West Village Restaurants Largely Dug Out and Accessible, But Can Employees Make It Into Work?


Magnolia Bakery’s walks were shoveled, but a shortage of workers kept the place closed.

For restaurants in the West Village, digging out from the reported 20 inches of snow last night — still blowing and drifting in a harsh wind gusting up to 40 miles per hour — opening the premises to foot traffic was not a problem, but staffing was, as many employees were finding it difficult to get in to work.

A worker at Westville was having trouble dragging produce through the snow from a truck that had to park a block away on Seventh Avenue.

Indeed, many coffee shops and fast-food locations were open by 8 this morning, but with short staffs. Twenty-four-hour Gray’s Papaya remained open throughout the storm, and was doing a brisk business selling hot dogs to workers shoveling snow along Sixth Avenue. Ditto for 99 Cent Pizza. A few places, such as Gobo and the Windsor, had yet to shovel out, though those were in the minority. The impassable section of the sidewalks mainly belonged to residential apartment buildings, many of which have no supers.

The Windsor: Not yet shoveled, and very Christmasy.

August was shoveled, but the wood oven hadn’t yet been stoked, since the wood has to be dragged from a storeroom a block distant.


Blowing snow envelops pedestrians at Bleecker and West 10th.

“Where’s my coffee and pastry?” A patron looks into the window of the not-yet-dug-out Corrado Bakery on Christopher.

Gray’s Papaya doing a brisk business at 9 in the morning selling hot dogs to snow workers.