Two Upper East Side restaurants refuse to deliver uptown to East Harlem, but they willingly schlep longer distances downtown to service a more affluent and more white neighborhood. An investigation by the Post reveals that both Chinese Mirch on Second Avenue between 94th and 95th streets and One Fish Two Fish on Madison Avenue and 97th Street declined to deliver to addresses located 15 blocks to the north, but readily fulfilled orders 20 blocks to the south — a delivery discrepancy that "smacks of racism," according to state Sen. Bill Perkins (D-Harlem). "The difference between north and south is black and white," he said.
The owner of Chinese Mirch declined to comment, but a manager at One Fish Two Fish denied all charges of bias. "We are like an urban Cheers," said the manager, who claimed that the eatery services a 10-block radius in all directions — though it had just delivered food to an address 20 blocks away in the wealthy Upper East Side. "We cater to an African-American and Hispanic clientele. We are a multicultural restaurant. We do not discriminate according to areas."
But 42-year-old Brian Connolly, who lives just eight blocks north of One Fish Two Fish, said the eatery won't delivery to his apartment at Third Avenue and 105th Street. "It's just frustrating," he said. "I'm not that far away from them, and I was shocked that they wouldn't deliver. Generally, people in the area told that restaurants would not deliver above 96th Street."