If you’re thinking about going to Gaia (and you should), go to the website and find the information page right now. It’s labeled, “Informations.” At night, you must make a reservation, and you never know when they’re going to close. Just know that it will close early, all of the Italian food will be cheaper than it should be, and Gaia herself will be there. For a good, cheap, and BYOB meal on the LES, come here.
Gaia Italian Cafe is permanently closed.
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