Tuesday June 23, 2020

by Brenda Krisel, Patch Staff

Mayor Bill de Blasio ate at a Harlem comfort food spot Melba's whichnis one 

of more than 3,000 restaurants to apply for outdoor seating.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated the reopening of the city;s

restaurants by taking in a meal at Harlem restaurant Melba's with first Lady 

Chirlane McCray, the mayor said Tuesday 

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De Blasio said he would dine out during his Monday morning press 

conference, but didn;t reveal where he planned to eat. On Tuesday

morning the mayor revealed he went to the Harlem comfort food spot

on West 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Blv during an interview

with PIX 11's Dan Mannarino. De Blasio said that New Yorkers seem ready

to patronize restaurants three months after food and beverages business 

were limited to takeout and delivery to crub the spread of coronavirus.

"I"m really pleased that we were able to help so many restaurants

open with our outdoor seating. I was up in Harlem last night at Melba's

an amazing restaurant, and people were ou in great number's like really

for it. And it;s so exciting to think we're going to help those resturant

come back, de Blasio said.