Aroma Espresso Bar has closed permanently

Aroma Espresso Bar, the roomy lunch spot that opened on Church and Barclay in 2012, has decided to close its doors permanently for the obvious reasons. (Thanks to N. for the photos and tip.) The chain still has several other locations, though none in the city.

The company was founded in 1994 in Jerusalem and still has 25 restaurants in Israel (though at their peak they had 125 there). They opened their first US location in 2006 on Greene Street is Soho, and a few years later a second on 72nd Street. Both are now closed — 72nd in 2018 and Soho in 2016, after what Haaretz reported was a tripling of the rent from their Israeli landlords.

This news has me feeling a little queasy — like things are starting to snowball…



  1. oh wow, i remember when aroma launched in the city. it was such a thing.

  2. I am so sad! Such great people that work there and always so nice! LOVE their coffee and avocado toast! Will miss them! I do hope they come back soon the days when life gets back to normal!