I walked by Joe Allen Restaurant at the weekend. They had opened to a media crescendo last Thursday, but on Saturday at just before 2pm there were 5 customers sitting outside. We reported last week on the Grand Central Oyster Bar opening and then closing down again after only 12 days. We should be concerned about the health and sustainability of our favorite eateries.

If you can afford to support local restaurants, well this next 7 days is the time to do that. Taste of Times Square is back for a whole week. There are three-course menus at 20 great restaurants for $35. You can even call and get them delivered if you don’t want to hit the streets (or eat all those courses in one sitting!). If none of those take your fancy, well there are at least another 100 places in Hell’s Kitchen that will appreciate your business too as winter draws in. Go EAT!

Our Instagram feed lit up yesterday with news that Target had opened on 10th Avenue (with a mixed response) — and a popup brass brand traveling the area entertaining restaurant diners (joy for all!). Mike Garcia managed to capture them both in his Insta Stories 📸


The Intrepid Museum is now open! The Museum is following the recommendations of public health experts to ensure your experience is not only fun and engaging, but most importantly, safe. For a complete list of health and safety procedures, please visit www.intrepidmuseum.org

What We’ve Been Reading

New York’s eviction ban for businesses has been extended to the end of the year. (amNY)

Why temporary walls could be the answer to an NYC apartment dweller’s prayers. (Streeteasy)

Mask over mask is the Halloween ask for 2020’s trick or treaters. (Gothamist)

Here’s how outdoor dining could look this winter… (Bloomberg)

Are men or women more familiar with a razor these days? It’s a close shave! (Intelligencer)

And finally, my friend Alan has been musing about Halloween’s relevance this year. Thoughts?