While it's true that just about every New York City restaurant is struggling right now, Jeff Bezos's favorite date night spot, and crown jewel of Major Food Group, Carbone, seems to be just as popular as ever. So popular, in fact, that the police had to get involved.
The notoriously impossible-to-get-a-reservation-at (unless you're a Jenner or a Hadid) Italian eatery started delivery service through Caviar last Tuesday in response to the new restrictions banning sit-down service. Almost immediately, the demand for $32 spicy rigatoni caused a scene that more closely resembled the entrance of a Fashion Week party rumored to have Rihanna on the guest list (or Paul's Baby Grand on a Saturday night at 2 am) than a takeout pickup line.
According to a report by Eater, so many delivery workers crowded the Greenwich Village hot spot last week, despite the establishment's attempts at taping off designated waiting areas to promote social-distancing, that the police had to be called twice to help control the chaos.
annnnnnnd NYPD has been deployed to manage Carbone pickup. This is why we can’t have nice things. pic.twitter.com/LI6uCx8mG3
— Dan Teran (@dpteran) March 18, 2020
Moving forward, representatives from DoorDash (the company that owns Caviar), told Eater that new measures would be put in place on the platform to prevent future overload, such as disabling the option to order from Carbone after they've received a certain number of requests.
Call it the power of the pasta.
[Photo via @manicsketchbook]