Eating In: A Look At Dining And Restaurants In NYC

Written By Sean Keeley | June 01, 2020 | Published in NYC Lifestyle, Neighborhood News, Elegran Insider
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In the short-term, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the daily life of New Yorkers in major ways. While everyone has been impacted differently, the impact felt by the closure of NYC’s restaurants and dining spots has surely been one felt by most. From the restaurant owners and casual diners to those living purely on takeout, so many people in New York have seen their situation change as they await the news that they can go out to eat once more.

Given how important food and dining is to, well, everyone, let’s check in to find out where things stand when it comes to dining in NYC.

Are Restaurants Reopening in NYC Soon?
The answer is...no one knows. While some of New York State has started opening back up, city restaurants await word on when they can reopen. No one on the state or city level has made any kind of declaration or solidified guidelines for restaurants and diners to follow. In the meantime, takeout and delivery remain an option.

Is It Possible Restaurants Will Reopen This Summer?
Again, it’s too early to tell when the reopening will take place. NYC officials have said it won’t reopen the restaurant economy before the summer at the earliest, but that presumes the city meets all the criteria laid out in the White House and Centers for Disease Control guidelines. While NYC is doing better across the board, it’s still lagging in terms of share of available hospital beds and contact tracing capacity. Once all of those criteria start fitting the models, we’ll have a better idea.

So It’s Still Okay Get Delivery & Takeout?
Of course! It’s a great way to support your favorite restaurants at this time. There have been some concerns about the fees involved when it comes to delivery services, so NYC recently put a cap on fees imposed by third-party delivery platforms at 15 percent per order for delivery. It’s also capping fees at five percent per order for any other charge until the pandemic is over. Of course, you should still continue to tip well on delivery orders.

Many NYC restaurants are also slowly returning with takeout options not previously offered. Some restaurants are reopening due to necessity while others are doing so just to stay afloat. Another cool option that many restaurants are offering is meal kits and family-style takeout options, which make it very easy for big families and those who really don’t know how to cook but want to cut down on the delivery.

What If I Want Something Special?
Well, because of the extraordinary circumstances, there are some unusual deals and offerings happening right now that will probably never happen again (fingers crossed). Some of the city’s top beef, fish, and produce wholesalers have opened up their business to people rather than dealing only with restaurants. Since they need a new customer base, wholesalers like F. Rozzo and Sons, Piccinini Brothers, and Happy Valley Meat Co. are taking the high-end products that normally only go to some of the city’s top restaurants and bringing them to your door.

Meanwhile, to offset their losses, some of the city’s top restaurants are selling off their trophy wine bottles at extreme discounts. At Manresa, a wine bottle that would normally go for $1,500-$2,000 was recently snatched up for just $800.

Will It Be Safe When They Reopen Restaurants?
That’s a tricky question with an even trickier answer. It depends on what your definition of safe is, really. So much remains unknown about COVID-19 and until there is a vaccine there is no solid evidence to go on. You can expect that restaurants are going to do everything they can to keep things sanitary, clean, and socially distant, so the decision to risk it for your favorite slice of pizza or everything bagel will be a personal one. 

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