Some NYC restaurants tire of forking over delivery-app fees

In recent years, New York City restaurants have complained about the fees that third-party ordering and delivery platforms, such as Grubhub and DoorDash, charge them. Those concerns have only escalated during the pandemic, when dining spots have become more dependent on meals to go for their financial survival.

Now, restaurants are increasingly finding a way around the issue by avoiding the platforms and assuming ownership of the process themselves. And they say the benefits go beyond the potential savings on third-party fees.

“It’s having a direct line of communication with our customers,” said Jon Sherman, chief executive officer of Sticky’s Finger Joint, a chicken-centric chain with several locations in the city.

Indeed, a burgeoning industry has emerged of technology-focused companies that assist restaurants with creating, managing and marketing their own online ordering platforms and connecting them with delivery people. A few of the

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Best NYC Restaurants For Whatever Noodles You’re In the Mood For

It’s pretty much ~general knowledge~ that NYC is one of the best food hubs in the world. Everywhere you look, there are incredible restaurants, cute cafes, and delicious food stands. However, this atmosphere can sometimes be overwhelming, because there are just so. many. options. Let’s face it, It can be hard to know ~exactly~ what restaurants to go to. If you’re just starting to get your feet wet with NYC dining culture, here are some delicious restaurants to satisfy any type of noodle you’re craving. 

1. If you’re craving Pho…

Hanoi House

When you’re in the mood for a big bowl of warm noodle soup with delicious broth, exceptional rice noodles, and all the herbs and meat you could want, check out Hanoi House. It’ll definitely satisfy your Pho craving. 

2. If you’re craving Pad Thai…

Pata Cafe

Pata Cafe is a small cafe located in Elmhurst with a

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NYC Restaurants Balance Safety And Financial Pressure To Reopen : NPR

Michael Schall pours wine in Vini E Ollie’s dining room which has been turned into a storage space during the pandemic.

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Michael Schall pours wine in Vini E Ollie’s dining room which has been turned into a storage space during the pandemic.

Camille Petersen

The dining room of Locanda Vini e Olii, an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn, is inside a hundred-year-old apothecary. It has dark wood shelves, deep cabinets with glass doors, and a floor made of small, pearly tiles.

But right now, the dining room is a storage closet — mostly for outdoor dining equipment.

“We store the empty propane heaters here. And in the front window where it used to be a really romantic table, now it’s just filled with plates and glassware,” says Michael Schall, one of Locanda Vini e Olii’s owners.

Restaurants in New York City are now

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NYC lifts cap on number of street food vendors

On Thursday, the New York City Council passed a bill that will allow more food vendors to serve hungry New Yorkers on streets across the city.

The new legislation calls for 4,000 full-time mobile vendor permits for street food sellers, to be phased in over a decade with 400 each year starting next year.

Supporters say the measure will help certified food vendors working without legal permits.

“Despite the fact that they have a food vendor license, they did the health department training, they know how to protect and serve foods, they pay their taxes like any other business but they are considered illegal vendors,” said Mohamed Attia, Director of the Street Vendor Project.

However, opponents say that more vendors inflates

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