In an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in New York City and surrounding areas, restaurants, bars and cafés in the City are no longer open for dining in. Some establishments are closing entirely during this challenging time. Even though you can't dine in at restaurants right now, you can support the local community by ordering food and drinks for pickup or delivery from the open restaurants, bars, bakeries and other purveyors near you. Thanks to a temporary allowance by the State Liquor Authority, that includes the sale of beer, wine and cocktails, as long as drinks are purchased along with food.
Another great way to help is to purchase gift cards to use in the future, providing some much needed revenue for these businesses now. Noho Hospitality, Think Food Group and Union Square Hospitality Group are offering gift cards to their many NYC restaurants at this time. Proceeds from gift cards purchased from either group will go directly to employee relief funds, created to help support staff while restaurants and bars remain closed. Rally for Restaurants is another helpful resource that allows users to search for and purchase gift cards for local restaurants.
If you choose to order takeout or delivery, we encourage you to tip as generously as you can—many workers are facing economic hardships due to closures related to Covid-19. As an added safety measure, many establishments are offering contact-free food delivery service; you’ll likely be able to request that option when placing your order. Check out some of the sites below to explore NYC restaurants and bars accepting takeout orders, or contact a spot near you to order directly. Note that most of these online delivery services are waiving their commission when you order from independent restaurants.