Bad gas.Photo: Daniel Maurer
Shiki Kitchen, the precious Brazilian-themed sushi joint in the East Village, has been closed by the Department of Health. A sign on the window explains, “Due to the old Building there are gas leaking. We will be open SOON.” Here’s hoping none of the colorful pieces of origami on the walls, made by chef Shiki himself and often given to lucky customers while Shiki serenades them with “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” have been compromised. Renovations are under way — we hope Shiki will reopen before this coupon for a $19.95 all-you-can-eat sushi meal expires on July 22.
Update: According to the DOH, the restaurant received 71 out of a possible 175 points on a June 11 inspection, for violations such as inadequate plumbing, improper pest control methods, and evidence of flies, mice, and rats. Shiki had better walk over to Veniero’s to ask them how to deal with this.