Known for its buzzing food scene, the thought of New York City without its restaurants and eateries is hard to swallow. But according to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli last month, as many as half of all New York City bars and restaurants could shutter permanently within the next six months due to the pandemic.
The stunning report is a call for action for many New Yorkers. But there’s a silver lining: eating has become an ethical practice, and God knows we’re willing to do the work.
Here to show us the ropes is New York-local, Alexa Matthews. The mastermind behind Eating NYC, Matthews covers restaurants, travel, fitness, and luxury lifestyle, zooming in on NYC restaurants in particular. Aside from her online platform, and a massive following on Instagram, Matthews has been featured by CNNMoney, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, and Zagat, so you know she means business.
In light of the pandemic, Matthews recently put together a NYC Outdoor Dining Guide that lists all the places that are open for business. “My account is all about showing you the latest and greatest in New York,” she told Just Opened New York, “it’s my duty to be your loyal, trustworthy guide.”
One of her favorite restaurant in New York is L’Artusi. “It’s super cozy, with dim lighting that makes it really romantic,” she relayed. “It’s trendy but unpretentious, with great food and service—it really ticks all the boxes. If you go, I recommend the bucatini pasta—it’s the best.”
Get your napkins ready!