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Harvey: What to eat and drink in NYC to fund storm relief efforts

After Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana last week — killing an estimated 50 people, displacing more than one million Americans and damaging some 200,000 homes — New Yorkers sought ways to help those in need.

They donated money to relief organizations like the American Red Cross and to area food banks; they donated supplies like nonperishable food, water, flash lights; and they donated blood.

Now, New Yorkers can come together over drinks and food for comfort and charity. Restaurants and bars around the city are offering special items on their menus and donating proceeds from those cocktails and dishes to organizations involved in Harvey relief efforts.

What to eat

A BBQ burger at Burger & Lobster Both
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A BBQ burger at Burger & Lobster

Both the Times Square (132 W. 43rd St.) and Flatiron District (39 W. 19th St.) locations of the British-born restaurant with a two-pronged menu will be donating $1 for every BBQ Burger ($19) purchased to the Red Cross for the next two weeks. Your six-ounce burger (pictured above) comes piled with pulled pork, house-made barbecue sauce pickles and pickled onions, and fries and salad on the side.

An elephant cookie at Pondicheri Cafe

The Indian restaurant and bake shop, a Manhattan import from Houston, has named its elephant-shaped, peanut butter shortbread biscuits with chocolate chips after Harvey. For every $2 cookie, the cafe is donating $1 to a relief fund for Harvey victims. (15 W. 27th St.,

A "Cukes of Hazzard" burger at Clinton Hall

The trendy beer hall and gastropub is featuring a special burger on its menu for the entire month of September and donating a portion of every sale to the national nonprofit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, which announced a $300,000 contribution to Harvey relief efforts last week. The "Cukes of Hazzard" burger is a Pat LaFrieda beef patty on a potato roll, topped with aged cheddar, maple-glazed bacon, fried pickles, pickled cherry peppers, dill pickle mayo and arugula.

Because Clinton Hall apparently loves a clever gimmick, it's serving the sandwich a la carte ($17) and in lunch box tins packed with beer, its crystal "methadonuts" and some kind of surprise gift ($50). (Locations in the Financial District, South Street Seaport and the Bronx;

What to drink

The Lady Grey at Metta (pictured) The South
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The Lady Grey at Metta (pictured)

The South American restaurant that made headlines for its open-fire cooking when it opened in March is donating 100 percent of sales of an off-the-menu vodka cocktail to the Red Cross' Harvey relief efforts. The Lady Grey ($11) is a mixture of Zirkova vodka, a fizzy Spanish wine called cava, and two herbs, lavender and ashwagandha. Metta chose the Zirkova brand, restaurant partner Tarajia Morrell said, because the company has a charity arm that will make a donation based on the number of drinks sold. (197 Adelphi St, Fort Greene;

A glass of Hope After the Storm

Head to one of Merchant Hospitality's restaurants or bars, like Industry Kitchen (70 South St.) or Watermark Bar (Pier 15, 78 South St.), on Thursday, Sept. 7 for a $15 limited-release cocktail made with Texan vodka. All proceeds from sales of Hope After the Storm -- a mix of Amaro Averna, lemon juice, orgeat, yellow chartreuse, Angostura bitters, simple syrup, and Tito's Handmade Vodka -- will go to the Red Cross' work in the areas affected by Harvey.

A dark 'n' stormy at an oyster bar

The team at Grand Banks is pouring dark 'n' stormy cocktails at its three establishments to raise money for Harvey recovery efforts. The $15 you pay for a glass of Bermuda rum, ginger, lime, orange and Angostura bitters at Island Oyster (on Governors Island) or aboard Grand Banks (Hudson River Park, Pier 25) or Pilot (Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6) will all go to the Red Cross.

Five variations on a Harvey Wallbanger cocktail

The hospitality group In Good Company is serving up five different twists of a cocktail traditionally made with vodka, orange juice and a sweet herbal liquor called Galliano, one at each of five restaurants, to raise money for Harvey victims. All proceeds from the $14 drinks, on sale for the full month of September, will go to the disaster relief organization Team Rubicon.

Order a Park Avenue Wallbanger with orange juice and simple syrup at Park Avenue Tavern (99 Park Ave.); a Harvey Mule with lime juice and ginger beer at Parker & Quinn (64 W. 39th St.); a Harvey Royale with brandy as a vodka substitute and a champagne float at Winnie's Jazz Bar (63 W. 38th St.); a Harvey Surge with a double shot of espresso and Grand Marnier, served on the rocks at Trademark Taste + Grind (38 W. 36th St.); or an Eye of the Harvey, with tequila, lemon and orange juice, orgeat syrup and Galliano, at Refinery Rooftop (63 W. 38th St.).


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