Sri Lankan Cafe Niagara Runs Dry

It appears that the just barely out-of-bounds Cafe Niagara (38th btw 8+9th) has sold its last serving of Sri Lankan specialties. Customer pleas for help apparently couldn’t save them as the storefront has been shuttered for multiple days. I’m sad to see this Midtown oddity go, but not at all surprised. It was always empty and as thrilled as I was when I first stumbled upon it, my subsequent visits were never as exciting or satisfying. I actually bumped into a guy coming out of the restaurant who said he was “looking at the space.” I would have pumped him for more info but he did not seem interested in talking to “the media.” Now we’ll just have to wait and see what moves in next. Maybe Las Poblanitas will come back. I know that would make a lot of Lunch’ers happy.


  • It’s actually been closed for several weeks, and as Foursquare Mayor, I really tried hard to save this place. I turned several people on to this spot. We ate there a couple of times a week since it literally was around the corner from work and dirt cheap. I never tried the Spanish stuff when they introduced it (with El Sabroso across the street and around the corner, why?) but this was very yummy Sri Lankan food. I missed Las Poblanitas, and now I miss Cafe Niagara… what will move in?

  • That place creeped me out and I prefered Las Poblanitas.

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