Akhtar Nawab's Elettaria will close tonight, a victim of nebulous "lease issues." A sad day on 8th street. Nawab's menu was, if not beguiling, at least very good, and he certainly didn't lack press exposure. (He recently competed on Iron Chef, losing to Michael Symon.) A statement from the restaurant is below.
According to a press release:
Today is the last day of service at Elettaria restaurant in Greenwich Village. Chef/co-owner Akhtar Nawab, co-owner Noel Cruz and their partners have made the difficult decision to close the restaurant due to issues with lease negotiations. A personal project for everyone involved, the team did their best every day to establish and maintain the high standards for which the restaurant is known. Akhtar is proud of his work at Elettaria and looks forward to applying the experience he gained there to his future projects.