It’s possible that this coming week will prompt you to change out of your pajamas fewer times than is hygienically acceptable. But if there’s one thing you can do right now (if you haven’t already), it’s vote.
These NYC bars, cafes, and restaurants are offering Election Day specials, pop-ups, and charitable projects to help celebrate democracy. So whether you could use a free jell-o shot right now or you already cast your ballot and are interested in a meal kit with hanger steak and chocolate cake to pair with a silver-haired man pointing to a blue and red map, check out these 13 places.
For all the information you need on voting in the 2020 Election, visit Vote NYC, and if you’d like to help ensure that food insecurity doesn’t prevent anyone from voting, you can donate to Feed The Polls, a partnership between The Infatuation, Zagat, and The Migrant Kitchen offering free, healthy meals to people waiting at the polls on November 3rd.
This Italian bakery and restaurant in Harlem is selling a special “votercino” in their bakery. As you may or may not have guessed from the suffix of that word, this is a cappuccino with voting latte art on top. It’s not only cute and timely, but it’s also available to anyone who asks.
James in Prospect Heights has two election “survival kits” available for pick-up and delivery so you can stock up on wine and good food for watching election night results come in (or, at least, some results). The first is called “The Optimist,” which comes with pasta and walnut pesto, apple crisp for dessert, and sparkling wine and plum cocktails. Or you could go with “The Pessimist,” which is complete with hanger steak, a bottle of red wine, negronis, and chocolate cake.
Attention poll workers: thank you for your service, would you like free Shake Shack? Every Shake Shack location is giving away free burgers and fried chicken sandwiches to poll workers from Sunday through Election Day. They’re only available in-store (not through online delivery or pick-up), and you have to bring your poll worker badge.
If you’re looking for some wine while you wait for results on Tuesday night (and possibly Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night), this natural wine shop on the LES is offering 10% off all their wine on Monday and Tuesday this week. They’re also including free delivery in Manhattan, and have $50 packs that come with a combination of champagne (for celebration purposes) and a deep red (for the opposite).
Leon & Son
Another wine shop offering discounts on Monday and Tuesday is Leon & Son in Clinton Hill. Although you can only redeem it by going to their store and showing them a voting sticker or any other proof of voting.
This cocktail bar in Harlem is hosting a pop-up with Harlem Biscuit Company on November 3rd between 8am and 2pm. In addition to drinks, they’ll be selling fried chicken sandwiches and BECs served on fresh biscuits, and handing out free coffee to anyone with an “I Voted” sticker.
This cookie bakery with locations in Long Island City, Astoria, and the West Village just opened a new location in Williamsburg. If you’re nearby any of those neighborhoods on Election Day, you can stop by for free iced or hot coffee all day. No sticker needed.
Echo Bravo in Bushwick is celebrating Election Day with complimentary jello shots for anyone with an “I Voted” sticker. They have a big patio space as well as indoor service, and lots of wings to eat. In case you’re closer to North 10th Street than you are to Troutman Street, Echo Bravo is running the same jello-shot deal at their sister location in Williamsburg.
Over the past few months, breweries across the country have donated 10% of the proceeds of their People Power Beer pack to the ACLU. The initiative was started by the team at Threes Brewing, and there are over a dozen NYC-based breweries participating (like Bronx Brewery, Evil Twin, Coney Island Brewery, KCBC, and more). You can find all of the participating breweries and learn more information here.
If you show up to this Williamsburg all-day spot during their 4-6pm Happy Hour with a sticker, they’ll give you a free shot. Of course, in line with this year’s booze law, you also need to buy something to eat while you’re there. They have a whole menu of dishes like oysters, bread from Balthazar bakery, burgers, and more.
Stop by this East Village barbecue spot with a voting sticker for a $5 cocktail. They also have snacks like corn with chili-lime butter and furikake, and smoked beef jerky. Duck’s is open from Wednesday through Sunday with outdoor seating available.
A free glazed doughnut feels good any day, but we assume it will feel especially right on November 3rd 2020. Krispy Kreme is giving away doughnuts and voting day at all of their locations. It’s easy to memorize where they are because there are only six spots near or in NYC (Fordham Road in the Bronx, 125th Street in Harlem, Times Square, Penn Station, Jersey City, FiDi, and 6th Avenue between 36th and 37th Streets). Also, it’s kind of a fun party trick to fire them off.
Baked By Melissa
Stop by any Baked By Melissa location with your voting sticker and you’ll get 10% off of your purchase. We don’t know about you, but sometimes we like to play a game called, “How Many Baked By Melissa Cupcakes Can We Fit In Our Mouth At Once?” Election night may be a good time to try it yourself.