19. Nix (Opened 2016)
The Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant Nix announced on June 10th that it would be permanently closing. The Greenwich Village eatery was co-owned by chef John Fraser and Conde Nast editorial director James Truman. Fraser also owned the now-closed fine dining restaurant Dovetail on the Upper West Side and owns North Fork Table & Inn in Southold. Nix closed due to the declining economic conditions surrounding COVID-19.
Nix was known for its diverse selection of vegetarian dishes pulling from countries around the world, from Mediterranean hummus and labneh with Indian papadum to sauteed mushrooms in Hong Kong-style XO sauce. Smaller plates ranged from Tandoor-roasted beet salad with tamarind to tofu-skin pockets with sweet potato to Kabocha squash dumplings. Their “bolder” plates consisted of fairly pricey options like cauliflower tempura with steamed buns, Shiitake “cacio e pepe”, and Garnett yam massaman curry with lily bulb and jackfruit.