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Coronavirus Update: Staying Open Means Staying Nimble and Creative (UPDATED LIST)

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Eastwood owners Sivan Harlap and Andrew States offering drinks and food at their friendly new "take out" windows.
Eastwood owners Sivan Harlap and Andrew States offering drinks and food at their friendly new “to go” windows.

Here’s an update on local spots that are open for pick-up and delivery as we head into Week 6 of official stay-at-home orders.  We’re also highlighting how some local shops and venues are staying creative, by adapting their offerings to suit our current “on-line-only” reality:

The Hester Street Fair is offering “Virtual Saturdays,” in lieu of what was to be their opening day today, they are featuring all their vendors online, with live links on their Instagram Story all day. They write: “We are going virtual this Saturday for our Season 11 opening day. We will have all our vendors available to shop on our Instagram Story along with some Live takeovers including a DJ set at 4pm from @monamatsuoka.”

For creators of all types, local event photography co., Outsnapped founder Nicky Digital recently launched Steady Goods, a new mission-based e-commerce platform that “aims to alleviate the financial pressures during the current global pandemic.” Find out more here.

Joy’s Flowerpot, a local flower and plant shop has been offering custom sewn face masks, made out of wonderfully stylish, washable cloth patterns with a pocket for extra filters on the inside, that can be order via DM, on their Instagram feed here.

The Forgtmenot team has turned their bar into a local grocery at 138 Division St., offering produce and home necessities, along with cocktails to go.

Golden Diner launched a “GOOD HOOD DEAL” card, in collaboration with local spots Kopitiam, Saigon Social, Partybus Bakeshop and Nom Wah Nolita. They write:  “Here’s the deal: $35 for a punch card that will provide you nourishment from some of your favorite neighborhood joints…To purchase a card, please send $35 venmo payment to account: GOODHOOD-FUND (make sure you see our icon!) and comment your full name. If you want to drop some $$$ donations our way to help us stay open and feed our people, we won’t stop you ;) ALL proceeds will be split evenly 5 ways among the participating establishments. Once purchased, pick up the card at Golden Diner and start using right away!find out more here.

Local seafood restaurant, Cervo’s, is now offering “food provisions” that are prepped and ready to cook at home, along with “wines, spirits and batched cocktails,” that can be ordered online, during a weekly 24-hour sale here. They write, “Our focus is stocking and re-stocking your pantries, so we’re all at home as much as possible. Here’s what we’ve come up with– Let’s try this together. We have food (ready to roast piri piri chickens), wine, spirits and batched cocktails. Order online in our 24 hour sale through 12PM Friday 4/3 and we’ll have your order ready for contactless pick up at Cervo’s [on Saturday] from 11am-4pm. No delivery, no shipping. Lots of love.”

The popular oyster and cocktail spot, Sel Rrose, previously closed, is not offering wine pickup and delivery, noting: “Our beloved @selrrose is now operating as a wine shop! Because natural wine makes spring quarantine much more palatable. Swipe for the selection preview! Available for delivery and pick-up directly from our website! Link in our profile.”

The LES Partnership is sponsoring an initiative on GoFundMe to coordinate with local businesses to send meals to local EMS, FDNY, and NYPD teams. They write:

“Help us help our community! The Lower East Side Partnership  (LESP) is delivering meals to local first responders in our neighborhood. For the next 30 days LESP will be coordinating with Lower East Side small businesses to send meals to local EMS, FDNY, and NYPD teams. We will provide one meal daily to the nearly 100 front line personnel working to keep our community safe during this ever-changing public health emergency. LESP will provide $5,000 in initial funding to begin sending food today and will match all donations $1 for $1 up to $10,000 to continue this work in the challenging days and weeks ahead.”

EV Grieve notes “The East Village Vintage Collective (EVVC) on 12th Street has teamed up with 70 local artists to create Art Through Vintage, a collaborative online auction.”

EV Grieve also has an excellent list for the East Village (above Houston Street), here.  The Chinatown Partnership has a directory of Chinatown restaurants/shops doing takeout & delivery here.

Updated list of places currently open for takeout and delivery on the Lower East Side:

169 Bar is offering food and drinks for delivery and pickup.

— Char Sue is offering special menus (a whole roast duck dinner!) for takeout and delivery.  You can text your order: (646) 801-5438 Pre-order before 5pm for 15% off. Delivery fee waved for all orders over $20.

Cheeky Sandwiches is open for takeout and delivery, but it’s a good idea before you head over or call 646 504-8132.

Cheese Grille is open for takeout and delivery.

— Cocoron is offering fresh and frozen soba from their Kenmare Street location. More info here.

— Diller NYC is open for deliver and takeout.

— Dimes restaurant is closed, but the market is open, and the deli next door is open for takeout and delivery.

— Dudley’s takeout window and delivery services are still available, with free delivery. If ordering online, use “lower east side” at checkout for 10% off.

East Houston Wine and Liquor is open and offering pickup and delivery 7 days a week. They have an app that makes delivery a snap and are offering free delivery in Manhattan and Williamsburg: (212) 432-6322.

— (UPDATED) Eastwood is open for delivery and takeout: Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday) 5pm-10pm. Delivery and takeout through Grubhub or call Eastwood at: (212) 233-0124. Beer, cider and wine also available for delivery and take out. Visit @eastwood221 for more updates including how to help support their staff.

Economy Candy is offering online delivery only with special “candycare packs” to keep things going.

— El Castillo de Jagua II  (521 Grand St.) has been closed but is now back to offering takeout and delivery: (212) 995-0244, 11a – 7p, Mon. – Sat. NOTE – The Rivington location is not currently open.

Empanada Mama is offering pickup and delivery. Save 20% if you order directly, online here :https://www.empmamanyc.com/.

— (UPDATED) The Essex Market will remain open for the time being, but is scaling back hours.  It is now open from 8am – 7pm, Monday – Saturday, and 10am – 6pm on Sunday. Starting on Monday, March 30th, the hours will be 8am – 6pm, Monday – Saturday, and 10am – 6pm on Sunday.

They write: “The market is reserving the hours of 8am – 9am on Monday – Saturday for patrons 65 and older, expecting mothers, and those with increased risk of illness to shop in the market…If you do not fit into one of those criteria, we ask that you be respectful and avoid visiting us during this short window so that at-risk members of the community can safely purchase the items they need.”

A few vendors have decided to close temporarily, but all three grocers are operational and quite a few merchants offer delivery and takeout. The restaurants at the Market Line are closed but Ends Meat, the butcher downstairs, is offering distance pickups. Call ahead and they will facilitate pickup: (929) 306-6014. And Peoples Wine Shop (cellar level at the Market Line) from the Contra/Wildair team, is also offering pickup: (212) 202-2550.

— Flowers Cafe on Essex Street is open daily for pickup and delivery.

— Forgtmenot is open for takeout and delivery:(646) 707-3195 – looks like they’ve got a nice grocery set up, as well.

Ginger and Lemongrass, the Rivington Street Vietnamese spot, is open for takeout and delivery. Call (646) 876-1237 to place your order.

— Golden Diner is open for takeout and delivery: Via Instagram, they write: “Pandemic or not, we all still need to eat good right? It’s a shit time for everyone now but more so for restaurants, the industry is tough enough with razor thin margins. Support your local spots that are still hanging on by a thread by ordering in and giving them a boost of morale. It also spares you the awkward conversation with your partner 3 days into their experimental cooking that they ain’t no iron chef so… win-win. (You can also show support and give them some cashflow by buying gift cards – *shameless plug* ours is linked in bio ) We heard your demands and are now rolling out an all day menu so you can get wings & quesadillas for breakfast, matzoh balls & breakfast burritos at night. Also selling alcohol by bottles at no up-charge for y’all so… let’s get weird.”

— The Granddaddy Cafe is open for takeout with limited hours: 8am – 4pm.

— Hwa Yuan is offering a 20% discount on takeout and delivery starting March 17 until further notice. Order on Doordash or call: (212) 966-6002.

Iggy’s Keltic Lounge is offering drinks and snacks To Go only, at their takeout window with limited hours.

— Ivan Ramen (@ramenjunkie) writes: “Ivan Ramen and Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop are open for delivery! Please order Ivan Ramen if you’re in the mood for ramen. If you’re not cooking than please order food from anyone but order. We (independent restaurants) will make it somehow but we need your support! Hey New York, we can do this! Help us keep our employees working! Lots of love from Ivan Ramen!”

Izzie’s Cheesesteaks (47 Clinton St.) is open for delivery and pickup: (646) 850-8636 They offer 15% off on orders made directly through their app.

Joey Bats Cafe on Allen Street is offering pickup and delivery.

— Katz’ Deli is offering delivery and takeout: (212) 254-2246 (also via Seamless, Ubereats, Caviar, Doordash, Postmates, and delivery.com), and still shipping nationally: katzsdelicatessen.com/shipping.html

— Kings Co. Imperial writes: “Delivery and pick-up are available from both our Williamsburg and LES locations from 4:30pm – 10:30pm daily.  Stay tuned for new lunch and “just add ice” cocktail options coming soon. LES Delivery options: Caviar, DoordashPostmatesSeamless” Check their updates here: @kingscoimperial.

— Kossar’s is open for takeout and delivery from 7am – 3pm, every day: (212) 473-4810.

— Le French Diner is posting a daily menu, available for pick-up, on Instagram. They write: “Hi neighbors, here’s tonight’s menu. Call (212) 777-1577 to place your order and it will be ready for pick-up within 20min. We’ll be serving every day from 5pm to 9pm and we will hopefully be able to deliver starting next week. You’re welcome! $15 off every bottle of wine, $6 beer.”

— Melt Bakery is offering pickup and delivery. They note: “We are still open normal hours for takeout, and delivery on GrubHub, Postmates, UberEATS, and DoorDash! We’ve got piles of sams ready to go, and have never needed your support like we do now. If you need ice cream, we got you!”

— Michaeli Bakery is open and offering takeout and delivery: (646) 360-2284.  They continue to offer delicious, fresh-out-of-the-oven pastries, savory and sweet.  They have daily discounts on fresh pastries, as well.

— Nakamura is open 12pm – 9pm Friday – Sunday and 5pm – 9pm Mon. – Thurs. They are offering takeout and delivery: (212) 614-1810 or order on Postmates.

— North Dumpling is selling frozen dumplings from its storefront at 27 Essex St.

— Partybus Bakeshop remains open – and they are baking fresh bread! – with the following hours for pickup/delivery: Thursdays 11a -5p, Saturdays 11a – 5pm and Sundays 12p – 6p. They have breads, pies, cookies, pizzas, pizza crust! and sandwiches.

Petee’s Pies is open for takeout and delivery from 4-10 pm and they’re also offering groceries.

— Petisco Vegano is offering takeout and delivery: (212) 387-0366.

— (UPDATED) Randall’s Barbecue has permanently closed their doors.

Rabbit House, the little Japanese restaurant on Essex Street is offering delivery and pickup.

— Rawsome Treats is available for pick-up or delivery by calling (646) 767-0373 or via their website from 12pm to 7pm Tuesday thru Sunday.  They are also available on the Grubhub & Postmates platforms.

— Remedy Diner is offering pick-up and delivery from 8am – midnight: (212) 677-5110

— Russ & Daughters‘ locations are closed but they are offering a variety of delivery, pick-up, and shipping options.  For pick-up at 179 E. Houston, call at least 2 hours in advance: 212-475-4880. For courier, call at least 24hrs in advance: 212-475-4880×1. More info here.

Saigon Social has been offering new menu options on a daily basis on their instagram feed here. They write: “We hope everyone is well. [Here’s] our menu for today! 11am-8pm. We’re also still offering discounted/free meals for those in need. Call us at 646.609.3202 or email info@saigonsocialnyc.com.” They’ve also been delivering a ton of food to health care workers and essential workers on the front lines.

— Sakamai is offering takeout and delivery. More details here.

— Saluggi’s is offering takeout and delivery, plus carryout specials, like a large red pizza and a bottle of wine or a 6-pack for $35: 636-896-1163.

— Souvlaki GR is offering contactless delivery, every day, 11am – 10pm: (212) 777-0116 and https://www.souvlakigr.com/.

— Spaghetti Incident is open from 5pm – 10pm for takeout and delivery is available on Grubhub, Seamless, Postmates, Caviar, Ubereats or calling the restaurant directly: (646) 896-1446.

— Sticky Rice is offering takeout and delivery – not to mention happy hour drinks to go – lychee martinis for everyone!

— Sugar Sweet Sunshine Cafe is open. They write: “We have modified hours at both locations. We have a full coffee bar, no seating, offer in-store pick-up, curbside pickup, deliveries through several platforms and Apple Pay.  Still taking orders for birthday cakes…Just trying to keep this shop sailing.”

Taco Mix if open for takeout and delivery.

— Taqueria Diana is offering pickup and delivery at 69 Clinton St., (646) 707-3826

— Thailicious is still open for takeout and delivery: (646) 882-0343

— Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop is open for takeout and offering delivery via Seamless and Grubhub from 10am – 6pm: (212) 228-4949.

— Top Hops Beer Shop is open for takeout and delivery at their Essex Market location. Email takeaway-deliveries@tophops.com or call (917) 261-2561 during Essex Market hours, or order directly online at www.tophops.com. Delivery hours: 2pm – 7pm. They write: “We are very much open for take away and delivery with some incredible beers! We actually have cans of Other Half in stock right now which is nothing short of amazing.”

— Tre is open for takeout: (212) 353-3353 and delivery is available on Grubhub, seamless, and delivery.com.

— Two Bridge’s Diner is open for pick up and delivery, seven days a week, offering a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu (including the former Cup & Saucer menu!) plus daily specials: (212) 925-2963 or (212) 925-2973.

— VinVero Wines & Spirits writes: For the safety and health of our reduced staff and our customers, we are revising our operating hours effective immediately. Tuesday–Friday from 2:00–8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00–8:00pm, moving forward we will be closed on Monday…Orders can be placed online for pickup at our storefront during business hours. Placed online for local delivery with a 6 bottle minimum. Place your order and then call the store to schedule your delivery, Wednesday–Saturday from 2:00–8:00pm. If you’d rather give us a call… at (646) 822-2867. Take care of yourself and each other.”

Wayla, the Thai restaurant on Forsyth, recently opened back up to offer takeout and delivery. You can find available items and order online here.

— Williamsburg Pizza on Broome and Allen is open for pickup and delivery. Calling them directly works quite well: (212) 226-4455.

— Yonah Schimmel is delivering/shipping through Goldbelly – not offering takeout at this time.

— Zafi’s Luncheonette is open for takeout and delivery: (212) 533-2415.

Zyara Mediterranean (not just falafal!) is offering curbside pickup and delivery: 57 Clinton St., (646) 894-1401 or (646) 559-4250 find updates here.


The Lo-Down is updating this list as things develop.

Please let us know if there are additions and/or corrections to be made at: tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on Instagram @lodownny.


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