NYC Restaurants and Coronavirus: Reopenings to Be Excited About This Week

Restaurants aren’t back at full force yet, but months after the shutdown on dining rooms, many of the city’s most popular spots are slowly reopening their doors for takeout and delivery. It’s worth checking in with personal favorites now, as you might be pleasantly surprised to find at least some items back in action.

Here are some notable restaurants that have reopened recently. Some are only doing takeout, and many are not serving their full menus or staying open for their regular, pre-pandemic hours, so be sure to check restaurant websites or social media before heading out.

This list will be updated weekly for more inspiration when getting delivery — or when planning a weekend bike ride to grab takeout until dining rooms fully reopen. And check this guide for more resources on what (and how) to eat in New York right now.

May 21

Jackson Heights: One of 2019’s splashiest debuts was Birria-Landia, a food truck specializing in Tijuana-style birria tacos. Even before it got a two-star review in the New York Times, the truck garnered long lines, and earlier this month, it started serving its tacos and accompanying stew once again. Follow its Instagram for updates on changes. 78th and Roosevelt

West Village: Temaki specialist Nami Nori, a newish sushi restaurant from Masa vets, was a tough table to get before the crisis due to affordable and playful taco-shaped rolls. The critical hit — it got two stars in the New York Times — is offering sets of five temaki for $28, plus appetizers like nori chips and miso soup. Pickup orders go through Toast, while delivery is through Caviar. Bonus: It’s the rare takeout that looks stunning. 33 Carmine Street, between Bedford and Bleecker streets

East Village: Taiwanese beef noodle soup counter Ho Foods is once again serving its signature dish as a $30 set, which also includes lu rou fan, cucumbers, and a drink. A Taiwanese breakfast set with fan tuan and turnip cake is also on deck. Check Instagram for changing hours, and order by calling or through the restaurant’s website.

Sunset Park: One of the city’s most popular new Sichuan restaurants, Chuan Tian Xia, is back with its spicy grilled fish dishes and standout versions of classics like mapo tofu and wontons in chile oil, here called Chengdu Dragon Reading Hands. The restaurant is taking takeout and delivery orders by phone (929-295-0128), but those outside Sunset Park may have luck by using DoorDash or Uber Eats. 5502 7th Avenue, near 55th Street

Chinatown: The big tray of spicy chicken of Spicy Village is back for takeout only, according to a sign on the restaurant’s door. Call 212-625-8299 or 917-689-1882. The hand-pulled noodles are one of the best parts of Spicy Village, but they don’t travel super well and are less conducive to leftover meals. Go for the big tray, pork pancakes, and dumplings instead. 68 Forsyth Street, near Hester Street

East Village: Old-school luncheonette B&H Dairy, open since 1938, is once again serving its kosher dishes, with daily specials announced on Facebook and Instagram. Challah French toast, borscht, omelets, and blintzes are on the menu. Call 212-505-8065 for both takeout and delivery. Huge development: The neighborhood stalwart now also accepts credit cards. 127 2nd Avenue, between East 7th Street and St Marks Place

Flushing: Alley 41, one of the competitive neighborhood’s most popular modern Sichuan restaurants, relaunched a slimmer version of its menu for takeout and delivery service. Though Sichuan classics like dried chicken are available, the menu encompasses other legs of Chinese cuisine, too, like meatball soup, tea smoked duck, and steamed spare rib in black bean sauce. See the delivery options on the website. 136-45 41st Avenue, between Union and Main streets

Midtown: Longtime paella favorite Socarrat hasn’t reopened all its locations, but the one in Midtown East has lots of tapas, cured hams, and of course, paellas available right now. Go a la carte, or get a dinner for two for $49, which includes one paella, two tapas, and a flan. Sangria can be delivered, too. See pickup and delivery options on the website. 953 Second Avenue, between East 50th and East 51st streets

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