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NYC Set to Pass Milestone Legislation Offering Basic Job Protections to Delivery Workers

Plus, Broadway actors on the Theater District restaurants they can’t wait to eat at again — and more intel

A delivery worker in a green rain poncho bikes on the street through a downpour. Via Getty Images
Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

City Council legislators are set to vote today on a package of bills that will offer basic protections to delivery workers while on the job, including legal access to restaurant bathrooms. Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson have both voiced their support of the legislation and the bills are expected to pass, according to the City.

Delivery workers have long dealt with harrowing conditions while on the job, including low wages, stolen tips, and ongoing bike theft. The City reports that NYC appears to be the first major U.S. city to solidify basic job protections for delivery workers, and supporters hope that other cities will follow in its footsteps.

Where Broadway can’t wait to eat again

Kristin Chenoweth at Joe Allen. Sutton Foster at Los Tacos No. 1. Broadway shows reopened this month and 19 actors, composers, producers, and playwrights embedded in NYC’s theater scene told Bon Appétit about the Theater District restaurants that they missed the most during the industry’s 18-month shutdown.

An East Village restaurateur plots neighborhood expansion

Restaurateur Tao An — the operator behind now-closed Xinjiang restaurant Jiang Diner and Sichuan spot Hot Kitchen in the East Village — is taking over the old location of French restaurant Jules Bistro, EV Grieve reports. The revival of Jiang Diner, now called Jiang Kitchen, appears to be gaining traction, according to information disclosed in a community board liquor license approval application. Here’s hoping we’ll see a return of the restaurant’s rendition of big tray chicken, a dish that Eater critic Robert Sietsema enthusiastically praised in the restaurant’s first iteration in 2019.

Get to know Chitra Agrawal of Brooklyn Delhi

Brooklyn Delhi’s Chitra Agrawal spoke with Brownstoner about how her cooking routines have changed during the pandemic, and what the future looks like for her local cult-favorite Indian-American condiment business.