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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Talented Chefs Leaving the Big Cities



A year ago, Gavin Kaysen left his executive chef position at Café Boulud in New York City. He packed up his bags, and headed back to his hometown of Minneapolis, where he set up his own restaurant, Spoon and Stable.

Kaysen says one of the advantages of opening a restaurant back home is being closer to his support system. He happily shares that he gets to spend more time with his family and children.

Another plus was the space. Kaysen found an office building that was originally an old horse stable, and thought it had lots of potential and charm. Construction started in early May and Kaysen was able to have a grand opening on November 16th. Putting together a restaurant in the short span of only six months was an amazing feat.

In addition, Kaysen notes that Minneapolis is an agricultural haven. He has been forming relationships with countless local farmers and producers.

Kaysen thinks the talent has been leaving big cities, like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, because chefs are embracing the old European restaurant concept again. He mentions how Michelin was initially created to expose the small, out-of-the-way shops to people and tourists.

He states that there no denying that metropolitan cities push out excellent food and chef talent. However, he points out how that it's not the locality that makes a great chef. Kaysen says, "I still believe if you cook really good food, and you create beautiful hospitality and great service, people will find you."

Kaysen finds it extremely humbling when patrons are lining out the door for a seat in his restaurant, especially since it is in Minneapolis. He is excited to see Minneapolis being a game changer to the culinary world.

(via Grub Street)

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Uber introduces "UberEATS"


Uber EATS NYC Earlier today, Uber, a smartphone app that connects drivers with riders, announced that they have enhanced their offering to include on-demand local food delivery service. Originally piloted in Los Angeles and Barcelona, the program is now available in Chicago and New York City. Customers in all four cities can get food delivered from the most popular, iconic restaurants within 10 minutes.

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Uber states that their menu changes daily and that they are curated so "there’s something for every taste." This week's menu for New York City includes an exclusive sandwich American Cut, a steak sandwich from Num Pang and a kale salad from sweetgreen among others. Chicago's menu options include the Pepito Torta from XOCO, Carne Asada Cemita from Cemitas, and more. 


Uber decided to extend this offering to other cities due to the positive response to UberEATS in Los Angeles, where it was previously known as UberFRESH. The company plans to add to their roster of restaurants and has added brunch service on the weekends.

Uber has successfully cut down delivery times to 10 minutes or less. The company also claims that hot restaurants like Bay Cities, Bottega Louie, and Canter’s have expanded their reach and boosted their business. Uber drivers stated that they love having another way to earn through the Uber platform.



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