Teresa’s Closing?

In September we noted, thanks to an alert reader, that Teresa’s restaurant was listed on a real estate site as for lease. We now have it on unofficial, but we think reliable, authority that next Sunday, January 5, will be Teresa’a last day. At least I was able to get my tripe soup, kielbasa, sauerkraut and kasha with gravy, washed down with Zyweic Porter, fix on Friday. I’ll have to have at least one more.

The Chip Shop, and now Teresa’s, gone. It seems every place I love is doomed to die (the record goes back to Capulet’s on Montague, for those who can remember it). Sic transit gloria mundi.

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  • Kit

    The few times I patronized Teresa’s the acoustics were so bad a decent conversation could not be had with my tablemates. Never had a problem with the food, though.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    On Friday evening there were few customers there; not unusual for the start of an inter-holiday weekend. Conversation was no problem, but they were playing some irritating (to my wife and me) New Age music. The waiter was very attentive, and when I asked for gravy with my kasha, instead of the usual drizzle on top, I got a bowl of it and a spoon.

  • robertnill

    It’s seemed understaffed for the last few months. And I still don’t understand why they dropped the veal meatballs.

  • Lauren Tringali

    Just informed by Alex, who waited on me tonight, of the upcoming closure. This is really the only place eat I out at in the neighborhood; and this is a big loss.

  • Standish Matt D

    I’ve been there twice and was severely disappointed

  • Love Laner

    I will miss their amazing chicken noodle soup! It has always been perfection!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    Sad news. Between this, the LICH closure, the BQE renovation and de Blasio bringing back 1980’s style street crime, the reasons to live here are evaporating.

  • Roberto Gautier

    It’s always sobering to watch a long-time, local business close.
    Very often, shutting the doors of a neighborhood restaurant is a question of owner fatigue. The food world encompasses every fiber of a hands-on management.
    And then, there is the lure of a big cash sale if Teresa’s building is not a rented space, but owned. Of course, staff members who lose their jobs is another significant casualty.
    The memory of Teresa’s chicken soup , the sounds of Polish and the unusual films shown to patron’s of its little bar come to mind.

  • Montaguy

    I never liked the place – food is mediocre at best. The one time I went there, I got poisoned by the fish they served.

  • Montaguy

    Where do you suggest we should move?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    Wherever you want. But a suggestion for you would be Cleveland.

  • Jorale-man

    Very sorry to hear this is going to take place after all. I enjoyed some summer days seated outside here, eating cheese blintzes and watching the passing scene. Not many places where you can find good, hearty and unpretentious Polish fare.

    Also, not sure what prompts commenters to come here and grouse about the food when the place is closing. I guess they want to feel they are superior in some way.

  • Edo Express

    Any word on who rented the space?

  • Puffinette

    I started going less often when they raised their breakfast prices and started serving only one piece of toast and then stopped completely after the health department closed them down for who knows what.

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  • BrooklynHeightzer

    Just came from there – it is just as bad as Brooklyn Heights, in fact so bad, they even have their own Arch Stanton!

  • BrooklynHeightzer


    Here are the violations from nyc.gov
    1) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
    2) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
    3) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
    4) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

    Maybe they should go for good after all.

  • Edo Express

    Looks like you might have gotten the fly fish special.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    Where in Cleveland? I lived there for twelve years during gradeschool (6 west side, 6 east side). Now my uncle lives there and extols the virtues of its affordability and re-burgeoning cultural appeal, though I promised my wife we’d never move to the Midwest.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    There’s a suburb of Cleveland called Brooklyn Heights. This is one of the things I’ve learned by having a “Brooklyn Heights” Google alert. That, and that there are two, possibly three, drag queens who use Brooklyn Heights as a stage name.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    Shut your lying pie-hole. There is only one Arch Stanton!

  • Mike Suko

    That’s one too many. Ask anybody who reads this blog!

  • Mike Suko

    NOT ONE WORD in 20 (?) comments about “the big picture.” Whether one likes this or that eatery, the current ground rules – THEY CAN BE CHANGED! (but we’d probably need totally citizen-funded elections for it to happen) – favor banks, walk-in clinics, drugstores, opticians, etc.

    Everybody else – I assume there are few retailers on Montague or Atlantic or Court who own their buildings – is “this close” to having to pack it in when their current lease expires.

    It was not always thus, and I’m not looking at the past through rose colored glasses. The miracle to me is that Warby-Parker, Amazon, online banks, etc. haven’t altogether gutted urban retail.

    Meanwhile, zoning and some legislation to keep per square rents from jumping $5/year every year is our only hope if we don’t want to get haircuts and perms in Bay Ridge. (No doubt, someone somewhere is hard-at-work on stylist robots!)

    Candidly, eateries are far less endangered. “Teresa” was in the rare position to say, “With rents at current levels, why kill yourself preparing and serving food … when you can make even more money letting someone else do just that while you collect $18-20K per month?”

  • Andrew Porter

    Sorry to see Teresa’s going dark. I basically no longer eat out—food I don’t prepare for myself is often a (mis)adventure—but Teresa’s was one of the few places I ate at. Loved the liver & onions and mushroom & barley soup!

    Oh, and last century, I loved eating at Pic-a-Deli, where in more recent years Fishes Eddie, the Housing Works Thrift Store, and now a real estate office (ptui!) were/are located.

  • laura gittings

    Teresa owns the building. The space was offered to be leased. She or her company also owns the liquor store and the laundromat.

  • Sonja Laporte

    I went there all the time for nearly 30 years, and I will miss my Irish coffee, the food, the waitstaff and the other regulars.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton
  • Sandy McCroskey

    I went there all the time, for nearly 30 years! I will miss my Irish coffee, the food, the waitstaff, and the other regulars.

  • APL

    Agreed. (hi Sandy it’s Anne)

  • Edo Express

    Polish platter with fries and a cold Zywiec lager. Pure pleasure (even with mice in the kitchen).