7 Gourmet Restaurants Offering Support To Those In Need

Alejandra Arevalo | July 20, 2020 | Food & Drink

Adda practices social distancing to distribute food.

The Indian canteen by Rahi owner Roni Mazumdar is taking Indian delicacies to front-line responders in the busiest hospitals of the city. Working with nonprofit organizations Off Their Plate and World Central Kitchen, Adda is providing free meals to those in need. To keep up with restaurant operations, Adda is accepting financial support for its staff through a relief fund. Patrons can also purchase dining bonds at a 25% discount for once the restaurant resumes its dine-in operations. 31-31 Thomson Ave., Long Island City, addanyc.com

The Soho Italian specialty sandwich shop ranked No. 1 by Zagat is now delivering fresh sandwiches to coronavirus responders. Patrons can gift boxed lunches to five NYC medical professionals for $50. The eatery is also donating 20% of all sales of its small-batch extra-virgin olive oil to World Central Kitchen to support the nonprofit’s mission to feed Americans in need. 105 Sullivan St., alidoronyc.com

Due to financial constraints, the family-style Italian chain has closed multiple locations around the country. Yet Carmine’s is now donating meals cooked in the Upper West Side restaurant, the only one functioning, to healthcare providers. The restaurant has also set up an employee relief fund for patrons to donate and alleviate the financial hardships of the staff. Carmine’s will be giving to this fund 100% of profits from selling jars of its signature marinara sauce, 50% of gift card sales and $5 from the sales of each of their cookbooks. 2450 Broadway, carminesnyc.com

11Madison0001.jpgChef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park
After temporarily stopping its dine-in service, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant turned into a commissary kitchen for Rethink Food NYC, a nonprofit that cooks low-cost or free meals for New Yorkers in need. Thanks to the partnership with Rethink and American Express, Eleven Madison Park is keeping its staff employed and providing low-cost meals to health responders and vulnerable residents. 11 Madison Ave., elevenmadisonpark.com

The Roman-inspired taberna and focacceria has partnered with Meals4Heroes to provide meals to medical professionals on the front lines of the pandemic. Patrons can donate individual meals ($10) or sponsor an entire hospital, feeding the ER and ICU teams (from $750).7 E. 27th St., leonellirestaurants.com

Red Rooster
Restaurant co-owners Marcus Samuelsson and Andrew Chapman partnered with chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen to serve as a community food hub for food-insecure people. The Harlem restaurant has promised to pay its employees and adopt safety measures to ensure their safety while they cook existing food stocks for Harlem food kitchens. 310 Lenox Ave., redroosterharlem.com

Saigon Social
The Lower East Side Vietnamese restaurant is feeding healthcare providers in New York hospitals with Off Their Plate and World Central Kitchen. Saigon Social is practicing deep cleaning and high sanitization standards to ensure that the medical workers’ lunch boxes remain uncontaminated. 172 Orchard St., saigonsocialnyc.com

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