New York Services
The Four Horsemen
295 Grand St., Williamsburg
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup, delivery, and outdoor dining. We’re crazy for the Four Horsemen at the best of times, and now our craving for the niche biodynamic wines (available) and lemony bottarga pasta (sadly not) is in full overdrive. The restaurant is delivering a robust selection of natural wines and cocktails hand-batched by head bartender Orlando Franklin McCray. You’ll have to buy a snack to take advantage of cocktails or beer delivery, per the law; we strongly recommend the Spanish ham chips. Place your order through nextdoorspacebk.com. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
181 Thompson St., Soho
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup, delivery, and outdoor dining. Carbone’s takeout menu is firmly in the ridiculous but awesome category, and thank god for that. In this time of quarantine, a blowout supper of whole grilled branzino dripping in butter or bone-in, meltingly tender rib eye with spicy rigatoni vodka is a brilliant way to lift the spirits and keep very talented restaurant workers in business. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns Boxes
75 Washington Pl., Greenwich Village
We have spent many an evening trying to wrangle a reservation at any of Dan Barber’s three Blue Hill restaurants. Now the Barber family has reimagined the dining experience with six to-go boxes, available for pick-up from both the Pocantico Hills and NYC locations. The Restaurant contains all the components of a flawless Blue Hill–style meal in a box, like dairy, meat, grains, freshly milled flatbread, fermented veggies, and eggs. The Pork and Beef Boxes are made for the devoted carnivore, and the Bread Box is like bringing a fragrant bakery into your home kitchen. Reserve your box online here, where you can also purchase boxes the restaurant has prepared to donate to community hospitals and their teams. Image courtesy of Annabel Braithwait.
Priority Private Care
Priority Private Care Summer House Calls, an extension of Priority Private Care (PPC), a concierge medical service in New York, provides immediate care twenty-four hours a day.
The service sits somewhere between Uber and a private car service: You book a seat online and share the ride to the Hamptons with a few others for the reasonable price of $65 ($75 for Montauk). A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans depart regularly from the Sixty SoHo Hotel or the William Vale in Brooklyn, and make stops East Hampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, Amagansett, and Montauk. It's a winner.
Ode à la Rose
120 W. 28th St., Chelsea
Ode à la Rose founders Olivier Plusquellec and Louis Brunet are Parisian. And to be Parisian means to know beauty—and in this case, flowers. When they moved to NYC, they were disappointed to see all the dehydrated, wilted, sad arrangements on offer. So disappointed, they decided to start their own floral delivery service: Ode à la Rose. Plusquellec and Brunet started small, working with a few florists who trained in the specific style of hand-tied bouquets that the French have mastered—and they've only grown since. At their NYC location (above the Chelsea Flower Market), the team creates incredible arrangements with accents straight from Plusquellec and Brunet's home country: gigantic, plump fuchsia roses delivered with French macarons; lilies, wildflowers, and lavender accented with eucalyptus and wrapped in raffia. No detail is too small—the packaging, the richness of the hue of the flower, you name it—and they’re experts in keeping the flowers hydrated during transit. The team delivers throughout the Northeast, as well as Chicago, where they have a sister location. We're just hoping a West Coast outpost isn’t far behind.
The lack of spas in the area makes Zeel an especially welcome service on the East End. The company’s on-demand massage services (booked through their app or website) are performed by fully vetted, licensed therapists who bring everything they need with them to your home or hotel, including massage tables and essential oils. Swedish and deep tissue treatments are the most popular, but specialty massages (prenatal, sports, and couples) are available, too.
The summer after Uber returned to the Hamptons after a two-year absence, Lyft joined it out east, offering rides that span from Westhampton to Montauk. While we can’t guarantee short wait times, another car service option on the East End is bound to alleviate some transportation anxiety.
The Culinistas, a Manhattan-based food prep service, is sending its team of chefs out to the Hamptons for the summer. A good thing, because for those going east to get away from it all, "all" might include cooking. The membership service does catering for parties, events, and anyone entertaining friends or family.
222 Fifth Ave., Flatiron
Ellen Weldon has been creating lavish invitations for New York weddings for close to three decades. And does she know what she’s doing? Let’s put it this way: Estée Lauder was her first client. A specialist in the art of calligraphy, Weldon offers different styles, ranging from the more printed-looking type that is straight caps to the dramatic swirling font that is Venetian. Be sure to allow at least three months, especially if your heart is set on one of Weldon’s custom monograms for the invitations.