9 Restaurants and Bars That Deliver Craft Cocktails and Wine to Your Door
New Yorkers are creative people. When bars and restaurants were forced to shutter their dining rooms, local heroes started providing takeout and delivery booze. Restaurants around the city are now offering curbside cocktail pickup, craft wine bundles, and food and wine pairings, delivered straight to your door. Here are the best boozy delivery and takeout options around.
This Greenwich Village institution (around since 1915!) is one of our favorite date-night spots, thanks to its delicious Italian plates and some of the best negronis in the city. Their delivery cocktail list features not just one but several takes on the classic negroni, like the Boulevardier (made with bourbon instead of gin) and the Chocolate (which includes dark crème de cacao), available on tap and pre-bottled. Of course, for those who prefer something different, like a dirty martini or an Aperol spritz, you’ll find that on the menu too. Just keep in mind your cocktail orders must also contain food.
79-81 MacDougal St.; dante-nyc.com
2. Her Name Is Han
We would order the Korean comfort food from Her Name Is Han just about any night of the week, but it’s a bonus that the restaurant’s takeout and delivery menu includes Korean beers and bottles of soju, a Korean rice wine similar to vodka that pairs perfectly with spicy bibimbap and crispy kimchi pancakes. Her Name Is Han is also delivering our favorite beverage on the menu: bottles of its signature homemade “sowuju,” which is soju infused in-house with either grapefruit or kiwi.
3. Tokyo Record Bar/Niche Niche
Tokyo Record Bar, an underground izakaya, and Niche Niche, a dinner party meets wine bar, are two of the city’s more creative dining spots, so we weren’t surprised when Ariel Arce, the wine-loving brains behind both eateries, got innovative in response to COVID-19. Tokyo Record Bar has a $20-per-person bento box, which is filled with half a dozen small plates and changes every night, while Niche Niche is doing four-course dinners for $45 per person. But the wine and Champagne delivery options are the most exciting of all: The list contains about 300 thoughtfully curated bottles, including many natural and biodynamic wines. If you’re a little intimidated, play wine roulette and let the experts choose for you.
4. Please Don’t Tell
Hidden behind Crif Dogs, an unassuming hotdog joint on Saint Marks Place, Please Don’t Tell is one of the city’s most iconic speakeasies. PDT is stepping up during this crisis, offering takeaway service for its signature cocktails. The speakeasy will also deliver large-format drinks—growlers filled with ten servings—of its beloved negronis, old-fashioned cocktails and “lit juice,” a vodka-based concoction through Try Caviar. Order one to keep on your at-home bar cart and you’ll never go thirsty.
5. Patent Pending
This Flatiron speakeasy is bringing happy hour to you. Its menu consists of four signature cocktails, espresso drinks and snacks, like a cheese plate and cookies. Depending on the night, the bar also offers large-format cocktails to share with your quarantine buddy (or to hoard for yourself). Patent Pending will even throw in a roll of toilet paper for orders over $50 because, you know, strange times.
49 W. 27th St.; patentpendingnyc.com
This upscale Mexican eatery in Gowanus specializes in Oaxacan cuisine (think decadent mole dishes and crispy tostadas topped with escabeche and octopus). Right now, though, the thing we’re most excited about on its delivery menu is the alcohol. Take your pick from micheladas, palomas, frozen margaritas and even mezcal flights, which come with three two-ounce pours to pair with your guacamole and chips. It’s available for pickup or delivery through Seamless.
Order it from Seamless or pick up at 284 Third Ave., Brooklyn; clarobk.com
This clandestine cocktail bar hidden behind a metal door on Eldridge Street shakes and stirs some of our favorite cocktails around. We’ve tried time and time again, but our homemade martinis and Manhattans just don’t hold a candle. Thankfully, Attaboy has risen to the occasion, offering $14 to-go cocktails on Tuesdays and Fridays. The menu spans from mai tais to old-fashioneds, with plenty in between, all of which are packed on ice with garnishes and a bag of chips on the side. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can order a handful of cocktails in bulk and keep them in the fridge to get you through the week.
134 Eldridge St.; attaboy.us
134 Eldridge St.; attaboy.us
If its name is any hint, this Japanese eatery on the Lower East Side specializes in sake. The menu is lengthy, featuring lots of crowd-pleasing dishes like shishito peppers with sea salt, bluefin tuna rice bowls and ramen noodles with uni. But we’re not here to rave about the food, because we’re busy thinking about the cocktail and sake delivery options. You’ll find creative drinks like the Boston Tea Party, made with tea-infused vodka, green tea powder, lemon and rhubarb, in addition to a serious list of sakes by the bottle.
157 Ludlow St.; sakamai.com
9. The Meatball Shop
These days, we’re all about comfort food and cocktails as soon as the clock strikes 5 p.m. Fortunately for us, the Meatball Shop delivers on both fronts, and we’re talking quite literally. Order a bowl of classic meatballs over rigatoni with pesto, a side of roasted Brussels sprouts and a drink (or two). The restaurant’s cocktail delivery menu is one of the more extensive we’ve seen. Take your pick from a list that includes a pomegranate Moscow mule, Venetian spritz, red sangria and more. There are also some large-format cocktails that serve four. A pitcher of sangria and a bucket of meatballs? Sounds like a great night in to us.