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The 15 NYC Restaurants Working to Fight Hunger

These restaurants are donating 5 percent of sales to Food Bank For New York City for a limited time

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A bowl of pho from Chinatown’s Pho Bar
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Each spring Food Bank For New York City holds a weeklong restaurant campaign that allows local restaurants and its patrons to get involved in the fight against hunger. Eater is excited to partner with Food Bank and its efforts in this year’s campaign: Eat for Good — running from March 18 to March 24.

During the weeklong campaign, restaurants participating in Eat for Good will donate 5 percent of sales to Food Bank’s mission. On this map are some Eater-approved places to visit all week long. If you’re a restaurant owner and would like to get involved in this year’s campaign, there’s still time to sign up.

Disclosure: Eater is Food Bank For New York City’s promotional partner for Eat for Good. Eater’s editor-in-chief Amanda Kludt is on the culinary council at Food Bank.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pop & Pour

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200 Dyckman St
New York, NY 10040
(646) 998-3766
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Steps from the Dyckman Street subway station is this eclectic cafe and wine bar, where the menu pulls inspiration from Latin America and the States. Diners will find Inwood’s most exciting wine and craft beer selection here.

2. Harlem Shake

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100 W 124th St
New York, NY 10027
(212) 222-8300
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Diner-like digs and items abound at Harlem Shake, where the move at this uptown spot is fries, a shake, and either a hot dog or burger — of which the classic “company burger” is best.

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3. Infamous Bistro

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1012 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025
(212) 222-2055
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Set across St. John the Divine, Infamous Bistro is the next-door sister to Marlow Bistro, where diners will find the same neighborhood vibes and thoughtful menu options like roast chicken, lamb meatballs, a brisket burger, and ricotta ravioli. Plus, drinks here come from an Employees Only vet.

4. Quaint

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46-10 Skillman Ave
Sunnyside, NY 11104
(917) 779-9220
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Sunnyside’s Quaint has gained its neighborhood following for consistently delivering classic, unfussy, bistro-style comfort food and coupling it with a welcoming staff. Quaint is a solid choice if you want to dine before a flight out of LaGuardia Airport and are decidedly avoiding the airport’s onsite options.

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5. Zauo

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152 W 24th St
New York, NY 10011
(646) 905-2274
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It’s best to bring a group to Zauo, the restaurant where diners fish for their dinner. This way there are more chances to try the restaurant’s appetizers and side dishes, in addition to the fish which is available four ways: sake-steamed, salt grilled, simmered in soy sauce, or tempura fried. Note: This is not the place to go for a quiet dinner, with staffers banging on drums each time a fish is caught.

6. Petite Boucherie

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14 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 756-4145
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It’s somewhat surprising that the sprawling Sheridan Square brasserie called Boucherie could spawn sush a romantic French Bistro a couple blocks away. Petite Boucherie’s menu reads like that of the former Pastis, with lots of meat and seafood, along with the usual charcuterie, salads, and pastas, and a drinks menu that favors absinthe.

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7. Ribalta

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48 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-7781
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Little known fact is that the pizzas coming from master pizzaiolo Pasquale Cozzolino at Ribalta are VPN-certified, meaning that the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association — an Italian organization that certifies restaurants — has signed off on Ribalta’s employment of wood-fired ovens and its use of standardized ingredients of Neapolitan origin like 00 flour, San Marzano tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella. All that said, Ribalta is a given when searching for that iconic, chewy Neapolitan pizza crust around New York.

Ribalta Ribalta [Official Photo]

8. Paulie Gee's

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60 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 987-3747
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Owner Paul Giannone is known for using creative toppings at this Greenpoint pizzeria favorite. Speciality pizzas like the sopressata honey hellboy, which includes Mike’s Hot Honey for some kick, shouldn’t be missed. Plus, those avoiding dairy can revel in Paulie’s many vegan pizza and dessert options.

9. Pinch Chinese

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177 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 328-7880
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Soup dumplings and an excellent wine list are the winning combo at Pinch Chinese in Soho, where dishes like Peking duck and dan dan noodles are also worth a try. Come for dumpling and drink deals during a daily happy hour that ends at 7 p.m.

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10. Houseman

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508 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 641-0654
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Everyone from an Eater staffer’s dad to New York Times critic Pete Wells is enamored with the chicken at Ned Baldwin’s Houseman in Hudson Square. The chicken is on a list of Houseman favorites alongside the steak frites, smoked duck, the burger, and whatever is for dessert that day.

A grey awning stretches out over a New York City sidewalk, with the word “Houseman” in white Nick Solares

11. Frankie Goes to Bollywood

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204 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 869-1600
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The frankie — grilled flatbread enclosing fillings like spiced cauliflower and potato; tandoor chicken; and braised lamb with yogurt — is a Mumbai street food favorite. It was somewhat rare to find the dish in New York, until Frankie Goes to Bollywood opened last fall in Soho. The fast-casual shop also specializes in pakoras (chickpea-battered fritters), and chana masala (curried chickpeas) served with chips.

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12. Grotta Azzurra

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177 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-8775
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This true Little Italy institution remains though the storefronts around it are ever-changing. Probably because locals know they can find excellent zuppa di clams, unfussy gnocchi, and warming bolognese any night of the week.

Grotta Azzurra Grotta Azzurra [Official Photo]

13. Pho Bar

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43 Mott St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 267-5400
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The soup oracles at Pho Bar (styled PhoBar) offer more than 10 varieties of the Vietnamese staple, including a spicy beef pho, oxtail pho with beef broth, and a vegetarian pho with carrots and daikon. Note: Only the Chinatown location of Pho Bar is participating in Eat for Good.

Pho Bar Pho Bar [Official Photo]

14. La Cafette

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103 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 529-4060
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La Cafette in Williamsburg has all the cute restaurant makings like neon signs, decorative plate ware, and botanical wallpaper; but it also has the standout French bistro classics to back it up. Craveable dishes here include the buttery escargots, hanger steak frites, roast chicken with potatoes, and steak tartare.

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15. La Vigna

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100-11 Metropolitan Ave
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 268-4264
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Giussepe Vitale, a veteran of Lidia Bastianich’s kitchen, opened La Vigna as his own in the heart of Forest Hills. The heavily local restaurant doesn’t offer a bad risotto or pasta; plus there are pre-fixe options — two courses with coffee or tea — for both lunch and dinner at $16.95 and $29.95, respectively.

La Vigna La Vigna [Official Photo]

1. Pop & Pour

200 Dyckman St, New York, NY 10040

Steps from the Dyckman Street subway station is this eclectic cafe and wine bar, where the menu pulls inspiration from Latin America and the States. Diners will find Inwood’s most exciting wine and craft beer selection here.

200 Dyckman St
New York, NY 10040

2. Harlem Shake

100 W 124th St, New York, NY 10027
Harlem Shake Harlem Shake/Facebook

Diner-like digs and items abound at Harlem Shake, where the move at this uptown spot is fries, a shake, and either a hot dog or burger — of which the classic “company burger” is best.

100 W 124th St
New York, NY 10027

3. Infamous Bistro

1012 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Set across St. John the Divine, Infamous Bistro is the next-door sister to Marlow Bistro, where diners will find the same neighborhood vibes and thoughtful menu options like roast chicken, lamb meatballs, a brisket burger, and ricotta ravioli. Plus, drinks here come from an Employees Only vet.

1012 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025

4. Quaint

46-10 Skillman Ave, Sunnyside, NY 11104
Quaint Quaint [Official Photo]

Sunnyside’s Quaint has gained its neighborhood following for consistently delivering classic, unfussy, bistro-style comfort food and coupling it with a welcoming staff. Quaint is a solid choice if you want to dine before a flight out of LaGuardia Airport and are decidedly avoiding the airport’s onsite options.

46-10 Skillman Ave
Sunnyside, NY 11104

5. Zauo

152 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

It’s best to bring a group to Zauo, the restaurant where diners fish for their dinner. This way there are more chances to try the restaurant’s appetizers and side dishes, in addition to the fish which is available four ways: sake-steamed, salt grilled, simmered in soy sauce, or tempura fried. Note: This is not the place to go for a quiet dinner, with staffers banging on drums each time a fish is caught.

152 W 24th St
New York, NY 10011

6. Petite Boucherie

14 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
Petite Boucherie [Official Photo]

It’s somewhat surprising that the sprawling Sheridan Square brasserie called Boucherie could spawn sush a romantic French Bistro a couple blocks away. Petite Boucherie’s menu reads like that of the former Pastis, with lots of meat and seafood, along with the usual charcuterie, salads, and pastas, and a drinks menu that favors absinthe.

14 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

7. Ribalta

48 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
Ribalta Ribalta [Official Photo]

Little known fact is that the pizzas coming from master pizzaiolo Pasquale Cozzolino at Ribalta are VPN-certified, meaning that the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association — an Italian organization that certifies restaurants — has signed off on Ribalta’s employment of wood-fired ovens and its use of standardized ingredients of Neapolitan origin like 00 flour, San Marzano tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella. All that said, Ribalta is a given when searching for that iconic, chewy Neapolitan pizza crust around New York.

48 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003

8. Paulie Gee's

60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Owner Paul Giannone is known for using creative toppings at this Greenpoint pizzeria favorite. Speciality pizzas like the sopressata honey hellboy, which includes Mike’s Hot Honey for some kick, shouldn’t be missed. Plus, those avoiding dairy can revel in Paulie’s many vegan pizza and dessert options.

60 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

9. Pinch Chinese

177 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
Pinch Chinese Pinch Chinese/Facebook

Soup dumplings and an excellent wine list are the winning combo at Pinch Chinese in Soho, where dishes like Peking duck and dan dan noodles are also worth a try. Come for dumpling and drink deals during a daily happy hour that ends at 7 p.m.

177 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

10. Houseman

508 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
A grey awning stretches out over a New York City sidewalk, with the word “Houseman” in white Nick Solares

Everyone from an Eater staffer’s dad to New York Times critic Pete Wells is enamored with the chicken at Ned Baldwin’s Houseman in Hudson Square. The chicken is on a list of Houseman favorites alongside the steak frites, smoked duck, the burger, and whatever is for dessert that day.

508 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

11. Frankie Goes to Bollywood

204 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Frankie Goes To Bollywood Frankie Goes To Bollywood/Facebook

The frankie — grilled flatbread enclosing fillings like spiced cauliflower and potato; tandoor chicken; and braised lamb with yogurt — is a Mumbai street food favorite. It was somewhat rare to find the dish in New York, until Frankie Goes to Bollywood opened last fall in Soho. The fast-casual shop also specializes in pakoras (chickpea-battered fritters), and chana masala (curried chickpeas) served with chips.

204 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

12. Grotta Azzurra

177 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013
Grotta Azzurra Grotta Azzurra [Official Photo]

This true Little Italy institution remains though the storefronts around it are ever-changing. Probably because locals know they can find excellent zuppa di clams, unfussy gnocchi, and warming bolognese any night of the week.

177 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10013

13. Pho Bar

43 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
Pho Bar Pho Bar [Official Photo]

The soup oracles at Pho Bar (styled PhoBar) offer more than 10 varieties of the Vietnamese staple, including a spicy beef pho, oxtail pho with beef broth, and a vegetarian pho with carrots and daikon. Note: Only the Chinatown location of Pho Bar is participating in Eat for Good.

43 Mott St
New York, NY 10013

14. La Cafette

103 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
La Cafette La Cafette/Facebook

La Cafette in Williamsburg has all the cute restaurant makings like neon signs, decorative plate ware, and botanical wallpaper; but it also has the standout French bistro classics to back it up. Craveable dishes here include the buttery escargots, hanger steak frites, roast chicken with potatoes, and steak tartare.

103 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

15. La Vigna

100-11 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375
La Vigna La Vigna [Official Photo]

Giussepe Vitale, a veteran of Lidia Bastianich’s kitchen, opened La Vigna as his own in the heart of Forest Hills. The heavily local restaurant doesn’t offer a bad risotto or pasta; plus there are pre-fixe options — two courses with coffee or tea — for both lunch and dinner at $16.95 and $29.95, respectively.

100-11 Metropolitan Ave
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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