Romantic Hotspots That Are Hiring in NYC & LA

Valentine's Day is a huge business day for the restaurant and hospitality industry. According to the National Restaurant Association, it ranks as the second most popular dining holiday of the year, trailing just behind Mother's Day. Nearly 25% of Americans are expected to eat out this upcoming weekend. Here are some romantic hotspots from both the East and West Coast that are holding Valentine's Day events, and are hiring at the moment:




Italian food is a Valentine's Day favorite for couples, so Locanda Verde will surely be a crowdpleaser. The TriBeCa Italian restaurant, founded by famed actor Robert DeNiro and NYC restauranteur Andrew Carmellini, is offering a $95 three-course prix fixe menu for Sunday. Guests will be treated to delights like, terrina di foie gras, porchetta and more.

Locanda Verde is currently staffing for several front-of-house and back-of-house positions, including Host/Hostess, Bartender, Line Cook and others.



Narcissa, an inviting and romantic space adjacent to The Standard East Village, is a great NYC venue for Valentine's Day dinner. Executive Chef John Fraser, Chef de Cuisine Cruz Goler and Pastry Chef Deborah Racicot will be leading the kitchen on the Valentine's Day evening service, where diners can enjoy a fresh and seasonal, farm-to-table three dish meal for $85.

Apply to become a part of Narcissa's BOH team – Line Cook, Pastry Cook, Sous Chef and Overnight Cook.




French cuisine is an excellent choice for Valentine's Day. Couples in LA looking for a lovely French meal will not be disappointed with Terrine, a brasserie located on Beverly Grove. Chef Kris Morningstar will be dishing out French classics like, lobster tian and chocolate terrine, throughout the day.

Take a look at Terrine's job openings for Reservationist, Dishwasher/Porter and Line Cook.



If you want to impress your significant other with an unforgettable dining experience, look no further than Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. Head Chef Hugo Bolanos crafted special Valentine's Day brunch and dinner menus, which feature Dover Sole, sea bass, chocolate whiskey cake and more, for the occasion.

Interested in working at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air? They're looking to hire a Host/Hostess, Busser, Executive Sous Chef and more.



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Minimum Wage Changes to New York’s Fast Food Industry


As we previously discussed in May and July of this year, wage and hour requirements for the fast food industry in New York State are changing starting in the new year. These changes, which go into effect on December 31, 2015, result from recommendations made by the Fast Food Wage Board, which Governor Andrew Cuomo instructed Acting State Labor Commissioner Mario J. Musolino to empanel in May of 2015. The Wage Board announced its recommendations in July, and Acting Commissioner Musolino accepted those recommendations in September of 2015.

The new requirements apply to any employee working for a covered “Fast Food Establishment” if the employee’s job duties included at least one of the following: customer service, cooking, food or drink preparation, delivery, security, stocking supplies or equipment, cleaning, or routine maintenance.

A covered “Fast Food Establishment” is any business that meets the following criteria:

  • Primarily serves food or drinks, including coffee shops, juice bars, donut shops, and ice cream parlors; and
  • Offers limited service, where customers order and pay before eating, including restaurants with tables but without full table service, and places that only provide take-out service; and
  • Is part of a chain of 30 or more locations, including individually-owned establishments associated with a brand that has 30 or more locations nationally.

The higher minimum wage rates for covered employees are as follows:

New York City:

  • $10.50 per hour beginning December 31, 2015;
  • $12.00 per hour beginning December 31, 2016;
  • $13.50 per hour beginning December 31, 2017; and
  • $15.00 per hour beginning December 31, 2018.

New York State (excluding New York City):

  • $9.75 per hour beginning December 31, 2015;
  • $10.75 per hour beginning December 31, 2016;
  • $11.75 per hour beginning December 31, 2017;
  • $12.75 per hour beginning December 31, 2018;
  • $13.75 per hour beginning December 31, 2019;
  • $14.50 per hour beginning December 31, 2020; and
  • $15.00 per hour beginning July 1, 2021.

The New York State Department of Labor has now published a revised Hospitality Industry Wage Order codifying the new requirements in addition to a page addressing a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to assist employers with implementing the new requirements.

There are several points to note from the new wage order and the FAQs, which employers should watch as they implement changes to their policies in an effort to remain in compliance with the law:

  • Tip credits are not available for fast food employees. However, we note that a fast food establishment is one where patrons order and pay before eating and which offers limited service. So, if employees were previously receiving a tip credit wage because they were waiting on and regularly receiving tips from customers, it is very possible, if not likely, that the employees will not be considered fast food employees under the new requirements.
  • Although fast food workers do not regularly earn tips and an employer cannot take a tip credit for them, fast food employees must be allowed to keep any tips that they do earn.
  • With the increase in the minimum wage for fast food employees, employers must be sure to pay the higher rate for spread-of-hours pay and call-in pay, should those apply.
  • A “fast food establishment” need only have 30 locations nationally–not 30 locations in New York State–to qualify for coverage.
  • The 30 establishments need not be commonly owned and operated to trigger coverage as a “fast food establishment.” The 30 establishments can be operated as a franchise if the franchisor and franchisee own or operate 30 establishments.
  • A “chain” is defined as a set of establishments that share a common brand or that are characterized by standardized options for decor, marketing, packaging, products, and services.

(via JDSupra)

NY Board Upholds $15 Minimum Wage for Fast-Food Workers



A state oversight board on Wednesday upheld the decision by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration to gradually raise the hourly minimum wage for many fast-food workers to $15.

The New York Industrial Board of Appeals rejected the National Restaurant Association's arguments that that the wage order was unconstitutional, arbitrary, unsupported by the evidence and focused improperly on fast-food chains with more than 30 locations.

The industrial board, whose members are appointed by the governor, said it's authorized only to determine whether the administration's actions were lawful under New York's labor statutes. A wage board heard testimony earlier this year and recommended the wage increases, which were approved by the state labor commissioner in July.

"We find nothing in the statute to prohibit (the labor commissioner) from issuing a minimum wage order that classifies employees based on the number of locations their employers are affiliated with," the industrial board ruled. The commissioner has authority under the law to investigate the adequacy of wages in any occupation, which can be done "for a subset of a segment of an industry" and requires a record establishing "a factual basis for doing so."

The wage board and commissioner concluded current wages were insufficient to meet workers' cost of living. They also concluded that fast-food chains with 30 or more restaurants nationally are "better equipped to absorb a wage increase due to greater operational and financial resources and brand recognition."

The restaurant association said it is "extremely disappointed" with the ruling and will go to court. "We are committed to helping the restaurant community continue to grow and create jobs across the state and plan to take legal action against this arbitrary mandate which is contrary to law," spokeswoman Christin Fernandez said.

New York's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour on Dec. 31 for most workers under state law.

About 200,000 fast-food chain employees will see their minimums rise then to $10.50 an hour in New York City and $9.75 elsewhere under the commissioner's order.

Their wages will rise after that in three annual increments to $15 by the end of 2018 in New York City and in six increments to $15 by July 1, 2021 across the rest of the state.

(via ABC News)


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