Ed Brown’s Eighty One Gets Eighty-Sixed

Photo: Noah Sheldon

The Post reports that Ed Browns Eighty One (the elegant restaurant that served possibly the best food in the Upper West Sides history, per Steve Cuozzo) will close after dinner service on April 4. When it opened in February of 2008, Platts two-star review reported that if youre willing to pay $28 for a ration of exceptionally tasty leeks, you wont be disappointed, but with the financial crash, it seems few people were willing to pay such prices (not to mention the outlandish $39 sticker price of the warm smoked salmon). When the world fell apart, we changed to cope with it, with a lower-priced menu and more accessible food, Brown tells the Post. But we werent able to change peoples perceptions that we were a special-occasion place. Brown will now concentrate on his Chodorow joint, Eds Chowder House, where Alec Baldwin recently chatted up chef John Miele while dining solo at the bar.

Upper West Side's Eighty-One closing [NYP]