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Old 03-21-2017, 12:47 PM
witzel witzel is offline
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: NYC
Posts: 35
There are a not-insignificant number of so-called "ghost restaurants" in New York City, listed on delivery websites but without an actual physical presence at all. I had one near home that listed an address, but did not exist there, and they weren't exactly forthcoming when I called the number they listed. No, I will not be ordering a Philly cheesesteak from you, thanks.

The problem is that the restaurant can't be inspected for cleanliness by the DoH if it doesn't exist. So while you might think you're getting delivery from a regulated restaurant, it's really just someone in an apartment with very likely questionable food handling practices. If these people were up front about it - there are home-chef setups in many cities, presumably given the official okay - then fine, but these are skirting the law.