As NYC practices social distancing during the coronavirus panic, delivery services are following suit by offering no contact delivery. While this is a difficult time, we can be thankful for the UWS restaurants serving up and delivering delicious food in a safe and cautious manner.
Here are some Upper West Side restaurants you can order from through Postmates:
- Sala Thai
- Luke’s Lobster
- Bluestone Lane
- The Ribbon
- Playa Betty’s
DoorDash also emailed the following statement on Saturday night:
“Beyond simply monitoring the situation, we are taking active measures to make sure the food that gets delivered to your home is safe and secure. In affected areas, we have begun distributing hand sanitizer and gloves to Dashers. In our app, we are testing enhanced drop-off options for customers and Dashers to more easily enable a no-contact delivery, which we’ll roll out in the coming days. Today, customers who prefer a no-contact delivery can make that request in the delivery instructions.”
Here are some Upper West Side restaurants you can order from through DoorDash:
- Jing Fong
- Hummus Kitchen
- Pho Shop
- Holy Schnitzel
- Han Dynasty
- Blossom Dujour
- Made in New York Pizza
- Oaxaca Taqueria
- Little Italy Pizza
- Cibo e Vino
- West End Taqueria
- Cheesy Pizza
In addition to offering no contact delivery, some restaurants, like The Smith, have also announced that they will be expanding their delivery zones. The Smith also plans to include family style dinners so that there is a more convenient way to feed everyone at your table.
Instacart is also offering to leave your groceries at the door.
“Last week, we rolled out a new ‘Leave at My Door Delivery’ feature to all customers, giving you more flexibility in how you want to receive your groceries. To use the new feature, simply select “Leave at My Door Delivery” as part of your delivery options at checkout. You’ll receive a photo confirmation from your shopper once your groceries have been delivered”.
Here are some Upper West Side stores you can order from through Instacart:
- Westside Market
- Morton Williams Supermarket
There are a whole bunch of other stores which are not located on the Upper West Side, but will deliver to the neighborhood, all while practicing no contact delivery.
Food safety is a top concern right now for restaurant employees and customers. Restaurants around the UWS have reassured customers they are taking sanitation seriously. For example, Sweetgreen sent the following statement:
“We want to let you know that your health and safety is our top priority. Our dedicated response team is closely monitoring guidelines regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are taking increased precautions by reinforcing the following health + hygiene protocols for all team members and restaurants:
- Stringent hand-washing procedures for our team members
- Rigorous food safety audits
- Dedicated hospitality position responsible for cleaning communal surfaces
- Installing hand sanitizer dispensers for our guests”
If you have decided not to eat out during this time, restaurants are asking their regular customers to consider buying gift certificates as it is extremely important to support your local businesses.
For those of you planning to use services like DoorDash, InstaCart or delivery from your local restaurants, please make sure to thank your delivery person. They are serving thousands of households right now and are the heroes for many. Please consider going above and beyond what you usually tip. Also, please consider asking for and using the no contact option to protect our community.
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