The restaurants in New York City are hoping that the continued Omicron surge in the Big Apple will not spell disaster to the industry.
The Big Apple restaurateurs are praying that the unexpectedly full reservation books don’t get wiped out by a wave of last-minute cancellations.
Sources said NYC restaurants are going all out this year as many offer high-priced special menus and live entertainment just as they did in pre-Covid times, betting on the spirit of intrepid New Yorkers.
Stephen Starr, one of the city’s largest owners with eight Manhattan eateries, including Le Coucou, doesn’t know what to expect.
“Some people will cancel. Others will say ‘screw it’ and replace them,” Starr predicted.
“You feel a sort of resignation — ‘OMG, the virus is back again’ — but also a lot of ‘f–k you, we’re going out anyway.’ It’s kind of refreshing,” Starr added.
Sources said diners seem undeterred by the steep price tags. Peak, which has a late-night seating at $295, claimed it has a waiting list of 1,000, and the $925 gala at Daniel is sold out.