Taste of Tribeca — Mark Your Calendar; ‘Virtual’ Restaurants: A Pox on Them

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“The “About” page of the event’s website reminds us that Taste of Tribeca, held every third Saturday in May, was first held on a loading dock on Jay Street 29 years ago. The neighborhood has grown dramatically since then, and this year chefs from over 60 of the neighborhood’s many diverse restaurants will be present and accounted for. (A complete listing of participating restaurants may be found here.)

This year’s Taste will take place on Saturday, May 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Duane Street between Greenwich and Hudson. Tickets, which may be purchased here, begin at $60 online. Proceeds will go toward supporting the continuation of arts and enrichment programs at two neighborhood public elementary schools, PS 150 and PS 234.

“Virtual” Restaurants: A Pox on Them

Caveat emptor. Upper East Side warns of an especially insidious practice that is embraced by Grubhub, Seamless, and other food delivery services. That practice is to give space on the app to multiple business names for a single address. According to the article, four area restaurants are operating under at least 76 different names on Seamless. In one extreme case, a restaurant is still taking orders a decade after it closed!

These so-called “virtual” restaurants, are able to maximize their revenues by appearing in more locations on the app. But the practice, which is carried out at the expense of the unsuspecting consumer, sounds as though it should be illegal.