Quarantine in NYC doesn't look like it's going to end anytime soon, but thankfully liquor stores have been deemed an “essential” business. Local restaurants all over the city are doing what they can to stay alive during this crisis and one way is to step up their delivery and pickup options with the one thing we all need right now: cocktails.
Here are our top five picks of some tasty boozy distractions to get you through social distancing. Be safe everyone and remember that we are all #alonetogether and we will get through this.
The Top Spots
Loulou, which recently opened in Chelsea (176 8th Avenue), now delivers their expertly curated cocktails directly to your door. Drinks include the Loulou’s Maid for $14 with Bombay Sapphire, lime, cucumber, mint; Danny’s Boy for $14 with Vida mezcal, Cazadores tequila, muddled cucumber, jalapeño, agave. A dirty, vodka or gin martini for $12 and the Mexican Stiletto for $14 with Codigo 1530 Rosa tequila, grapefruit, agave, Peychaud’s bitters–It is also available in a large format of 25.3 oz, which serves approximately five drinks. Order by visiting Caviar, Seamless, Postmates, and GrubHub.
Brooklyn Chop House in the Financial District, which offers everything from dumplings to steaks is also offering beer, wine, Lychee martinis, spicy mango margaritas and mules to alleviate some of your social distancing woes. From noon- 5 pm select happy hour cocktails are $10 since we're operating with airplane drinking rules, start whenever you want. Additionally, if you order a feast over $250, you'll qualify for a free bottle of Absolut. Orders can be made via Postmates or visiting Brooklyn Chop House.
Clinton Hall now offers delivery and pickup from their 16 W. 36th St. and 90 Washington St. locations from 1- 9 pm daily. For the happy hour we all need now there's CH Gigawatt IPA, Blue Moon, Rockaway ESB ale, Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner, Montauk Summer and even White Claw in addition to $19.99 bottles of wine such as Santa Marina Prosecco, Justin Sauvignon Blanc, rosé, Seaglass Chardonnay and Excelsior Cabernet. Growlers of its Supercraft beer of the day are also available. Purchase spirits by the bottle including Tito's, Jack Daniels, Bombay Sapphire, Hendricks and Patron Silver. What sets their delivery apart is the wide selection of "bored games" for purchase including Jenga, Sorry!, Uno, Connect 4, Operation and Cards Against Humanity for a little comedic relief in addition to an ultimate essential, a roll of toilet paper. Delivery is offered through UberEats and Seamless.
Sushi Lab at The Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown Manhattan is offering up 300 ml bottles of sake, beer, and bottles of wine for delivery at 40% off. Options include Suigei “Drunken Whale”, a Tokubetsu Junmai sake with a ricey nose and a crisp clean finish complemented by a rich flavor at the price of $18 (40% discount from $30), Dassai 39 for $27 (40% discount from $45) and Flor de Campo Noir for $33.60 (40% discount from $56). Head to Seamless, DoorDash, UberEats or Postmates to order.
The upscale Greek restaurant Nerai in Midtown East (55 E. 54th Street) has over 95 wines by the bottle ranging in price from $13.99 - $149.99 all without a typical 3x markup, now’s the time to stock up on some unique greek wines or discover something new during this quarantine. Delivery and pick up is available daily Monday - Friday from noon- 9 pm and Saturday- Sunday from 5- 9pm. Order via Seamless or GrubHub or by visiting Nerai.