Kosher Restaurant is Victim of GrubHub Fraud
Food delivery site GrubHub, which also owns Seamless, has overhauled its restaurant verification process on New York City restaurants listed on its site following an NBC4 I-Team investigation that found many restaurants listed on the famous sites appeared to be “ghosts” in that there was no actual restaurant at the locations listed online.
One of the restaurants the imposter used was Mike’s Bistro, a kosher restaurant in Manhattan, NBC’s I-Team revealed.
The show’s producer Ann Givens is seen in the video ordering vegetable dumplings and edamame from a restaurant named “Mike’s Bistro Asian Fusion” located on West 72nd Street. However, as the camera crews went to the location, they noticed the kitchen is closed. “I am confused because this place looks like it’s closed,” Givens is seen telling the delivery person as she points at the location across the street.
NBC’s I-Team investigators took the delivery to the real Mike Bistro’s that moved 20 blocks away 18 months ago. David Zinstein, the restaurant’s manager, told NBC4 that they do not sell vegetable dumplings since the food served at the restaurant is served in a high-standard manner.
“This could affect our business,” he said.
The imposter has yet to be located.