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Carbone
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.
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.
Ellen Weldon
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.
John Dolan Photography
246 Bowery, Lower East Side
Scrolling through John Dolan’s website is the digital equivalent of flipping through a beautifully curated coffee table book. Dolan does his fair share of editorial and advertising work, and his images have the dramatic, energetic quality of both. When it comes to weddings, he’s a master of discretion. He excels at capturing intimate moments—a quiet conversations in the corner, the setting of a veil, guests’ expressions when they catch their first glimpse of the bride. Dolan prefers film over digital and is based in New York City and the Berkshires.
Christian Oth Studio
147 W. 25 St., Chelsea
Let’s start with a caveat: Christian Oth is tough to pin down. To guarantee availability, you’ll want to book a year in advance. Really. This popularity is warranted. Oth and his team are at the top of the wedding photography game. They leave no detail uncaptured, and the finished product is somehow editorial and glamorous. Oth is conscious of just how much effort goes into the small details, whether it’s the flowers or the candles of the hem of a bride’s dress, and he’s a master of capturing it all.
Lewis Miller Design
803 6th Ave., Chelsea
New Yorkers have been bowled-over by the totally random, sumptuously over-the-top flower arrangements that have been sprouting up on street corners, around trash cans, and over city landmarks since 2016. This exercise in random delight is the work of Lewis Miller and his team of florists. Miller grew up a California farmer’s kid. Horticulture school followed a childhood spent in the garden, and now he runs a large studio in New York City. He is a true creative. For an artist like Miller, flowers can elevate a humble city block. Imagine what the man can do with a wedding. To get an idea, flip through his coffee table book (published by Rizzoli) or request a meeting at his studio.
The Brooklyn Kitchen
100 Frost St., Williamsburg
Cooking nightly dinner at home is a fairly radical concept to many New Yorkers, but blessedly the Brooklyn Kitchen (with two locations, Williamsburg and Sunset Park) has made realistic home cooking its mission. The Williamsburg property is a renovated warehouse with a stunning loft kitchen and ample space for ambitious gourmands to command their own stations. Classes are themed and truly, there is something for everyone whether you want to master the art of French cooking (pick the Julia Child class), acquire the basics in knife skills 101, learn to butcher your own meat or just rustle up some quick pickles to perk up your work lunches al desko. Aside from being seriously practical, cooking classes are a fun change-up from the normal restaurant-dinner-and-a-drink date or post-work routine.
Nourish Kitchen + Table
West Village residents missing their daily dose of health-oriented, flavor-packed food from nutritionist Marissa Lippert's now closed café, can breathe easy and access Lippert's incredible food via her catering and private events service. Dedicated to sustainability, seasonality, and of course taste, Nourish Kitchen + Table's menus are brimming with the familiar dishes—updated with international splashes of flavor (za'atar, orange-blossom tahini, garlic confit, rosewater—we could go on)—we all crave through the seasons. A catered office spread could include a bright vegetable frittata, satisfying sweet potato noodles, and herby carrot chickpea falafels, while a wedding or baby shower could feature delicious bites like fresh watermelon and whipped feta, tasty mini carnitas, and charred eggplant—all served up with Lippert's pretty, modern aesthetic at the forefront. Last, but not least, Nourish Kitchen + Table's sister company, Nourish Baby delivers homemade baby food and restorative, healing dishes in meal delivery service format—a godsend for the new mama.