Post-Sandy Restaurant Recovery Stories: JoeDoe in the East Village Online + Open

JoeDoe owners and operators Chef Joe Dobias and Jill Schulster pose with their famous housemade Fried Matzo outside their restaurant.

Restaurant Name: JoeDoe
Location: East Village
Years in business: Four
Status: Fully open.
Damage: None.
Losses: Minimal amounts of food; six days of service.
Owner: Joe Dobias

Prior to Sandy, had you ever had to deal with a disaster situation at this or any restaurant?

I’ve been here for quite a few of them recently. I was here for the blackout in ’03. The restaurant I was working at on the Upper East Side lost everything there. That wound up going out of business, not directly as a result of that, but it was the final nail in the coffin.

Then, in 2006, I was working in Queens when much of it was blacked out for days. We actually wound up barbecuing in the street in front of that restaurant, serving $10 plates of food a night. So, I’ve been through things like this previously, and the idea that anyone in an official capacity was surprised by the intensity of this storm is ridiculous.

When did you shut the doors to prepare for the storm?

We closed down early in anticipation of it, losing all of Sunday night. Then, at 8PM on Monday night, we lost power. I hear people talking about losing tens of thousands in inventory, but we were fortunate. We were at the end of the week, and we close on Mondays anyway. Also, we’re extremely careful when it comes to ordering, so we were down to a very minimal amount of food.

What have your post-Sandy reopening efforts entailed?

We opened the doors on Thursday evening with candles and some friends at the bar. We only stayed open until 8:30PM and then, as soon as we shut the doors, we all left together. The city should not be unlit, and it was.

You could sense the angst as you walked the streets. Everybody looked un-showered, unclean, and really, really tired. And that’s when I started getting nervous.

Continue Reading

Hudson Valley + Long Island Restaurant Weeks Happening Now Post-Sandy!

Don’t miss your chance to dine for less and do good by supporting restaurants in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy!

We’re thrilled to report that, despite the challenges metropolitan New York area restaurants have faced with Hurricane Sandy, two amazing restaurant weeks are happening right now.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week kicked off on Monday, and runs through Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Restaurants will offer special three-course $20.95 lunches and $29.95 dinners. Participants include Harvest on Hudson, Tarry Lodge Portchester, and Zitoune, among many others. Book your tables early — and often!

On Sunday, Long Island Restaurant Week launched with $24.95 three-course dinners! Please note that due to Hurricane Sandy, many participants have decided to extend the promotion until Sunday, November 18, so that people who may not make it out this week may visit restaurants next week. Please call any restaurants before visiting to be sure they are open. Participating restaurants include Fifth Season, Luce & Hawkins, MP Taverna, and Stone Creek Inn. Make a reservation today!

 

Atlantic City Restaurants Open for Business Post-Sandy: Updated 11/16/12

As you probably know, many restaurants in the Atlantic City area affected by Hurricane Sandy are open for business. Some are accepting reservations online, while others may only be able to accept reservations via phone or in person because of outage issues in the area. Dine out and show your support to restaurants who have lost vital days of business, and check back for new additions.

Basilicos Ristorante (609-263-1010) See Profile >

Carmine’s – Atlantic City (609-572-9300) See Profile >

Dock’s Oyster House (609-345-0092) See Profile >

Ebbitt Room (609-884-5700) See Profile >

Fitzpatrick’s Deli & Steakhouse (609-653-8155) See Profile >

Il Mulino New York – Atlantic City (609-449-6006) See Profile >

Johnny’s Cafe (609-822-1789) See Profile >

Knife & Fork Inn (609-344-1133) See Profile >

Morton’s The Steakhouse – Atlantic City (609-449-1044) See Profile >

P.F. Chang’s – Atlantic City (609-348-4600) See Profile >

Palm Restaurant – Atlantic City (609-344-7256) See Profile >

Ram’s Head Inn (609-652-1700) See Profile >

Smithville Inn (609-652-7777) See Profile >

The Blue Pig Tavern (609-884-8421) See Profile >

Trattoria Il Mulino – Atlantic City (609-449-6004) See Profile >

Tun Tavern Restaurant & Brewery – Steaks & Seafood (609-347-7800) See Profile >

New York Metro Area Restaurants Open for Business Post-Sandy: Updated 11/16/12

As you probably know, many restaurants in the greater New York metropolitan area affected by Hurricane Sandy are open for business. Some are accepting reservations online, while others may only be able to accept reservations via phone or in person because of outage issues in the area. Dine out and show your support to restaurants who have lost vital days of business, and check back for new additions.

1 Nocello (212-713-0224) See Profile >
107 West (212-864-1555) See Profile >
15 East Restaurant (212-647-0015) See Profile >
18 Bay (631-749-0053) See Profile >
3 Forty Grill (201-217-3406) See Profile >
490 West (516-338-0848) See Profile >
5 Ninth (212-929-9460) See Profile >
508 Restaurant & Bar (212-219-2444) See Profile >
a casa fox (212-253-1900) See Profile >
ABA Turkish Restaurant (212-655-9368) See Profile >
Abe & Arthur’s (646-289-3930) See Profile >
Acappella Northern Italian Cuisine (212-240-0163) See Profile >
Agozar Cuban Bistro (212-677-6773) See Profile >
Ai Fiori (212-613-8660) See Profile >
Alachi Masala (212-874-7420) See Profile >
Alba’s Restaurante (914-937-2236) See Profile >
Aldea (212-675-7223) See Profile >
Aleo (212-691-8136) See Profile >
Alison Eighteen (212-366-1818) See Profile >
Alloro (212-535-2866) See Profile >
Almayass (212-473-3100) See Profile >
Almond (212-228-7557) See Profile >
Amarelle (631-886-2242) See Profile >
Amsterdam Restaurant & Tapas Lounge (212-662-6330) See Profile >
Ana Beall’s Tea Room (908-264-4221) See Profile >
Andrea’s 25 of Commack (631-486-7400) See Profile >
Annisa (212-741-6699) See Profile >
Aoyama (201-847-9900) See Profile >
Apiary (212-254-0888) See Profile >
AquaTerra Grille (845-920-1340) See Profile >
Aspen Social Club (212-221-7200) See Profile >
at Vermilion (212-871-6600) See Profile >
Atlantic Grill at Lincoln Center (212-787-4663) See Profile >
Atlantic Grill, Eastside (212-988-9200) See Profile >
Aureole (212-319-1660) See Profile >
Aureole – Bar Room (212-319-1660) See Profile >
Azucar Cuban Cuisine & Cigars (201-222-0090) See Profile >
Continue Reading