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Chef restaurateurs Fabian Von Hauske Valtierra and Jeremiah Stone are old hands at Michelin-starred food that’s actually fun to eat. Both Contra and Wildair are shut, but a new, unexpected mashup of the two, Contrair, is open for delivery through Caviar. Rather than merely adapting current menus for delivery, Valtierra and Stone have come up with an entirely new concept that fuses both restaurants’ dedication to seasonality, shareable plates, and New American vibes. Divided into hot, cold, and sweet, the dishes are just the kind of food you crave during—well—a pandemic. Warm, comforting congee; lamb-stuffed cabbage; BBQ chicken; and homey rice pudding. A few dishes off this new menu plus a bottle of something natural and funky-tasting sounds like an ideal night at home in front of Tiger King to us. (Oh, and the duo and their team are delivering weekly lunches and drinks to New York City hospital workers in collaboration with our favorite dumpling spot, Mimi Cheng’s.)
People’s Wine Shop
115 Delancey St., Lower East Side
People’s Wine Bar was one of the 2019 openings we were most psyched about, mainly because we knew, based on our always-stellar experiences at sibling establishments Contra and Wildair, that it would be fantastic. It was, and hopefully it will be again. Until then, the good folks behind the wine bar are now in the wine delivery business. Order online or email [email protected] with your preferences and budget for a sommelier-grade selection of small-batch biodynamic and organic wines from the world’s best producers. And, if you're hungry as well as thirty, check out the founders' new restaurant mash-up delivery concept, Contrair, here.
Fulton Fish Market
If ever there were a time to conquer the fear of cooking fish and re-create those buttery, sautéed scallops you go to restaurants for at home, it’s now. Fulton Fish Market is keeping our fridges and freezers stocked with littleneck clams, smoked trout, wild salmon, and delicacies like uni and oysters. Order here via the website, and within two days, a package of very recently caught fish will be sitting on your doorstep, ready for the skillet.
261 Moore St., Bushwick
The combination of puffy, charred crust, and sweet-salty tomato sauce at Roberta’s in Bushwick is, to us, the perfect pizza. Along with those still-delicious pizzas, the restaurant is delivering make-your-own pasta kits, too, complete with detailed instructions. For those who like their pies piping-hot, check out Roberta’s thoughtful how-to-reheat illustrations on the site.
Union Square Greenmarket
W &, E 17th St., Union Square
The farmers and various purveyors who make up New York’s beloved Union Square Greenmarket are taking great care in adapting to the current situation. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday the market’s meticulous website and app are updated with that day's sellers and relevant information. Several producers are offering preorder and pickup options plus some home delivery (click here for a comprehensive list and contact info). Support farmers and others who go to great lengths to produce quality food and place an order.
For the mornings when only a French baguette will do, there’s Bushwick staple L’imprimerie. The bakery is keeping up with bread and pastry orders, plus pantry items like sauerkraut, dried beans, coffee, granola, yogurt, and wine. L’imprimerie is giving free pizza assembly kits to essential workers (which means anyone keeping the city running—drivers, medics, restaurant workers, etc.), and you can buy them as well. And all those looking to master the art of sourdough should make a beeline for the bakery’s starter kits.
205 E Houston St., Lower East Side
Katz has dinner covered with its famous brisket, roast chicken or turkey, stuffed cabbage and creamy kugel, and other delicious, comforting dishes for delivery in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Those craving Katz’s never-too-salty matzo ball soup from further afield can order a full dinner package (including brisket) that serves up to four people for $125 with two days’ notice for nationwide shipping. Meanwhile, you can get the deli’s pastrami sandwiches and warming soups on all the usual delivery platforms (Seamless, Caviar, DoorDash) alongside some convenient fridge and freezer staples like sour pickles, hand-carved meats, and liters of broth.
295 Grand St., Williamsburg
Were 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, cocktails hand-batched by head bartender Orlando Franklin McCray, and seriously fragrant bags of coffee beans, too. (You need 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 and pull out the wine opener in anticipation.
181 Thompson St., Soho
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.
Borough Provisions is the brainchild of Brooklyn bakery Bien Cuit and New York City roastery Joe Coffee, based on the not-so-simple premise of contact-free deliveries of pantry essentials. Expect heavenly pastries and bread, fragrant coffee beans, and other quarantine-worthy treats with free delivery to parts of Brooklyn and below 110th Street in Manhattan. Get in touch online and note that there’s a minimum spend of $60 for nationwide delivery. Contact-free pickup is also available at both Bien Cuit stores in Brooklyn, and best of all, there’s a 25 percent discount for all medical workers.
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