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    Posted November 4, 2012 by
    New York, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories

    and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Sandy's damage across the East Coast
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    #DineOutNYC to help restaurants after Sandy


    New York City restaurants downtown and in Brooklyn were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Not only did they and their tipped and hourly employees, lose business and earning potential -- many of them had to throw out a great deal of food when the power to their refrigerators went out.

    Food lovers from all around New York rallied to spend their dining dollars at restaurants as soon as they opened -- and some of us had a longer journey than others.

    Most subway lines have not yet been restored, so I decided to walk from my Brooklyn neighborhood over the Brooklyn Bridge to Hearth Restaurant in the East Village, taking pictures of newly-opened restaurant in downtown Manhattan along the way.

    Many of us are using the Twitter hashtag #dineoutNYC to spread the word, and encouraging fellow diners to #tipBIG (in cash, when possible) and also, on the advice of Anthony Bourdain, send a $20 back to the dishwasher, as they often don't share in tip pooling.

    And if you can't make it to New York to eat in the next short while, remember: it's a marathon, not a sprint, and it will take a long time for some of these small businesses to recover.

    I'm the Managing Editor of CNN's Eatocracy.com, and you can follow me at @kittenwithawhip or @eatocracy on Twitter.
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