New York City Restaurants Are Adjusting Menus, Adding Quarantine Meals

Mala Project’s quarantine menu is designed to last for weeks and spice up at-home meals.

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March 2020 brings an unprecedented time for restaurants in New York City. While many eateries have closed completely following government orders to only serve takeout options, others are amending their business plans to continue service as the COVID pandemic and precautions surrounding the outbreak consume the city. While the situation and regulations are changing daily, these New York City restaurants are currently open, cooking up food and ready to feed their communities:

Bessou

This Japanese restaurant in the East Village will be open from 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. daily. Bessou is committed to being a food hub for NYC school kids in need. For every meal purchased for take-out or delivery before closing, Bessou will donate one meal to a child in need. Currently, the full menu is available, based on availability, plus DIY Meal Kits, Bento Bowls, Japanese prepared foods and pantry staples, as well as Sake (by the bottle). Call the restaurant at 212-228-8502 for takeout, or order via Seamless. Email the restaurant at konnichiwa@bessou.nyc to purchase gift cards for future use, and follow @bessounyc for updates.

Mala Project released quarantine food (下饭酱) to spice up New Yorkers’ pantries. The dishes can be put on noodles, rice, eggs, pancakes, stir-fried veggies, dumplings, toast, bread and more and will be sold for $12 per jar, which should last for about five meals. The varieties include Five Spice Tofu, Spicy Beef Sauce, Spicy Mushroom and more. Dry wheat noodles ($8 per box) and glass noodles ($8 per serving) will be sold as well. Brooklyn delivery (Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Bushwick, Bedstuy) will be offered with orders of $50 and over, email party@malaproject.nyc to order. Follow @malaproject for updates.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

The full barbecue will still be served at the Brooklyn location of Dino BBQ. Modified hours are now 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Gift cards are available online and delivery is available via Seamless, DoorDash or direct call to the restaurant. Follow  @dinosaur_bbq for updates.

Da Toscano 

The new West Village Italian eatery will be operating with modified hours, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Da Toscano will be offering one salad, pasta, and protein daily, in addition to family-style entrees (priced a la carte). The restaurant will also offer quarts of sauce (meat ragu and marinara), as well as a daily homemade pasta. Menu items will change daily, and are based upon availability. Wine and cocktails will also be available to takeout. For daily selections, check Instagram, @datoscanonyc. Call the restaurant at 212-606-4054 for gift cards, takeout and delivery.

Junzi Kitchen 

The Chinese fast-casual spot will offer family-sized portions of Junzi’s signature vegetables, proteins, toppings, and sauces on all delivery platforms (self delivery, Seamless, Grubhub, Uber eats, Postmates, Caviar). These meals will come in recyclable and stackable containers. Simply reheat before enjoying a healthy and tasty meal at home. Junzi is condensing the menu to select favorites and seasonal specials. This will allow them to minimize food waste and optimize food quality. Contactless delivery comes with the “integrity seal,” making sure customers’ food items arrive untouched. Follow @junzikitchen for updates.

Little Alley 

Midtown East’s Little Alley has come out with handmade frozen food that’s easy to store and prepare. The quarantine menu includes pork and cabbage dumplings, shrimp and pork and chive dumplings, shumai and shrimp dumplings. 20 dumplings are included in each pack, which cost $10 and should last one month in the freezer. Dumpllings are available to on third-party delivery platforms within delivery range (Chownow, Seamless, Grubhub, Uber Eats, Caviar, Chowbus, RicePo and for second-day delivery over the phone at 646-998-3976 in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. If ordering over the phone, the minimum purchase is three packs. $3 delivery fee applies. Follow @littlealleynyc for updates.

Olmsted

Brooklyn-based Olmsted is offering care packages daily with a variety of house-made items like baked goods, prepared meals, fresh produce and more. Reserve by calling ahead, 718-552-2610 or emailing the restaurant contact@olmstednyc.com. Gift cards are also available online. Follow @olmstednyc for updates.

Sticky’s Finger Joint

A new Four Person Family Meal was created to meet the demand for budget-friendly options during this time. This high value bundle is designed to bring comfort food as well as some fresh veggies to quarantined households. Items include a large Fingers Basket, a Large Poppers Basket, a Large Grilled Fingers Basket, nine sauces (diners’ choice), two orders of Fries (choice of classic or Cajun), a side salad and purple slaw. The meal costs $40 for pickup and $45 for delivery, and is available on order.stickys.com. Follow @stickysfingerjoint for updates.

VIA VAI

The Michelin-recognized, authentic meets contemporary, Italian pasta destination in Astoria offers delivery services and curbside pick up daily from 1 p.m. -9 p.m. For now, they will be delivering within a one-mile radius, for orders of $30 or more. Curbside pick up has no minimum. The restaurant can be contacted by phone at 347-612-4334 and their limited menu can be found on their website. All orders come with a free pannacotta.

Anella

This beloved neighborhood Italian restaurant in Greenpoint will be offering pay-what-you-can meals of burgers and eggplant parmesan, starting at 5 p.m. Dinner for two or dinner for four will be sold at 25% to 30% off standard menu prices, and deals will include pasta (cacio e pepe or rigatoni), kale caesar salad and a bottle of red or white wine. Orders should be placed between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. by calling 718-389-8100 or emailing info@anellabrooklyn.com. Pickup will be between 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Follow @anellabk for updates.

The Good Fork

This Red Hook staple will be offering $25 per person pre-made, family-style meals off a special, daily changing menu with options for omnivores and vegetarians (check the Good Fork website for offerings). Order online or call 718-643-6636rder by 12 p.m. day of to pick up between 5 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Each order comes with an antiseptic shot of Van Brunt Stillhouse whiskey. Bring your own growler for a $25 fill up. Kimchi will also be for sale at $25 per quart, $15 per pint, and pork dumplings (sold frozen) will be sold for $15 per dozen.

Alta Calidad

This Prospect Heights Mexican eatery will be serving its full menu for takeout, as well as delivery, depending on location. Every order comes with a free margarita, and large batch margaritas and batch cocktails (serving five) will be sold for $40, which is typically Alta Calidad’s happy hour pricing. Call 718-622-1111 to place orders between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.

INSA

Gowanus’ Insa will be offering an expanded takeout menu with $15 meals, including rice, a selection of banchan and the option to add specialty large batch cocktails, wine and beer. Large-batch proteins, banchan and frozen dumplings to make at home will also be sold for takeout and delivery. Call 718-855-2620 to order special takeout menu or order the regular menu via Caviar from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Follow @insabrooklyn for updates.

Fort Defiance

A special takeout menu, including family meals and to-go cocktails will be offered from Fort Defiance from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Call 347-453-6672 for orders. Online ordering and delivery are expected in the near future. The menu includes $12 to-go cocktails (6oz/about 1.5 drinks each) like the St. John’s Martini, Manhattan, Sazerac and more to come. Favorite sandwiches and salads including the Muffaletta and Caesar are also available, plus the special addition of family meals including a Whole or half roasted chicken and pot-roast braised short ribs available with sides; $30 for two people or $55 for four people. All will be available through Fort Defiance’s sidewalk window for no-contact pick up orders.

Baoburg

From 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily, this Greenpoint Thai restaurant will ve offering highly affordable options for takeout. The “Thai Survivor Meal” options include braised pork belly with rice and egg, minced pork with spicy basil sauce, fried chicken wings with curry rice, Pad Thai, spicy Szechuan chicken over rice, Thai omelette with pork over rise, pineapple fried rice and more. Follow @baoburg for updates.

Samwon Garden Korean BBQ

One of New York’s largest Korean restaurants will be offering carnivorous care packages by contactless delivery. The fully stocked kits include a small hand sanitizer, two Samwon galbi, one prime rib, one pork belly, one small soybean stew, four rice balls and ban chan (small plates.) Meats are cut in Samwon’s signature style and ready to cook quickly on a hot grill at home. The $149 package serves five people and is available via Grubhub, Seamless, Uber Eats, Postmates, Doordash and Caviar.

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