Several downtown Manhattan liquor stores are delivering.
The Downtown Allliance, the business development group of Lower Manhattan, advises NYCOTC that many downtown liquor stores are open (virtually!) for business and making deliveries to keep shelves stocked and your spirits high. Pun intended.
Ordering delivery and tipping generously is a great way to help your local businesses in this crucial time.
Getting your martini to-go is one way to help local restaurants offering delivery and take-out. Because it’s always five o’clock somewhere.
Liquor stores in other parts of the city have reduced hours, such as 11am to 7pm, and/or curbside pickup.
Phone your favorite store and find out. The phone number is probably on your credit card receipt, if you saved it.
More than 900 Subway franchises nationwide, including here in NYC, are offering groceries online along with sandwiches.
See if there is a franchise in your zipcode
Also, with your order, you can donate a sub to a first responder or frontline worker.
Just add as many “First Responder Subs” as you’d like to your cart and we’ll deliver them to local doctors, nurses, police, fire, and EMTs in your area as a “thank you” for everything they are doing for us!
Participating locations are offering Subway Grocery with the following options:
• Curbside Pickup (contact-free)
• Inside Pickup (at the register)
• Delivery (select locations only)
Grocery hours vary by location, deliveries up to 5 miles of select locations with $45 minimum order.
The Butcher’s Daughter
The NYC cafe mini-chain has transformed all three of its locations into “Butcher’s Bodegas,” selling all of its regular menu items along with bread, olive oil, granola, pasta, and pancake mix. Order by calling any of the locations or through Grubhub, Uber Eats, Caviar, and Postmates.
Bourke Street Bakery
This Australian bakery is taking orders for sourdough bread and also a “bread + essentials” biweekly delivery.
Be prepared to pay $80 – plus tip – for such essentials as include milk, butter, kale, carrots, onions, potatoes, broccoli, oranges, apples, bananas, strawberries, a loaf of bread and four croissants, a muffin, coffee, and four avocados.
Also be prepared to wait a day if all the scheduled same-day deliveries are marked sold out, so keep checking back.
Offering a Latin pantry from Colonia Verde, a Fort Greene restaurant, items available for delivery include skirt steak, ribeye, marinated pork chop, frozen arepas, flour and corn tortillas.
Frozen pão de queijo to be baked at home, and even a kit to make your own chilaquiles.
There are natural wines at retail prices, and the option to donate a soup to a staff member at Brooklyn Hospital. Keep in mind there’s a $50 minimum on delivery orders.
Restaurant wholesale suppliers
Many sources of raw materials for restaurants have switched to selling to the public.
Most will ship by FedEx or UPS, and have minimum orders that may run to $100 or more, so consider clearing some room in your refrigerator or freezer to stock up on meat, seafood, vegetables or other perishable items.
Some suppliers deliver by truck within the city, so check the list carefully.
Note that these tend to be restaurant-sized packages, so this may not be an option for small NYC apartments with limited storage space.
- See the full list here.
Farm to People
Brooklyn based Farm to People delivers farmers market groceries to all of Manhattan, half of Brooklyn, about a quarter of Queens, as well as Mott Haven, the Bronx, but also directs you to inquire about zip codes outside the area.
It seeks to provide non GMO and pesticide free produce, and the larder also includes some prepared foods (Four & Twenty Blackbirds, and Bien Cuit among them), as well as meat and seafood.
Rustic Roots Delivery
This Long Island-based outfit specializes in home delivery of organic farmstead products. Yes, there are fruits and vegetables available for a single time or for repeated scheduled delivery, CSA style, but there are also dairy products, frozen goods, fresh meat, beverages, and a wealth of other things, often of a contemporary sort (e.g., riced cauliflower).
Order on Tuesday for delivery during the following week.
This service functions in much the same way as a CSA, except that it draws its produce from multiple farms, with a weekly selection offered at Upper East Side and Carroll Gardens pickup points. But it also offers a delivery service in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan for a flat yearly fee. Weekly boxes vary according to season, priced at $52 or $84 per week.
“Community supported agriculture” is a system by which you pay up front for a growing season’s worth of vegetables and fruits, often from a single farm. This means you have no choice about what you get, but can depend on it being seasonal, and the direct connection with the farmer is an added plus. No wholesaler profit!
CSAs are explained here, and to find one with a pickup point near you, consult the Just Food website, which lists 92 CSAs in the city, many in Brooklyn neighborhoods underserved by grocery delivery services, like East New York and Bay Ridge.
Harvest To Home:
The goal of Harvest To Home is to help distribute local farmers’ unexpected extra inventory by delivering organic fruits and vegetables to the Northern New Jersey area (Morris, Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Hudson, and Warren counties, including Hoboken and Jersey City).
Its offerings include fresh organic produce, eggs, honey, bottled water, and Kaló hemp seltzer, one of the program’s sponsors.
Shushan Valley Hydro Farm:
This Salem, NY, hydroponic farm illustrates an important point: It’s a good idea to contact farmers represented at the Greenmarkets directly (their emails and phone numbers are not hard to find) and make side deals for shipping of products by various delivery methods.
Shushan Valley has been in the Union Square Greenmarket for the last 11 years, growing heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, and herbs, and are willing to ship directly from the farm via FedEx or UPS.
- Email: email@example.com
This farm-to-home delivery service sells fresh produce, meat, seafood, dairy, and many more items to NYC, Long Island, and the Hamptons.
- Orders are placed online by entering the relevant zipcode.
Hello Alfred: Normally a service that provides personal assistants for certain subscribing buildings, Hello Alfred has switched to furnishing personal shoppers who will do your grocery shopping for at a flat rate of $25 per week, plus the cost of goods and a 5 percent service charge.
- You must first download the app to your phone.
Big delivery services
Many New Yorkers are struggling to access delivery services from bigger companies due to increased demand.
However, those who face few other options may try tactics that users report working upon occasion, such as going to websites in the middle of the night or refreshing constantly over the course of a couple hours.
Here’s a rundown.
Like all delivery service, this one is running behind — but it may be a better bet compared to bigger players because it doesn’t require securing a specific delivery window.
It’s also one of the easier ways to get delivery from more specialty grocery stores, such as Japanese grocery store Sunrise Mart, Middle Eastern grocery favorite Sahadi’s, and British grocery store Myers of Keswick.
Explained here, Mercato Green is a grocery delivery membership organization, whereby you pay a certain annual amount for delivery in a three-mile radius, and a larger amount for delivery in a 10 mile radius. Once you’ve subscribed, the delivery is free.
The roster of participating merchants in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens is broad but idiosyncratic, filled with plenty of local purveyors.
Operators such as the Meat Hook, Murray’s Cheese, Muncan Food, and Chelsesa Market are on the platform, and the selection of grocers and other merchants in Queens is a particularly broad one.
This 13-year-old grocery delivery service based in the Bronx and famous for its fleet of refrigerated trucks decorated with supergraphics, which can be seen idling curbside in many parts of town.
It stocks groceries, prepared meals and booze.
Delivery slots are hard to come by, with none in the coming week for an address input for a series of zip codes in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
- Advice from a regular: Try in the middle of the night.
It offers truck delivery from Stop & Shop stores, with locations across Brooklyn and Queens, including groceries, household supplies, meal kits, prepared meals, and alcohol, including a contactless delivery option.
Available through much of the five boroughs, although “limited delivery available” pops up for Bronx and Staten Island locations.
- For many zip codes, delivery slots are completely booked for the next two weeks.
Thanks to Eater NY for this research, which NYCOTC adapted and added to.