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Category: New York

Al Fresco All Year!

Great news. Today the City ruled that outdoor dining will be permanent. Through all seasons. The innovative solutions will continue to be a challenge in the cold weather. But. It’s great that restaurateurs can have the opportunity to try to survive through the winter since indoor tables and bar seats will be limited at best for many months to come.

Limited Dining Return

On September 30, 25% indoor capacity will be allowed. Outdoor dining can continue as well. But you can’t sit at or drink at a bar even if it’s in the restaurant. Gramercy Tavern has reopened. So. 1 out of our favorite 3 Taverns. We’ll take it.

NYC Dining – Out

NYC’s restaurants cannot open for indoor dining until at least next Spring. Outdoor seating has brought some activity for owners. But. Come winter that’ll even cease. How can any business survive this environment? Sad. Until the Taverns open again, there are no signs of neighborhood life returning to Manhattan. Oxbow. Gramercy. On-the-Green.

Last Supper?

March 6, 2020. Birthday dinner in my favorite booth with my two favorite guys at our traditional mainstay Gramercy Tavern. Danny Meyer has since announced that he would not be re-opening this or any of his fine dining restaurants until there is a vaccine for Covid19. His hallmark focus on service and ambience cannot be achieved with mask-wearing, socially distanced chefs, sommeliers & waitstaff. So. Maybe that was a last supper for some time to come.          

UWS Take-Out List

Many restaurants are remaining open during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis for take-out and/or delivery. Santa Fe is delivering enchiladas and such with margaritas. Many UWS restaurants are adding alcohol and happy hour options for take-out as well. An updated list can be found here: WEST SIDE RAG

Corona Closings

Coronavirus is taking its toll on the dining scene. Danny Meyer’s hospitality group is closing his restaurants for at least a couple of weeks including Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Café. Glad we enjoyed them recently. Also, Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin. Cannot gauge how much fresh fish and seafood especially would be needed in these times. Daniel Boulud has decided to suspend operations at all of his sites “until it is safe to re-open”. Gotham Bar & Grill announced it is closing permanently. Last service tonight. Probably tipped by coronavirus… Read more Corona Closings