Recent celebrity sightings at restaurants on OpenTable…
Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…
Like many millions of people, I lost power on Monday evening. Tuesday evening, by candlelight, I whipped up a fierce batch of risotto with local-caught clams that I had in my quickly losing-its-chill refrigerator. By Wednesday, though, nothing in our fridge was safe for consumption. And the thought of spending another night sitting in the dark was entirely too much to bear. Seriously, candlelight gets old FAST, folks. And, I figured, as most of you already have, that some local restaurants would be serving. And I figured right!
We walked into one of our favorite spots to find smiling hosts, warm lights, hot food, upbeat music, and even laughter. More than the delicious dishes, though, it seemed that we were all there for the sense of community and camaraderie (Okay, I may also have been there for the beautiful bottle of Barbaresco we enjoyed!). We traded stories of darkness, damage, and delays with other diners, while gently reminding one another that spotty cell service, while inconvenient, isn’t a tragedy. The time we spent there was the perfect recipe for relief.
Hurricane Sandy has left a great deal of damage in its wake, but all that rain and wind aren’t dampening restaurateurs efforts to re-open their establishments. The best way you can help your local favorites is to drop in and dine. Even those without power –or a phone — may be open for business. Barbuto, in Manhattan, served last night by candlelight — and will do the same again this evening.
Remember to bring cash as some restaurants are unable to process credit card payments, due to limited connectivity.
Eater Boston, Eater DC, Eater NY, and Eater Philadelphia, as well as Grub Street NY and GrubStreet PHL, have extensive round-ups of restaurants that are open for business, and we are working closely with our restaurant partners to ensure that reservation information on OpenTable is current.