Texas Tourists Arrested for Assaulting NYC Restaurant Hostess Checking Vaccine Cards

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The hostess at an Italian restaurant in New York City was attacked Thursday by three tourists from Texas after she asked for their COVID-19 vaccination cards, a requirement to dine in city restaurants.

In a video shared on social media, three women — identified as Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, 44, and Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, of Humble, Texas, and Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49, of Houston — are seen arguing with the hostess of Carmine’s on the Upper West Side before repeatedly punching the 24-year-old. Bystanders and staff broke up the fight, which left the hostess bruised and scratched up, and the women broke her necklace, police told The New York Times.

The three women were arrested and charged with assault and criminal mischief, and ordered to return for a court appearance. An unnamed patient was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

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The best pop-up restaurants to try in NYC right now

This summer, NYC is ready to pop.

Right now, city eateries — serving everything from Japanese katsu to Indian street food to oysters — are opening new spinoff shops in food markets, within other restaurants, on rooftops and even inside skating rinks.

Citing a dismal year of lockdowns, ever-changing regulations, staffing issues and a lack of institutional investment, pop-ups offer chefs the opportunity to express their pent-up creative energy without the risks associated with a traditional brick-and-mortar space.

“These kinds of pop-ups are nice [because] you don’t think so much about the long term,” said chef Nir Sarig, who founded the Middle Eastern pop-up Eti. “So you allow yourself to be bolder and to take more risks.”

Whether you’re craving a cheap sandwich or an upscale three-course meal, check out these seven pop-up restaurants that are absolutely worth braving the summer heat for.

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The Best Restaurants in NYC Right Now, According to T+L Editors

Table of food from Taco Guey

Table of food from Taco Guey

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While the New York City dining scene has seen plenty of hardships since the pandemic began, both outdoor and indoor dining have returned in full force. In fact, it almost feels as if there are too many incredible restaurants to choose from on any given evening. Many of our favorite spots are back after closures, while some stuck it out through the entire pandemic with takeout and to-go beverages. We’re also excited about the variety of new dining concepts opening all over the city, from natural wine bars to environmentally friendly sushi spots.

We asked Travel + Leisure editors about their favorite New York City restaurants, including tried-and-true destinations and hip new spots. If you find yourself in the five boroughs in the near future, you’re going to want to check out at least a few of these restaurants for delicious, inventive

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NYC gave up 8,550 parking spots for al fresco dining amid COVID

They have an appetite for obstruction!

Restaurants have gobbled up around 8,550 publicly-owned curbside parking spots for their outdoor seating set-ups since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to city data.

Since last June, the mayor and Department of Transportation have let eateries build the dining areas in the now-former spots outside their storefronts, as indoor eating was restricted amid the pandemic.

Around 11,500 restaurants joined the program, of which about 5,700 have chosen to set up shop along the curb. That adds up to “roughly” 8,550 spots transformed — out of around 3 million total parking spots across the five boroughs, City Hall spokesman Mitch Schwartz said.


For the operators of TRU Astoria cafe on Ditmars Boulevard, the extra space was well worth the trade-off — as business has “more than doubled”

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