With the holiday season around the corner, many travelers will be heading to New York City to see the Christmas displays, view the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, or simply shop. This will be the first surge of visitors to NYC since Hurricane Sandy devastated lower Manhattan and left the majority of homes and businesses below 34th Street without electricity. This zone, known for approximately one week after the storm as SoPo (South of Power), has now become the focus of a new dining initiative called Eat Down, Tip Up.
Inspired by a tweet from chef, author, and television personality Anthony Bourdain, #EatDownTipUp urges residents and tourists to dine in the restaurants and cafes in SoPo and tip generously. The initiative is seen as a way for restaurant owners, waiters, and kitchen staff to recoup some of the wages they lost while businesses were closed. Remember: even though Sandy is long-gone from the collective memory of much of the country, the hurricane's aftermath is still affecting thousands in New York City.
Eat Down, Tip Up has created a list on Foursquare of 152 dining establishments that were affected by Hurricane Sandy and could use your patronage. If you're planning to visit Manhattan in the next month, consider eating downtown and tipping more than you usually would. Think of it as the first step to getting into the holiday spirit of giving.