Goodbye, Cruel World

L.E.S. homesteader Good World shuts its doors for good on Sunday.

Goodbye, gravlax. Goodbye, smoked venison sausage. Goodbye, meatballs and herring and aquavit on everything.

Back when eyesore starchitecture and $88 tank tops were but a distant Lower East Side nightmare dream, Annika Sundvik staked a spot on a dismal stretch of Orchard Street near Canal. She bought some seriously high bar stools, threw some taxidermy on the wall (this was well before taxidermy was the international shorthand for "Hipster Meeting Point") and proceeded to amass an army of fans who happily proselytized about the cozy Swedish spot to edge-of-Chinatown naysayers. And in doing so, Sundvik -- like countless other businesses -- sowed the seeds of her own obsolescence. Good World is one of the joints that led to this nabe's turning point and ensuing jacked-up rents. And so, Good World will close its doors this Sunday to make way for (oh, goody!) condos. While we're sad indeed, Sundvik's fate is better than some: White Slab Palace, which just opened on Delancey, is her new venture. Even better, White Slab's menu features a familiar bite: the much-loved, much-imitated Good World Burger. Skål!

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