NYC Businesses Will Be Required to Give Workers 5 Days Paid Sick Leave. BOOM.4

We’ll call this one a GOOD DEAL for restaurant workers. The big question of course is how the bill will impact hiring and menu prices, as any piece of legislation that imposes a cost on businesses will eventually have be passed onto the diner. And you know what, we’re okay with paying more if it means the people who serve us food get to live better lives.

Shout out to Mike Grynbaum of the New York Times for breaking the news about the legislative compromise. The catch, of course, is that the law will only apply to businesses with 15 or more employees. So many small restaurants, for better or for worse, will be exempt.

Restaurant Week menus, which we enjoy as much as kidney stones or Jerry Jones, will now cost you $38, up from $35. Sorry, folks.4

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Shout out to Gothamist for first reporting this Restaurant Week PRICE HIKE. Your lousy three-course meal for two will now run you $95 for two after tax and tip. Add booze into the mix and your meal will easily exceed $120. At that point, you might as well spend a few dollars more and order off the regular menu (instead of being “forced” into dessert). 

Our sister site The Bad Deal said it best: “The best way to experience Restaurant Week is not to participate in Restaurant Week.”

Carolina Crab. Pork Cheeks. Masa Gnocchi. That’s Your Sandy Benefit Dinner. We Approve.

Dear Members of The Culinary Cognoscenti: Let’s not slack off in our relief efforts, which in this case requires making a reservation, eating good food and drinking good wine. All in all a pretty okay arrangement! So we’re happy to say Hearth Restaurant still has space left for this $250 per person Sandy benefit dinner being held this Monday. Here’s your menu, brothers and sisters: 

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We’ve had the good fortune of attending an excellent benefit dinner at Hearth recently, and rest assured, these guys get it right. We’re calling this one a GOOD DEAL. Oh, and in case you’re interested, this is an NYC Food Flood event, “a relief effort to feed New Yorkers in need.” The group was founded by Chefs Andrew Carmellini, George Mendes, Seamus Mullen and Marco Canora in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Why? Because that’s how they roll. 

Here's how to donate to Governor, a Brooklyn restaurant devastated by Superstorm Sandy4

Many restaurants have reopened in aftermath of Sandy. Governor has not. That’s because the very good DUMBO eatery was flooded by four feet of water. And now 35 good people are out of work. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Governor is committed to rebuilding and reopening. Click through to donate via GoFundMe. In just a single day, the restaurant has raised nearly $21,000 toward its $150,000 goal. What’s even better is that 10% of the donations will go to a local flood relief organization. We say helping these guys out is a GOOD DEAL.

p.s. Check out Governor’s awesome Tumblr.

New York City’s BIG SODA BAN, set to go into effect next year, is supposed to help fight obesity. So we commend the week-old Barclays Center, the home of the Nets, for complying with the law well in advance, capping the sizes of sugary drinks at 16 ounces. But here’s the problem: Soda is now cheaper than water at the new stadium. So guests now have an economic incentive to buy the less healthy option. Yeah, we’re calling this one a BAD DEAL.

New York City’s BIG SODA BAN, set to go into effect next year, is supposed to help fight obesity. So we commend the week-old Barclays Center, the home of the Nets, for complying with the law well in advance, capping the sizes of sugary drinks at 16 ounces. But here’s the problem: Soda is now cheaper than water at the new stadium. So guests now have an economic incentive to buy the less healthy option. Yeah, we’re calling this one a BAD DEAL.

le cirque | 30% off | DEAL

Sirio Maccioni’s Le Cirque, a restaurant so famous they made an HBO documentary about it, recently increased the price of its tasting menu to $135, a modest $10 hike. The shorter set menu rose to $95, a modest $3 hike. I’ll call this one a BUY because hey, no one knows how much longer this fine, storied place is going to be around. After all, Le Cirque is offering 30% off every bill if the booking is made through Savored, an OpenTable.com-style site that sells discounted reservations for $10 bucks, so on that note, we’ll also call it a GOOD DEAL. Some observations: 

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