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Look at it this way:  the vax resistant have a huge media machine (formal and informal) intent on feeding them lies about serious side-effects of the vaccine.  Even if they're not frothing-at-the-mouth anti-vaxxers, they don't view the vaccine as necessarily being cost-free.

Given that, why would they get vaccinated if they weren't presented with serious upsides to counteract the downsides that're being fed to them?

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At one restaurant, we picked the fennel flowers from the planter next to us and used them on our fried anchovies. Can't do that indoors!

A good summary from El País:   https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-10-28/a-room-a-bar-and-a-class-how-the-coronavirus-is-spread-through-the-air.html?ssm=TW_CC

I don’t want to leave because I think somewhere else would be “nice”. I want to leave because I think American Death Capitalism is malicious and evil. 

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My immediate reaction to the "everybody welcome" posture is wondering what behind the scenes dismissal of Covid prescriptions are they exercising.   Masks?  Scrupulous employee health standards, i.e., DO NOT COME TO WORK IF YOU ARE FEELING ILL.  (I remember back when I would send home an employee who was obviously coming down with or had something.   I'd then call for a sub, and HR would go ballistic.   "You can't DO that!"    And time after time I'd explain that it's better to lose one person today than 6 in several days.)

  

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I was very surprised not to be asked for proof before entering the Met on Saturday. They can surely staff the job. They used to have several people on the door armed with those temperature guns.

Restaurants and bars I’ve visited recently are checking. To Joe’s point, it’s good to sit down and unmask in a room full of vaccinated people.

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25 minutes ago, Wilfrid said:

I was very surprised not to be asked for proof before entering the Met on Saturday

I don't think it was "enforced" until yesterday. It was theoretically required, however...

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/13/us/new-york-vaccine-passport/index.html

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Since August 17, the city has required that people age 12 and older show proof they have had at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose for indoor dining, indoor fitness activities and indoor entertainment, including movie theaters, concert venues, museums and sports arenas. Enforcement of those rules began on Monday, the city said.

 

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15 hours ago, Sneakeater said:

Given that, why would they get vaccinated if they weren't presented with serious upsides to counteract the downsides that're being fed to them?

That's a nice theory but it just doesn't work. Here's the daily number of shots in nyc since the beginning of vaxxing. You can see a very small increase (5k/day) after the city worker mandates were announced. Seems like you need to increase the upside by about 20 times to reach the levels of vaccination that the city is capable of delivering. 

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Time for some whiney self-serving griping.

If restaurants are struggling right now, and should on no account get bad reviews, why can't I get in anywhere? I mean anywhere interesting (with the exception of Le Crocodile).

One thing: so many restaurants have migrated from OT to Resy. The ones I am searching are suppressing reservations for prime time. Do you have to call them on The Telephone? Many are suppressing reservations for one person altogether (very much my problem, I know, but my one obvious omnivorous dining date -- my daughter -- is not going to split the check). I don't mind trying a walk-in somewhere reasonably convenient, but inter-boro journeys to attempt it don't appeal.

Finally, Resy texts me all the time to tell me about my upcoming reservations. But if I select the Notify option, what I get is an email telling me a table is available, and by the time I have checked my emails the table has gone. I cannot figure that out.

 

 

 

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There are no dinner reservations available at le Pavillon until November 16, and then you have to be a party of 4 not to be relegated to non-prime time. I don't recall it being this hard to get into Daniel or Cafe Boulud.

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Well Café Boulud remains closed [and, as you mentioned elsewhere, so is db], so I suspect the Boulud empire is still down available tables -net-. And Le Pavillon is new, and even my reactionary aesthetic sensbility has to admit the space evokes skyscraper New York in a good way [well, at least the photos do].

[Do we suspect Boulud is spending more time at Le Pavillon or his namesake these days?]

Has anyone noticed if the tables seem further spaced at restaurants, even months into the vaccinations era?

I've no idea what's happening on the technological backend of Resy v OpenTable. Resy is the newcomer, but they're owned by American Express so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ .

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1.  My experience has been that many restaurants aren't suppressing reservations for 1, but simply not offering them.  Like, when you click on the "number in party" button (or whatever it's called), the drop-down starts at "2".  I don't like this AT ALL.  But I can understand why they'd do it.

2.  In terms of suppressing reservations in general, I am far from an apologist for the industry.  But I know that many places aren't operating at peak capacity, even though they're allowed to.  Not primarily out of fear of COVID, but because they're still not adequately staffed.  I can't blame them for trying to stop food and service from getting even worse than they've already gotten.

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What this has come down to, for me, is having to pay attention once again to the exact time places release reservations.  If you come in the morning that reservations for the day you want are released, usually it isn't much of a problem to get one.  I agree that this amount of planning is annoying.  But LIFE is annoying now.

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