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Love local: a shoutout to some of our business partners

Get to know the best of New York with some of our favorite partner venues

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Time Out editors
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At Time Out, we champion our city. From those delicious bagel shops to the proud Statue of Liberty, we love every inch of New York. 

But right now, not everything is ticking along as usual. Many of New York’s venues are being hit hard – and it’s just going to get more difficult over the next few months. We want you to keep supporting them, as best you can. 

To make it easier for you, we want to introduce you to a few of our partners. We team up with some of New York’s best spots to bring you great info, secrets, offers and more. Here are some of our favorites. Go forth and love them as much as we do.

Bareburger
  • Restaurants
  • Hamburgers
  • Chelsea

The popular burger-joint chain makes a welcome return to Chelsea, bringing its expertise in local, organic and sustainable burgers with them. Of course, those are a big draw here, with options including the mouthwatering ‘buckaroo’ – beef, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, mushrooms, smokey saice and a brioche bun.

Order contactless delivery from Bareburger by clicking here.

Amorina
  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Prospect Heights
  • price 1 of 4

This Prospect Heights pizza and pasta joint has a dedicated following among the neighborhood’s residents. The menu reads like any typical old-school Italian restaurant, but the focus on seasonal ingredients sets Amorina apart. The special “Will to Live” pizza changes nightly—one day, it could be made with fresh ramp pesto and mozzarella, and the next, it could be a meaty sausage pie. 

Order delivery from Amorina (Thursday – Sunday) by clicking here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • East Village

A charming little Italian restaurant that has won over many a local, this joint serves up breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as sandwiches and happy hour cocktails. You'll find piadina, salads, paninis, pasta and more on the menu. 

Holiday Cocktail Lounge
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • East Village
  • price 1 of 4

Keeping a dive bar—and even a beloved one—alive in New York isn’t easy, which makes the phoenixlike rebirth of Holiday Cocktail Lounge—a six-decade-old East Village mainstay whose barstools have seen the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Joey Ramone and Sinatra—such a head-scratching (but happy) anomaly.

Holiday Cocktail Lounge will be delivering by the end of the week.

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La Palapa
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • East Village
  • price 2 of 4

Thankfully, the fare La Palapa offers is as delicious to taste as the restaurant’s name is fun to say. The restaurant’s menu is vaster than what you’d likely find at a beach shack, but its festive drinks, warm aesthetic, and friendly and relaxed staff all play the lazing-in-the-sand part. 

Order delivery from La Palapa by clicking here.

A Cuter Cupcake
  • Shopping
  • Bakeries
  • West Village

Sweet tooth? A Cuter Cupcake makes high-end treats that are easy on the eye. Once the pipe dream of a design student, the company has now grown into the delivery company we see today.  The designs are, as you might expect, very cute, but sometimes surprisingly complex.

Order delivery from A Cuter Cupcake by clicking here.

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Calabrije's Margaritas & Tacos
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Bushwick

A short stroll from Jefferson Street subway station lies this vibrant Mexican-inspired joint. Fuelled on everything Mex-seasoned, Calabrije’s Margaritas & Tacos is (as you might’ve guessed from the name) a creative cocktail bar and Mexican eatery. 

To order delivery from Calabrije's Margaritas & Tacos, click here.

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Hell's Kitchen

This family-owned restaurant and deli has been dishing up some of NYC's best kosher comfort foods for more than 44 years, so they must be doing something right. They serve overstuffed sandwiches thicker than a phonebook, as well as soups, salads and a range of dinner options. 

 

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1 Degree Up
  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • Astoria

At this modern Asian eatery, you’ll find small plates, sides, mains, soups, salads, specialist rice and noodles and desserts. The dishes are meat and seafood-centric, including the likes of kung pao chicken or shrimp, five-spice rubbed breast of duck and Mongolian barbeque loin lamb chop. 

Order delivery from 1 Degree Up by clicking here.

Tsismis NYC
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Filipino
  • Lower East Side

Inside the convivial restaurant are a copper bar, paintings of Spam, a mural inspired by a food-and-drink–themed comic, and flags from the Philippines and the United States that hang side by side. While other Southeast Asian cuisines have a bigger presence in New York, chef Jappy Afzelius has concocted a menu that teems with multiple options in every section – and you shouldn’t miss it.

Order delivery from Tsismis by clicking here.

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Little Choc Apothecary
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Crêperies
  • Williamsburg
  • price 1 of 4

At first glance, you assume this cute little Brooklyn spot is just a café and bakery. After further inspection, you’ll discover that Little Choc Apothecary is a full-fledged restaurant, boasting a complete vegan menu.

Order delivery from Little Choc Apothecary by clicking here.

Omomo
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Midtown West

With a range of sushi and robata dishes, Omomo’s delicate offerings are specialized. A self-proclaimed sushi and izakaya experience, chef specials include the likes of spicy tuna crispy rice, miso butter clams, rock shrimp tempura and duck breast sukiyaki hotpot. 

To order delivery from Omomo, click here.

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Eats on Lex
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Lenox Hill
  • price 3 of 4

The dimly lit corner restaurant exudes “Nora Ephron Rom-com” and breathes new life into the classic duo Martini and Oysters. Their creative and extensive list of martinis gets the craft cocktail treatment with flavors like Double Espresso ($15) and a Pickletini ($15) made with real pickle juice.

Order delivery from Eats on Lex by clicking here.

Veniero’s Pasticceria and Caffe
  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • East Village
  • price 1 of 4

Italian Antonio Veniero settled in New York City, later opening his own cafe in 1894. There he sold candy, espresso and biscotti – all homemade, naturally.  Over the years the Veniero family has placed more focus on cakes and expanded the premises, but Antonio's traditional essence remains. 

Order delivery from Veniero’s by calling 212-674-7070.

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The Rookery
  • Bars
  • Gastropubs
  • Bushwick
  • price 1 of 4

British and West Indian flavors collide at this 50-seat Bushwick gastropub lined with vintage wallpaper and paintings. The menu features mash-ups like oxtail sloppy joes ($12), curried goat shepherds pie ($15) and a falafel burger ($10).

Cantina Cumbancha
  • Bars
  • Gastropubs
  • Williamsburg

Essentially a Mexican gastropub, you can expect all the usual suspects, including tacos mananeros, huevos rancheros and burrito bowls as well as a range of vegetarian options, home-made guacamole and more.

Order delivery from Cantina Cumbancha by clicking here.

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Barcade East Village
  • Bars
  • Beer bars
  • East Village
  • price 1 of 4

Suds lovers and gamers will be equally pleased by the East Village outpost of Barcade, the arcade and craft beer bar that first started in Brooklyn. 

Offer: Barcade run gift card promotions, where you’ll get an extra $5 added onto every $20 purchase. That means a gift card worth $25 gets an added $5, a $40 spend gets $50, et al.

Barcade Williamsburg
  • Bars
  • Beer bars
  • Williamsburg
  • price 1 of 4

Prepare to geek out at this temple to beer and vintage arcade games: first at the 35 classic quarter machines (Donkey Kong, Galaga, Contra), then at the ever-evolving beer selection. Opened in 2004, this is the original location of the Barcade franchise that has since expanded to include bars in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. 

Offer: Barcade run gift card promotions, where you’ll get an extra $5 added onto every $20 purchase. That means a gift card worth $25 gets an added $5, a $40 spend gets $50, et al.

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Barcade Chelsea
  • Bars
  • Beer bars
  • Chelsea
  • price 1 of 4

Calling all Manhattan gamers: You’ll want to spend an hour (or two or three) playing the vintage games at Barcade’s 3,500-square-foot location in Chelsea. Choose what arcade or pinball game to play: The bar features old-school favorites like Galaga, Contra and Super Mario Bros, among others. 

Offer: Barcade run gift card promotions, where you’ll get an extra $5 added onto every $20 purchase. That means a gift card worth $25 gets an added $5, a $40 spend gets $50, et al.

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