As the year comes to a close, we look back on some of the restaurants and bars that closed and reflect on what we'll miss about them, starting with Guy's American Kitchen and all of its crazy… wait... what? Really? Still? Well, here're some actually closed places and the things we loved about them.
These Taco Shells Are Fried Chicken
Big Nick's Upper West Side We'll miss your divey style and trying to eat a pound of meat.
Odessa Cafe & Bar East Village Even though you can still get the eats at the next door diner, we'll miss the fact that there was a dive bar in the East Village where we felt comfortable taking shots while eating pierogies, which kinda didn't make any sense at all, but totally did.
Mesa Grill Midtown We'll miss your Kentucky Hot Brown and the thrill of never actually seeing Bobby Flay in you.
The Hairy Monk Murray Hill We'll miss watching division-three NESCAC championship games with you.
Betto Williamsburg We'll miss eating one of each of your crostini by the giant, open, front windows.
Rub BBQ Chelsea We'll miss the fact that you were one of the first places to turn us onto NYC's BBQ scene.
Dans Le Noir Midtown West We'll miss ummm, what was that? Was that your foot?
Painkiller Lower East Side We'll miss your banana daiquiri -- it was simply amazing.
The Back Fence West Village We'll miss standing in that weird alley that was roped-off from the people who planned ahead and got seats, eating peanuts, and listening to bands we always enjoyed more than we probably should have.
Kenny's Castaways West Village We'll miss the fact that we could catch pretty major acts playing with a seemingly random backing bar band.
El Sombrero Lower East Side We'll miss thinking that every time we went it would be better than it turned out to be, but not really caring that it never was.
Hybird Chelsea We'll miss being able to say we were eating Questlove's fried chicken.
Max Fish Lower East Side We'll miss all the drama surrounding your closing, if it actually ever ends.
Dressler Williamsburg We'll miss reliable fine-dining in South Williamsburg.
And here're some other bars we'll miss, for reasons we're too emotional to talk about right now... Landbrot J Soho La Silhouette Jack Bistro Lobel's Kitchen The Living Room Veritas The Beagle MercBar Heidi Extra Place Betel Alchemy Texas La Mar Cebicheria Silver Lining National Underground Motor City Bar Blarney Cove Firefly Veselka (Bowery) Lenox Lounge Zebulon