The NYC Food Scene in 2021: An Overview and Resources

by Melissa Gallanter, RD

In case you missed any of the recent news on the rapidly shifting food and restaurant scene in New York City, we have compiled a round-up of recent articles to get you up to speed. Keep reading for the latest on the food-worker vaccination initiative, the return of indoor dining, the city’s struggle with growing food insecurity, and more. 

Indoor dining reopens at 25 percent capacity in NYC on Friday, February 12th. 

  • The latest on the return of indoor dining and other reopenings coming soon, The New York Times
  • Why some restaurants aren’t rushing to reopen their doors, The New York Post
  • The return of indoor dining brings with it high anxiety, Gothamist
  • How restaurants are preparing for the return of indoor dining, Grub Street 
  • Can the return of indoor dining save NYC’s restaurants?, USA Today
  • New York restaurants mount legal pressure to open at half capacity over 25 percent capacity, Eater NY

Continuing legal struggles concerning regulations for NYC restaurants:

  • State and federal courts uphold New York’s 10 p.m. restaurant curfew, The Daily News

NYC restaurant workers and the local vaccination initiative:

  • Restaurant workers rush to get vaccinated as eligibility opens, Eater
  • Food workers struggle to score promised vaccinations, The City

The NYC mayoral candidates weigh in on the future of food policy and the hospitality industry:

  • Democratic mayoral candidates offer strategies for addressing food insecurity, Gotham Gazette
  • How four of the candidates plan to help the struggling hospitality industry, Eater NY

The battle against growing food insecurity in NYC: 

  • COVID is accelerating the fight against food deserts, Grub Street
  • Local nonprofits work to combat food insecurity in the Bronx, NY City Lens
  • Public Advocate backs bill to provide free meals to students in emergencies, Brooklyn Reader
  • NYC comptroller Scott Stringer calls for $25 million for emergency food programs, Daily News

Changes in the NYC street cart scene:

  • De Blasio backs bill to extend permits for food carts, putting him at odds with local restaurants, NYPost
  • Street cart vendors may find some relief from high payments for permits, The New York Times
  • The stories of four street cart vendors finally getting their shot at a permit, Curbed
  • New business expansion program looks to help street food vendors thrive, Eater NY

The plight of grocery store workers during COVID-19:

  • Grocery store workers fight for vaccination protection and higher pay, The New York Times

New innovations in the NYC restaurant industry:

  • Restaurants are finding new revenue sources by feeding the hungry, The New York Times
  • A new app helps restaurants to profit from leftover food, CBS New York

A number of new restaurants have managed to open their doors during the pandemic:

  • A host of new restaurants slated to open this spring,  Eater NY
  • 18 new black-owned establishments, The Infatuation
  • The highly anticipated Dhamaka restaurant opens at Essex Market with a focus on regional Indian food, Eater NY

And in other food scene news…

  • Celebrity chefs chart new future for the NYC restaurant scene, Bloomberg
  • One artist works to capture, and save, NYC’s restaurants, Forbes

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