A Guide to Restaurant Wholesalers Now Selling Groceries to the Public

Crab, scallops, lamb, beef, and lots and lots of produce usually reserved for restaurants are available for delivery to New Yorkers’ homes.

With the shutdown of dining rooms across the state, the companies that supply meat, produce, and other wholesale goods to the city’s top restaurants have also experienced dramatic drops in business. The temporary fix: Many are now pivoting to sell their high-end goods directly to locals — meaning fish that once went to Michelin-starred restaurants like Le Bernardin can now be purchased for at-home cooking.

Some companies are only doing pickup, while others have beefed up their online presences and delivery offerings. Many of them work with small local farms, and several have been in business for decades but have never sold directly to consumers until now. The wholesalers’ clients range from luxurious to everyday dining, but whatever the price point, they present an additional way to buy groceries. This list will be updated, so check back for more options — though be warned, as demand goes up, delivery times may as well. And go to this story to learn more about the measures that companies are taking to change business.

Produce and other groceries

Local Porter:This intermediary between suppliers and restaurants is now selling a very interesting range of foodstuffs to the public from those wholesalers in many categories. A quick browse of their website reveals meat boxes, spice collections, pastas and grains, condiments, and dried beans, as well as recipes with links to most of the ingredients for purchase. Delivery comes from wholesalers, so if trying to make one of the recipes, they may arrive on different days.

New York Mutual Trading:Through its subsidiary Mutual Trading Kitchen, this wholesaler of Japanese groceries and kitchenware founded in Japan in 1926 is offering miso, nori, fresh mushrooms, rices, noodles, dumplings, seafood and meat. Now offering home delivery to Manhattan, parts of Queens and Brooklyn, Westchester, and Hudson and Bergen counties. Delays currently being experienced, though some orders can be expedited.

Asian Veggies: An offshoot of the Long Island City-based wholesaler Fresh Goods Trading, this recently-launched service offers a large selection of Asian produce including snow pea shoots, Shanghai bok choy, vermicelli noodles, and spicy chili crisp, among several other products. Asian Veggies offers next-day delivery in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. There’s a $45 order minimum and a flat $8 delivery fee on each order.

Dine Market:Once serving as an intermediary between wholesalers and restaurants plus other businesses that use food raw materials, Dine Market is now selling directly to the public in the categories of vegetables, fruit, dairy meat, seafood, and groceries. Upon ordering, shipments come directly from the original wholesalers. Minimum orders from each wholesaler apply.

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by Erika Adams, Tanay Warerkar, Serena Dai, and Robert Sietsema

Article source: https://ny.eater.com

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