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New York Issues Updated Restaurant Regulations for Outdoor Dining and Takeout

Plus, Fausto in Park Slope is hosting another cellar sale this weekend — and more intel

Caffe Reggio’s outdoor dining area is covered in snow on December 17, 2020 in New York City.  Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

New York hands down new operating restrictions for NYC restaurants

The New York State Liquor Authority has released updated regulations for outdoor dining and takeout at restaurants that has city politicians and industry leaders in an uproar. The new regulations take a more stringent approach to monitoring indoor activity at restaurants, including mandating that all takeout orders must be placed remotely by phone or internet, and specifying that customers must stay outside the establishment to pick up takeout orders.

Initially, the guidelines also barred outdoor diners from going inside the restaurant for any reason, including to use the bathroom. However, after pushback from local leaders including multiple city politicians and New York City Hospitality Alliance executive director Andrew Rigie, the guidelines were changed on Friday to allow bathroom use.

The updated regulations also reiterate that outdoor dining structures must have at least two open sides for airflow; otherwise, the structure is categorized as an indoor dining operation and is currently banned from use. Sides are not considered open if they’re covered by plastic or “other material restricting airflow,” according to the regulations.

In other news

— High-end NYC wholesaler Piccinini Brothers in Hell’s Kitchen has officially launched a retail store on-site at its storied butcher shop. Customers can find myriad cuts of meat at the shop and holiday packages, including a classic New York steak box for $220 that includes bone-in ribeye, porterhouse steak, dry-aged strip steak, and prime rib roast. The butcher’s revamped website includes online ordering options for takeout and delivery, plus a section dedicated to showcasing recipes. A prepared foods section is on the way at the retail shop, and the owners plan to launch butchery classes later in 2021.

— Well-known NYC restaurateur Marc Forgione has decided to temporarily close his eponymous restaurant “until further notice.” Forgione’s other spot Peasant in Nolita has also temporarily shut down, while Khe-Yo in Tribeca, where he is a partner, remains open.

— Italian restaurant Fausto in Park Slope is hosting a winter cellar sale this weekend, reprising the team’s popular wine bottle sale from March. On Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the restaurant, customers can buy from a wide selection of wines from Fausto’s cellar. The full wine list is available here.

— Crowd-favorite Jewish pop-up Edith’s at Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint has launched a Chinese menu box for the holidays that includes vegetable fried rice, confit duck lo mein, and Mongolian beef bao, among other dishes. The menu is available for pre-order starting at $100 per box.

— Three large courtyards at sprawling Sunset Park development Industry City have been converted into heated outdoor dining destinations, complete with massive tents and heated tables. Customers can grab food from 38 purveyors, including Hometown Bar-B-Que, Sahadi’s, and Ends Meat, and head to the tents for outdoor dining throughout the winter.

— Cozy Mediterranean spot Pomp & Circumstance in Williamsburg has added an herb-stuffed vegan gyro to the menu that features Beyond Meat.

— Cake for breakfast is never a bad choice:

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