When the NYC travel ban on all “non-essential” vehicles started at 11pm last night, Mayor de Blasio stated in no uncertain terms that this included Seamless and other food-delivery services. Someone asked at the official press conference about whether food-delivery vehicles counted, and de Blasio responded:
Needless to say, NYC residents in full “hunker” mode placed their orders anyway, but they were thwarted by several delivery services—including GrubHub and Seamless—suspending overnight deliveries. GrubHub spokesperson Allie Mack told NBC New York:
At 10:30pm, this notice went up on the official GrubHub/Seamless blog:
Many restaurants were looking forward to Winter Storm Juno, because people typically order more food when they’re hunkering down. According to NBC New York, the Natureworks Restaurant location on 31st got more GrubHub and Seamless orders during the polar vortex in January 2014 than any other restaurant in the city. So understandably, the restaurant doubled the delivery staff that was scheduled to work yesterday.
But instead, the restaurant ended up closing at 7pm. When asked why, manager Carlos Arcos told NBC New York, “Right now my delivery guy was walking.”
If you’re like a lot of people, you probably contemplate the ethics of ordering delivery every time a major weather event happens. Some people argue that tipping well makes everything okay, but a new report Vocativ—put together from data gathered from GrubHub and Seamless—shows that NYC doesn’t usually tip well in bad weather.
Of course, today should be a different day. The storm wasn’t as bad as expected, and the New York Times reports that the NYC travel ban was officially lifted as of 7:30am. In Central Park, only 7.8 inches of snow were reported at 7am, with only a few more inches expected—far short of the two to three feet weather forecasters had been predicting.
We say, let the Seamless Roulette commence. Just be sure to tip your delivery people well when they show up. They deserve it.