[EVG photo from September 2018]
Cucina di Pesce, the unpretentious seafood-focused Italian restaurant on Fourth Street between Second Avenue and the Bowery, closed last Sept. 23 after 32 years in business.
The building at 87 E. Fourth St. had a new owner, and there was a rent increase for the restaurant space.
Over the weekend, Cucina di Pesce's Instagram account teased a comeback with a photo of Audrey Hepburn wearing a sleep mask in a scene from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with a caption "that was a nice break...WHO’S HUNGRY?"
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There weren't any other details except for comments to queries on Instagram like "soon" and "stay tuned...😉"
So there's no word yet on where Cucina di Pesce 2.0 may happen. Its previous home still sits empty. Plant-based celebrity chef Matthew Kenney was looking to take over the Cucina di Pesce space. Those plans seems to be on hold for now.
Meanwhile, if you're new to the restaurant, here's how New York magazine described the place:
Cucina di Pesce is the type of unpretentious, comfortably lived-in Italian restaurant that ruled New York before Mario Batali and his ilk turned the town upside-down. But if Cucina's ambience feels a bit dated, its flavors are absolutely contemporary. This is one of the best places in the city to get good Italian food on a budget.
Previously on EV Grieve:
After 32 years on 4th Street, Cucina di Pesce will close after service on Sunday