New York announces new zoned restrictions in parts of Queens and the Bronx
Restaurants in large parts of Queens and the Bronx face new restrictions due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in those areas, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday. These new micro-clusters have been designated yellow zones and include parts of Mott Haven, Parkchester, and Highbridge in the Bronx, among other neighborhoods, and Astoria, Jackson Heights, and Woodside, in Queens.
In a yellow zone, restaurants are restricted to serving four people per table both indoors and outdoors, along with all the other statewide guidelines, which limits indoor dining to 25 percent in New York City. Meanwhile, parts of Brooklyn that were previously in the orange zone — which prohibits indoor dining — has now been moved to a yellow zone after cases stabilized there.
Cuomo did not release positivity rates for these new clusters, which also include parts of Staten Island, which were designated yellow zones last week, the statewide positivity rate now sits at 3.43 percent, and according to NYC data, the city too has reached a three percent COVID-19 positivity rate based on a seven-day rolling average. Many health experts have questioned these zoned efforts, and several elected officials have expressed consternation that the city’s schools were closed yesterday without any indication if indoor dining at restaurants would close too.
In other news
— Koreatown skewers destination Osamil has launched a pop-up outside the restaurant. Osamil Pojangmacha serves Korean barbecue at socially distanced tables that seat four to six people from one party.
— Israeli celebrity chef Eyal Shani’s fast-casual venture Miznon is adding a third NYC location this week. The new outpost will debut at 20 Hudson Yards, on Tenth Avenue between West 33rd and West 31 Streets, on Friday, November 20.
— Hit cocktail bar Dante has launched its own delivery app to eschew third-party delivery app fees.
— Restaurateur and chef Akhtar Nawab’s Mexican cantina Alta Calidad is hosting a pop-up with Baltimore’s bao hotspot Ekiben, at the Brooklyn restaurant tonight. Menu items for the four-course, $60 per person meal include crispy flautas and queso fresco and requeson cheese dumplings.
— After a fire destroyed its location two years ago, Japanese barbecue restaurant Yakiniku West is opening at the same spot on East 9th Street on November 25.
— Fast-casual Mediterranean chain the Hummus and Pita Co. is adding a fourth NYC location, at 216 East 86th Street, between Second and Third Avenues. The Upper East Side outpost is set to debut before the end of the year, according to a restaurant spokesperson.
— City Winery will soon require customers to take a $50 onsite COVID-19 test before entering the restaurant.
— Japanese health foods cafe AO Bowl has opened on St. Mark’s Place.
— The New York Times looks at how one restaurant in the Bronx, Riverdale Diner, and another in Brooklyn, Joloff, are staying afloat during the pandemic.
— Extremely relatable:
The ritual part of the day where I gather abandoned morning coffee cups and consolidate them into a legit 1/3 cup to get on with the day— alexandra raij (@alex_raij) November 19, 2020