For the second time in a year, La Focacceria has closed. The East Village Sicilian landmark, established 1914, first went under last year when its owner retired. It got a second chance in spring, when a longtime employee opened a new La Focacceria, with cooks and recipes from the old place. Now the new place is gone, too, leaving behind fond memories of homey caponata, seafood salads, and vastedde (sandwiches of calf spleen and cheese).
Chelsea’s Wild Lily Tea Room is also closing its doors, saddening fans of its teas, tisanes, sandwiches, and serene, slightly quirky vibe. “Not good news,” notes gumnaam. “Wild Lily has long been a nice refuge from the city.” Fans can enjoy hanging out one last time at the shop’s send-off tea party. It’s at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16; make a reservation on the web site.
La Focacceria [East Village]
formerly Rancho El Girasol
221 1st Ave., between E. 13th and 14th Sts., Manhattan