Thursday, July 23, 2020
One month on, a look at curbside dining in the East Village
[Gnocco, 10th Street]
We're one month into the city's Open Restaurants program — now in place through October — that allows for curbside dining.
Under an emergency program launched on June 22 as part of the Phase 2 reopening to aid the ailing restaurant industry, nearly 7,000 establishments citywide were authorized to serve food and drinks on sidewalks and curbside spaces.
It hasn't been easy. As previously reported, restaurateurs have had to scramble to stay ahead of the Department of Transportation's seemingly ever-changing guidelines for outdoor dining.
East Village spots such as Kindred, the Roost, Foxface and Il Posto Accanto were among the places that had to tear apart their previously OK'd curbside arrangements – within 24 hours and under the threat of losing their outdoor dining permit. (And we haven't even mentioned the fast-breaking thunderstorms and stifling heat that has added to the stress of the outdoor experience — for both staff and customers.)
Gov. Cuomo has also threatened to shut down bars and restaurants that allow patrons to congregate on sidewalks without social distancing and masks. "It's stupid what you're doing," he said on Monday.
As for the makeshift spaces, they are coming together, looking more comfortable by the day with the additions of paint, plants and patrons. Last week, freelance photographer Eric Leong documented the variety of outdoor dining structures in the East Village. "I enjoy seeing the creativity in designs," he said.
Here's a look at the spaces in action...
[Lavagna, 5th Street at B]
[Brazen Fox, 3rd Avenue at 12th Street]
[Maiden Lane, 10th and B]
[B-Side, Avenue B]
[9th Street at 3rd Avenue]
[Oh! Taisho, St. Mark's Place]
[St. Mark's Place]
[Kitchen Sink, 5th Street]
[Boilermaker, 4th Street]
[One and One, 1st Street at 1st Avenue]
[7B/Horseshoe Bar, 7th at B]
[Mary's O's, Avenue A]
[Amor y Amargo, 6th at A]
[TabeTomo, Avenue A]
[William Barnacle Tavern and Foxface, St. Mark's Place]
[Thursday Kitchen, 9th Street]
[Jeepney, 1st Avenue]
[Phebe's, the Bowery]
You can find more examples of outdoor dining at his website.