A wave of NYC restaurant openings and offerings amid pandemic

May 20, 2020, 6:18.47 pm ET  

NYC Restaurant Openings and Offerings during pandemic
Photo: Fornino                                                                                                               

Fornino will reopen their Brooklyn Bridge Park location at Pier 6 for takeout and delivery starting on Friday, May 22nd. The outdoor restaurant will have two pickup windows for grab and go wood-fired pizzas, salads, sandwiches and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Chef and Owner Michael Ayoub reopened his Greenpoint location at 849 Manhattan Avenue on May 1st and is excited for the return of his second eatery in Brooklyn this month. He’s a veteran in the restaurant industry who began revolutionizing what makes pizza great over 15 years ago when he first opened the doors to Fornino in 2004 in Williamsburg. 

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Fornino location will be open on weekdays from 3pm to sunset and on weekends from 12pm to sunset. Patrons will have the ability to order in advance through the Fornino website for pickup or to make purchases on site with contactless payment options available.  Delivery will also be provided via Caviar beginning May 29th. For more information, visit www.fornino.com  


Starting this Saturday, 5/23, MIFUNE, the innovative Japanese restaurant that features Washoku cuisine in Midtown Manhattan, will begin Delivery & Takeout services with menu crafted by Chef Yuu Shimano and Chef Tomohiro Urata.

SUSHI AMANE (1-Star Michelin), the restaurant concealed within MIFUNE’s subterranean dining room, also announcing Delivery & Takeout service starting also this Saturday, 5/23.

Both restaurants are located at 245 East 44th St. New York, NY 10017 between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.

            Photo: Grand Army/Max Flatow 

Grand Army  in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill has re-opened to offer takeout versions of its signature dishes and drinks, in addition to launching its own online shop today for pre-orderable drinks, raw bar items, seafood by the pound, dinner kits to assemble at home, cocktail kits, and grocery items.

Items available for walk-up purchase include lobster rolls, shrimp rolls, crab rolls, ceviche, shucked oysters, pre-batched and sealed cocktails such as margaritas and negronis, draft and canned beers, bottles of wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. There is also an extensive and frequently updated drink menu featuring large format cocktails, wine, bottles of spirits, home bar supplies (bitters, shrubs, mixers, etc.) and cocktail kits to make martinis, spritzes, and more. 

Grand Army (336 State Street) will be open for walk-up and pre-order pick-up seven days a week, from 2 - 9 p.m. on weekdays and 12 - 9 p.m. on weekends. (Closed during inclement weather, which will be announced on social media.)  Contact-less pickups and payments available. 

Photo: Concord Hill                                                                                                      

With summer right around the corner, fresh shucked oysters on the half-shell, lobster rolls and locally caught fish are now available for delivery and pickup (along other new dishes) from Concord Hill in Williamsburg. Wild Maine Lobster Rolls comes with 5oz of lobster meat tossed with mayo, sour cream, grated black radish on a house-baked lobster roll and sides of grilled corn and french fries. Grilled Wild Black Bass is served over housemade pasta with smoky eggplant, heirloom tomato, pernod and fennel sauce. And while oyster happy hours are on hold for now, Concord Hill is bringing theirs back - to go - with fresh shucked Wild Local Blue Point Oysters with cocktail sauce, mignonette and lemon for pickup (only) starting at 4pm, half dozen $9 or dozen for $18.

Those who call the restaurant directly at 347-463-9322 to place their order (instead of using a third-party app like Caviar, Seamless or Grubhub) receive 15% off select alcohol beverages.


Ample Hills will be opening their Prospect Heights location (623 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn) this weekend in honor of their ninth anniversary. This time, they'll be offering scoops and pints all weekend long to celebrate - in a safe and responsible way, of course.  Saturday through Monday, guests are invited to stop by the scoop shop where they'll be able to purchase some of their favorite signature Ample Hills flavors like Nonna D's Oatmeal Lace and Ooey Gooey Buttercake by the scoop, as well as pints to-go. Credit and Debit.  Saturday, 5/23 + Sunday, 5/24 - 1pm-9pm; Monday, 5/25 - 1pm-8pm.  Card Only; No Cash


North Miznon and Miznon Chelsea are currently offering takeout/delivery via Seamless, Caviar and UberEats. They also just launched Miznon Shop, offering large format meals, pantry staples, and wine available for a special Friday pickup/delivery. There is DIY Falafel (4ppl, $41) and Lamb Kebab Kits (4+ ppl, $110) are also available under Miznon Shop. Falafel Kits include falafel mix, tahini sauce, green spicy sauce, pickles and pita, while the Lamb Kebab Kits include 2 lbs prepared kebab meat, tahini sauce, green spicy sauce, pickles and 10 pitas.  The menu will change weekly. Place orders by 3PM on Wednesday for pickup/delivery between 3-5PM on Friday. 


Chikarashi (Chinatown) is now open Mon - Sat, 11:30AM - 9PM & Sun, 12-4PM. The full menu is available, including Ponzu Salmon, Goma Shoyu Tuna, Spicy Hamachi Chirashi, and Grilled Unagi.  Every Tuesday, Chikarashi is committed to donating a meal to a healthcare provider for every bowl you purchase on the Chikarashi app or website (available through June 16, 2020). You can also purchase bulk meals for frontline health workers and New York Hospitals. 


Nakaji is now open Thurs-Tues, 4PM-9PM for takeout and delivery. Chef Nakajima’s authentic Edomae-style sushi options include the signature Sushi Omakase ($98) featuring the chef's selection of 13 pieces of sushi, tamagoyaki, and 1 cut roll; the Sushi & Sashimi Omakase ($128) with assorted sashimi, 13 pieces of sushi, tamagoyaki, and 1 cut roll; and Chirashi bowls (i.e. Tekka Don, Omakase Don). Additional menu items coming soon! Nakaji is also offering wines and rare sake for up to 50% off from the beverage list.


Atoboy is offering deliveries via Caviar Mon, Thurs - Sat between 4:30-8:30PM. Deliveries are made on Tues & Wed between 5-8PM (*Orders for Tues & Wed should be placed the Sunday prior).  Menu items include a la carte plates and banchan, daily specials, Family Meal Sets (2-3ppl, 4-6ppl), Salmon Jang Set (2ppl), as well as wines by the bottle, beer, Korean drinks, and sodas. A $95 Special menu (Tues & Wed) features rice, kimchi, assorted banchan, vegetables, proteins, and a soup. It will occasionally include Atoboy’s best sellers, but will primarily feature new items that Executive Chef Junghyun Park develops each week.


Jones Wood Foundry is now offering takeout and delivery Tues, Wed & Fri, 3-5PM.  Think ready-to-bake Pie & Mash for pickup or delivery by appointment only. Pies include Lamb & Rosemary; Steak & Mushroom; Cottage Pie; Fisherman’s Pie; Curried Pork Vindaloo and Sweet Potato; Shepherd's Pie; and Chicken Truffle and Wild Mushrooms.  JWF is also delivering a variety of bottled beers.  Each pie serves 4-5 people and costs $48.


Nowon now has modified hours Tues - Sat, 12-8PM. Menu includes a Double Cheeseburger, Honey Butter Tater Tots, Shin Ramyun Chicken Wings, Chopped Cheese Rice Cakes, Korean Big Bird Sando, and more. Please check instagram for updates. Take-Out/Delivery and no contact pickup available. Order via Grubhub or call the restaurant at 646-692-3867.


Bessou is now open Tues - Sun from 12-6PM. Full menu available, based on availability - plus DIY Meal Kits, Bento Bowls, Shabu Shabu + hot pot kits, marinated meats/fish/seafood, Japanese prepared foods/pantry staples, as well as sake (by the bottle), wines and beers. Take-Out/Delivery via Caviar or call the restaurant at 212-228-8502.


JUA is available for takeout and delivery Tues-Sun from 5PM-9PM.  Menu includes Korean Galbi Combo with marinated bbq short rib, fried rice, cabbage kimchi; Wood-Fired Grilled Chicken, fried rice, coleslaw salad; Side dishes include Roasted Sweet Potato; Grilled Corn; Fried Rice, and more. Wine and soju also available.


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (Brooklyn & Harlem) is now available daily from 11AM - 9PM (Harlem); and Mon & Tues, 4-9PM, 11AM-9PM all other days (Brooklyn).  Full menu available, based on availability. Please check Seamless for changes. Dino is also offering an array of beer, wine and cocktails to-go/delivery. Take-Out/Delivery: Yes, to place an order call Brooklyn at 347-429-7030 or Harlem at 212-694-1777, or order via DoorDash and Seamless.


Goosefeather, in Tarrytown, is now open daily form 12pm to 8pm.  Limited menu is being offered based on availability. Goosefeather is also offering beer and wine to-go/delivery, all discounted. Take-Out/Delivery is available by calling the restaurant at 914-829-5454 or order via Grubhub and UberEats.

Compiled by Thomas Rafael


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