Not even a blizzard can stop New Yorkers from going out to eat

worker painting awning for outdoor dining
A worker paints an outdoor dining tent on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on December 16, 2020
Photo: Noam Galai / Contributor (Getty Images)

A big nor’easter hit the East Coast pretty hard the other day, and some areas got slammed with record-breaking snowfall. Binghamton, New York, for example, got 40 whopping inches all at once. That’s almost two-thirds of a Dennis. New York City didn’t get pummeled nearly as hard, but still, there was plenty of snow to go around.

But people in New York didn’t give a shit, and in fact, some happily went out to go grab dinner. According to The Daily Mail, due to restrictions on indoor dining, they put on their full winter gear to sit under propane heaters to drink and eat their dinner off tables covered in snow, like these diners at The Smith in the East Village.

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I am wondering if snow got in their food (my guess is yes). I am also wondering if it was any fun. On paper, it sounds like it could be, but probably only for about five minutes. Trattoria L’Incontro, in Astoria, Queens, put up a video of the staff sitting outside, clinking glasses of wine, while bemoaning the situation at the same time.

“This is what outdoor dining looks like in MY CITY,” owner Rocco Sacramone wrote in a caption. “Love NY, but what a mess we are in. This was my staff today. We normally have 30 to 40. We are down to 5 this is real this is the reality of every restaurant in NYC.” The new indoor dining ban is cutting revenue short for many restaurant owners in the city, and many are upset.

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But a decent handful of New Yorkers don’t mind playing in the snow to get a few bites to eat. Pandemic restrictions may allow people to still eat at tables placed on the sidewalk, but there’s no official comment on whether or not cold toes and pasta make for a good mix.

Staff writer at The Takeout. Also: Saveur Humor Blog Award Winner, professional pizza maker, and insufferable troublemaker.

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torchbearer2
torchbearer2

This is the part that somewhat baffles me, I understand some can’t cook/won’t cook so external sources are needed. But rather than getting take out, they go out and risk the lives of others so they can eat. Is the desire to have a servant for just a short while so strong they are willing to sit in the snow just so they can not tip when their food is cold?