Zerza has closed at 320 E. Sixth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue. The signage has been removed from the space. Updated: Zerza is back open as of early November
Here's what ownership had to say via Facebook:
The Zerza website mentions that they are closed for renovations through the month of September.
Meanwhile, a tipster claims that this space is being converted into a new restaurant called Merica NYC. There's a Facebook page for the restaurant that doesn't have too many particulars, such as a specific address (other than Sixth Street).
Via their Facebook page:
Our food is intended to free your spirit. It's not intended to be in anyway healthy. "We ain't gunna listen to those smart brained medical morons who think butter and bacon are bad!" We say, bring on the bacon! In the true rebellious spirit of America, our food laughs in the face of caution and holds two middle fingers way up high, cause guess what? This is America and we eat what we want!
All food names are intended as jokes and in no way affiliate us with any person or persona. This shit is fattening as all hell, eat at your own risk.
THE C -CHRISTIE.
Get that New Jersey governors look with this sloppy mess of greasy fatty deliciousness. Mac and cheese, topped with a chopped up cheeseburger patty, topped with mash potatoes and gravy, topped with bacon, then broiled with melted cheddar cheese. $20
Fried breast of chicken tossed in a creamy rich Alfredo sause served over mashed potatoes, then drizzled with a balsamic glaze. This meal will make you into a famous rapper and a narcissistic asshole. Ask the public to loan you the money for it. $18
OSAMA BEEN EAT'N
Deep fried brownie bites drizzled with chocolate or strawberry sauce. $10
We have no idea of any of this is for real... Via Facebook, the folks behind Merica NYC say they are opening the first week of October.
Our tipster looked inside Zerza's open door from the sidewalk yesterday ... revealing some chairs adorned with the American flag...
Seems fitting with the Merica NYC motif...
I am not here to defend Kanye (as a music artist he is talented, but lord is he a strong argument against heterosexual men in fashion), but no matter how obnoxious Kanye's public persona may be, it's not OK to name a fried chicken sandwich after a black person. we cannot let this type of faux-"white trash" aggressive assholism take root in our neighborhood. This is bro culture run amok -- and if they are reading this, do not come here to give us your poorly spelled word vomit about irony and offending everyone equally. You are idiots, this is no bueno, and you should be run out of town. Look at your lives, look at your choices.
Also, on a culinary level, I question the intelligence of anyone who would eat this non-food. The menu is hilarious until you actually turn into the impotent, obese, diabeetus-having "Murricans you are mocking.
I cant wait to NEVER eat here.
As the first commenter stated this place will appeal or at least their target customer might be young caucasian post college men that subscribe to the "bro-ism" model. Sure when you are 24 a heart attacked is a long way into the future if you even believe arteries get clogged from a fatty diet. The whole vibe is a mix of Libertarian meets Trump conspiracy promotors. I don't really care if they open here though and I believe all are welcome as long as they don't make others lives miserable.
Revolting and unimaginative.
Everything about the place is offensive; they're probably going to be very successful, given the makeup of the "new" neighborhood—but I also plan to never eat here.
Great, it's becoming a theme bar/restaurant street. Kill me now.
This is obviously a joke .Someone is trolling the East Village with their not very clever or funny Facebook page. And if its not a joke then the joke is on them since they will be paying champagne money rent in exchange for beer money revenue. In two months no one is going to care about all these election-themed nonsense platters, much less want to pay $20 for a heart attack on a plate. I'm not a fan of Kanye but giving him the fried chicken sandwich is in worse taste than his last fashion show. I really hope this is an art project or a political stunt, but either way we are all being trolled and that's just uncool.
The Robot Daycare was funnier.
As the first commenter above, I'll be happy if this *isn't* real, but as far as jokes go ... how moronic does one have to be to find any of this third-grade shit funny? It's tired and obvious "humor" and jesus, the grammar. I'll assume these comedians are unemployed.
I kind of feel like whomever is behind this isn't actually IN NYC, but perhaps I am unaware at how many cornball idiots our city now harbors.
RIP East Village
It's a joke? Hmmmm to you, to me it's not, it's stupid shit that belongs in a red state. This is New York not Wyoming. Go cry about how I'm "PC" somewhere else.
Merica alright. Land of half smart half stupid (latter half the people who run this place.)
Whatever. I give it less than a year.
Fuck whoever runs, works at, or patronizes this place.
If this does turn out to be real, given it's proximity to Mighty Quinn's I have a hard time seeing how this place stays in business...
And to think this neighborhood used to be filled with delis where you could at least eat food that was bad for you and still retain your sense of dignity...
Was this written as an inducement for EVG readers to see how creative they can be in responding to the lame humor? Whatever the reality; I can only hope that this effort closes before it ever opens.
You can tell that this is millennial humor because it takes a thousand years just to get to the punchline.
It is a joke, spoke to the owner today. It's a pop up event in between another place opening and its run by two men of color so I wouldn't get to "white girl" offended.
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