High Road Organizing & the New York City Restaurant Industry Roundtable
High Road Restaurant Week!
We are very excited to launch the first ever NYC High Road Restaurant Week to celebrate restaurants with good food and ethical employment practices. High Road Restaurant Week will be held in dozens of restaurants across Manhattan and Brooklyn from April 23-30, 2014. Visit our High Road Restaurant Week website, and help spread the word on social media using #HighRoadNY!
2014 High Road Restaurants:
Congratulations to the following restaurants for being awarded “High Road Restaurant” status based on their employment practices. See below for the full guide, and for more information on High Road criteria.
Blue Smoke (@BlueSmokeNYC)
North End Grill (@NorthEndGrill)
One if by Land (@OneifbyLandNYC)
Shake Shack (@ShakeShack)
Terrace 5 (@Cafe2Terrace5)
The Green Table (@MaryCleaverCo)
The Modern (@TheModernNYC)
Topping Rose House (@ToppingRose)
Union Square Cafe (@UnionSquareCafe)
Bogota Latin Bistro (@BogotaBistro)
How to support High Road Restaurants
- Eat out at a High Road Restaurant. Support restaurants that take the High Road to profitability by choosing one of them for your next meal. Let them know that you chose them because you appreciate their High Road practices. Encourage your friends and family to do the same!
- Talk to restaurant managers. If you choose to eat at a restaurant that is not listed above, let the owner or manager know that you care about fair working conditions, including wages, benefits, and advancement opportunities. Encourage them to connect with ROC-NY to learn about how they can improve their practices.
- Become a social media activist. If you are on Twitter, tweet your recommendations about #HighRoad restaurants, your support for #PaidSickDays, #LivingWage, and #HealthCare. Include the restaurant handles, listed above, as well as @ROC_NY. Write reviews of the restaurants listed above on Yelp and FourSquare, not just about their great food and service, but also about their High Road practices. Connect with ROC-NY on Facebook.
- Support ROC-NY’s organizing and policy work. Sign up for our mailing list at the bottom of this page, or contact us via email here.
High Road Restaurants
Complies with city, state and federal laws governing employment, as well as requirements set forth by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Creates a respectful work environment free from hostility or abuse
Offers a regularly updated employee manual and establishes a neutral grievance procedure
Makes training, reference materials, and the opportunity to be promoted available to all staff
Offers health care options to its employees, or at minimum, helps employees obtain access to information on affordable health care in New York
Works toward providing paid sick days and other forms of paid time off to all staff
NYC Restaurant Industry Roundtable
Accomplishments of the NYC Restaurant Industry Roundtable
In 2006, the Roundtable, workers, owners, and city agencies came together to produce the New York City Restaurant Owner Manual, an informative 60-page manual on restaurant owners’ legal obligations to their workers. The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs agreed to publish and distribute the Manual to restaurant owners who seek to obtain a license from the city. ROC-NY has also worked with the NYC Department of Small Business Services, NYS Department of Labor, NYC Department of Health, other non-profit organizations, and various attorneys to offer free trainings and workshops to restaurant owners.
In 2009, the NYCRI Roundtable and ROC-NY held the first annual Exceptional Workplace Awards, which recognized restaurants that provide good work environments and benefits to their workforce. The awards were based on a set of principles created by the Roundtable and ROC-NY, known then as the Code of Conduct.
The Roundtable honored a new group of restaurants on July 26, 2011, with an event featuring the release of the second edition of If You Care, Eat Here: The NYC Diner’s Guide to High Road Restaurants.
In 2013, we launched a Brooklyn chapter of the Roundtable, featuring a diverse group of Brooklyn restaurants.
To learn more, visit ifyoucareeathere.com.
Great publicity and exposure for your business.
- Listing as a member of the NYCRI
- If a high road restaurant, listing in ROC’s national diner’s guide that is distributed to consumers throughout New York City and around the
- Other forms of promotion of your restaurant to conscientious consumers
Training and development for your staff.
- Free training in front and back of the house skills, including customized classes to suit your restaurant’s
- Free prep courses for your staff to enable them to obtain the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s Food Protection Certificate, offered in English and
- Access to a pool of experienced and trained restaurant workers for staffing
- In-depth assistance with laws regarding labor, immigration, and health and safety, as well as human resource practices
All NYC Restaurants are Encouraged to Join the NYC Restaurant Industry Roundtable
To learn more details of Roundtable membership, including information on our Best Practices Agreement, current members and partners, and future initiatives, please contact Tatiana Bejar at Tatiana@rocny.org or (212) 343-1771.
Connect with us on our special Roundtable Facebook page.