Even if you weren’t trying to avoid grocery stores right now, you’d be hard-pressed to find any that carry DIY nasi lemak sets, Korean barbecue kits, or high-quality pizza dough with fresh mozzarella. That’s part of what makes the spots on this guide so special. Restaurants all over the city have started offering kitchen essentials for delivery or pick-up to help stock your fridge, from coffee and frozen cannolis to wine and meal kits. Not only will you get delicious food, but you’ll also be helping to support local restaurants when they need you most.
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Considering Olmsted has its own garden and quail coop in its backyard, it’s no surprise that their grocery store carries lots of things you’re going to want in your pantry. From 2-7pm on weekdays and 12-7pm on weekends, stop by the restaurant in Prospect Heights for housemade aji dulce hot sauce, organic vegetables, and kits to help you make their duck liver mousse and lobster bolognese at home.
If all Bread & Salt were only offering bread, we’d still go out of our way to get it. But this Jersey City pizza spot is also serving grocery items like its fantastic tomato sauce, fresh ricotta, and four types of olive oil. Order anytime Monday through Friday for pickup between 12-4pm on Saturday.
Nights at Insa typically follow a progression like this: cocktails, delicious Korean food, soju, karaoke, soju. And now that this Gowanus spot is offering delivery, you can follow the same pattern at home. Start with a large format cocktail, like one with gochugaru-infused rum, throw some of their frozen dumplings in the steamer or a ribeye on the stove, and get Weird Al queued up for virtual karaoke.
Oxalis’ online store has everything you’d expect from a high-end farmer’s market, with ramps, green unripe strawberries, and house-cured bacon available for pickup or delivery from 4-8pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And in case you don’t feel like cooking, this Prospect Heights spot also offers two-person meal kits, including one for date night and another for brunch.
Five palo santo sticks, a large format Hemingway daiquiri, and a grapefruit. That’s not the only way to order from Glasserie - it has a massive menu of drinks, spices, and kitchen staples - but it is one way to order. Whatever you decide to order from this Greenpoint spot, you can pick it up or have it delivered any day.
With the big range of pantry items available at Jeffrey’s Grocery, you can cook pretty much any meal you want. Or if you’d like a little guidance, order a meal kit for takeout or delivery from this West Village American spot. They have all the ingredients for dishes ranging from avocado toast to a spatchcock chicken to the Bar Sardine burger kit for four.
Not only is Mekelburg’s delivering its usual menu of fantastic sandwiches and small plates, but both the Williamsburg and Clinton Hill locations are offering the more than 4000 items in their high-end grocery stores for delivery as well. So with your wagyu roast beef sandwich and caviar-topped baked potato, you can also get things like espresso beans, truffle hot sauce, chocolate babka, and pet food.
If cooking ramen in your apartment brings to mind a messy microwave in a messier dorm room, Mo’s Original in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is about to change all that. This Japanese-Caribbean spot is offering ready-to-assemble ramen kits with ingredients like miso curry broth, noodles, smoked chicken, and various toppings for $12 for pickup every Wednesday and Saturday. You can also try making ramen from scratch with groceries from their pantry, like Sun Noodles, chicken stock, and a dry dashi kit.
Along with fully prepared Korean bento boxes and daily specials like kimchi fried rice, Kochi is offering a few format options for pickup and delivery. Their family meal includes entrees and sides for five people, and if you’re in the mood to cook a whole lot of perfectly marinated yourself, get the set that comes with bulgogi, spicy pork, galbi, pork loin, and spicy chicken BBQ.
The chances are fairly high that you’ve baked or considered baking bread in the past few days, and you’re certainly not alone. But if you want to set yourself apart, you’re going to need the best ingredients. Fortunately, Bien Cuit is offering them for takeout and delivery. Along with their sourdough starter, wheat flour, and instant yeast, this Carroll Gardens bakery is also serving a bunch of things you can put on the bread once it’s done, like cured meats or duck rillettes.
Atoboy’s spicy peanut butter and sweet and spicy sauces are reason enough to order delivery from this Korean spot in Flatiron, but the main draws are the large format meals. There are dinner sets for anywhere between two and six people that include things like BBQ galbi, gochujang chicken, and more small plates than you’ll find in Bilbo Baggins’ kitchen.
Miznon’s pitas are plenty of food for one meal, but we tend to leave this Israeli Chelsea spot wishing we had gotten another to-go, just for the sauces and spices inside. Now the ordering decision is easy. Get a pita for delivery, like one with roasted cauliflower or crispy ribeye, and some za’atar, chickpeas, and tahini to use whenever you want.
A big part of what makes Blue Hill such a special restaurant is the fact that its ingredients seem straight off of a Michael Pollan vision board. Now those ingredients - packs of vegetables, grass-fed beef, or fresh seafood - are available for pick-up from Stone Barns or the location in Manhattan. Whether or not you can turn them into a 40-course masterpiece like they do at the restaurant is another story.
Saraghina is serving coffee from Irving Farm, Joe, La Colombe, and Partners, as well as multiple types of organic flour and dry pastas. In other words, whatever you’re running low on at the moment, there’s a good chance you’ll find it in the online shop of this Italian spot in Bed-Stuy. Place an order any day for pickup or delivery, which is offered on Tuesday or Friday between 11am-4pm.
Yaso Tangbao in Industry City is selling all sorts of family-size meals with rice, noodles, dumplings, and various proteins like pork meatballs and curry beef shank. And if you still have space in your freezer, we suggest you get some frozen baos or a 10lb frozen vegetable box. Actually, throw away everything that’s currently in your freezer, and fill that space with 100 frozen spicy soup dumplings. At present, this is simply the right thing to do.
Whether a couple episodes of The Voice have you feeling energized, or 15 minutes of Westworld has you completely drained, the vacuum packed takeout and delivery options from Cocoron have you covered. This Japanese spot in Nolita is offering ready-to-heat soups, ingredients for DIY soba and ramen, and even a shabu shabu set with pork and wagyu from Shabushabu Macoron.
Glou is still a great place to get a glass of Chilean viognier or liter-bottle of Czech gruner veltliner, but now this Prospect Lefferts Gardens wine bar is also a good option for groceries like Nutella or pancake mix, snacks like chicken liver pate or bacon onion jam, and $1 coffees. It’s all available to-go from 12-7:30pm daily.
People say great pizza is all about great ingredients. While it’s a convenient excuse when you pull something out of the oven that tastes like cardboard covered in marinara sauce, it’s also true. See for yourself by ordering a pizza pack from Best Pizza in Williamsburg, which includes uncooked dough, a pint of pizza sauce, and a pint of their housemade mozzarella.
No kitchen is ever complete without a dozen bagels, lox, and schmear - and Russ & Daughters can ship you supplies so you can make that pantry dream come true. Both LES and Navy Yard locations of Russ & Daughters are open for carryout, and their Jewish Museum store is on online as well. They also ship nationwide, in case your cousin in Colorado currently has a void that can only be filled with a good bagel.
Bessou understands that good comfort food isn’t the easiest to make, and does a lot of the prep work for you. For example, they season, marinate, and fry karaage chicken, so when the meal kit is delivered to you, you just need to bake or fry it one more time before it’s ready. This Noho Japanese spot also marinates ready-to-cook hangar steak and whole chickens, batters and breads tonkotsu cutlets, and offers shabu shabu kits with all of the ingredients portioned out.
When you think of a picnic on the Mediterranean, you might imagine a stucco house overlooking the beach or a scene from The Talented Mr. Ripley. But you probably don’t think of your living room. Change that by placing an online order from Cervo’s on Thursday for a contactless pickup on Saturday. Get a loaf of bread with some tinned seafood, head-on prawns, and Serrano ham, or just skip to the main course with a ready-to-cook whole piri piri chicken. Either way, add a bottle of sparkling wine or the ingredients for a negroni to your order.
If you have access to a grill or a trusty cast iron skillet (or even if you don’t), get a steak care package from Cote. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to place your steak order, or you can check out their menu online for delivery or takeout that’s already cooked. Also, 3% of all their online sales go to City Harvest.
Coffee and doughnuts is always a pretty good way to start the day. And when the coffee is from Intelligentsia and the doughnuts are from Dough Doughnuts, it even makes 9am Zoom check-ins seem, well, less terrible. Get about a week’s worth of both delivered as a combo pack from Dough in Flatiron.
In Bed-Stuy, Boca Santa is offering provision boxes that’ll ensure your DIY taco night has a very high floor. The $50 packages include housemade tortillas, avocados, and salsa, as well as a few basic essentials like fruits, vegetables, milk, and eggs. Call 551-257-4443 to place an order for pickup between 2-8:30pm from Wednesday through Saturday, and be sure to get one of their fantastic agua frescas while you’re at it.
In addition to their loaves of bread and various pastries (that are some of the finest things ever birthed from an oven), Bourke Street Bakery is also selling “Essentials Boxes” with fruit, vegetables, rice, and a bunch of baked goods. And if you’re still trying to figure out how to make bread at home, they have flour. Although you might as well just buy a few loaves from Bourke Street and pretend that you made them. It’s much less effort.
If you live near Inwood, and you’re running low on paper towels, almond milk, and chicken fingers, the answer is Park Terrace Deli. They also have some other basic groceries like ice cream, eggs, and toothpaste, as well as a huge selection of sandwiches and snacks that you can eat while you try to learn how to make your own sandwiches by watching YouTube tutorials.
Hearth currently has a wine window at Brodo (their soup place in the neighborhood) where you can pick up bottles for 50% their usual prices. It’s a truly extensive collection with everything from Champagne to reds from the Canary Islands, as a bunch of whiskey and cognac. And, since you can’t survive off Champagne and whiskey alone, they’re also taking orders for broth to-go.
In Flatiron, Sous Vide Kitchen is selling all sorts of things by the pound. Pulled pork, for example, as well as chicken, tofu, roasted mushrooms, and vegan samosas. They also have plenty of sauces, spreads, fresh produce, and meal kits for up to four people. This place is open for pickup and delivery Monday through Friday, and you can either call 646-895-9232 or email contact@SVKfoodhall.com to place your order.
In addition to their menu of dim sum available for pick-up and delivery, Nom Wah Nolita is also selling 1.5 pounds of frozen dumplings of all kinds. And, since they’re frozen, you should probably just stock up and consider buying yourself another freezer.
Along with its regular menu of fried Italian snacks and filling entrees, Cremini’s is currently offering a bunch of different food and drink combinations that’ll cover you for multiple meals. They range from cheese and charcuterie plates, to huge spreads of fully prepared dishes, like fettuccine with bechamel, bacon cheeseburgers with fries, and Italian donuts filled with custard. Many of the specials include bottles of wine, so make sure to add a side of fried Ascolana olives filled with minced meats, which are some of our favorite drinking snacks around.
There has never been a better time to build beautiful sandwiches. If you live in Manhattan or Brooklyn and want great deli meat, bread, and olives, you can order from either Ends Meat location (call 929-306-6014 for Manhattan, and 718-801-8895 for Brooklyn). They’re available every day, just make sure to place your order before 4pm.
All three Sauce Pizzeria locations - LES, East Village, Herald Square - are offering frozen pies for delivery. You can get five cheese or vodka pies for $65, which will greatly enhance your options the next time you’re craving a couple slices first thing in the morning. When you order through Sauce’s website, you’ll have the option of adding on a plain pie that’ll be delivered to doctors and nurses at local hospitals, and if you choose to do so, Sauce will match it and donate another pie as well.
Jajaja, a vegan Mexican spot with locations in the West Village, Williamsburg, and the Lower East Side, currently has a “Do It Yourself” section on its delivery and takeout. It consists of things like Spanish rice, guacamole, and 32 ounces of vegan chorizo, and it’ll help you get some plant-based food in your life that isn’t a slightly dented can of navy beans. Just check their website to place an order.
Once a week, Hart’s in Bed-Stuy is hosting an online shop with plenty of stuff to stock your pantry, like chicken, bread, ricotta, and lots of alcohol. There’s also ground lamb available, in case you want to try to recreate their masterful lamb burger. Pickup happens on Sundays, and you can check their website to see what’s available and place your order.
The Fly, a wine bar/restaurant in Clinton Hill from the same people behind Hart’s, is also doing an online shop with pickup on Wednesdays. Take a look at the website to see the selection. Whatever you go with, we strongly suggest you get a whole, ready-to-roast chicken so that you can, at some point, close your eyes and pretend you’re eating the delicious chicken they serve at The Fly.
There are a bunch of locations of Wonder Bagels around Jersey City, all of which deliver until 3pm every day. Not only is it a good option if you want a pumpernickel bagel with Taylor Ham, egg, and cheese, but also if you want to stock up on the basics. You can order fresh bagels by the baker’s dozen, various types of cream cheese in bulk, and fresh-sliced lox by the pound.
Rezdora has pasta dinner kits available for pick-up, like a $40 package that includes dry pasta for two with your choice of pomodoro, duck ragu, and vegetarian mushroom ragu. They also have tiramisu, gelato, and their entire list of Northern Italian wines at retail value. To get yours, fill out the form on their website, then strategize the best walking route to Flatiron.
You’re on your very last coffee filter, and you’re getting nervous. Know that The Goods Mart has their full inventory on online right now, meaning you can stock up on grocery and convenience items, as well as sandwiches from Alidoro. Their current hours are 9am-5pm on weekdays and 11am-4pm on Saturdays.
In addition to their Thai food and entrees like steak and seared salmon, Lovely Day in Nolita is also selling a variety of groceries that you can order over your usual delivery platforms. They have a small selection of stuff ranging from baked beans to toilet paper, in addition to essentials such as Pocky and oat milk.
When you’re tired of calling two bowls of Cap’n Crunch dessert, call Gino’s and place an order for pickup or delivery. This classic Italian bakery in Belmont is offering frozen desserts, like cheesecakes, pastries, and DIY cannolis with cream and shells.
An entire quart of bolognese ragu probably sounds pretty good right now. You can get one from West Village Italian spot Da Toscano, in addition to their a la carte menu and a spaghetti kit that’ll feed four people. Call 212-606-4054 for pickup or go online.
If you want to freshen your sad-looking pantry (or your freezer) - know that you can order bagels for pick-up or delivery from Kossars on the LES. Get a bagel sandwich, and throw in a few dozen bialys while you’re at it.
If your friends are all learning how to bake bread and you’d like to learn as well, just so you can get better at it and shove it in their faces, Leo in Williamsburg is delivering organic wheat and spelt flour. They also have bread, in case you’re too lazy to bake, and they have some great pizzas as well. Go online for pickup or delivery.
With locations all around the city and a large variety of customizable bowls with stuff like salmon and charred broccoli, Dig Inn sure is endearingly convenient. Right now, they also have large format meals, eggs, milk, and farmers boxes with a bunch of vegetables. Order from their website, and try to place your order before the farmers boxes sell out for the day.
Sticky’s has a bunch of locations in lower Manhattan (and one in Brooklyn), and they specialize in chicken fingers. If you just pictured a basket of chicken fingers in front of you, congratulations, you passed the test. Order online, and get the four-person family meal if you’d like a fridge full of chicken.
Junzi Kitchen (with three locations in Greenwich Village, Midtown, and Morningside Heights) is also offering family-style meals that come with your choice of things like shallot rice, tofu, lion’s head meatballs, and pickled red cabbage. They come with anywhere from 3-10 servings, and you can also get some chili oil and Chinese chips to supplement. Order directly from their website.
In addition to its regular menu of tacos and burritos, Orale is offering family-size portions of guacamole and DIY margarita kits, which include a handle of tequila, a bunch of citrus mix, and agave. Their Jersey City and Hoboken locations are open for pickup or delivery from 3-8:30pm every day except Monday.
Down in Battery Park, Harry’s Italian has wine, jars of pasta sauce, and family-style meals for pickup and delivery. To fill your fridge with penne vodka and chicken parm, visit their website.
On Fridays and Saturdays, Foxface in the East Village is currently selling DIY pasta kits (carbonara, for example) that feed 4-5 people. Check their Instagram to see what’s available or go to their website.
La Napa is typically a tapas restaurant in Crown Heights - but now they’re pretty much a full-on grocery store. They’re selling everything from kale, garlic, and celery to eggs, manchego, and jamon serrano, and you browse the selection (pickup only) at lanapamarket.com.
Samwon Garden, in Koreatown, is offering something called a “Care Package” for delivery. It consists of prime short rib, pork belly, several stews, and a bunch of sides, it costs $178.95, and it will most likely make your week. But if you don’t want to spend that much, this Korean barbecue spot also has a huge a la carte menu (and plenty of soju).
Another spot in Koreatown currently open, Miss Korea has a few different large-format dinner sets (with dishes like bulgogi, squid, and kimchi pancakes) in addition to a bunch of a la carte stuff and plenty of Korean barbecue. Now’s your chance to fill your fridge with meat.
Over in Fort Greene, Colonia Verde has transformed its operation into something called Colonia Go. They’re doing deliveries of stuff like tortillas, frozen arepas, several kinds of steak, and plenty of vegetables and sides, with a $50 minimum. Check out their website to see the selection.
While they’re not the kind of groceries you can eat, board games are very useful to have on-hand right now. Clinton Hall understands that, which is why their FiDi and Herald Square locations are offering Jenga, Sorry, Operation, and a bunch of other games for delivery, along with growlers of beer, bottles of liquor, and very good bar food.