NYTimes food critic Pete Wells posted this today, encouraging diners to eat downtown.
Eater put up this Hurricane Relief Restaurant Guide, guiding diners to restaurants that are collecting donations or running specials to help relief efforts.
Twitter Campaign: #EatDownTipUp This campaign encourages eaters to eat downtown to support the restaurants that lost the week of business, and to tip double to help the waitstaffs that made no money last week. People take a picture of their bill & the tip- it's sweet.
Thomas Keller tweeted this:
"Please support your local restaurants and workers who have not had power for the last few days in downtown Manhattan"
with a link to this article and encouraged people to eat downtown to help the restaurants there get back on track.
Rouge Tomate- Pascaline Lepeltier put a cocktail on the menu at Rouge Tomate, and all proceeds go toward charities that are helping with Hurricane relief efforts. Union Square Cafe followed suit and are donating the proceeds of their cocktail "SoPo" to hurricane relief efforts.
Public and our sister restaurant Saxon & Parole-- naturally I am a bit biased since I work at Public, but I was touched when I heard that, despite losing a week of sales from being closed due to power outages, our owners are donating Saturday & Sunday night's profits to help rebuild Governor, a restaurant in Dumbo that was destroyed by the hurricane. Governor is owned by some folks who used to work at Public, and the spirit of kindness is pretty overwhelming.
Telepan, Park Avenue Autumn, and Aldea all had special private dinners that raised funds for hurricane relief.
Shake Shake has a special cookie they are selling to raise money for the Red Cross.
The Meatball Shop is collecting blankets and giving out free meatballs for anyone who brings in a blanket.
Though his own lower Manhattan chocolate shops were closed without power, Jacques Torres took a truck to Staten Island and gave out hot chocolate to anyone who needed a warm drink.
On November 2nd when downtown had no power and no transportation, Barraca had a generator & projected movies onto the side of a refrigerated truck, and Vagabond Cafe was offering grilled cheese, tomato soup, hot tea, cold beer & live music by candlelight.
A restaurant in Boston delivered 600 pizzas to the Rockaways.
A cool wine sales rep I know delivered candles, flashlights, and pizza on her bike to wine shops who stayed open without power.
It's been a special week....