District News

Phase Two Update on Business Openings

Jun 24, 2020
people wait outside for take-out at Rosa while one employee hands a bag to a customer

As everyone knows by now, New York City entered Phase Two of the Governor’s plan to reopen on Monday, June 22. Offices, in-store retail, hair salons, barbershops, and outdoor food service, among other categories, are now permitted to operate.  

In Lincoln Square, a number of restaurants have taken advantage of the warm weather and have set up outside food service. Café Fiorello, The Empire RooftopPJ Clarke's, The Smith, and Sapphire Indian Cuisine are ready to serve our neighbors outdoors. On Thursday, expect to see Bar Boulud, Nougatine at Jean-Georges, Noi Due Café and Noi Due Carne join the list. Restaurant patrons should be mindful of the rules governing alcohol to-go and open containers and know that they can be personally fined for breaking the rules AND jeopardize restaurants’ liquor licenses! And, restaurants should know that Governor Cuomo’s amended Executive Order 202.43 requires businesses to ensure that everyone within 100 feet of their business is in compliance with open-container, social-distancing, and face-covering rules!  

In addition to neighborhood restaurants, some local businesses have opened their doors for in-store customers while others are proceeding more cautiously. This week we have already seen the opening of Banana Republic, The Barbers on Amsterdam, Century 21GapPottery Barn, Raymour & Flanigan, Salon 66, West Elm, & Zara. And, although you cannot yet shop inside (with the exception of Whole Foods Market) of The Shops at Columbus Circle, a number of their stores are participating in curbside pick-up on West 58th Street. Click here for details about this service. Nordstrom, just outside of the district, is also open for curbside pick-up. 

Visit our website at www.lincolnsquarebid.org for more updates and contact individual stores for specific information and business hours. We will update our Businesses Open During COVID-19 page as often as we can. If you are a business in our district with reopening news, please reach out to info@lincolnsquarebid.org.

And, remember that no one wants to see an uptick in the virus, so it is critical that everyone observe the strict protocols regarding social distancing and the wearing of masks.

Photo credit: Filip Wolak