Brooklyn Eateries From Greenpoint to Prospect Heights Offer ‘Pay What You Want’ Meals

One couple offering free meals specifically aims to feed laid-off restaurant workers.


    Brooklyn restaurants and bars have started offering free and “pay what you want” meals and drinks.

    Brooklyn Sweet Spot in Fort Greene plans to hand out free lunches to adults and children Friday. Alta Calidad in Prospect Heights started including a free margarita with every to-go order Monday.

    At least three venues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg started offering free meals Monday, according to Greenpointers. One couple offering free meals specifically aims to feed laid-off restaurant workers, according to the publication.

    If you know of others, please leave details in a comment.

    Greenpoint restauranteurs and married couple Blair Papagni and Josh Cohen are offering pay-what-you-can hot meals for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic as the issue of food insecurity worries freshly out of work people in the service sector. @jimmysdinerbrooklyn (577 Union Ave.) began offering 30 pay-what-you-can hot meals on Monday, which will also be offered again on Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m. The meals will be placed on a table inside of Jimmy's Diner next to a bottle of hand sanitizer for people to take proper precautions. Jimmy’s Diner also has extra gallons of orange juice and milk that are available for people or families that need it. @anellabk (222 Franklin St.), will also have pay-what-you-can meals starting at 5 p.m. today, and prices have been reduced on select meals. "We're doing dinner for two or dinner for four and we reduced pricing about 25% - 30%. For the dinner for two we're offering pasta and a kale caesar salad with a bottle of wine," Papagni said. "As we get further into this shutdown I think it's going to be more difficult to get hot meals. We're a city built on people that go out to eat, so I think there's a good portion of our younger population here that probably doesn't cook often, and then we have our older population that maybe can't get out," she said.
    Good afternoon neighbors and friends! In order to help keep Greenpoint eating well we are offering our burger and eggplant parm as pay what you can meals beginning at 5pm for take out until we run out. A small menu with reduced prices for takeout is available along with dinners for two and four including a bottle of wine. All orders will be placed at the end of the bar for pick up. Please call or email us with your orders beginning at 2pm.
    As of today, Monday, March 16, Alta Calidad will offer take-out and delivery only. But fear not! We’re offering a free to-go margarita with all take-out orders, and also selling large-batch cocktails to help get you through the quarantine. Please call us directly (718-622-1111) to place orders for your favorite tacos, tortas, tequila drinks and more!⁣ ⁣ We will return to dine-in service as soon as we know it’s a safe and responsible decision for our staff and patrons. Stay healthy, friends - we’ll see you soon!
    Not all heroes wear capes...but two of them wear cook-coats This is not an easy time for all of us, but the best way to get trough is to support each other! Ms. Kim from @brooklynsweetspot knows this, she and her team will be handing out FREE lunches for kids and adults in need this Friday from 12pm to 4pm at #BrooklynSweetSpot366 Myrtle Ave. Thank you Ms. Kim for doing this action of kindness and love! Remember, we are all in this together by ordering something for delivery or stopping by to pick up you can help them to help others. Plus, who doesn't love Mr. Kim cakes and cookies??

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