Most Ethical NYC Restaurants? There's an App For That

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Bendita Novia
A few of the city's finer establishments are now getting noticed not only for their outstanding food but for the benefits they offer staff members. The Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC), an organization that strives to improve working conditions for food service employees, has released an app that lets users search for "high road restaurants" -- ones that pay better wages and allow their servers and kitchen staff to take sick days. Like a Zagat guide for ethical eating experiences, the second annual National Diners' Guide cites restaurants throughout the city that aim to keep staff happy. So which restaurateurs truly treat their employees like family members?

Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group and Tom Colicchio's Craft Restaurants made up most of the list. Meyer's eateries, including Blue Smoke, Shake Shack and Gramercy Tavern, hold 11 spots, while Colicchio's NYC restaurants (Craft and Riverpark among them) nabbed another seven places. A PDF version is also available on the organization's website. [ROC]

Location Info

Blue Smoke

116 E. 27th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Shake Shack

409 Fulton St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Gramercy Tavern

42 E. 20th St., New York, NY

Category: Music


43 E. 19th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


450 E. 29th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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Julian Julian
Julian Julian

Well this article is about those who get your food ready and serve you. They are living in a grey world of minimum vage or nothing at all just tips. There are places out there taking % out of your tip for credit card charges!? Totally illegal and of course they employ mostly illegals so they won't have a word against these practices. Now the problem is if you don't keep your employees happy they just don't give a shit about the details anymore. You are going to get a well presented food with ingredients that you don't want to know. A well paid happy employee would take responsibility but these greedy owners and managers just cutting the cost wherever they can. Just a simple example! A dishwasher makes like $80 a day after a good 10-12 hr shift. Now that guy is not going to make more if he washes your plates and pans any better. So you have a good chance that your yummy food is served with industrial strength washing detergent. Same thing with the kitchen prep people. Bloomberg's A-B-C rating system got useless. Look around they almost got all "A" My advise is if you are not sure what's in your food don't eat it! Eat simple prepared food where you see the ingredients.

Barraud Caterers Limited
Barraud Caterers Limited

Interesting and thoroughly commendable. How about animal, sustainable, earth-friendly ethics too? Do they have an app for that too yet? Clearly more complicated & it doesn't have to include vegan or vegetarian businesses, but still something to strive for, yes?