How to Help Restaurant Workers Financially Affected by Sandy; Soul Night at 12 Grapes; and Look Out Arteries—It’s Dirty Chips at Butterfield 8!

Sandy Closes Waterfront Restaurants – Many Restaurant Workers Won’t Be Getting Paid This Week: Here’s What You Can Do to Help

The post-Sandy Facebook pictures from Irvington’s Chutney Masala say it all: Dishes, pots, pans, swirling in silty, Hudson River water. The story is the same at Dobbs Ferry’s Half Moon, Irvington’s Red Hat on the River, Hasting’s Harvest on Hudson. Restaurants all along the river are shuttered for what may be a long, arduous cleanup.

While our thoughts are with the restaurant owners who will be stuck with Sandy’s tab (in the cash-strapped offseason, no less), I can’t help thinking about those at the lowest point of the industry pay scale. Many busboys and dishwashers simply won’t get be getting paid while restaurants are shuttered, which is a real hardship for some of these most economically vulnerable workers.

Here’s what you can do to help.

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Follow your favorite riverside restaurants on Facebook or call periodically to check in. Then, when the flooded restaurants come back online, make it a point of spending your dining dollars there. Eat. Drink. Tip a few extra percentage points. Do what you can to can to keep these vulnerable restaurant workers afloat in the storm.


HotDate: Post-Sandy: Folks, We Need a Drink. Get Down with Soul at 12 Grapes

November 10, 9:30 pm – 12:30 am

From the site: “They’re back, baby! LIVE SOCIETY is a 12 Grapes favorite—get ready for the best night of dancing and music and harmonies and grooving EVER!

With harmony-rich vocals that drive crowds wild, this eight-piece band puts on a sound and stage show that’s a mix of pop rock, indy song-craft, and classic Motown/Soul. It’s like Maroon 5 meets The Jackson 5. Live Society performs songs by Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding…the list goes on and on. And their original songs are so rich and hooky you won’t be able to get them out of your head.

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Brothers Kevin and Brian Collazo and their cousin Jason Vargas sing with the unity of family, while the players—blood brothers John Kaiteris (guitarist songwriter), Anthony Candullo (bass), Scotty Harper (sax), and Erik Perez (drums)—are as connected to the pulse as the front line is to the message.

Get yer dancin’ shoes on ’cause we’re gonna be partying tonight!”


HotPlate: Dirty Chips at Butterfield 8

What could be better than homemade potato chips? How ‘bout tarting those salty, crisp suckers up with smoked bacon, bleu cheese fondue, and crispy chicken livers. Okay, admittedly, these babies are rich – so that’s why EDP thinks you absolutely need the palate-cleansing acid of an excellent margarita!

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