If you’re planning on eating out any time soon, make it one of these restaurants. Eater National — a website covering the latest news in the restaurant industry, including stories on celebrity chefs, reality TV and national dining trends — has developed a list of restaurants nationwide that are contributing to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
From Washington, D.C., and New York to Chicago and even Portland, Ore., restaurants are lending a hand to those in need by hosting benefit dinners and donating portions of their proceeds — or in even more unique ways, like New York’s Meatball Shop, which is giving people free orders of “naked” meatballs in exchange for blankets to be distributed to Sandy victims in New York City.
Make your next dinner reservations at one of these places so you enjoy a delicious meal while helping those who are struggling with the damage done by Superstorm Sandy:
Shake Shack — From now until Sunday, Nov. 11, the Big Apple’s favorite burger joint is selling a special Rally Shake, inspired by the black-and-white cookie New Yorkers love so much. (It’s been featured in both “Seinfeld” and “Sex and the City” episodes.) The chain is donating $2 from each shake sold to the American Red Cross.
Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar — Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is pitching in by donating 50% of his restaurant’s proceeds to the American Red Cross between Nov. 12 and 13.
Jimmy’s No. 43 — Tonight (Nov. 6), this East Village bar is throwing an election night party at which guests can donate $10 toward the Red Cross for $5 domestic draft beers all night.
The Meatball Shop — You’ll probably never again have the opportunity to participate in an initiative called “Balls for Blankets,” so set a date to get some meatballs at one of The Meatball Shop’s New York locations. They’re giving guests a free order of “naked” meatballs in exchange for blankets, which will be distributed to Sandy victims in the NYC area.
Park Avenue Autumn — One of the city’s best fine-dining restaurants is doing its part by hosting a special dinner with chef Kevin Lasko and writer Jen Murphy on Nov. 11 (this Sunday) to raise money for relief efforts for their hometown of Point Pleasant, N.J. Guests can make a suggested donation of $150 for an incredible four-course meal, complete with wine pairings.
For the full list of New York City restaurants contributing to Sandy relief efforts, click here.
North — Throughout the month of November, this Federal Hill restaurant is donating $3 for every large-format Feast meal sold to the Red Cross.
Bistro Chloe Elan — Enjoy incredible food by chef Peter Setterington tonight (Nov. 6) at this new restaurant in Ada — and don't forget to get some wine! Chloe Elan is donating $3 to the Red Cross for every bottle of vino sold.
Volt — Enjoy fresh, local cuisine at Volt between Nov. 5 and 11. The restaurant is giving first responders and their families 20% off their total check.
Chicago Q — This well-known barbecue restaurant is sending 5% of its bourbon sales to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund from now through November.
Italiasia — Through the month of November, 5% of Italiasia’s proceeds from dinner sales are being donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Riffle — Despite being far from the destruction of Sandy, Riffle is donating a generous 50% of its proceeds this Sunday, Nov. 11, to Sandy relief.
Grillfish, Logan Tavern, The Heights and The Pig are all giving $2 to the Red Cross for every bottle of wine sold through November.
Mike’s City Diner — Boston’s most renowned chefs — including Ken Oringer, Jamie Bissonnette, Ming Tsai, Tony Maws and Joanne Chang-Myers — are hosting a benefit dinner on Nov. 7 at Mike’s with a minimum $500 donation to be given to the Red Cross.
House of Hong — On Thursday, Nov. 8, this Chinese restaurant and Best in Class Education Center are hosting a benefit dinner for $25 per person or $250 per table.
For the full list of national restaurants contributing to Sandy relief efforts, click here.