There was a cluster of delivery men at Carbone, one of New York City’s most exclusive restaurants, on Tuesday night after a ban on dining-in at all bars and restaurants drove hundreds online to place take-out orders.
Carbone put its famous menu online on Monday after the ban was announced.
Using the app Caviar, diners can now have access to its menu without having to wait months for even the hope of getting one of its coveted reservation.
As of Wednesday, people in New York were being advised to stay at home and patronize businesess safely by ordering online and having the food brought to them.
It is unclear if that will change if and when a shelter in place order is issued as it is expected to be. Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was preparing to urge the Governor to allow him to issue the order as the number of cases in New York City approached 1,000 and the tenth person died from coronavirus.
The cluster of delivery men were not following the same social distancing approach that is being advised by the government- to stay 6ft away from people in crowds at all times for the next 15 days. Many, including the restaurant’s chefs and managers, are frantically trying to soak up as much work as they can before the situation becomes even more dire.
Delivery couriers wait outside Carbone to pick up to-go orders after the exclusive restaurant took its menu online following a New York ban on dining in
A manager wearing latex gloves brings orders out to the couriers on Tuesday night. The restaurant’s menu is on Caviar
Under ordinary circumstances, only those who snag one of the restaurant’s coveted reservation spots have access to its menu
The restaurant staff were wearing latex gloves but some of the drivers were not
Carbone is not the only exclusive restaurant which has taken its menu online as a result of the virus.
Peter Luger, a famous steakhouse in Brooklyn, is offering a limited menu and butcher shop items are available for pickup from the restaurant.
Several others, including three Michelin starred Eleven Madison Park, said they would be shutting up shop completely.
‘In this unprecedented crisis, the health and well-being of our staff and our guests is of primary importance; in keeping with NYC and NY State requirements, Eleven Madison Park will be closed beginning Monday, March 16.
HOW NYC’S PRICIEST RESTAURANTS ARE COPING WITH CLOSURES
Le Crocodile: Closed
Peter Luger: Limited menu
Jean Georges: Closed
Eleven Madison Park: Closed
Kurumazushi: Orders by phone only
Carbone: Orders by Caviar app
Rainbow Room bar: Closed
‘We hope to open our doors soon when all of this has passed, and look forward to seeing you then,’ the restaurant said in a statement.
Jean Georges, where President Donald Trump has previously been spotted dining with Mitt Romney, also closed its doors.
Keens steakhouse, established in the 1800s and where steaks can cost upward of $100 is also closed.
Kurumazushi, a high-end sushi bar with a Michelin star, has an online menu.
The Rainbow Room bar and restaurant, at the top of the Rock, has closed.
The closures have led to the restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation establishing ‘a relief fund for individual workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19’.
New York is changing its rules to allow bars, restaurants and distilleries to sell their products off premises, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Gov. Cuomo said he is ‘strongly encouraging’ nonessential businesses to close in New York after 8 p.m.
‘Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn’t crash our health care system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that,’ Cuomo said.
The three states also will limit social gatherings to 50 people, effective 8 p.m. Monday.
Cuomo directed nonessential state employees to work from home starting Tuesday and said local governments should follow suit.
Peter Luger, a famous steakhouse in Brooklyn, is offering a limited menu online during the coronavirus outbreak which has shuttered the city’s bars and restaurants
Eleven Madison Park, widely considered one of the best restaurants in the world, is closed