A group of volunteers who are helping local New York City restaurants support their teams during the COVID-19 crisis is launching a new relief effort this week.
SaveNYCEats allows participating businesses to feature take-home chef kits, future unique dining experiences, gift cards, merchandise and other special offers. It was co-founded by Stephanie Goldstein and Josh Klein.
“Restaurants, and the people behind them, are a quintessential part of the New York experience,” Goldstein said. “Restaurants and bars are where we laugh with our friends, celebrate with our families, or just enjoy a brief pause from our everyday lives. Save NYC Eats is our way of giving back to the restaurants and employees who have tirelessly given so much to our community. I am incredibly excited for the day when we can once again break bread together in our favorite restaurants with friends.”
Restaurants and bars can opt in to #SaveNYCEats with special experiences, offers and incentives. Examples include the opportunity to buy an eight guest pasta-making class at Roberta’s, a virtual cooking class with Jonah Miller from Huertas, a date night sushi and izakaya dinner with Sake 2 from Juku, or discounted gift cards from City Cakes and The Musket Room.
Daniel Ortiz de Montellano of New York’s La Newyorkina and Casa Publica praised this initiative.
“La Newyorkina is a family business whose mission has always been ‘sharing the sweetness of Mexico,’” Ortiz de Montellano said. “Due to the current pandemic we entered survival mode, and thanks to partners like #SaveNYCEats we can reach a bigger audience and get commission-free sales to support our team. Recent events have made us pivot and add a savory component with our “Comidas Caseras El Newyorkino” (Mexican homey meals) preordered and delivered to your doorstep. The way we see it, is that it’s only right that in these crazy times and our 10th anniversary, it’s time to reinvent oneself.”
Visitors to the website www.savenyceats.com can view aggregated offers and each of the offers links directly through to the chosen restaurant’s website for fulfillment and payment. The restaurant keeps 100 percent of the revenue and there is no affiliate fee or any payment of any kind to #SaveNYCEats.
Offers will be updated frequently as more restaurants and bars sign up. Consumers are encouraged to check the website and social media handles often for new and exciting offers.
Restaurant and bar owners who would like to participate can visit the website as well.