Restaurants Working in a New Capacity to Keep New York City Fed During COVID-19

by Deirdre Appel
restaurants

The restaurant and food industry in New York City has been deeply impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. While many restaurants have closed their doors to customers for the foreseeable future, others have taken to contactless deliveries, window-side pickups, or even serving cocktails to-go to stay afloat. Honorably, a handful of restaurants across the city have begun preparing meals to feed those on the frontlines. The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has compiled a list of restaurants that have shifted to relief work along with the hospitals or other services they are supporting and how you can contribute. 

Please email Cathy Nonas at [email protected] if you have additions or changes to the list below.

Alidoro
What Are They Doing: Making lunches for healthcare workers around the City
Who Are They Supporting: Besides supporting hospital workers, 20% of the sales of their olive oil go to World Central Kitchen.
Where Are They Located: 105 Sullivan Street, New York City, 10012
How To ContributeHere

Alison Restaurant
What Are They Doing: Delivering 40 meals a day to frontline workers
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at Mount Sinai & Presbyterian Hospitals
Where Are They Located: 1651 Lexington Ave, East Harlem, NY 10029
How To Contribute: For more info, call 646-876-1054 or email [email protected]  

Bagel Parlor Whitestone
What Are They Doing: Raising money to send bagels and coffee to hospitals
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at New York-Presbyterian Queens
Where Are They Located: 14-37 150th St, Whitestone, NY 11357
How To Contribute: Here or email [email protected]

Barbalu
What Are They Doing: Supporting hospital staff on the front lines of treating the Covid-19 pandemic by providing individually wrapped, healthy meals to sustain courageous heroes.
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at Maimonides Medical Center and NYU Langone Health
Where Are They Located: 225-227 Front St, New York, NY 10038
How To Contribute: Here

Barbara Food Creations
What Are They Doing: Barbara Naaddjie, Chef and Founder of Barbara Food Creations, is raising money to provide meals for healthcare workers in her community.
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at hospitals throughout the Bronx
Where Are They Located: Throughout the Bronx
How To Contribute: Here

Barcha
What Are They Doing: Providing 50 donated dinners to workers on the front line every Monday throughout the crisis.
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at Mount Sinai
Where Are They Located: 2241 1st Avenue, New York NY, 10029
How To Contribute: Via Zelle ([email protected]⁣), Venmo or Paypal. If you’re able to contribute enough for at least one dinner ($20), your name will be on a thank-you note provided with the meal.

Beastro
What Are They Doing: Beastro, with Bronx Drafthouse and Bricks & Hops have joined together with World Central Kitchen and others to support the Bronx.
Who Are They Supporting: Distributing food boxes to the community, delivering 200 meals per day to hospital workers, and offering free lunch for all first responders.
Where Are They Located: 135 Alexander Avenue, Bronx, New York, 10454
How To ContributeHere 

Beyond Sushi
What Are They Doing: Donated 250 hearty plant-based meals to the medical teams at Elmhurst Hospital, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Metropolitan Hospital, Lincoln Medical Center, and NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center. They’ve also partnered with Billie Eilish and Finneas’ mother Maggie Baird’s initiative Support + Feed.
Who Are They Supporting: Hospital workers
Where Are They Located: Multiple locations
How To Contribute: Here or here.

Blue Hill
What Are They Doing: Delivering boxes of fresh meals.  Each box serves 10 people and includes sides and dessert
Who Are They Supporting: Hospital workers in Westchester, New York
Where Are They Located: 630 Bedford Rd, Tarrytown, NY 10591
How To Contribute: Here 

Brooklyn Chop House
What Are They Doing: Making food deliveries to their neighboring hospital, New York-Presbyterian, nightly for as long as the restaurant’s doors are open. They are also offering 20% off for all first responders picking up meals at the downtown hotspot. Since starting their initiative, Brooklyn Chop House has helped feed over 2,000 hospital workers each week.
Who Are They Supporting: New York-Presbyterian, first responders and hospital workers.
Where Are They Located: 150 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038
How To Contribute: Here

Butterfield Market and Catering
What Are They Doing: Partnering with Lenox Hill Hospital, Metropolitan Hospital, NY-Presbyterian #HealthcareHeroes Initiative and other local medical centers to produce and deliver individually packaged meals to our neighborhood hospitals’ front line staff. The cost of feeding a staff member is roughly $10 per meal.
Who They Are Supporting: Healthcare workers at Lenox Hill Hospital, Metropolitan Hospital, NY-Presbyterian hospitals
Where Are They Located: 1114 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10075
How To Contribute: Here

City Beet Kitchens
What Are They Doing: Always on the front lines of feeding people who are hungry, they work with Project Renewal and are part of Catalyst Kitchens
Who Are They Supporting: feed all of they can: homeless, families, hospital workers
Where Are They Located: 351 West 42nd St, New York City, 10036
How To Contribute: Here 

Curry-ya
What Are They Doing: Making Japanese curry dishes for $12 per including delivery
Who Are They Supporting: hospitals in all boroughs
Where Are They Located: 214 E 10th St, New York City, 10003
How To ContributeHere

Dear Mama
What Are They Doing: Distributing free meals through their Buy a Meal For a Neighbor initiative, and supplying twice-daily meals for nurses
Who Are They Supporting: Harlem neighbors who are struggling with food insecurity and nurses at Mt Sinai’s ER.
Where Are They Located: 308 East 109th Street, New York, NY 10029
How To Contribute: Here and Here 

Deep End
What Are They Doing: Donating meals to hospitals by raising money. Every $15 will buy a meal; every $1000 will come close to feeding a whole team of 75 people.
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers in Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and Brooklyn Hospital
Where Are They Located: 1080 Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood, Queens
How To Contribute: Here

Dim Sum Gardens
What Are They Doing: Making Chinese meals
Who Are They Supporting: hospital workers throughout the five boroughs through Feed Your Hospital which supports local Pan Asian restaurants
Where Are They Located: 13505 40th Road, Flushing, Queens 11354
How To Contribute: Here 

East Harlem Bottling Co
What Are They Doing: Collecting donations to feed workers on the frontlines. Every $50 goes to feed 6-8 workers.
Who Are They Supporting: At present providing meals for staff at Mount Sinai and Metropolitan, looking to expand to other institutions.
Where Are They Located: 1711 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029
How To Contribute: Here

Eat Gai
What They Are Doing: making Thai street food with heritage chickens and rice
Who Are They Supporting: hospital workers throughout the five boroughs through Feed Your Hospital which supports local Pan Asian restaurants
Where Are They Located: 88 Essex Street, New York City 10002
How To Contribute: Here 

Estuary 
What Are They Doing: working with the New York-Presbyterian hospital network
Who Are They Supporting: healthcare workers at those hospitals
Where Are They Located: 159 Bridge Park Drive, Brooklyn, 11201
How To Contribute: Here

886
What Are They Doing:  Donating thousands of bento boxes
Who Are They Supporting: Frontline workers at hospitals throughout the City
Where Are They Located: 26 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
How To Contribute: Here

Evelyn’s Kitchen
What Are They Doing: On weekends they turn their kitchen into a relief kitchen, making meals for those in need.  They deliver food in individual 28oz containers that can be reheated or frozen
Who Are They Supporting: Hospitals workers through ParentHood Together and children and families through a partnership with Deandre Jordan of the Brooklyn Nets.
Where Are They Located: 2317 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10035
How to Contribute: For Families: Venmo at @evelyns-kitchen and for hospital workers, say Evelyn’s Kitchen here  

Fields Good Chicken
What Are They Doing: Collecting donations to prepare food for health heroes throughout the city. 100% of donations go towards the cause and $10 will buy one meal.
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare heroes
Where Are They Located: Multiple locations
How To Contribute: Here

Field Trip
What Are They Doing: For every $8 donated, Field Trip adds another $2 in order to deliver 200 hot meals to hospital workers twice each week and every Friday to hospitals in Harlem.
Who Are They Supporting:Healthcare workers at Harlem Hospital, New York Presbyterian – Upper Manhattan, Mt. Sinai, Metropolitan Hospital, Lincoln Hospital and The Hospital for Special Surgery
Where Are They Located: 109 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026
How To Contribute: Here

G&J’s Pizzeria
What Are They Doing: Supplying free pizza to hospitals
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at Mount Sinai Hospital
Where Are They Located: 188 E 104th, New York, NY 10029
How To Contribute: Here

Ginjan Cafe
What Are They Doing: Delivering bottles of their signature ginjan drink to healthcare workers
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at Harlem Hospital
Where Are They Located: 85 E 125th St, New York, NY 10027
How To Contribute: To donate drinks for the workers, contribute here.

Gomi Korean Wine Bar
What Are They Doing: When you donate $12 they will provide 1 free meal to those who are helping to keep our community safe through their work in hospitals
Who Are They Supporting: Emergency hospital workers
Where Are They Located: 186 Avenue A, New York, NY, 10009
How To Contribute: Donate via venmo @GomiNYC

Gotan 
What Are They Doing: Making 250 meals for $10 each
Who Are They Supporting: healthcare workers and NYC hospitals
Where Are They Located: 37 West 20th, New York City 10011
How To Contribute: Here

Junzi
What Are They Doing: Launching the “Share a Meal” initiative and asking $10 donations to help them send a healthy and balanced meal to a frontline healthcare worker; $100 can help feed a small medical team.
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell, Mount Sinai Morningside, Harlem Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, Mount Sinai Children’s Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital
Where Are They Located: Multiple locations
How To Contribute: Here

Kissaki 
What They Are Doing: Making fresh sushi boxes
Who They Are Supporting: Hospital workers across the City
Where Are They Located: 319 Bowery, New York City
How To Contribute: Here 

Kopitiam
What Are They Doing: Partnering with Rethinkfood NYC
Who Are They Supporting:  Healthcare workers at NYC Health Gotham/Governeur
Where Are They Located: 151 East Broadway, New York City, 10002
How To Contribute: Venmo @moonlynn-tsai and state ‘rethink meals’

La Fonda Borica
What Are They Doing: Partnering with World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters that was founded by world-renowned chef José Andrés to help feed New Yorkers during the current outbreak.
Who Are They Supporting: Anyone in the neighborhood who needs food
Where Are They Located: 169 East 106th Street, New York, NY 10029
How To Contribute: Here

La Goulue
What Are They Doing: Making comfort foods such as pasta and meatballs, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and eggplant parmesan
Who Are They Supporting: They have joined Food For the Frontline to support Weill Cornell Medicine / New York-Presbyterian Downtown Hospital, Lenox Hill, Langone, Bellevue and Memorial Sloane Kettering
Where Are They Located: 20 East 61st Street, NYC, 10065
How to ContributeHere

La Palapa
What Are They Doing: 3000 meals per week to different hospitals
Who Are They Supporting: Any NYC hospital that asks as well as local community needs
Where Are They Located: 77 St Marks Place, New York City, NY 10003
How To Contribute: Here

Lexington Pizza Parlour
What Are They Doing: Collecting donations to feed workers on the frontlines. For every $50 donated, they are able to feed 5 to 7 people.
Who Are They Supporting: Staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, various Mount Sinai and Columbia Hospital locations, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the Central Park temporary hospital
Where Are They Located: 1590 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029
How To Contribute: Here

Loulou
What they are doing: making meals for ICU healthcare workers
Who they are supporting: Supporting the uptown hospital workers at Columbia Presbyterian
Where they are located: 176 Eighth Avenue, New York City
How To Contribute: Here

Mercado Little Spain
What Are They Doing: Partnering with chef José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters, to become a community meal hub and help feed those in need.
Who Are They Supporting: Anyone in the neighborhood who needs food
Where Are They Located: 10 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001
How To Contribute: Here

Melba’s
What Are They Doing: Collecting donations from groups and individuals to cook and deliver hot meals to workers at hospitals North of 96th street.
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at Harlem Hospital, Mt Sinai, Columbia Presbyterian and Metropolitan
Where Are They Located: 300 West 114th Street, Harlem, NY 10026
How to Contribute: Here 

Mesa Coyoacan
What Are They Doing: Cooking and delivering 100 meals daily to medical first responders.
Who Are They Supporting: At the moment all 100 meals are going daily to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens.
Where Are They Located: 372 Graham Ave Brooklyn NY 11211
How To Contribute: Here 

The Migrant Kitchen
What Are They Doing: Joining hands with DoorDash, Seeds of Peace and KD Events to make meals
Who Are They Supporting: the families of those impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, including local healthcare workers.
Where Are They Located: 395 South End Ave #14m, New York, NY 10280
How To Contribute: Here

Mimi Cheng’s
What Are They Doing: Collecting donations to provide daily meals and drinks to hospital staff at various hospitals in NYC’s metro area using a third-party car messenger service.
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at NYP Weill Cornell, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Lenox Hill, NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Columbia Medical, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Elmhurst Adult ER, Mount Sinai, NYP Lower Manhattan, Hospital for Special Surgery, Maimonides in Brooklyn, and Bellevue.
Where Are They Located: 179 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
How To Contribute: Here

Mojo Mousse Bar
What Are They Doing: Delivering 10 treat packages per day
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at Mount Sinai and Metropolitan Hospitals
Where Are They Located: 177 East 100th Street, New York, NY 10029
How To Contribute: When you buy one “treat package” package here, mojo will donate two.

Olmstead
What Are They Doing: Packaging and providing free homemade meals to restaurant workers for pick up who may be facing food insecurity with possible lay offs
Who Are They Supporting: Restaurants and other food workers
Where Are They Located: 659 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238?
How To Contribute: Olmstead is collecting donations through the LEE Initiative

Patsy’s Pizza
What Are They Doing: Delivering pizzas to police officers and healthcare workers
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at Mount Sinai Hospital and police officers at the  25th Precinct
Where Are They Located: 2287 First Avenue, New York, NY 10035, Corner of First Ave and 118th
How To Contribute: Call 212-534-9783

Pies n Thighs
What Are They Doing: Collecting  $15 donations to prepare and deliver a bucket of chicken plus all the sides to hospital workers
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at Woodhull, Wyckoff and Presbysterian Hospitals.
Where Are They Located: 166 S. 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
How To Contribute: Here

P.S. Kitchen
What Are They Doing: Delivering $15 vegan meal boxes of the PS Burger or Thai “Chicken” Sandwich, healthy sides, and a dessert.
Who Are They Supporting: Weill Cornell Hospital workers
Where Are They Located: 236 West 48th St. New York City, 10036, NY
How To Contribute:  Here

Regina’s Grocery
What Are They Doing: Making sandwiches and collecting groceries with StreetworkNYC
Who Are They Supporting: domestic abuse families and others through Safe Horizons
Where Are They Located: 27 Orchard Street, NYC
How To Contribute: Here

The Queensboro
What Are They Doing: Collecting donations to help pay their staff to cook meals for first responders on a recurring basis
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at Elmhurst Hospital
Where Are They Located: 80-02 Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights NY 11372
How To Contribute: Here

Red Rooster
What Are They Doing: Partnering with chef José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters to become a community meal hub and help feed those in need. Each Monday through Friday at 12pm, their team distributes free meals to those in need.
Who Are They Supporting: Anyone in the neighborhood who needs food
Where Are They Located: 310 Lenox Avenue, Harlem, NY 10027
How To Contribute: Support World Central Kitchen

Ruby’s Café
What Are They Doing: Raising money to pay for producing and delivering thousands of meals to hospitals across the City. 100% of your contribution will go to supporting our front line heroes and will cover the cost of producing and delivering the meals – ingredients and team members’ wages.
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at NYU Langone, NYC Bellevue, Mount Sinai West & Upper East Side, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Komansky Children’s Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, Weill Cornell & Harlem Hospital.
Where Are They Located: Multiple Locations
How To Contribute: Here

Sauce Pizzeria
What Are They Doing: Making upwards of 900 pies each day
Who Are They Supporting: hospitals workers all over the City as well as FDNY and NYPD
Where Are They Located: 345 East 12th Street, New York City, NY 10003
How To Contribute: Here 

Shuya Cafe de Ramen
What Are They Doing: making Japanese ramen meals
Who Are They Supporting: hospital workers throughout the five boroughs through Feed Your Hospital which supports local Pan Asian restaurants
Where Are They Located: 42-13 Broadway,  Astoria, New York 11103
How To Contribute: Here 

Sweetcatch Poke
What Are They Doing: Started a Hospital Workers Appreciation Campaign on Instagram to extend free poke bowls to all hospital workers throughout NYC.
Who Are They Supporting: Mount Sinai Hospital, Harlem Hospital Pediatric Emergency Room, Tisch Hospital/NYU Langone Health, Milstein Hospital, Veterans Affairs Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, Weill Cornell Medicine, NYC Health & Hospitals/Bellevue and NYU Langone Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Where Are They Located: They have 5 different locations throughout NYC.
How To ContributeHere

TabeTomo
What Are They Doing: Making Japanese meals for healthcare workers through a partnership with Feed Your Hospital
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at hospitals throughout NYC
Where Are They Located: 131 Avenue A, New York City 10009
How To ContributeHere

Tacombi
What Are They Doing: Making Mexican meals for a number of organizations in the five boroughs
Who Are They Supporting: both people who need free meals  and hospital workers
Where Are They Located: 255 Bleeker Street, NYC 10014
How To Contribute: Here

Tarallucci e Vino
What Are They Doing: began Feed the Frontlines with three other restaurants
Who Are They Supporting: feeds hospital workers in all boroughs
Where Are They Located: 475 Columbus Ave, New York City
How To Contribute: Here 

Tete a Tete Cafe
What They Are Doing: Delivering lunches for healthcare workers at Coney Island HHC Hospital, Community Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center and others.
Who Are They Supporting: Besides supporting hospital workers, 20-30% of their sales go to food delivery for elderly & disabled in the community.
Where Are They Located:  2601 East 14 Street,  Brooklyn, NY 11235
How To Contribute: For more information call (718) 676-0783  Oleg Novikov owner or email [email protected]

Teranga 
What Are They Doing: Cooking African vegan and chicken meals including Jollof Rice and Ndambe (black-eyed pea stew)
Who Are They Supporting: all hospitals
Where Are They Located: 1280 Fifth Avenue, New York City, 10029
How To Contribute: Here

Tosca
What Are They Doing: making meals through Feed The Frontlines
Who Are They Supporting: feeds hospital workers in all boroughs
Where Are They Located: 4034 Tremont Ave, Bronx, New York
How To Contribute: Here 

The Village Den
What Are They Doing: 5 donation bowls for $50.  Choice of Thai Chicken, Jerk Roasted Meatballs, Vegan Creamy Crunchy and Roasted Chicken and vegetables
Who Are They Supporting: local hospital workers
Where Are They Located: 225 West 12th St, New York City
How To ContributeHere

Wayla
What Are They Doing: this Thai restaurant is making lunch meals through their Lunchbox 4 Neighbors
Who Are They Supporting: the community pays $5.00 or whatever someone can afford
Where Are They Located: 100 Forsyth Street, New York City 10002
How To Contribute: Here 

The Wheelhouse
What Are They Doing: Setting up a GoFundMe page to support healthcare and provide meals. Currently all donations go to pay for the food. The restaurant owners are donating their time to create the meals
Who Are They Supporting: Healthcare workers at SUNY Downstate Brooklyn and Wyckoff Medical Center
Where Are They Located: 165  Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
How To Contribute: Here

Zan Yai
What Are They Doing: making Vietnamese and Thai noodle dishes
Who Are They Supporting: hospital workers throughout the five boroughs through Feed Your Hospital which supports local Pan Asian restaurants
Where They Are Located: 208 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
How To Contribute:  Here 

Zona Rosa
What Are They Doing: making meals through Feed The Frontlines
Who Are They Supporting: feeds hospital workers in all boroughs
Where Are They Located: 571 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, New York 11211
How To Contribute: Here 

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