New York City has always been a tough place to keep a restaurant afloat, but during the pandemic especially, it’s an extraordinary feat to pay staff, pay rent, and simply get to the other side. Many small business owners have pivoted to delivery, takeout, and more to keep the lights on. And yet despite the challenges facing them, some are not only looking after their team and regular diners, but also providing food to neighbors in need and creating a more equitable food space.
Just a few examples: In Brooklyn, chef Greg Baxtrom opened his restaurant Maison Yaki to the Black Entrepreneur Series. In Manhattan, the family behind Tarallucci e Vino launched Feeding the Front Lines NYC, and the team at Bessou is working with Heart of Dinner. All of the restaurants featured below are balancing community work with business, serving up dishes that offer reminders of just how good the city’s food scene is. You’ll want to swing by for pick-up for sure, and since offerings are constantly changing, check out these restaurants’ latest posts on Facebook or Instagram to see what they’re up to. And when we support small business, we support our communities, so Facebook’s Small Business support hub offers resources for those looking to give or get help.
A number of New York City restaurants have resumed outdoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for outdoor dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NYC Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More