The New York State Restaurant Association

About The New York State Restaurant Association

Man holding a hamburger on a plate surrounded by other food

Since 1935, the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) has been helping restaurateurs succeed. NYSRA works to further the business interests of restaurant owners and to provide valuable support services to members. Together we are shaping the future of the restaurant industry.


The power to succeed

Allied Membership

Allied membership provides a platform to market your products and services to a targeted audience of restaurant owners in New York State. It is an investment that also supports the Association's work to help restaurateurs succeed and to advance the interests of the restaurant industry.

Anyone who services the food service industry, whether it be a sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, corporation, LLC or LLP, can become an Allied Member. For example, linen services, attorneys, merchant services, etc.

Gold Key Allied Membership Dues $6000

All the benefits of Premium Allied Membership.

Opportunity to host one member event a year.

Sponsorship coverage in Educational Foundation Competition program if appropriate.

($500 value/money allocated to Ed Foundation)

Collateral distribution at the Association booth at the International Restaurant and Food service Show of New York.

Premium Allied Membership Dues $3500

All the benefits of the Enhanced Allied Membership.

Logo listed on Association website.

One advertorial member email to advertise services.

Enhanced Allied Membership Dues $1000

All the benefits of a Standard Allied Membership.

A physical mailing list of the Association membership statewide provided once a year.

($400 value) *see mailing list policy for more details.

“Member Of” logo usage for sales materials/website.

Standard Allied Membership Dues $500

Opportunity to offer a member to member discount.

Two free tickets to the International Restaurant & Food service Show of NY.

Basic listing in online buyer’s guide ($200 value).

Member discounts on advertising.

Submit educational articles to Association publications and website.

Allied Member decal to display proudly.

Attend member networking events at a discounted rate.

Opportunities to sponsor chapter events.


Members save more - best Insurance solutions & lower business expenses

Insurance Solutions

​We work to provide the best insurance solutions at the lowest possible cost. That’s why we have strategic partnerships with top insurance providers. This allows us to find the right plan to meet your specific business needs.

Workers' Compensation

Safety Group 505 was created by NYSRA members in conjunction with the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF). The purpose of the Safety Group is to provide premium savings to policyholders and to promote a safe work environment.

Safety Group 505 paid members a 25% dividend for 2018.

Average annual premium savings of 40-45% through lower upfront costs and annual dividend.

Members have received dividends for 33 consecutive years – totaling over $100 million!

Free training resources on dozens of workplace safety topics available through NYSIF.

To be eligible for this program you must meet NYSIF underwriting guidelines. Most NYSRA members meet the guidelines.

For more information or a free quote, contact Kevin Cook at 800.452.5212 or

Disability Insurance

Chances are you will have an employee that requires some form of disability benefits, either due to injury or a pregnancy. Providing disability insurance is mandated by New York State. We have put together a highly competitive program for members.

FIXED RATE regardless of number of employees or gender – typical plans charge more for women and based on number of employees.

Enhanced coverage options available beyond state limit of $170/week.

Quick and easy one-page application.

Voluntary Supplemental Benefits

Voluntary supplemental insurance has become more relevant and necessary as a benefit to help recruit and retain employees. We have worked closely with several insurance carriers to offer members the following programs:

Group Health Insurance

Group Dental Insurance

Group Life Insurance

We will work with you to find the right plan to meet your needs.

FREE Pharmacy Discount Card

The Pharmacy Discount Card helps your employees save an average of 40% on all FDA-approved prescription medications, and is available whether you have insurance or not. Many people with insurance find the Pharmacy Discount Card sometimes provides a lower cost than their co-pay.

Accepted at more than 62,000 pharmacies nationwide, including most national drugstore chains.

No exclusions apply – there are no deductibles, medical history exclusions, limitations or maximums.

No fees or forms for this program.

Claims are processed by OptumRx and privacy is protected.

Pre-activated card, can be downloaded and used immediately.

For more information or a quote on Disability, Voluntary Supplemental Benefits or FREE Pharmacy Discount Card, contact Curtis Robinson at 800.452.5212 or

Business Solutions

NYSRA provides members with a broad range of cost savings programs that help lower business expenses and improve profits. Last year member savings totaled more than 5 million dollars.

For more information or to participate in any of the Business Solution programs, call 800.452.5212 or email

Payroll and Credit Card Processing

NYSRA works exclusively with Heartland to provide members the best possible pricing and service on payroll and credit card processing solutions. Heartland offers wholesale pricing and easy-to-read statements so you know exactly what you're paying for.


Customizable, all-inclusive solution.

Web-based time and attendance tracking.

Comprehensive reporting, including FICA Tip Credit Report.

Provider integrations – secure access for banking services, benefit programs, government agencies or insurance providers as needed.

Credit Card Processing

Accept all forms of payment.

Secure card processing.

Fee reporting by credit card brand.

Next day funding.

Music Licensing

We understand that the cost of music licensing can be a source of frustration for most restaurant owners, and that music is a key element in enhancing your guest’s experience. That’s why NYSRA has partnered with BMI and SESAC to help lower licensing fees through a range of discounts that add up to real savings for members.

5% member discount on BMI licensing fees.

5% discount for paying bills via BMI website.

10% discount for paying BMI invoice in full within 30 days.

10% discount on licensing fees for SESAC Restaurant, Tavern and Nightclub Agreements.

10% discount on top of already discounted license fees when annual payment is received no later than 1/31 of each calendar year.

Rebates by Prime Source Purchasing

A major line item for any restaurant is the range of supplies ordered on a regular basis. Your NYSRA membership makes you eligible to participate in the rebate program offered by Prime Source Purchasing.

Receive quarterly rebate checks on goods you already purchase through participating vendors.

Earn rebates for all restaurant food products including Meat, Dairy, Beverage, Seafood, Grocery, Pasta, Frozen Foods and more.

No upfront fees or hidden costs.

No limits on how much you can earn.

Labor Law Consulting and Compliance Hotline

We know that part of being a restaurateur in NYS means navigating red tape and regulations, that’s why NYSRA provides members with 15 minutes of free consulting with labor law attorneys.

Licensed in New York State.

Two firms to choose from.

Whether members need help with labor laws, have questions about a liquor license or anything else, the NYSRA Advocate team is here to ensure members get the answers they need and are compliant. For compliance questions, simply call our Compliance Hotline, 833-682-6411, or email us at

Website ADA Compliance

The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requires that your business remove any “access barriers” that would inhibit a person with disabilities from accessing it. This includes your website, ADA website accessibility has recently become a “hot button” legal issue for restaurant owners. To help members protect their business, NYSRA has worked with DigiPro Media to offer their web solutions at a discounted rate.

DIgiPro Media can remediate your current website to find ADA compliance issues and correct them, or help you create a new accessible website. NYSRA members receive a significant discount on DigiPro services.

DigiPro Media’s immediate solution, Adot Pro, provides a website accessibility plan at 33% off the standard subscription price.

Members receive a 25% discount off the monthly DigiPaaS hosting/platform access fee for additional web solutions to build a new, fully accessible website. is the only hiring software built by restaurants, for restaurants – and endorsed by state restaurant associations.

Automated job posting and application receipt system.

Easy applicant review and tracking.

24/7 live support.

Visit for more information and pricing.

Take advantage of discount programs offered exclusively to members – and start saving!


Standing up for your business

State Government

The New York State Capitol - Albany

Who Are Your New York State Representatives?

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Attorney General Leticia James

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

Find your State Senator

Find your State Assemblymember


New York City Hall - New York

Who Are Your New York City Representatives?

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Comptroller Scott Stringer

Public Advocate Letitia James

Find your NYC Councilmember


United States Capitol - Washington, D.C

Who Are Your Federal Representatives?

President Donald Trump

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gilibrand

Find your Congressional Representative


NYSRA Political Action Committee (PAC)

The NYSRA PAC helps support candidates that understand, and are allied with, the needs and interests of the restaurant industry. The PAC also facilitates critical access to influential legislative decision-makers, which helps NYSRA advocacy efforts on behalf of members. The Association holds fundraisers throughout the year to help raise vital PAC funds, we encourage all members to attend. You can also donate to the PAC below. Thank you for your support.


Create a positive workplace

The training your business needs – at exclusive member pricing.

​Properly training staff is a key part of a restaurant’s success. When staff is trained you create a positive workplace, a better dining experience for guests, your restaurant runs more efficiently, sales improve – and your business and reputation are protected.

​​We understand the importance of proper training and how it can reduce workplace risks. That’s why NYSRA has teamed up with ServSafe®, the nationally recognized leader in restaurant employee training, to offer a full line of training courses.

Members get a 15% discount on ServSafe products.

You will need your Company ID to receive your discount. If you don’t have a Company ID, follow these easy steps to get one:

- Create a personal account at

- Email your company name, address, primary ServSafe contact phone number and email to

We will create a Company ID for you which will be linked to your personal account. The 15% discount with be automatically applied when you order.

Proper training for a better workplace.

Creating a positive workplace doesn't just protect your business. Proper training can reduce employee turnover and create a more enjoyable environment for both employees and your guests - everyone wins.

The ServSafe Training Guide has detailed information about each course.


ServSafe Workplace: Sexual Harassment Prevention, New York

Course Objective: Interactive training program designed for managers and employees working within the restaurant industry. Compliant with NYS and NYC regulations. Note: NYS requires all employees complete this type of training annually.

What You Will Learn:

Define sexual harassment and the two forms it can take.

Harmful impact sexual harassment can have on victims, businesses, and those who harass.

Recognize conduct that's appropriate, and not appropriate, for work.

Process for reporting sexual harassment.

Recognize employer and manager liability.

Learn how to create a harassment-free culture in the workplace.

How to investigate sexual harassment claims.


Clarifies responsibility each employee has in maintaining a respectful and inclusive workplace.

Provides managers with the skills needed to care for and enforce a safe work environment.

Empowers managers to make a difference in their workplace by creating a culture free of harassment.

Mitigates the risk associated with permissive culture that can exist in the hospitality industry, leaving companies with significant liability.

Addresses situations unique to the restaurant industry so staff is properly trained.

Mobile-friendly and available on demand.

NYS Sexual Harassment Prevention Requirements

As of October 2018, every employer in New York State must adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy that meets or exceeds the NYS law's minimum standards. For your convenience, we have the following NYS Department of Labor documents available here:

Sexual Harassment Prevention Model Policy

Combat Harassment Complaint Form

Additional New York City Requirements

In addition to the state mandated annual sexual harassment prevention training, employers in NYC must follow the local requirements. Under Local Law 95 of 2018 , all employers in New York City are required to:

Conspicuously display anti-sexual harassment rights and responsibilities notice in both English and Spanish

Distribute a fact sheet to individual employees at the time of hire (may be included in an employee handbook).

Provide written notice of employees’ rights under the Human Rights Law both in the form of a displayed poster and as an information sheet distributed to individual employees at the time of hire.

The following documents satisfy the poster and fact sheet requirements.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Poster (English)

Sexual Harassment Prevention Poster (Spanish)

Sexual Harassment Prevention Fact Sheet


Course Objective:

ServSafe Food Manager trains foodservice managers and employees on food safety best practices and equips them with the skills needed to reduce the risk of a foodborne illness outbreak.

What You Will Learn:

Providing Safe Food.

Forms of Contamination.

The Safe Food Handler.

The Flow of Food (Purchasing, Receiving, Storage, Preparation, and Service).

Food Safety Management Systems.

Safe Facilities and Pest Management.

Cleaning and Sanitizing.


Satisfies the "Person in Charge (PIC)" requirement per the FDA Food Code.

Reflects the latest science, research, and FDA Food Code.

Accepted in all 50 states.


Course Objective:

ServSafe Food Handler delivers consistent food safety training to foodservice employees to ensure they know how to handle and prepare food safely.

What You Will Learn:

Basic Food Safety.

Personal Hygiene.


Time and Temperature.

Cleaning and Sanitizing.


Prepares employees to handle food sanitation risks.

Scientifically based and legally defensible.

Reflects the latest science, research, and FDA Food Code.

Accepted in all 50 states.


ServSafe Alcohol

Course Objective:

ServSafe Alcohol promotes individual responsibility and prepares bartenders, servers, hosts, bussers, valets, bouncers and all front-of-house staff to serve alcohol responsibly. The ServSafe New York Alcohol Program classroom training is a NYS approved alcohol program.

What You Will Learn:

Understand alcohol laws responsibilities.

Evaluate intoxication levels.

Check identification.

Deal with difficult situations.


Reduces the risks associated with serving alcohol and can help mitigate potential fines and legal action.

Involves input from specialists in regulatory agencies, law, insurance, medicine, law-enforcement, restaurants and academia.

Classroom training is approved by New York State for ATAP certification.

Alcohol Training Awareness Program (ATAP)

In New York, responsible alcohol service training is voluntary. ServSafe Alcohol is a recognized program in New York.

Mitigating benefit: The New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) will consider training a mitigating factor (affirmative defense) if, at the time of violation, the person who committed the violation held a valid certificate of completion or renewal from a certified Alcohol Training Awareness Program (ATAP) provider and the licensee diligently implemented and complied with the training program.

The New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NYSRAEF) is a certified ATAP school.

Individuals looking to schedule an ATAP class, or learn more about ATAP can contact:

Elizabeth Soscia

Educational Director, NYSRAEF

800.452.5212 or

State Liquor Authority:

Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

State Liquor Authority

80 S. Swan St., Suite 900

Albany, New York 12210-8002

Phone: 518-474-0810

Fax: 518-402-4015


State Laws:

To view the laws regarding Alcoholic Beverage Control please visit


Course Objective:

ServSafe Allergens equips managers and employees with the critical training they need in order to accommodate guests with food allergies and respond to emergencies should they occur.

What You Will Learn:

Understand food allergies.

Front-of-house operations:

Prevent cross-contact.

Proper communication.

Dealing with emergencies.

Special dietary requests.

Back-of-house operations:

Importance of food labels.

Handling food deliveries.

Proper food preparation.

Cleaning and personal hygiene.


Raises employee awareness.

Growing impact of food allergies.

More states are now passing requiring food allergy training.

15 million Americans with food allergies dine with family and friends where they feel safe, so this will lead to increased revenue and the opportunity to cater to these customers.

Board of Directors

John Urlaub
Chairman of the Board
Rohrbach Brewing

Rob Free
Vice Chair
Buffalo Bisons Baseball/Be R Guest

Jeremy Merrin
Havana Central

Jeff Dodge
Immediate Past Chair
Rochester Red Wings

Andrew Carroll
Heartland Payment System
Clifton Park

Kevin Goggins
Outback Steakhouse
Clifton Park

Ellie Grenauer
Glen Park Tavern

Mickey King
Queens Village

Steve Lupo
Sam A. Lupo & Sons

Luisa Marciano
Cooper's Mill

Dominick Purnomo
Yono's/dp An American Brasserie

Sarah Saracino
Abigail Kirsch

Dan Soloway
New York

Mark Spinelli
Spinelli Chef Services

meet the staff

Melissa Autilio Fleischut
President & CEO

Kevin Cook
Member Services Director

Sarah Cook
Insurance Services Specialist

David Cordaro
Western Region Membership Representative

Kevin Dugan
Government Affairs Director

Dory Fisk
Member Education & Events Director

Elizabeth Fordley
Educational Director

Sarah Higgins
Project Manager

Heather Hyer
Administrative Assistant

Kelly Kane
Marketing Director

Kathleen Reilly
NYC Government Affairs Coordinator

Curtis Robinson
Insurances Services Specialist

ennifer Romanski
Insurance Services Specialist

obert Sherlach
Eastern Region Membership Representative

Karen Thomas

Dawn Torres

Peter VanNostrand
Finance Director

Amanda Willey
Membership Coordinator



Serving Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence & Warren counties

Central New York

Serving Cayuga, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego & Seneca counties

Greater Capital District

Serving Albany, Schenectady, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schoharie, Washington, Greene, Ulster, Columbia & Dutchess counties

Greater NYC

Serving all five boroughs of New York

Long Island

Serving Nassau and Suffolk counties


Serving Livingston, Monroe, Ontario & Wayne counties

Southern Tier

Serving Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins & Yates counties


Serving Westchester, Rockland, Sullivan, Orange & Putnam counties

Western New York

Serving Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans & Wyoming Counties


Serving up careers in restaurants - real-life experience opportunities


The Foundation’s cornerstone program - ProStart- is a two year, nationwide curriculum that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and food service leaders. ProStart is a career and technical education program that unites the food service industry and the classroom to teach high school students culinary skills and restaurant management principles, as well as employability skills such as communication, teamwork, professionalism, and time management. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-life experience opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.

The Foundation awards scholarships to students and educators to provide continued industry education.

The 2019 NYSRAEF ProStart Invitational will be held March 22-23 at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. The event will host teams from New York and Vermont.

For ProStart and scholarship information email Elizabeth Soscia Fordley.

Green Hospitality Initiative

Green Hospitality Initiative

The Foundation was awarded a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to manage the Green Hospitality Initiative which helps green restaurants in New York City.

The focus of this grant was to:

Promote energy conservation.

Promote water conservation.

Reduce the use of hazardous waste material.

To do all of the above while helping restaurants become more profitable as they green their restaurants.

While this grant is no longer being administered, the resources of the Green Hospitality Initiative are still valuable tools that serve the grant's original mission.