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Restaurant gift cards and merch to buy during coronavirus shutdown
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Restaurant gift cards and merch to buy during coronavirus shutdown

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Our favorite New York restaurants and bars often feel like an extension of our cramped apartments. But the spread of COVID-19 is quickly changing all that as Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all restaurants and bars to close—except for offering delivery and take-out—starting 8 p.m. March 16. 

This still poses a significant challenge, as the profit margins have never been high for business owners feeding our city. The mandate puts pressure on restaurants and bars already struggling to keep their doors open. On top of that, many employees in the hospitality industry will be left with a paycheck (especially those who depend on tips).

As critics crisscrossing the five boroughs looking for the best bites to share with our readers, we know it is our duty to help bring you the best of the best even when dining out is facing challenges. Even if you are self-isolating in the coming weeks, there are many ways to still support your favorite food businesses. Buying gift cards and restaurant merch is a great way to support your go-to spots in the meantime, so these businesses can continue to pay their bills and staff.

When the public health crisis is under control, we’ll be ready to patronize our favorite establishments (perhaps with a shirt or tote in hand). In the meantime, should you choose delivery, we put together a list of our favorite spots that do that, too.

As always, if you have recommendations of spots we missed, please send them to food.ny@timeout.com 

Adda (email hello@addanyc.com)

Archestratus

Atla

Balaboosta

Beyond Sushi

B&H Dairy 

Boba Guys

Brooklyn Chop House

Cafe Cluny

Carbone

Claro

Cote

Court Street Grocers 

Crown Shy

Davey's Ice Cream

Daymoves

Dimes

Dirt Candy

Don Angie 

Estela

Fort Defiance

Four Horsemen

Gage & Tollner

Gem Spa

Gertie

Golden Diner

Hanoi House (email info@hanoihousenyc.com)

Hart’s

Hometown BBQ

Hunky Dory 

Il Buco

Il Fiorista

The Jones

Junzi Kitchen

Kindred

Kolkata Chai

Kopitiam

LaLou

La Newyorkina

La Vara

Legacy Records

Leo Sourdough

Lilia

Little Spain 

Loring Place

Malai Ice Cream

Meme’s Diner

Misi

Miss Ada

Mission Chinese Food

Momofuku Ssam Bar 

Noreetuh

Oiji

Oxalis

Oxomoco

Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop

Peoples Wine 

Portale 

Rezdora

Rhodora

Russ and Daughter’s

Sage Kitchen

Santina

Scarr’s

Sen Sakana

Sofreh 

Sounds

Superiority Burger

Sushi by Bou, Sushi by Bae, Suite Sushi (50% of all online purchases of gift cards will be donated staff)

Tanoreen

Uncle Boons

Veniero's

Via Carota

Yafa Cafe

Zaro's Family Bakery

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