Restaurants Rising Up!

The Polo Bar at Home

One of new york’s most sought-after reservations, Ralph Lauren’s The Polo Bar is famous for its classic American fare, quality cocktails, and rich wood paneling interiors with equestrian décor and leather banquets. Celebrity guests are common sightings, like Meghan Markle, who dined there just last year during her visit to the city. Since March, the restaurant has been closed due to the pandemic with no formal plan yet to open this fall, leaving its loyal customers wondering when they’ll dine in the Midtown hotspot next. However, The Polo Bar is now allowing diners to bring the magical experience home through its high-quality Manhattan delivery service. The Polo Bar at Home offers menu favorites like the Lobster Roll and the Burger, desserts like the Coconut Cake or Sundae Kit, as well as cocktails like the Ridgway Margarita and the Old Fashioned in ready-to-pour, hand-sealed bottles. It also offers select wines, with sommeliers available to walk you through the best pairings for your meal. Those interested in this unique dining experience can call in to place orders up to one week in advance or same-day by 3 p.m. (although availability is limited).

The Polo Bar at Home’s delivery service (Photos courtesy of The Polo Bar)
Ready-to-pour cocktails
The Polo Bar at Home’s Sundae Kit

Majorelle

Upper East Siders have frequented this elegant French restaurant in the Lowell Hotel since it opened in 2017. Reminiscent of a botanical oasis, Majorelle’s sophisticated dining room and adjoining year-round terrace, known as The Garden, closed early on in the pandemic. But in July, the hotel launched a casual curbside alternative, coined La Terrasse, with features from inside Majorelle like the large lush plants surrounding the tables. The a la carte menu includes items like Lamb Chops Grilled with Rosemary, Risotto with Parmesan, and the Jacques’ Burger et Frites. Additionally, they’ve just welcomed back guests to dine inside, which will be serving the classic Prix Fixe menu—perfect for special occasions. The restaurant will also continue the two delivery services launched during the pandemic: Majorelle at Home, which can be ordered same day from the a la carte menu, or The Picnic Basket, featuring a Price Fixe menu that must be pre-ordered at least 48 hours in advance.  

Restaurateur Charles Masson waves to customers (Images courtesy of Majorelle; Instagram)
Majorelle’s Picnic Basket
The dining room at Majorelle

J.G. Melon

This beloved establishment has been situated at 74th and 3rd since 1972, and is more than a restaurant to locals—it’s a New York icon. When the pandemic hit, J.G. Melon opened a takeout window, and soon after expanded its outdoor seating arrangements. Now, everyone’s favorite burger joint is excited to welcome guests back to its indoor dining room. The spirit of J.G. Melon that everyone loves is still there—from the dedicated staff (who don matching watermelon printed face coverings) to the gingham checkered tablecloths—just with updated safety precautions. Tables are spaced six feet apart, and anyone entering the restaurant will be required to have their temperature taken, sanitize their hands, wear masks in common areas, and fill out a form in adherence with New York’s guidelines. The cozy, casual pub offers a menu with comfort dishes like buttery grilled cheese, burgers with sides such as cottage fries or pickles, and the must-order pecan pie warmed and topped with whipped cream. The food is simple but classic, and the ambience filled with neighborhood regulars cannot be replicated. The restaurant will continue its takeout service and pickup window that launched in March, and is still only accepting cash. 

J.G. Melon sign at 74th Street and 3rd Avenue (Images courtesy of J.G. Melon)
J.G. Melon employees in watermelon printed face coverings
J.G. Melon takeout window
J.G. Melon servers

COTE

This Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse in Flatiron is known for its lively ambience (perfect for groups!), creative cocktails, and high-quality beef, which guests cook themselves on tabletop smokeless grills. The restaurant has an outdoor setup, and is currently taking reservations for indoor dining, which is open at limited capacity as of September 30th. In addition to Cote’s standard takeout and delivery services (which include pre-made cocktails in 500ML bottles), it also has an online butcher shop so New Yorkers can order grill-at-home steak kits. Beyond New York, it also launched a national service via Goldbelly, so the unique experience can be enjoyed all over the county. The packages—perfect as a gift or for hosting a dinner party—serve up to six people and include not only USDA meats, but everything needed to mimic the restaurant’s amazing meals like seasoning, pickled vegetables, sauces, and even salt.  And not to be missed are the grilling and pairing tips from Executive Chef David Sim packed in each box.

Waitress serving Froses over the summer at COTE’s outdoor setup (Images courtesy of Gary He)
A Goldbelly delivery package
COTE’s outdoor setup
COTE’s dining room