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.
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, nozmarket.com.
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, jamesrestaurantny.com.
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, magasinwells.com.