Business is off by 50 percent, the manager told me. In March 2014, construction of the Second Avenue Subway had dirtied the street and sidewalk, driving away many spur-of-the-moment customers. Several months later, construction barriers on the roadway added a further disincentive that has lingered for more than two years. The first photo was taken last weekend, from a passing bus.
When the Second Avenue line finally opens (New Year's Eve is the target, but not a firm one), a new 72nd St. station will begin to funnel more foot traffic to nearby businesses. The last New York City restaurant devoted solely to Burmese cuisine, however, will not be among them. Cafe Mingala, which outlived its sister restaurants on the Upper West Side and in the East Village, closed up shop several weeks ago.
Also shown, from sunnier times: the restaurant and attendant delivery bicycles in September 2008.
Cafe Mingala (closed)
1393 Second Ave. (72nd-73rd Sts.), Manhattan