After the Storm

Seamless Data Shows City’s Restaurants Slowly Coming Back Online

Seamless says 61 percent of restaurants were closed on Wednesday.
 Seamless Data Shows City’s Restaurants Slowly Coming Back Online

CEO Jonathan Zabusky. (Photo: Seamless)

This week, just when you most wished for the familiar comfort of Seamless order delivered to your door, loss of power and Internet, lack of availability or guilt over subjecting delivery guys to the elements kept you away.

In the midst of the storm, one wit started a Tumblr chronicling the most egregious egregious wait times on the food delivery platform Seamless (try ninety minutes for a smoothie or 37 days for some soup). Asked for comment, a company spokesperson  pointed out that most of the times highlighted were for catering companies, which “are meant for larger parties and therefore need more time to prepare.”

But, understandably, delivery times had doubled Monday, just after the storm. (Even if your favorite Mexican place was open during the storm, did you really feel like it was okay to ask them to send a delivery guy out into the hurricane to bring you some fish tacos? If you did, we hope you tipped 200 percent.)

However, over the past few days, restaurants have been slowly coming back online. On Sunday, 28 percent of restaurants in Manhattan were closed. Monday the number jumped to 53 percent, and on Tuesday it ticked up to 64 percent. On Wednesday, however, the rate of restaurants closed slid back to 61 percent, and delivery times are creeping back toward normal––at least in parts of the city that still have power.

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