Chew on this: NYC’s bars and restaurants are making a comeback

Il Postino, a two-decade fixture of Midtown East, almost went under.

When the Waldorf Astoria, a key source of covers, was shuttering for a condo conversion, Il Postino owner Luigi Russo knew he had to move fast, so he hired Douglas Elliman’s Matt Leto to find him a new home.

They scored a prime perch: a second generation, 3,547-square-foot space at 133 E. 61 St. once home to Nanni Il Valetto. It was asking $32,000 per month but Leto had argued that down by 20% or so. Then the pandemic hit, just as the lease was ready to sign. Russo didn’t balk, but instead asked Leto to

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