Fake restaurants listed on Seamless - Fox 2 News Headlines

Fake restaurants listed on Seamless

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The GrubHub Seamless website advertises that you can "order food delivery from your favorite restaurant."   But the website was deceived and so were customers.

TribecaCitizen.com uncovered that Lilly's Chinese and Japanese Restaurant on the Lower East Side created two phony restaurants with addresses and menus but all of the food that was ordered was actually coming out of Lilly's kitchen.

One of the fake restaurants was Joe's Noodles listed at 121 Reade Street, which has no "Joe's Noodles" -- it's an apartment building. The other fake eatery is AAA Asian Food at 325 Broadway, which is an office building, not a restaurant. All of this raises the question that if Lilly's duped customers and GrubHub Seamless, are other restaurants doing it?

GrubHub Seamless issued a statement saying it "takes measures and has protocols in place to ensure the authenticity of restaurants represented on our services including visiting restaurants in person to confirm they are legitimate establishments. In this rare occurrence, a few restaurants were not detected by our teams. We are taking the opportunity to review and strengthen these protections and encourage diners to report inaccuracies."

GrubHub Seamless also says it removed the fake restaurants from its website as soon as it was alerted about them.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • A look inside the exclusive Beautique

    A look inside the exclusive Beautique

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:38:38 GMT
    Beautique is Midtown Manhattan's new celebrity hangout with a touristy address and locals-only feel.The upscale restaurant gives way to a luxe lounge. Everyone here looks like a million bucks and has a bank account to match. It's no wonder celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio feel right at home.
    Beautique is Midtown Manhattan's new celebrity hangout with a touristy address and locals-only feel.The upscale restaurant gives way to a luxe lounge. Everyone here looks like a million bucks and has a bank account to match. It's no wonder celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio feel right at home.
  • NYPD arrest suspect in police assault

    NYPD arrest suspect in police assault

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:03:14 GMT
    A suspect has been arrested on a charge of assaulting a police officer in Upper Manhattan. Police say the assault happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at The Clinton Houses at East 104th Street. They say the officer and her partner were patrolling the area when they came upon four people smoking marijuana.
    A suspect has been arrested on a charge of assaulting a police officer in Upper Manhattan. Police say the assault happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at The Clinton Houses at East 104th Street. They say the officer and her partner were patrolling the area when they came upon four people smoking marijuana.
  • Central Park bike rental war

    Central Park bike rental war

    Monday, July 21 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-07-21 23:17:22 GMT
    A bicycle rental war is being waged in Central Park by Columbus Circle. Bike and Roll is a Parks Department-sanctioned bike rental with rental booths in the park complete with helmets and bouncer-size security guards. Bike and Roll's president says his employees are being threatened and harassed by non-licensed illegal vendors in the park while they hawk to tourists. The individual vendors, who appeared to be trying to rent out bicycles using pedicab licenses, were not friendly to us, either.
    A bicycle rental war is being waged in Central Park by Columbus Circle. Bike and Roll is a Parks Department-sanctioned bike rental with rental booths in the park complete with helmets and bouncer-size security guards. Bike and Roll's president says his employees are being threatened and harassed by non-licensed illegal vendors in the park while they hawk to tourists. The individual vendors, who appeared to be trying to rent out bicycles using pedicab licenses, were not friendly to us, either.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices