In early September we reported that Noah’s Ark Deli had closed for the Jewish holidays and might not reopen. Now an eviction notice has gone up outside the storefront at 399 Grand St.
The deli has operated from the space since 2003 and was the only full-service kosher restaurant remaining on the Lower East Side. Its landlord is the Seward Park Cooperative, which had struggled during the past few years to collect rent from the business. Just before Rosh Hashanah, we received a tip that staff had been told the restaurant would be closing indefinitely; they were advised to apply for unemployment insurance, our source indicated.
The owner of Noah’s Ark, Noam Sokolow, also operates restaurants in Teaneck, New Jersey. He had been attempting to sell the LES restaurant for some time. Out of deference to the Orthodox Jewish community, the co-op has tried to recruit another kosher restaurant to the space, but that’s been a difficult task.