The Run-Up to Hurricane Irene in Food

28 Aug

Creative taping and window-boarding styles were evident at many restaurants — sometimes with a memorable slogan thrown in. In this case on Greenwich Avenue: “Missed You Irene Bet You Are a Hoot.”

If you’re one of those boulevardiers who prides herself in never touching a kitchen utensil, and eating every meal out, whose kitchen still looks like the day it was renovated, maybe you’re wondering, “Where the hell am I going to eat tonight and tomorrow?”

​Looking for a place to eat? Irish bars are a good bet, this one fortified, but still open for business as evening approached.

An informal survey of restaurants conducted by bicycle from the Upper West Side to the West Village between cloudbursts indicated that many restaurant chains (Subway, McDonald’s, Qdoba Grill) and upscale restaurant empires (Danny Meyer, David Chang) where completely shuttered by decree from the top, and so were bistro-level places, especially those that depend on hip waiters who live in Brooklyn.

Indeed, the places most likely to be open (and they were multiple, especially in commercial areas) as Saturday evening approached were:

1) Neighborhood Chinese restaurants

2) Irish bars with pub grub

3) Pizza parlors

4) Neighborhood delis

The places that had stayed open seemed to be doing three or four times their normal business.

At the corner of West 11th and Sixth Avenue, for example, Famous Ray’s, Sammy’s Noodles, and French Roast (a bistro, normally open 24 hours) were all wide open. A call placed to French Roast elicited the response: “We plan to stay open 24 hours throughout the storm.”

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