Cité, the dependable brasserie-like steak place on W. 51st. Street, will shutter this April, a helpful reader tells Lost City. And a trip to the eatery's front desk confirmed the info. No new location. A permanent exit.
Cité isn't exactly a Gotham landmark, but 20 years is 20 years, and, in the New York restaurant biz, is actually more like 80 years. So a salute is in order. For me, Cité will always typify the '80s restaurant scene. It arrived in the middle of that decade and for a while its ads, with the stone Roman God's head, or whatever the hell that thing was, were in every issue of New York and The New Yorker. The place also has a top wine collection. It's part of a restaurant group that included Smith & Wollensky. Date of closure is April 2. There you have it. So go before then if you've got memories there.