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Long Island butchers, fish markets and more pivot to delivery

Long Island purveyors of fresh meat, fish and

Long Island purveyors of fresh meat, fish and produce are pivoting from wholesale and shop-based retail to curbside pickup and delivery.  Credit: Getty Images/fcafotodigital

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Man cannot live on takeout alone and, at some point, even the most stove-averse Long Islanders are going to have to start cooking. The good news is that some big-time restaurant suppliers, in an effort to shore up their flagging business, are now delivering to regular folks. Many local food purveyors are ramping up or initiating takeout services so you don’t have to go to the market, and some enterprising restaurants and caterers are even getting into the grocery game. In general, these companies offer quicker and more dependable delivery than regular supermarkets whose stock must be ordered through Instacart. But they are all overburdened in this new age of takeout so be prepared to be patient. 

GENERAL GROCERIES

Baldor Specialty Foods: You’ve been eating Baldor provisions for decades without knowing it: it is one of the Northeast’s largest wholesale importers and distributors of fresh produce and specialty foods, a staple supplier of fine restaurants and markets. Now Baldor is making its vast inventory of specialty food available directly to consumers. All the staples are here, as well as foie gras, fiddlehead ferns and beef cheeks and pretty much anything you have ever eaten. Free delivery to all of Long Island with a $200 minimum. More info: baldorfood.com

The Chef’s Warehouse: One of the tristate region’s leading food service suppliers is now offering you 10-packs of frozen Neapolitan pizzas, 1-pound cans of jumbo lump crab meat, 5-liter tubs of gelato plus meats, produce, dairy and grocery items. Delivery takes up to four business days; trucks come to Long Island on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; free delivery for orders over $250 ($35 fee for smaller orders). More info: chefswarehouse.com

DiCarlo Foods (1630 N. Ocean Ave., Holtsville): You’ve probably seen DiCarlo’s trucks on Long Island’s roads and highways. The Holtsville-based company, founded in 1963, is one of the metropolitan area's largest food distributors, supplying restaurants, pizzerias, hotels and institutions. But attached to the 5-million cubic-foot warehouse is a "Cash & Carry” open to the public that carries a wide range of fresh, frozen and packaged foods. Home delivery is available as well. More info: 631-758-6000, dicarlofood.com

Dinemarket: The cloud-based food-service supplier has pivoted to the home market, selling meat, dairy, produce, pantry items and beverages as well as those new staples: bleach, gloves and masks. Order online for delivery within Nassau County. More info: dinemarket.com

Elegant Affairs Caterers (110 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove): The high-end caterer has reoriented its business to provide a wide range of groceries and household supplies, as well as heat-and-serve dinners. Order here for delivery or pick up. More info: 516-676-8500.

J Kings: The venerable Long Island restaurant supplier has launched a “shop like a chef” service with a good selection of meats, produce, pasta, rice, beverages, heat-and-eat dishes and even Junior’s cheesecakes. Plus bleach, gloves, masks, gallon plastic zip bags. See the price list on the website and place your order at shoplikeachef@jkings.com or by calling 631-289-8401 ext. 2500. There are pickup locations in Bay Shore, Bohemia, Holtsville and Riverhead on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. More info: jkings.com

John’s Farms (601 Old Country Rd., Plainview): Not only is this independent supermarket taking credit cards for the first time, it has just launched curbside pickup. Place your order on the website and an associate will call you back to confirm and set up a pickup time. Order subject to availability and there’s a $5 service charge. More info: 516-933-1447, johnsfarms.com

Konoba (46g Gerard St., Huntington): In addition to a menu of Med-Croat-inflected specialties, Konoba is now selling groceries from the prosaic (eggs, milk, romaine) to the exotic (Croatian cheese and salumi, Turkish coffee, stuffed cabbage rolls, Wagyu burgers). Preorder online and pickup Wednesday to Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Local delivery. More info: 631-824-7712, konobahuntington.com

Larkfield Pasta (277 Larkfield Rd., East Northport): This East Northport shop sells its own fresh pasta along with imported Italian groceries, prepared foods and homemade sauces. Since it’s the same ownership as Mascali restaurant next door, takeout orders can be added on to grocery orders. Curbside pickup and same-day delivery, within 10 miles of the store, for orders over $50. More info: 631-757-2404, mascali-restaurant.com

Mivila Foods (347 Burman Blvd., Calverton): With warehouses in Calverton and Paterson, New Jersey, Mivila is one of the Northeast’s largest restaurant suppliers. Residential customers can order from a wide variety of fresh meat, dairy, produce, pantry staples (including flour and yeast) plus toilet paper, paper towels, bleach, gloves and masks. Order on the website and a representative will call to confirm and arrange delivery (within 2 business days, no weekends) or pickup. Delivery minimum is $250 with a $20 fee. More info: 631-953-6970, mivila.com

Prime Fine Catering: (4 Nassau Blvd., Garden City): All-singing-all-dancing service at Prime Fine Catering which encompasses butcher, prepared foods, groceries and produce. Complete meals for four (protein, veg, starch, sauce and bread) are available for $19.99 to $39.99. There’s same-day curbside pick up and a $50 minimum for free delivery. Schedule: Nassau on Wednesday and Friday, Suffolk on Tuesday and Thursday. More info: 516-505-3255, primefinecatering.com

Sansone Foods (2147 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park): This wholesale supplier to Italian restaurants and pizzerias has gradually been building a retail business. Now it is offering curbside pickup seven days a week. Check out the website for the product mix, and call in your order. More info: 516-447-3525, sansonefoods.com

MEAT

Acabonac Farms: Long Island’s biggest cattle rancher is grazing about 80 head of cattle on pasture in Southold and Middle Island and sells a wide variety of grass-fed steaks and roasts, plus liver, oxtail, tongue, marrow bones and hearts. Orders packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or USPS and are usually shipped within two days. Free shipping for orders to the tristate area that are $100 or more. More info: acabonacfarms.com

Bryant & Cooper (2 Middle Neck Rd., Roslyn): The steakhouse may be closed, but the butcher shop is still open. Call ahead for curbside pickup. There’s also a limited number of cuts (porterhouse, sirloin, rib-eye and filet mignon) that are being sold online. More info: 516-627-7270, pollrestaurants.com/mail-order-prime-steaks

Casanova Meats (422 Great East Neck Rd., West Babylon): The restaurant meat supplier has put together four packages for consumers. “Mi Casa Nova,” $119, for example, comprises 15 pounds of chicken, 5 pounds of chuck steak, 3 pounds of beef stew, 7 pound of pork shoulder, 4 pounds of pork chops, 3 pounds of ground beef, 3 pounds of tilapia fillet. For additions, subtractions or special orders, email hunter@casanovameats.com. It’s taking two to three days to fulfill order for delivery ($100 minimum) or curbside pickup. More info: 631-789-5130, casanovameats.com

Center Cuts (382 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights): Center Cuts’ website lists all meat and poultry offerings; call for the daily menu of prepared foods. To be even more helpful, Center Cuts is now selling produce and seafood and takeout meals from 388 Italian Restaurant just up the street. Curbside pickup and delivery in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. There’s a $50 order minimum and a fee (which goes directly to driver) of $10 to $30 depending on location. More info: 516-625-0809, centercutsroslyn.com

Chadwicks American Chop House & Bar (49 Front St., Rockville Centre): The restaurant’s new grocery program comprises three big packages, “center of the plate” (an assortment of high-end steaks, chops and seafood), “bar-b-que” (more than enough for you and a party of 20 guests) and “community pack” of staples you can share with neighbors. Order at least one day in advance and pick up on Wednesday to Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. More info: 516-766-7800, chadwicksrvc.com/groceryprogram

D’Artagnan: The Francophile luxury supplier offers a full line of meats, but its stock in trade is poultry — chicken, yes, but also four species of duck (plus duck confit), quail, pheasant, squab and even wild Scottish grouse. Plus truffles and charcuterie. Next day shipping on all orders placed by noon EST. Saturday delivery where offered. Orders placed Friday after noon EST ship Monday for delivery the following day. Minimum order is $50, delivery calculated by weight and distance. More info: dartagnan.com

DeBragga: Butcher shop to star restaurants, DeBragga has a century’s worth of prime meats under its belt. The selection is a carnivore’s dream and there are also homestyle “eat well from home kits” that start at $150 and include chicken, ground beef, steaks, pork chops, hot dogs, sausages and more. Your meat will be butchered after you order it and shipped overnight (for about $10 to Long Island). More info: 212-924-131, debragga.com

Forest Pork Store (380 E Jericho Tpke., Huntington Station): The great German butcher, sausage maker and grocery is still open for business. More info: 631-423-2574, forestporkstore.com

Fossil Farms: Bored with the usual steaks and chops? Why not try some alligator tenderloin, antelope osso buco, emu filet or a nice yak flank steak? New Jersey based Fossil Farms is a leading supplier of “healthy and sustainable alternatives to conventional red meat.” Shipping via UPS. More info: 973-917-3155, fossilfarms.com

Karl Ehmer Patchogue (48 S. Ocean Ave., Patchogue): This full-service butcher shop, established in 1967, offers fresh meats and German specialties and, now, curbside pickup. To place an order, call 631-289-3448 during their regular business hours and you will receive a designated pickup time. The product list is on the website where you can also join the email list for updates, menus, and more. More info: 631-289-3448, karlehmerpatch.com

Main Street Meats (210 Main St., Farmingdale): This long-standing wholesale butcher, whose shop is called Farmingdale Meat Market, is now pivoting to retail. “We have everything, all species, from value items to prime dry-aged beef,” owner Lee Seelig said. To order, email info@mainstreetmeats.com. You’ll get a call back within a few hours and your order will be delivered the next day. $50 minimum. Locals (who call first) can also visit the store for same-day pick up. More info: 516-249-8200, mainstreetmeats.com

The Meat Guys: Order beef, veal, pork lamb and a little seafood from the Hunts Point wholesaler to area restaurants and pizzerias. Price list is on the Facebook page, as are instructions for ordering by phone or text. All prices include delivery and The Meat Guys will deliver as far east as Route 112. More info: facebook.com/themeatguys

Off the Block Kitchen & Meats (501 Montauk Hwy., Sayville): During normal times, Off the Block functions as both butcher and restaurant. Now both the meat counter and the restaurant menu are available for curbside pick up and free delivery ($50 minimum) as far east as East Patchogue, north to Bohemia and west to Oakdale. More info: 631-573-6655, offtheblockmeats.com

SEAFOOD

Braun Seafood (30840 Main Rd., Cutchogue): The North Fork’s leading wholesale-retail fish market is satisfying all your fresh and frozen seafood needs. Call to place your order. Delivery from Aquebogue to Orient and curbside pickup for everyone. More info: 631-734-6700, braunseafood.com

Claws Seafood Market (20 Montauk Hwy., West Sayville): Seafood and seafood-centric prepared foods. Curbside takeout. The market is open, accommodating two customers at a time. More info: 631-256-5900, clawsseafoodmarket.com

Fulton Fish Market: This national fish wholesaler, based at the Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx, is a great option for home cooks looking for a vast inventory of fish and shellfish, from anchovies to whiting. Place your order online and someone will go into the market and gather it. Packed with food-safe gel packs, it is shipped via air for next-day or two-day delivery. (Bear in mind that the market is closed on weekends so the best days to order are Monday and Tuesday.) Free delivery over $125. More info: fultonfishmarket.com

Gra-Bar Fish (100 Court St., Copiague): Gra-Bar usually supplies some of Long Island’s best restaurants; now the wholesaler is making dozens of products available for pickup and delivery. There’s also a growing selection of ready-to-cook dishes. Call before noon for same-day delivery (which is free for anything over $50) or pick it up at the store, where someone will bring your order out to your car. More info: 516-876-0441, grabarfish.com

Haskell’s Seafood: East Quogue-based Captain Pete Haskell and his team focus on sustainable, seasonal catches of the North Atlantic — that means no farmed salmon. Check out the website for a list of prepared foods and always-available seafoods, but call to find out what’s just come off the boats. Delivery to the East End and overnight shipping to points west. More info: 855-427-5355, haskellsseafood.com

Liepper & Sons: This seafood supplier to some of Manhattan’s best restaurants is now delivering to Long Island from its Syosset warehouse. In addition to a huge range of local and globally sourced fish and shellfish, there’s a selection of prepared dishes that includes tuna burgers, crabcakes with remoulade sauce, day-boat scallop kebabs, lobster salad and braised octopus. Delivery is $10 to Nassau’s north shore and up to $50 for elsewhere on Long Island. More info: 516-933-2100, lieppersons.com

Two Cousins Fish Market (255 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport): The Nautical Mile may be in an extended off season, but Two Cousins is still open seven days a week. Five masked customers allowed in the store at a time. More info: 516-379-0793, twocousinsfishmarket.com

PRODUCE

Agouri Food Service (245 Route 109, West Babylon): After decades of supplying restaurants with fruits and vegetables, Agouri (“cucumber” in Greek) is opening its West Babylon warehouse to the public. Here’s how it works: All available produce is posted, with prices, on Agouri’s Facebook page. Give them a call to place your order, arrange a pickup time and when you arrive, someone will bring the order to your car. More info: 631-482-1310, facebook.com/PerfectAgouri

Edible Arrangements: Janine Inserro, owner of Edible Arrangements in Commack, wrote in to say that her store is one of a number of local links in this national chain that is open for pickup, offering whole fresh fruit as well as “bouquets” and chocolate-dipped fruit. More info: ediblearrangements.com

Goodale Farms (50 Main Rd. Riverhead): Long Island’s only commercial dairy is delivering its own milk, butter, cheese and yogurt (cow and goat) as well as beef and pork. Chickens and out-of-season vegetables are sourced from elsewhere. Register on the website and order online. Weekly order window closes at noon on Monday and deliveries are scheduled Tuesday to Thursday. More info: 631-901-5975, goodalefarms.com

Krystal Fruits and Vegetables (461 Railroad Ave., Westbury): Mike Longo, the owner of this Westbury-based wholesale produce supplier, turned his business around in a day to address the needs of retail customers. Order on the website; he delivers. More info: 516-338-6868, krystalproduce.com

Melissa’s: One of the country’s leading providers of specialty produce, Melissa’s is the place for cactus pears and cherimoya, jackfruit and horned melons. Plus apples, pears and bananas. Plenty of organic options such as a 17-pound organic “family box” (kale, broccoli, chard, carrots, beets, celery, onion, apples, lemons, avocado and more). No minimum, delivery is calculated according to weight, speed and distance. More info: melissas.com

Organic Krush: In addition to vegetable-forward healthy dishes and treats and fresh-pressed juices, Organic Krush is now selling complementary groceries such as organic fruits and vegetables and herbs, whole ginger and turmeric, hemp seeds, nut milks, and grass-fed beef. Email cateringOK@organickrush.com or call 631-759-9561 to order. Pickup Monday to Friday in Rockville Centre, Roslyn, Woodbury, Plainview and Amagansett; Islandwide delivery with $100 minimum order. More info: organickrush.com

OurHarvest: This Hicksville-based company has been delivering local (and largely organic) produce and groceries since 2013. The inventory includes fruits and vegetables plus sustainably raised poultry and dairy, fresh fish and an array of kitchen staples from olive oil to cracked oats. OurHarvest delivers to much of Nassau and Suffolk counties. Go to the website, enter your ZIP code and you’ll see whether they deliver to you and, if so, on what day of the week. Ordering is easy to navigate and requires no membership. More info: ourharvest.com

Riviera Produce: This New Jersey-based produce wholesaler delivers to Long Island west of the Sagtikos Parkway. Start with a produce box, conventional or organic, and customize with items from avocado to Yukon Gold potatoes, plus select dairy. Minimum order is $100, shipping fee is $10. More info: gratefulproducebox.com

The Sexy Salad (160 Adams Ave., Hauppauge): John Robertson has exploded his salad-bar shop, making fresh produce (plus pantry staples such as milk and bread) available to customers from noon to 3 every weekday. Consult “The Sexy Salad” on Facebook for updates. More info: 631-435-3678, thesexysalad.com

Uncle Bacala’s (2370 Jericho Tpke. Garden City Park): Owner Peter Hewitson is having no trouble getting produce from his purveyor and so, after hearing tales of supermarket woe from his customers, he decided to pay it forward. He’s now delivering fruits and vegetables to Nassau County, $75 minimum, $15 delivery fee. Call the restaurant to place an order — and of course you can avail yourself of Uncle Bacala’s takeout menu too. More info: 516-739-0505, unclebacala.com

TREATS

Chip’n Dipped (342 New York Ave., Huntington): They’ve got you covered — in chocolate — at Chip’n Dipped: cookies, candies, coffee and much more. Owner Peter Goldfarb dreamed up a “Shelter in Place Survival Kit,” $59.95, which includes a half pound of chocolate nonpareils, a half pound of dark-chocolate salted cashews, a quarter pound of SuperChunkyMunchie chocolate-caramel popcorn, 6 ounces of chocolate-covered mini-pretzels plus a family-friendly card game. Go to website to order via DoorDash, UPS or curbside pickup. More info: 888-545-2447, chipndipped.com

Lazar’s Chocolate (72 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck): The venerable confectioner’s vast chocolate holdings are now available for curbside pickup, free delivery and free shipping anywhere in the USA (except Florida). (Other location at 340 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale). More info: 516-829-5785, lazarschocolate.com

Schwartz Candies (169 Voice Rd., Carle Place): If ever there were a need for chocolate! Schwartz, one of Long Island’s confectionery treasures, is here for you. Check out the website for the product line (click on “Easter/Passover Special Delivery”). For the hand-dipped chocolates displayed in the shop’s cases, call the store. Curbside pickup and home delivery (to Nassau). More info: 800-522-2462, schwartzcandies.com

Shock Ice Cream (99A Main St., Westhampton Beach): This seasonal ice cream shop has opened earlier in the season to feed the sweet teeth of the Westhampton area. Pints and quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt and sugar-free and vegan alternatives as well — plus toppings and birthday cakes. Text your order to 631-553-0155 and pick up later in the day. More info: 631-553-0155, facebook.com/shockicecream

The Village Cheese Shop (105 Love Lane, Mattituck): Cheese, it’s said, is milk’s leap into immortality. Certainly there’s no better desert-island food than a hunk of delicious, filling and shelf-stable Parmesan. Village Cheese Shop stocks scores of imported and domestic cheeses, as well as artisan bread, pastries, cured meats and fish plus sandwiches and fondue kits. Call for curbside pickup. Delivery is free with a $50 order within Southold Township. More info: 631-298-8556, thevillagecheeseshop.com

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