking forward to Loi as well. Until then, Insomnia Cookies (Amsterdam and W79th) will continue to be my dinner.

              Any word on Jalapeno?

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              Lansky's Old World Deli
              235 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

              Jalapeno
              185 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

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                coasts RE: nativeNYer Sep 8, 2011 11:17 PM

                i tried Jalapeno when they had just opened. have not found reason to go back. it may have improved, though. i see they seem quite busy lately.

                regarding the Dallas BBQ, you'll never hear me defend it.

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          uwsister RE: nativeNYer Sep 8, 2011 10:24 PM

          Sucks that Earthen Oven closed - I've only been a couple times, but I did like the food.

          Last time I tried, Indus Valley is still good. I also don't mind Indian Cafe. Of course they're far cry from best Indian restaurants in the city, but they satisfy my craving when I want it fulfilled ASAP.

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          Indian Cafe
          2791 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

          Indus Valley
          2636 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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