in Frieze | 06 MAY 20

Driving change: how New York's restaurants are supporting the city

Frieze New York's restaurant partners are rallying to support healthcare workers and their staff

in Frieze | 06 MAY 20

Dante's restaurant providing meals to healthcare workers in New York

Our restaurants are a big part of Frieze New York and an even bigger part of the city itself.

While we can’t enjoy them at the fair itself this year, the teams at each of them are hard at work to make sure they, their staff and the wider community are supported at this challenging moment.

So, for a taste of Frieze New York and our wonderful restaurants, take a look below at some of their fantastic initiatives.

Colonia Verde

Brooklyn’s Colonia Verde have partnered with Hungry Vintage to provide tacos, cocktails and fashion delivered straight to your door. Their joint package not only is a great meal to enjoy at home, but it also comes with a Hungry Vintage t-shirt. Hungry Vintage are donating 100% of their sales to Feeding America so any order will help them contribute to supporting the largest foodbank network in the USA. Orders can be made here.

Court Street Grocers 

A firm favourite at Frieze but unfortunately due to the current situation their stores are closed, affecting a number of staff who would normally be preparing and serving their delicious food. We’re looking forward to them re-opening but in the meantime you can buy a gift card to help support them until the stores are back open. Any sold will have 10% given directly to their staff. Learn more


‘It’s incredible to think that the doctors and nurses are often working 12 + hours with no access to breaks and a nourishing meal’ says Nathalie Hudson, Dante’s co-owner. For this reason the Greenwich Village bar and restaurant is providing meals directly to medical practitioners working on the front line. Every dollar donated goes towards the hospital meals program and making sure those that are tirelessly looking after the most sick are also looked out by the community around them. Find out more

Drive Change

Drive Change is inspirational at the best of times but even more so now.  Their mission is to tackle some of the barriers facing young people on release from incarceration by providing an 8-month paid fellowship for young people to train in the culinary arts. While their training has moved online, they are also partnering with food distribution centers to ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, and local food. They are also raising money to support their Fellows impacted by restaurant closures in the current crisis to ensure their young people stay on the path to success. You can find out more here.


Gertie may be closed but it is planning to open in a different way. It is transforming into full-time soup kitchen for the duration of the crisis to help feed not just healthcare workers but also homeless communities and underserved children, families and seniors. They have partnered with City Harvest, Rethink Food and Hospunited to make sure that those most in need will be served. You can learn more and make a donation here.


Roberta's, a veteran participant in Frieze, has managed to keep their take-out/delivery shop open during these difficult times. In addition to offering pizzas, they have expanded their menu to include housemade pastas, DIY pizza & pasta kits as well as natural wines, bottled cocktails all available for delivery. Deliveries are also going to frontline healthcare workers at hospitals around the city and anyone wishing to help support the initiative can email