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NYC Snowstorm Prompts Restaurant Closures and Deals

Momofuku restaurants are closed for lunch, but others are offering discounts

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The snowstorm was expected to drop 16 inches of snow on New York on Tuesday, a prediction that has closed schools, libraries, and some subways. Despite the fact that it’s been downgraded, plenty of people still aren’t working or are working from home, but if you’re planning to venture out for food or drink, check first — many restaurants are closing in light of the weather. Those who do venture out might be treated to discounts and specials.

Eater is keeping track of closures and bar and restaurant deals for today. Let us know if you see of one; we’ll be updating the list throughout the day. UberEats and Postmates have disabled delivery today, but for the love of all things good, don’t be a jerk if you actually decide to order delivery.

Run a restaurant or bar? Tweet your snow-day status with the hashtag #OpenInNYC:

Restaurant Closures

— UberEats and Postmates have disabled services.

— All Momofuku restaurants (Ssam Bar, Fuku, Noodle Bar, etc.) are closed for lunch, and Má Pêche and Ko are closed all day. Check back to see if any of them reopen for dinner.

— Old school Greenwich Village Spanish restaurant Tio Pepe is closed and will reopen on Wednesday.

— Noodle chain Xi’an Famous Foods closed all of its locations today, as well as its East Village sit down restaurant Biang.

— Most of the Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants are open for at least lunch, but bar Porchlight, Untitled, and the Studio Cafe are all closed. Also to note: Blue Smoke and Union Square Cafe are only serving limited menus today.

— The Jewish Museum location of appetizing restaurant Russ and Daughters is closed today. The cafe at 127 Orchard Street is opening late, at 11 a.m., but the grab-and-go location at 179 Houston Street remains open,

Flora Bar and Flora Coffee on the Upper East Side are closed today. No word yet on sister restaurants Estela and Cafe Altro Paradiso.

— Greenpoint stunner Sauvage will be closed today for both lunch and dinner.

— Fast-casual Indian restaurant Soho Tiffin Junction will remain closed today.

East Village tapas restaurant Huertas is closed today.

— Orchard Street sister restaurants Contra and Wildair are both closed today.

— Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s Toro is closed today.

Mulberry Street pizza restaurant Rubirosa is closed.

Amanda Cohen’s vegetarian darling Dirt Candy is closed.

— Major Food Group is closing all of its restaurants except Dirty French, its French restaurant inside the Ludlow Hotel.

Eli’s Essentials at 922 Madison Ave. is closed, as is the daytime cafe at 189 East 79th St. The rest of the Eli’s restaurants are open.

— Latin-inspired Tavo is closed today and will reopen on Wednesday for dinner.

— West 4th Street sister establishments Perla and Fedora are both closed. Gabe Stulman’s other projects are filed under “business as usual.”

— Filipino barbecue restaurant F.o.b. is sitting out its first storm, and Villanelle in Union Square will also be closed.

Closed Partially

— Rivington Street ice cream shop Morgenstern’s will open at 2:00 p.m. today.

Charlie Bird is closed for lunch.

Snow Day Deals

— Midtown American restaurant Atwood Kitchen and Bar and Gramercy restaurant Shay and Ivy will be offering half of bottles of house wine and mac and cheese.

— Lower East Side bar Rochelle’s will be offering all-night happy hour and $5 shots of Fireball starting at 4:00 p.m.

— Murray Hill restaurant RARE Bar & Grill is open, and if you say “Back That Snow Up” to your server, you’ll get 10 percent off their flambéed burgers.

Gramercy Tavern is waiving its corkage fee during lunch service.

The Vine inside the Eventi Hotel is offering complimentary hot chocolate with every purchase.

This from The Modern, Danny Meyer’s restaurant inside the MoMA: We'll be open in the Bar Room for lunch today and offering a special tasting menu, $128 for 6 courses. We're also waiving corkage fees today, so bring in your favorite bottle of wine and warm up with us. Stay tuned this afternoon for updates on dinner.

Harold's Meat + Three (2 Renwick St.) will become a meat + four today, with chef Harold Moore offering a complimentary additional side with any entree, as well as biscuits and a dessert of choice. Additionally, the restaurant will be offering its Taco Tuesday special: Free tacos with purchase of every cocktail, beer or glass of wine from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Vai (429 Amsterdam Ave.) is offering 50% off all wine, beer and cocktails at chef Vincent Chirico's Mediterranean-influenced restaurant on the Upper West Side.

Stella 34 Trattoria near Penn Station and its slew of sister restaurants are offering a free glass of Prosecco with meals today. Other restaurants in the group include State Grill and Bar, Rock Center Cafe, The Sea Grill, and Nick & Stef’s steakhouse.

SideBAR (118 E. 15th St.) is hosting a Beat the Clock Blizzard Party starting at noon. They'll have $1 beers until 1 p.m., $2 beers before 2 p.m., $3 beers before 3 p.m. and so on, in addition to 2 for 1 Stellas all day.

— All locations of local pasta chain The Meatball Shop is offering specials both Tuesday and Wednesday. Expect half-priced Hot Toddies for $5.50, a hot chocolate special with steamed cream for $6, a spiked hot chocolate for $9, and free hot cocoa for kids with the purchase of a meal.

— Chelsea Market stand and 7th Avenue spot Creamline is staying open today. Anyone who orders pickup through their website will get a free hot chocolate.

Faun will offer a complimentary hot cocktail as well as a few cold weather specials like a lamb stew.

— East Village Patriots bar Professor Thom's (219 Second Avenue) is hosting a snow day movie marathon with free popcorn and happy hour all day long.

Luke's Lobster outposts in Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Park Slope, and Time Square will offer a lobster grilled cheese and small clam chowder combo for $15.

Business as Usual

— All of the Il Buco restaurants are staying open, including Il Buco Alimentari and Il Buco.

Lebanese bakery Manousheh will be open until at least 7:00 p.m. today.

Hill Country is open for business as usual (just without delivery).

— All of Mario Batali’s New York restaurants will be open for dinner.

— Quality Branded restaurants Quality Meats, Quality Italian, Smith & Wollensky, Maloney & Porcelli will all be open for lunch and dinner, Park Avenue Winter will be open for dinner.

— Most of the Eli’s restaurants on the Upper East Side are open for business as usual, including Eli’s Night Shift, Eli’s Table, Eli’s Bar, E.A.T., Eli’s Essentials, Eli’s Market, and Eli’s Bread & Pastry.

— All four of the Vin Sur Vingt wine bars are open today.

Petee's Pie Co will be open and celebrating Pi Day.

Benjamin Prime, Benjamin Steakhouse, and Sea Fire Grill will remain open.

— Contemporary French restaurant/wine bar Racines will be open for dinner.

— New LES wine and coffee bar River Coyote is braving its first snowstorm.

— Upper East Side Italian restaurant Altesi is open for lunch and dinner.

— Michelin-starred Faro will be open for dinner tonight.

Rebelle on the Bowery will be open for dinner per usual.

— The folks at Olmsted have dug out the restaurant’s garden and are turning on the heat lamps. So, it’s business as usual for the Prospect Heights restaurant.

— Gabe Stulman’s Joseph Leonard and Jeffrey’s Grocery are open for both lunch and dinner, and Stulman’s Bar Sardine is open for dinner tonight.

— Avenue A gastropub Boulton & Watt will be open as usual.

Three Seat Espresso & Barber is offering haircuts and coffee per usual today.

— Sullivan Street mainstay The Dutch is open for lunch and dinner today.

— Turnstyle (the underground food hall) vendor Bolivian Llama Party is open for business.

— These restaurants are also open today: Atlantic Grill, Blue Fin, Blue Water Grill, Isabella’s.

— Brooklyn restaurants Gran Electrica and Colonie will be open for dinner tonight.