After the haste of the holidays passing by, many meet the new year with a sense of winding down and getting back to a regular routine, although, much of what has been considered a regular routine has been shuffled by COVID-19. With COVID-19 still being a presiding threat to all, especially those with underlying medical conditions, many families seek out way to enjoy the new years with no heightened risk and taking the best of the winter season. However one does decide to spend the early days of 2021, much caution is necessary as COVID numbers rise each day in the new year.
Rahway’s Restaurant Week and Soup Stroll
Throughout the month of January, Rahway’s residents may enjoy knowing that take-out from neighboring restaurants is still in full effect and are more than welcomed to discover new specialties like Monchy’s Restaurant, Mi Casa Latin Bistro, and Wheelie Good Piegori. While restaurants are still holding dine-in options at limited capacity, many may be interested in using apps like UberEats, or Dash Door to order local food and enjoy a day off from cooking.
Additionally, Rahway has recently assigned specific parking spaces in the downtown area for 15-minute “Curbside Pick-Up” at no cost (1). Residents can feel free to park, whether it is to drop off pets at grooming service or pick up a treat from Melao Café and Creamy where they make the best hand-rolled ice cream with natural fruits and topping in the area!
During this chilly month, Rahway residents can find fresh soup to warm up during Saturdays from 1:00 – 5:00 PM throughout January! Nineteen participating restaurants are providing free soup samples additionally, residents can participate in a drawing to win a $25.00 gift certificate to 30 of Rahway’s restaurants. To enter the drawing, “visitors take selfies at each restaurant and submit 15 or more to RahwayisHappening@gmail.com with subject line “SOUP STROLL 2021”” (2). This event is a on a first-come, first-serve basis and is an excellent way to try different foods in the area. For details on how to participate and get free soup, please visit: https://www.rahwaytaste.com/soup-stroll.html
During the week of January 18th-22nd, Rahway is also hosting Rahway Restaurant Week where special offers such as $100, $75, or $50 gift certificates will be distributed among diners who take a creative photo of the food and tag Rahway’s Art and Business Partnership Page or @RahwayisHappening on Instagram (3). Participants can dine in or order take-out. Not all of Rahway’s restaurants are offering freebies such as The Coffee Box where customers can get a free dessert with lunch or a free cappuccino with lunch or dinner at Il Forno a Legna during Rahway Restaurant Week (3). All winners will be announced on January 29th (3) and for more details, please visit: https://www.rahwaytaste.com/restaurant-week-2021.html
Convenient Heated Outdoor Dining in NYC
For any Grand Meridia resident trying to take a day off and enjoy an evening in NYC’s best outdoor heated dining, it may be exciting to know that some of NYC’s restaurants have modified the dining experience. The following locations are open and taking reservations or may be on a first-come, first-serve basis. These following locations may be a great option to keep in mind for Valentine’s Day!
- The Greens at Pier 17: Enjoy winter dishes and cocktails in your own dining cabin (4)! New dates are released every Monday at 10AM and reservations are taken online. Get the feel of NY’s upstate evergreen with NYC’s metropolitan glamour! Heated cabins are large and can host a group of 10, The Greens also have TVs mounted to keep up with sports games or display a yuletide log burning in the fireplace keeping the ambient cozy. Enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of the city’s skyscrapers while the night falls down (4). To reserve a spot, check out: https://thegreens.pier17ny.com/
- The Winter Garden at The Standard: Have fun in a private alpine yurt or outside with heaters among twinkling evergreens (5)! This location has incredible dishes for the evening and it is opened daily for drinks and dining (5). They also offer gooey fondue and fresh gingerbread cookies!
- Kyma in Flatiron: Get taken away in this Greece-inspired dining experience where the food is delish, and the heated lamps take you to a warm evening in Greek. An excellent small group option for an intimate evening where the flowers and lights bring a sense of spring in winter. For reservations visit: https://www.sevenrooms.com/reservations/kymaflatiron To get inspire by Kyma’s cuisine and dining experience, take a look at their Press articles.
- A Word to Our Residents at Grand Meridia
A very happy new year to all! While much is the same regarding the current pandemic, it might be hard to take in that it is already a new year for fresh starts and new beginnings! We thank our residents for taking the safety measures to ensure a healthy community for all and understanding many of the changes and added policies that are in place today, to continue navigating through these challenging times. As difficult as it has been to shut down many annual activities, it is for the safety of our residents which take upmost priority that the changes have presided.
We applaud our residents for demonstrating respect to each other and managing safety protocols yet as we move forward in this together and ask our residents to continue adhering to the COVID-19 rules set in place in the community: wearing masks in hallways, elevators, laundry rooms, using sanitation stations when entering or leaving the premises, staying 6 feet apart or utilizing the stairs when others are using the elevator to name a few.
-The Team at Grand Merida