Well, this sucks. I’m a big fan of daydreaming about the end of the world – the asteroid strike a la Melancholia is my favorite. This is usually a coping mechanism for the minor inconveniences in life that I should be adequately equipped to deal with at this age, like cleaning the bathroom or putting on pants. Thankfully, we’re probably not going to see the end of the world through this pandemic. That doesn’t mean that some people’s lives and livelihoods aren’t at risk.
We are all born with our own personal stories’ final chapter written for us – we will die, we will be remembered, then we will be forgotten. While we are here, we are tasked by god, social contract, or your favorite rose quartz to do as much good as possible. When we see suffering, we should try to ease it. We should all be thankful that we live in such a wild time that what’s currently being asked of us is to order take out, buy some gift cards and donate some of the cheapest medical supplies to those who need it. To help ease others suffering, we are being asked to do literally the lowest lift ask you can think of.
So, I’m trying to make that ask a little lower by compiling a list of places that are still conducting business and need your help to stay afloat. I’m sure there is more that I’m leaving off, so if you have something please let me know. Everyone on this list needs your help, but here are some random thoughts to consider before helping, which you can totally take or leave.
- Whenever possible, try and order directly from the source and not use something like GrubHub or Seamless. Sometimes this means picking up your food. Do what your most comfortable with, but GrubHub/UberEats takes money off the top thats going back to Silicon Valley and not into the pockets of your chosen establishment
- Probably a good time to over tip your delivery driver, or whoever is giving you your meals. Tipped staff are in a precarious position right now.
- Some of these places have the backing of large groups behind them, some are small mom and pop shops. Your money, your choice, but I’m going to try and give to the smaller spots.
- You don’t have to eat out every night, but try and keep up with what you did before COVID.
- Buy a gift card if you can. A lot of great deals right now that will help business right now, and in the future.
- Donate to a restaurant GoFundMe, if you can. These go to the employees, and honestly a couple hundred bucks could make a big difference to someone right now.
- Share resources on social media. There’s a lot out there, so whenever you see a job or an opportunity just share it with everyone.
Ok. Building off that last bullet, there’s a lot of info out there and a lot of resources, but not one centralized place where everything lives. If you have something to add to this list just shoot me an email or DM me on IG. If you see anything inaccurate, let me know and I’ll change it.
Corto – Food for contactless pick up. Fresh pasta and sauces for pick up. Some merch and specialty items. Gift cards available. 201.499.0358 **UPDATED 3/25**
Departed Soles – Curbside pickup and beer delivery. Full store with merch, as well as gift cards for multiple restaurants.
Whealth Kitchen – Meal kits and meal plans, all for delivery. Feeding the fucking needy, giving shit away.
Pet Shop – Closed, but offering gift cards.
Wurstbar – Daily specials, batched cocktails, bottles of booze and food for pickup. Delivery available. (201) 479-8396
Cool Vines – Beer, wine, spirits. Online ordering, delivery, same day if ordered before 4PM
White Star Bar – Delivery and pick up. Food and booze (pick up only). Gift cards and merch available. 50% of all gift cards go to tipped employees. GoFundMe for staff. This is for Brunswick, not sure about Warren.
Pinwheel Garden – Pick up, local delivery within a 5-block radius. Orders outside of the delivery zone may be taken depending on the size of the order and other circumstances. Cook-at-home Family Meal Kits and Bulk Frozen Dinners will be available within the week. Call us at (201) 413-5333 to place an order.
Grind Shop – Coffee and beans to go. Merch available. 201-547-8377
O’Leary’s Publik House – Food and beer specials for pick up and delivery. 201-435-7269
Lightrail Cafe – Food and cocktails to go, discounts on pick-up orders. (201) 434-9900
New Park Tavern – Food, burgers, beer, and booze all for pick up and delivery. (201) 434-9253
Ani Ramen – Closed, but a pretty fucking substantial gift card deal. They will match your gift card.
Cellar 335 – Now delivering booze. 100% of proceeds go to staff. Obscure booze offerings, fucking insane tiki/gift card deal. **UPDATED 4/3**
Broa – Pickup and delivery **UPDATED 3/25**
Laicos – I think its closed.
Citi Grill – Pick up and delivery (201) 333-9800
O’Hara’s – Food and beer. Pick up and delivery. 25% off pick up orders.
Skinners Loft – Pick up with limited menu. 201.915.0600
Healey’s – Closed.
Latham House – Pick up and delivery. Food, Mimosas, large batch cocktails, fucking brunch shit. All the stuff. (201) 479-8432
Bread and Salt – Pick up only, but may be closed intermittently. 201.500.7338
Hooked – Closed, but online store selling merch.
JSQ Lounge – Closed.
Razza – CLOSED **UPDATED 4/3**
Uncle Momo – Pick up and delivery. Gift cards available. 201-360-3914
Luna – Delivery and pick up.
Short Grain – CLOSED **UPDATED 4/1**
Stella’s – Pretty sure it’s open.
Helen’s – Pick up and delivery.
Jersey Social – Pick up and delivery. Food and booze.
Orale & Dullboy – Pick up and delivery. Booze kits and bottles. Gift cards and merch.
Tony Baloneys – Delivery deals if you order through their website. 201-275-0629
Taqueria – Pick up & delivery.
Greene Hook – Closed, but GoFundMe for staff.
Tidal Poke – Pick up and delivery, discounted gift cards.
Pokay – Pick up and delivery. 201-356-9555
Pecoraro Antique Bakery – Its open. Fresh baked bread, walk ins – no delivery.
Pasta Dal Cuore – Pick up and limited delivery. Fresh pasta and sauces. 201-332-8505
Van Hook – Online ordering. Curbside pick up. The pickled brussels sprouts are really damn good.
Left Bank – Back open Thurs-Sun. Huge gift card deals, beer and wine deals, all for employee relief. **UPDATED 4/3**
Delenio – Open for delivery and pick up. Discounted online ordering. 201-798-9539
Rustique – Open for delivery and pick up. Discounted online ordering.
Abbey’s – Call for specials, pick up and delivery. 201-963-3334
Barge Inn – Closed.
Hollywood Fried Chicken – Open. Apocalypse proof. Assume this will be open well after the liquid magma core of this planet cools to stone.
Koro Koro – Online ordering and delivery. Daily specials.
The Ashford – Delivery available
626 Lounge – Closed
Saigon Cafe – Delivery available 201 332 8711
Roman Nose – Delivery only. Gift cards available. **UPDATE** Closed as of 3/22
Atlas House – Pick up and delivery.
Hamilton Pork – Pick up and delivery. Also booze.
Rumba Cubana – Closed all locations.
Hamilton Inn – Pick up and delivery. (201) 839-5818 Gift cards available.
Amelia’s – Pickup and delivery. Booze, beer, wine. (201) 332-2200
La Cote – Pick up and delivery, but, ya know.
Satis – Closed
Zeppelin Hall – Closed
Bistro La Source – Pick up and delivery. Beer and wine. 201-209-1717
Tacoria – Pick up and delivery
Diesel & Duke – Closed **UPDATED 4/3**
Taqueria Viva – Pick up and delivery
Taqueria Gloria – Delivery
Sol Azteca – Pick up and delivery. 201-332-3001
Taqueria Victoria – Delivery
Taqueria Marin – Pick up and delivery 201-656-7266
My Mexico -Delivery
Mi Mariachi – Pick up (201) 222-5439
Max’s – Pick up and delivery
Little Quiapo – Pick up and delivery. $20 minimum
Freetown Road Project – Delivery
The Franklin – Gift card deals, food deals, discounts when ordering directly from the restaurant. 201-653-4710
Green Pear – Pick up and delivery. 201.968.7151
Rasoi – Pick up and delivery.
Sapthagiri – Pick up and delivery
Korai Kitchen – CLOSED. **UPDATED 3.30**
Honshu – Take out only.
Ibby’s – Pickup and delivery
Battello – Gift card deals
Cork City – Open for pick up, growler fills
Zack’s – Delivering food, beer, wine
Jimmy Johns – Free delivery, 25% off donated catering orders, free kids lunch. 201-217-1880. Thanks for sharing @joebokeninjc
Prato Bakery– Open for take out, closing early. Delivery available via apps. Goes for both locations. Thanks for sharing, Estrella!
Clove Garden of India – Pick up and delivery. (201) 533-8309. Thanks for sharing, Estrella!
Plant Base – Vegan/vegetarian options. Pick up and delivery (anywhere). Prepared foods, grocery/bulk food and personal/home care products. Gift cards available. Closed Tuesdays. Thanks for sharing, Andy!
Cafe Esme – 9AM-2PM daily. Meal plans, meal donations. Contactless pickup and delivery. 201-533-4440 **UPDATED 3/30**
Darke Pines – Opened for meat and sandwiches. Ususally closed Mondays. For the apocalyptic chicken hoarders, they have chicken. For everyone else, theyre usually pretty stocked with merguez. **UPDATED 3/30**
Andrea’s Salumeria– Open for pick up. Calling ahead is HIGHLY recommended. 201-653-1666 **UPDATED 3.30**
John’s & Mr. B’s Kitcher – Take out and deliver. 201-420-6661. 553 1/2 Newark Ave. Thanks for sharing, Anthony! **UPDATED 4/3**
So this is what I got. Again, please send any more info and I’ll post it on here. Looking forward to laughing about all of this in a few months and lecturing all of you about the value of paying your employees a living wage instead of having your fucking diners subsidizing your workforce.
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