The Purple Fig Closed By Health Department For Operating Without A Permit

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The ongoing saga at The Purple Fig continues:

Yesterday, the restaurant was ordered closed by the Department of Health for operating without a permit.


This is the just the latest in a long string of posts involving TPF (250 W. 72nd, between Broadway & West End).

To the best of my knowledge, they did not reopen on 9/14.

To be clear, being closed for operating without a permit is not a death knell. UWS wine bar Wine & Roses (286 Columbus, btw. 73rd/74th) faced a similar predicament back in July and reopened less than 24 hours later.

That said, I’ve officially given up trying to figure out what the hell is going on at The Purple Fig.

Given the restaurant’s mediocre-to-bad reviews, I stand by my assessment that it’s not long for this world (or at least the Upper West Side).

MUW reader @ManhattanMingle spotted a bunch of flat-screen TVs being installed the other day, so perhaps the space is in the process of being transformed into something else.

Thanks to MUW readers Chris W. & @Jacquibr for the tip/photo



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  • Severine Tarayre

    I just live next door to the Purple Fig. They put brand new plants and flower pots outside the restaurant a few days ago. One day I saw them packing, the next day there were some people inside as they were going to reopen. Anyway we went once after I bought a deal for a 7-course with wine pairing and it was a bad experience. The food was not bad but the portions were so small (a soup in an expresso cup, one scallop in a teaspoon etc.) and the wines were cheap ones.

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  • Claire.Dunnion

    everybody should really stop talking shit about this location and get a life, blah blah blah that’s all you people do up in 72nd street, i never met so many noisy people in all my life, you should give the owner a break, its under new management now and the food is so good and the staff is great, if you look closely the reason they were close down was because the food license was out of date nothing to do with the inside of the restaurant so please grow up and get a life.

  • MyUpperWest

    Hi Claire,

    Thank you for your thoughtful and well-articulated note.
    Two comments:

    1) No one is “talking shit” about The Purple Fig. I’ve gone out of my way to present only the facts and not express editorial comments about the restaurant. I believe the only thing I’ve questioned is a complete lack of communication on their part to customers regarding the status of the restaurant.

    2) At no point was it ever written that Purple Fig was closed for anything to do with something “inside the restaurant.” The opening for this post clearly states the restaurant was closed for “operating without a permit.” Further down, I linked to an earlier post about another UWS bar/restaurant that was closed for the same reason and reopened in less than 24 hours.

    You’re entitled to your opinion, but your response makes me wonder if you’ve actually read anything I’ve written.

    -Mike