Call it grit, tenacity, what-have-you—not for nothing does NYC have a rep for resilience. Less than 48 hours after the Frankenstorm, restaurants, cafes, and snack shops have worked tirelessly to strong-arm their way past the aftermath.
Read our post from yesterday for an overview of what difficulties chefs and their staff are facing, and what you can do to help. Today, there are more reports coming through, both good and bad:
- Edible Manhattan has more on details the heroism of Northern Spy Food Co. in the East Village, reporting that the restaurant made a free buffet of “roasted lamb shoulders, braised pork bellies, pork sticky rolls, biscuits, sauteed shrimp, whole roasted striped bass, roasted and stewed chicken, pork loin in mushroom gravy, polenta, black-eyed peas, bacon, salads, sandwiches, grilled cheeses, cookies, and muffins” for neighbors.
- Local food trucks have hit the pavement, “rolling in and out of the Hunts Point Cooperative Market in The Bronx and other key distribution hubs.” New York Street Food has updates on the food trucks out on the streets.
- Steve Cuozzo of the NY Post tells a more grim tale in his report. He talks to Tom Colicchio, who says his restaurants stand to lose $15,000-$20,000 each in inventory, and BR Guest president Steve Hanson, who says that restaurants may feel the effect for six months to a year: ““The way it happens is, they don’t close up right away. But they owe vendors, taxes and landlords. They can push it off but it all catches up.”
- The New York Times gathers stories from some chefs and shop owners trying to pick up the pieces. Josh Russ Tupper, an owner of Russ & Daughters, “raced before, during and after the hurricane to put fish on ice, place supplies of caviar in “secure locations” and borrow a generator.”
Needless to say, it’ll be a long road back to full strength. And of course, all of these reports don’t even touch on ways outside of the culinary where the city is coming together to move beyond Sandy, including volunteers directing traffic and coffee shops setting up makeshift services.