Noche de Margaritas Closes Permanently after Health Department Shut Down

Noche de Margaritas is located at 1726 Second Avenue in Yorkville | Upper East Site
Noche de Margaritas is located at 1726 Second Avenue in Yorkville | Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – A recent visit by a Health Department inspector led to the closure of the popular Upper East Side Mexican restaurant Noche de Margaritas. Now, Upper East Site has learned the shut down won’t be temporary and the restaurant won’t serve another hungry customer. 

The family-owned business says today is a new day— one without Noche de Margaritas. 

Inside Noche de Margaritas Mexican restaurant on Second Avenue | Upper East Site
Inside Noche de Margaritas Mexican restaurant on Second Avenue | Upper East Site

Well-reviewed with four stars on Yelp, Noche de Margaritas— located at 1726 Second Avenue, between East 89th and 90th Streets— was known in the neighborhood for its traditional Mexican dishes as well as their flaming margaritas, which came in a baker’s dozen of fruity flavors.

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At the restaurant today, the yellow closure order from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s May 31st inspection remains stuck to the glass of the restaurant’s front door— but it’s something else behind the windows that will catch your attention. 

The NYC Health Department closed Noche de Margaritas after a May 31st inspection | Upper East Site
The NYC Health Department closed Noche de Margaritas after a May 31st inspection | Upper East Site

A large handwritten note to customers saying goodbye.

“The last few years have been amazing and a pleasure. We regret to inform you we will no longer be opening,” the letter begins.

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“We want to thank you for making our fathers dreams come true, who sadly passed in 2020. With a heavy heart, we must say goodbye and thank you for all the support throughout the years, the Upper East Side has been good to us!”

The note is signed by ‘Your family at Noche de Margarita.’ 

Heartbreaking note from Noche de Margaritas announces permanent closure | Upper East Site
Heartbreaking note from Noche de Margaritas announces permanent closure | Upper East Site

The popular Yorkville restaurant joins the growing list of Upper East Side neighborhood favorites that recently closed forever— including Zesty’s Pizzeria after eight years, Tre Otto after twelve, Bar Coastal after 22 years and the New Amity Restaurant which said goodbye last week, after 45 years on Madison Avenue.

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