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With indoor dining banned in NYC, restaurants are cooking up alternatives for the holidays
December 17, 2020, 3:27.49 pm ET


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JACX&CO -28-17 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

This new food hall located in Long Island City (28-17 Jackson Avenue), is open for takeout and local Queens delivery. Choose from on-the-go Italian fare at Al Volo, crispy, thin crust pizza at Beebe’s, innovative, naturally smoked franks from Crif Dogs, globally inspired rice bowls from FIELDTRIP, all-day cafe fare at Ghaya, Omakase sushi and seasonal kaiseki dishes from Kissaki, traditional and modern Chinese dishes from Lotus + Cleaver, flavorful bowls, tacos and plates from Méxology, and Israeli inspired Mediterranean street food from Taïm.

JACX&CO offers lunch and dinner daily from 11:00am - 9:00pm, with the exception of the all-day café Ghaya, which is open every day from 7:00am - 9:00pm. Order delivery via

Senza Gluten - 206 Sullivan St, New York

Senza Gluten is a family of beloved gluten-free Italian eateries in Greenwich Village serving up comforting, Italian classics like Lasagna, Calamari, and Pollo Alla Parmigiana. Open exclusively for takeout and local delivery, guests can enjoy the comfort of chef Jemiko L. Solo’s Italian cooking from home.

Order pickup by calling 212-475-7775; Also available for delivery via Grubhub. 20% off all takeaway orders when calling Senza Gluten directly (212-475-7775)

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Fields Good Chicken - Multiple Locations

Fields Good Chicken (FGC), the healthy chicken roastery, offers takeout and delivery to most of Manhattan south of 81st Street. Guests can expect a seasonal menu of flavorful, never-fried chicken preparations, housemade sauces and sides made with fresh, high-quality market ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible.

Free delivery via the FGC Fielders app; also available on UberEats, Seamless, + GrubHub

Partners Coffee - Multiple Locations.

The Williamsburg, West Village and Long Island City cafe locations of the Brooklyn-based specialty coffee company are open for takeout and delivery. Pair a hot coffee, such as the seasonal, horchata-inspired Oatchata Latte, with a housemade baked good, or a hearty breakfast sandwich or burrito. Daily lunch options are also available.

Order delivery or takeout via

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Hortus NYC - 271 5th Ave (nr 29th St), New York, NY, 10016

This Michelin-recognized, modern Korean restaurant in NoMad that is helmed by newly appointed Executive Chef Youjin Jung (Del Posto, Osteria Mozza, DB Bistro & Oyster Bar, Boulud Sud), will offer a $70 Christmas menu, available on December 24th and 25th for lunch and dinner. The menu will highlight the HORTUS Royal Platter (chilled lobster tail, tuna tataki and shrimp cocktail to share), followed by a choice of appetizers with Tuna Tartare served with crispy tapioca chips and truffle salt or the Truffle Noodle, truffle noodle with assorted mushrooms and Thai bird chili. From there guests can choose from one of the mains from the regular menu such as Seabass with charred eggplant puree and lotus root chips or the Wagyu NY Strip with lobster mac & cheese, caviar and wild mushroom ragu. To finish the meal a choice of dessert will be offered with the Macha Tiramisu or Chocolate Mousse. You can also supplement the menu with a $40 wine pairing.

Apart from the main dining room, the second floor showcases a hidden garden oasis complete with propane heat lamps with lights hanging above. The menu can also be ordered for pick up or delivery and guests need to email the restaurant at before December 23rd. You can view the full menu here:

Nai Tapas -

This Spanish tapas restaurant in the East Village that will be open for Christmas Eve offering their regular menus. Helmed by Galicia-native Chef/Owner Ruben Rodriguez, the restaurant is best experienced with the tasting menu, which can be complemented with a wine list designed by top Spanish Sommelier Daniel Poveda, 2009 Best Sommelier of Madrid or sangria.

For those who prefer an a la carte experience the Nai Tapas menu is divided into two sections with Tapas Tradicionales and Tapas Modernas. Selections on the menus include Chipirones Con Fabas, grilled baby squid with Valencia faba beans and a Pedro Ximenez balsamic reduction; Endivias with red Belgian endive, three-month majored pimentos cheese, candied pecans and granny smith apples with rose vinegar and lemon; Pollo A La Parilla, citrus brined chicken served with a sherry vinegar gastrique and fermented piquillo pepper; and Tomate Desnudo, a standout with napa grape cherry tomatoes placed on top of clear gazpacho gelatin with arbequina extra virgin olive oil, Pedro Ximenez sherry vinegar. The dishes can be expertly paired with their selection of wines, which highlight small family-owned wineries, biodynamic, unfiltered and organic selections. There are also eight flavors of sangria available with Champagne, Passionfruit, White and Red.

Nai Tapas has heated outdoor seating. You can view the menus here:

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Amigo by Nai - Amigo by Nai - 29 2nd Avenue, New York, NY

This taqueria and cocktail experience collaboration from Executive Chef/Owner Ruben Rodriguez of Nai Tapas and Juan “Billy” Acosta co-owner of Los Angeles’ famed Carnitas El Momo that will be open for dine-in and deliver/takeout on Christmas Eve for those who prefer a more unique holiday dining experience.

The menu features a selection of tacos including Maciza, pork butt with the bone in; Rabo: oxtail, red mojo and shishito peppers with an optional side of consommé; and Coliflor, shawarma roasted cauliflower with avocado lime chimichurri and marcona almonds. Additionally, they offer aperitivos like Frijoles con Chorizo and Esquite de Maiz Gratinado. Tacos are available by the pound for delivery and takeout at Amigo by Nai, which averages out to about 10-12 tacos. Amigo by Nai has also created four to-go cocktail bottles with options like Abuela Spiked My Lemonade (Hendrick’s gin, Thai basil, shiso, cucumber, elderflower, velvet falernum, agave and lime.

You can order via the website or GrubHub and Seamless. You can view the menu here:

Winona’s - 676 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

This modern European café and natural wine bar in Williamsburg is helmed by Executive Chef Cressida Greening. The delivery menu includes the Classic Breakfast Sandwich with scrambled eggs, aged cheddar, tomato chili jam on a brioche bun; Tortilla Espanola with a classic Spanish tortilla made with potato and caramelized onion, served with a piquillo pepper aioli; Lamb Meatballs with harissa tomato sauce, feta, labne and cilantro, served with grilled flatbread; Nduja Grilled Cheese with aged cheddar, gruyere, spicy nduja sausage and pesto on rye; and Rigatoni with Slow Cooked Sausage Ragu. They also offer cocktails, natural wine and craft beer.

Winona’s is available for delivery on DoorDash and Seamless.