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The Fifth Avenue Epicure at 142 5th Avenue (between 19th and 20th Street)  in the Flatiron has closed. Popular among locals, the market and deli had been around since 1984 (28 years!) serving up take-away breakfasts, coffee, deli sandwiches, specialty sandwiches, and desserts. I liked their coffee and their hot pastrami sandwich.

Personally I lived in the building next to the Fifth Avenue Epicure for 4 years starting back in 2000, and on most days got a coffee there from a guy (I can’t recall his name) who every day without fail told me  ‘you came to the right place‘ when I asked for a coffee. He must have said that line 1000 times each day giving the place a bit of ‘old-style’ New York flavor in the Flatiron. Not old like Eisenbergs, however, but whatever the reality was, it certainly felt more like a personal neighborhood experience each day. [UPDATE: Per a reader comment below, things behind the scenes were allegedly not so great. See comment below]

In the end, a source tells us that they left after unsuccessful negotiations with their landlord about a new lease, but they will still do delivery and catering from a location at 20 East 40th Street. With the closure of Fifth Avenue Epicure AND the shuttering of Deli Marche, a 3 block stretch of 5th Avenue lost 2 mini-markets/delis in the last month.

 The Fifth Avenue Epicure closes in the Flatiron , 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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