FOLLOWING JANUARY’S tragic earthquake (and the massive aftershocks that have followed) on the island country of Haiti, Americans have been generous with their money, time and good faith. If you’re still looking for creative ways to help, or are seeking to support companies committed to helping Haiti in its time of need, there is no shortage of bars and restaurants offering up events, specials and other charitable opportunities.
We will continue to update this list as we receive new events and announcements, but consider the following establishments when you’re out drinking and dining:
Give Some Love, Union Square Ballroom (27 Union Square W)
Union Square Ballroom ushers in Fashion Week and Valentine’s Day with this Haitian relief event on February 12, from 9p to 4am. A minimum $20 donation gets you in the door, with a Sagatiba Cachaca open bar from 9p to 11p. All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders Haiti relief project. For more information: unionsquareballroom.com
For the rest of the month, Ideya will donate 10% of its earnings each Monday and Tuesday through the month of February. Also for the entire month of February, the restaurant will serve up a special Mojito made with Barbancourt 15-year-old rum (a Haitian rum). 50% of proceeds from that drink will also go to charity.
Bond No 9 (multiple locations): While neither a bar nor a restaurant, this parfumerie’s Bond Street location does serve elegant teas. From January 14 through February 14, 10% of the proceeds of sales of their Scent of Peace perfume will go to the American Red Cross to assist the communities impacted by the earthquake in Haiti, and provide urgent relief.
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Combier Orange Liqueur Even if you’re not headed out on the town, you can still contribute while mixing up a nice cocktail. Combier Orange Liqueur (which sources its orange peels for both Combier and Royal Combier from plantations throughout Haiti), announced that it will donate 20% of all earnings rom January 20 through March 1, 2010 to Doctors Without Borders’ Emergency Relief Fund. “We’ve maintained a relationship with the people of Haiti for over 100 years,” says Scott Goldman, president of Cadre Noir Imports, the importer for Combier. “In the hour of their greatest need we wanted to do our part in giving back.”
Want to know what to make with Combier?
Consider a Rosalita Margarita:
- 1 1/2 oz Rosangel (hibiscus-infused anejo tequila)
- 1/2 oz Combier Orange Liqueur
- tsp Raspberry-Infused Agave Nectar (like Madhava)
- tbsp each Fresh Orange, Lime and Cranberry Juice
- Splash rose’ sparkling wine
Combine tequila, Combier, agave nectar and juices in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until very cold. Pour into cocktail glass or champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.
IF YOU WISH TO SUPPORT NYC bars and restaurants that have already hosted events or committed donations, consider the following:
Park Avenue Liquor Shop / Davidoff Help Haiti Now (535 Madison Ave)
Award-winning retailer Park Avenue Liquor Shop is teaming with Davidoff of Geneva to host a special fundraising event on Thursday, January 28, to help the citizens of Haiti. For $50, attendees will enjoy a cocktail party featuring rum and other spirits from Park Avenue Liquor, along with cigars provided by Davidoff of Geneva and Cigar Aficionado Magazine. Food from Rothmann’s Steakhouse. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Haitian Relief effort. Call 212.751.9060 for tickets, or purchase at the door, the night of.
The Bell House (149 7th St, Park Slope Brooklyn), Strength Through Unity
On Wednesday, January 27, The Bell House hosts a star-studded comedy and music lineup for Strength Through Unity: A Benefit for the Victims of the Earthquake in Haiti. The lineup includes Jimmy Fallon, Todd Barry, Freelance Whales, The Wrens, Pat Kiernan (NY 1), AC Newman (New Pornographers) and more. $50 at the door, all proceeds going to benefit Save the Children and Partners in Health. Proceeds from $2 Asia Dogs hot dogs and various Raffle Prizes will also go to benefit earthquake victims. Visit thebellhouseny.com to buy tickets.
Sidebar 118 East 15th St
On January 27th, at 6:30pm, the pubcrawl favorite Sidebar hosted a Partners & Heath Haitian Relief Fundraiser. In addition to the at-door donations received, Sidebar itself will be donating 10% of bar earnings from the event.
Village Pourhouse, 64 Third Ave
In its second Haiti fundraiser, Village Pourhouse hosted a Beer Pong Tournament for Haiti Relief (hey, it can’t all be serious and fahn-cy), hosted by the PAC 10.
Hearts and Cocktails for Haiti, Bar Celona (104 S 4th St Williamsburg, Brooklyn) Ray Raymond and Dave Catania, along with a large number of alcohol and bar sponsors hosted an all-star open bar featuring a variety of rum punches and cocktails, from some of the city’s best bartenders Williamsburg’s Bar Celona. The event raised over $5,000 for a number of charities.
Ideya, 349 West Broadway The Latin Caribbean eatery Ideya kicked off its Haiti relief program Sunday, January 31. 10 percent of the day’s entire proceeds will be donated to the World Food Bank.
L’Ecole, 462 Broadway (at Grand St) On Sunday, Jan 25, L’Ecole, the restaurant affiliated with the French Culinary Institute, offered up a special brunch. ALL proceeds (including waiter’s tips!) from the $19.50/person, two-course meal will be donated to The Red Cross.
Havana Central (Multiple Locations) Dine Out 4 Haiti: As part of a nation-wide effort called DineOut4Haiti, Cuban restaurant Havana Central and over 40 other restaurants in New York and elsewhere, donatee up to 10% of their sales on January 24th to Action Against Hunger / Haitian Earthquake Relief.
Allegretti 46 W 22nd Dine Out 4 Haiti 46 W 22nd: Also participating in the Dine Out 4 Haiti event, but on Monday, January 25th, was French Provincial restaurant Allegretti. Again 10% of the days’ proceeds (along with employee contributions) went toward helping the relief effort via Action Against Hunger, Doctors Without Borders and Partners in Health.
Forty Eight Lounge 1221 Avenue of the Americas at 48th St
The stylish-but-unpretentious Midtown lounge hosted a Haiti Relief Initiative Monday, January 25 from 6p to 9p.
10ak 452 W 17th St Rebuild Haiti: On Thursday, January 21, Rebuild Haiti, a fundraiser benefitting Edeyo and Concern Worldwide took place at Chelsea nightclub 10ak.
Merc Bar 151 Mercer St, SoHo Trendy “speakeasy” Merc Bar hosted a relief effort event in its plush Red Room Wednesday, January 20. The American Jewish World Service, a non-profit organization, collected a cover charge and individuals could also donate at a separate table.
Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th St On Thursday, January 21, West Side rooftop bar Hudson Terrace teamed up with Partners in Health and Stand With Haiti to host a fundraiser.
Village Pourhouse (64 Third Ave at 11th St): On January 18 hosted an event to raise funds for Shelterbox, a relief organization providing shelter and water purification to those in need.
Del Posto (85 Tenth Avenue): Mario Batali announced his restaurant was offering up free UPS shipping free of charge for donations made to help Haitians. Contact the restaurant for more details and to see if the event is still running.
Zaytoons, 427 Myrtle Avenue (Brooklyn) Zaytoons, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Clinton Hill, matched customer donations from January 14 through January 20.
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