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Gaia Italian Cafe Unveils New East 3rd Street Location

Last modified April 21, 2022 at 5:09 pm

Gaia Italian Cafe will return, but not on Essex Street as previously reported. It’s headed north into Alphabet City. New signage appeared at 226 East Third Street this week marking the return of Gaia, a restaurant beloved by locals since it first began serving Italian home cooking on East Houston eleven years ago. While owner-chef […]

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Gaia Cafe Planning February Return with New Essex Street Locale

Last modified April 21, 2022 at 5:10 pm

Gaia Italian Cafe, a locals favorite, is gearing up for a return. An early pandemic victim, Gaia shuttered its sub-level operations in the summer of 2020 after nearly a decade on East Houston. Then word came through last July that chef-owner Gaia Bagnasacco signed a lease for the ground floor of 119 Essex Street, last […]

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The Return of ‘Gaia Cafe’ on the Lower East Side

Last modified April 21, 2022 at 5:12 pm

The beloved Gaia Italian Cafe shuttered last July after nearly a decade on East Houston, one of scores of eateries that closed due to complications from coronavirus. Exactly one year later, the fan favorite is back! Chef-owner Gaia Bagnasacco signed a lease for the ground floor of 119 Essex Street, last home to Char Sue […]

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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 Italian Cafe Reopens Today in the Aftermath of a Fire at 251 East Houston

Posted December 8, 2014 at 5:30 am

Gaia Italian Cafe is on the rebound. The beloved subterranean eatery is scheduled to reopen later today after being sidelined for nearly three weeks. As previously reported, the unplanned hiatus was due to a pre-Thanksgiving fire atop its five-year home at 251 East Houston. Water leakage from the fire fighting poured through the ceiling, which […]

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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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