New Restaurant Offerings Amid the Pandemic

The suspension of indoor dining in New York City ordered by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is a blow to the restaurants struggling to stay afloat and keep their workers employed. Since the pandemic started, many have tried creative solutions like sharing kitchen space or offering meal kits. Some restaurants, like Avena Downtown, have turned their premises into pop-up shops, or opened markets adjacent to their spaces. Others are joining forces to sell food from their menus, or to become restaurants within restaurants; Osteria Morini, Lafayette and Frenchette have spun-off bakeries.

Here are a few of the latest initiatives.

Noz Market

The owners of Sushi Noz have opened this market around the corner from the restaurant. Sushi is prepared to order by chefs trained at the restaurant for takeaway, and there is sashimi, nigiri, chirashi assortments and various maki rolls. Sauces and condiments are sold. The store also has a large fresh seafood selection, including Tasmanian salmon, Arctic char, several kinds of tuna, clams, shrimp, caviar and uni. But you’ll have to reckon with fairly steep prices.

1374 Third Avenue (78th Street), 917-338-1792,

James Provisions

Among the more recent places offering assorted goods for home cooking is this Prospect Heights restaurant, which has various ingredients, prepared foods and assortments. The Scandinavian hygge-style kit includes a blanket and hot toddy mix, among other items to provide coziness.

605 Carlton Avenue (St. Marks Avenue), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, 718-942-4255,

M. Wells & Friends Holiday Food Shop

Dishes like beef bourguignon are not everyday takeout, but they’re among the specialties here. And on Dec. 20 from noon to 6 p.m., the restaurant will set up an outdoor market with items like soups and hot pies to take away or eat on the spot. Other purveyors will also be on hand with maple products, oyster kits, bread, pasta and more.

43-15 Crescent Street (43rd Avenue), Long Island, City, Queens, 718-786-9060,

Otto’s Tacos

In business since 2013, this group of taquerias in Hell’s Kitchen and the East and West Villages has now closed its locations. Thanks to Micha Magid, who is a chief executive of Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, it has found a home in that restaurant’s Upper East Side location, where orders for delivery are now being prepared.

The Coop

Ian Duke and David Hilty, who own Southampton Social Club, Union Burger Bar and Union Sushi & Steak in Southampton, N.Y., have opened this chicken to-go service. It operates from a nearby ghost kitchen out of Southampton Social Club, offering pickup and delivery of crisp fried chicken, glazed wings, rotisserie chicken, side dishes, biscuits, desserts, beer or wine. Though a number of New York restaurants and caterers now deliver to the Hamptons, the Coop will send a fried chicken feast serving eight people to New York City locations, $475 including delivery.

256 Elm Street (Powell Avenue), 646-984-1284,

The Mark Cocoa Stand by Ladurée

A little cart from Ladurée stationed in front of the Mark Hotel dispenses cocoa and pastries.

25 East 77th Street,

Washington Squares

The chef Dan Kluger, an owner of Loring Place in Greenwich Village, has added a new takeout and delivery service. It features the grandma-style pizzas he serves at his restaurant. There are six varieties including mushroom and spanakopita, along with a few salads and desserts. (Opens Wednesday)

21 West Eighth Street (Fifth Avenue),

Mojo Mousse Bar

The chef Johan Halsberghe has been selling chocolate and other mousses in grocery stores for years. In February he opened a counter in Harlem that is doing takeout and delivery. Now there are three-course holiday dinners to go, $65 per person, and also a package of cocktail tidbits, $12 per person. Order by Dec. 21 for pickup or delivery on Dec. 23 and 24.

177 East 100th Street,

Emporio del Panettone

For the holiday season Giselle and Roberto Deiaco, who own Avena Downtown, have turned part of their restaurant into a store, decorated chalet-style, selling imported panettones, $29 to $135, from several sources in Milan. There are different styles and flavors, including vegan. Panettone tastings, $25 to $125, are served with drinks outside where there are Adirondack chairs and a fireplace.

260 Avenue of the Americas (Bleecker Street), 917-215-4440,

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