One of the great benefits of living in Queens, the most diverse borough in NYC (and possibly the country), is the many places you can enjoy diverse food. Within a 5 mile parameter in my neighborhood, I can get any of the following:

  • Chinese
  • Mexican
  • Dominican
  • Colombian
  • Peruvian
  • Thai
  • Italian
  • Greek
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Salvadorian
  • Venezuelan

I’m pretty sure there are many more, but you get the idea. Queens is the best place to eat to get a taste of the world!

Unfortunately, this world has been impacted by a virus that has disrupted the dining industry. For the last four months, restaurants have not been allowed to open for indoor dining due to COVID restrictions. Some food businesses have closed down and others are in the red and struggling to survive.

This is unfortunate and though I do agree that safety is first, there are ways we can support these small businesses so they can survive this bump in the road. I want to see them get back to servicing customers the way they used to.

How can we help?

We may not be allowed to dine in the establishment, but we can still order out and support these businesses while dining in the comfort of our own homes. Also, when you get your food delivered or even pick up a meal you order online, please be generous and tip handsomely.

For the last 3 months, my family and I have ordered take out and we have even built close relationships with some of the delivery guys. This is their bread and butter and we want to see them survive this pandemic.

Another way to support these businesses is to buy a gift card or voucher and give it to a family or friend so they can enjoy a good meal. This is a nice way to support both, the business and family or friends.

Nobody knows how long we’re going to be in this mess. We were making progress, but COVID numbers are starting to rise again. If this continues, eating establishments will continue to be impacted and the sad reality is that many will not survive. I don’t want to see that and hope that there is hope soon.

Hope is good, but also action. Support your local small business dining establishment!