Oaxaca in the News

De Blasio’s inability to make a decision could be death knell for NYC restaurants

City restaurateurs reacted with shock and disbelief to Mayor de Blasio’s lack of urgency to reopen eating places indoors — an industry that employs over 300,000 people and is an indispensable part of the Big Apple’s social and business fabric. More than 1,000 of the city’s 25,000 sit-down eateries have closed since the start of the pandemic…
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9 Out of 10 NYC Restaurants Were Unable to Pay August Rent in Full

Even if you’ve never been to New York, you probably know at least a few things about the city: Times Square is for tourists. The pizza is incredible. And the rents are too damn high. That final factoid makes running a restaurant difficult even when times are good, but during a pandemic, making sure the landlord…
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Nearly 90 Percent Of NYC Restaurants & Bars Couldn’t Pay Full Rent In August

A new restaurant industry survey offers a sweeping view of just how precarious the financial situation is for the majority of restaurants and bars in the city: nearly 90% of those businesses were unable to pay full rent in August, with 34% unable to pay any rent at all. The survey of 450 restaurants, done by the NYC Hospitality Alliance…
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Beyond Bodega Bites: This Man Wants More People To Eat ‘Vegan In The Hood’

Erick Castro is standing outside a Whole Foods in Brooklyn, carefully and unabashedly photographing the vegan, fried-oyster-mushroom po’boy he just bought inside. People are staring, but Castro doesn’t seem to notice. Castro, 28, is a vegan restaurant owner and the creator of How To Be Vegan in the Hood…
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Profiles

Fifteen years ago, chef Alan Harding was a pioneer in Brooklyn restaurants. He owned more than 12 total, including Patois on Smith Street and palled around with Mario Batali. Now, he’s working as a consultant, for everyone from an ex-girlfriend to David Schneider’s Oaxaca Grill and his old partner Jimmy Mamary’s forthcoming Bluebird….
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Arctic Zero Launches Fava Bean-Based Vegan Ice Cream Line

Low-calorie ice cream brand Arctic Zero will launch its new vegan ice cream line at Florida locations of supermarket Publix this month before expanding the nine-flavor line nationwide. The new Arctic Zero Non-Dairy line—which features pints and bars in flavors Chocolate Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel, Cookie Shake, Purely Chocolate, Cake Batter…
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Oaxaca Taqueria Brings BYOB to Park Slope

Diablo Royale Este isn’t the only new taqueria in town — recently, Smith Street’s Oaxaca (owned by onetime Harvest and Lobo proprietor David Schneider) quietly opened a second location on Fourth Avenue near upwardly mobile Gowanus. A manager describes this modest enterprise (just fourteen seats in back and four at a bar) as a sort of stationary taco truck, with tacos…
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