Carmine’s, the Italian seafood restaurant that stood at 140 Beekman Street for 107 years, has closed. amNewYork reports that the South Street Seaport mainstay — no relation to the Carmine’s chain — shuttered last Wednesday, reportedly because the owners didn’t want to pay higher rent.
Although it boasted great longevity, Carmine’s was never known for its culinary prowess. In recent years, even Yelpers weren’t impressed, weighing in with such sentiments as “The only way to describe the food here is circa 1980’s airplane food” and “I asked my date to kick me in my balls instead of take me to a joint like this next time.” Still, its kitschy decor will be missed, and one hopes that it doesn’t become a breeding ground for yet more frozen yogurt or Subway sandwiches.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 6, 2010