251 East Houston

Gaia Cafe is Gone, but Chef is Busy Cooking for her Customers

Last modified April 21, 2022 at 5:10 pm

The beloved Gaia Italian Cafe shuttered last July after nine years on East Houston, one of scores of eateries that closed due to complications from coronavirus. However, its owner-chef didn’t stop. No, Gaia Bagnasacco is very much still active, sating fans’ appetites with her home cooking. As previously reported, the search remains in play – […]

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Gaia Italian Cafe to Close on Sunday After 9 Years

Last modified April 21, 2022 at 5:11 pm

Gaia Italian Cafe is entering its final week on East Houston Street. Capping a near-decade run in the neighborhood. Apparently, the landlord of 251 East Houston decided not to renew the lease on the sub-level space, which expires on July 31. Last day in business at this address for the restaurant is a few days […]

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Gaia Italian Cafe Loses its Lease After a Decade on East Houston

Last modified April 21, 2022 at 5:11 pm

One of the most popular, albeit low key, restaurants on the Lower East Side is set to close next month. Gaia Italian Cafe, which has kept the neighborhood in cozy home-cooked, will close at the end of July. The forthcoming closure caps a nine-and-a-half-year run on East Houston Street. We’re told that the landlord decided […]

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Gaia Cafe Sidelined Due to Fire Atop 251 East Houston

Last modified April 21, 2022 at 5:13 pm

On Thanksgiving eve, a small fire sparked atop the historic four-story tenement at 251 East Houston. It was quickly extinguished, and luckily no one was hurt. However, the beloved eatery in the sub-level commercial space fell victim. The five-year-old Gaia Cafe apparently took on some water, and the electricity was subsequently cut. The future appears a […]

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Gaia Italian Cafe is Taking a Week-Long Break Starting Next Thursday

Last modified April 21, 2022 at 5:14 pm

  Fair warning that Gaia Italian Cafe is taking a brief recess on September 25. Owner-chef Gaia Bagnasacco took to the company Facebook page to note that the beloved three-year-old restaurant will reopen a week later on October 2, and to thank patrons for the support. Gaia is certainly a neighborhood treasure, and fiercely protected […]

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Gaia Italian Cafe is on Vacation Until Mid-February

Posted February 3, 2014 at 6:04 am

The last couple months have been pretty rough on Gaia Bagnasacco, the eponymous proprietor behind the popular Gaia Italian Cafe. Just before the new year, she had threatened to close the business, thanks to frustration born from rude patrons and vicious Yelp reviews. Yet, Gaia ultimately decided against that action upon seeing the outpouring of […]

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Gaia Italian Cafe Thanks the Neighborhood for Its Support

Posted January 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

Two weeks ago, proprietor Gaia Bagnasacco announced that she was closing her beloved subterranean cafe on East Houston. The surprising message arrived on a Friday afternoon, saying the next day would probably be the last. It was a shot heard ’round the neighborhood, upsetting many dedicated followers. Nevertheless, she was open again for Monday service […]

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Beloved Gaia Italian Cafe on East Houston Closes, then Reopens [UPDATED]

Last modified December 30, 2013 at 10:48 am

Gaia Italian Cafe at 251 East Houston Street closed over the weekend with almost no warning. The sudden, sad news is rather surprising given that the three-year-old subterranean spot usually had little problem filling tables. It was a no-frills, homey establishment with good food and cozy atmosphere. Something not easy to find around the Lower […]

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Lady of Grand’s Pick of the Week: Sano at Gaia

Last modified August 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Head down a flight of stairs at 251 East Houston and you will be transported into a small Italian cafe. The Sano (meaning healthy) with fresh pesto, frittata, parmesan, tomato, and arugula on thin panini bread baked on premise is my pick of the week. Don’t expect service with a smile at Gaia, but know […]

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Gaia Brings Taste of Italy to 251 East Houston

Posted February 2, 2011 at 6:18 am

Gaia Italian Cafe is now open. Here’s a look inside!

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