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Five gourmet takeout windows you have to try

By Christina Izzo
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Salt-and-pepper soft serve at Dominique Ansel Kitchen
Photograph: Courtesy Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Summer's quickly flying by, which means you don't always have time for a full sit-down repast in between sunny days at the beach and nights spent toasting the season at one of the city's best rooftop bars. That's where these takeout window comes in–time-saving snack bays doling out everything from fluffy, buttery biscuits to burrata soft serve. 

Poké: Seamore's
Opening on August 15, the Nolita seafood spot will debut a Mulberry Street takeout window peddling an off-the-menu poké entrée, featuring tuna, ponzu, peanuts and avocado over steamed rice ($16). And that's not all–for a quick, as-you-stroll dessert, you can also find a new flavor of their vegan Oddfellows soft serve: coconut-lemongrass ice cream with shredded coconut ($6). 

Soft serve: Dominique Ansel Kitchen
Speaking of soft serve, the Cronut King reopened his dutch door–turned–ice-cream window for the season, serving flavors ($7) like burrata with balsamic caramel, microbasil and confit strawberry; and salt-and-pepper caramel with devil's food cake, Maldon sea salt and a crispy potato gaufrette. 

Soft serve window at Dominique Ansel Kitchen
Photograph: Courtesy Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Hot dogs: Huertas
Back for its second season, the pintxos bar's weekend hot-dog window offers Basque-style chistorra sausages ($6) tricked out with garlic aioli and house-made piquillo-pepper mostarda. Wash the franks down with frozen horchatas or sherry-cobbler slushies ($6 each). 

Biscuits: Big Bottom Biscuit Bar
Operating out of the coffee window of Upper West Side Italian restaurant Osteria Cotta, this biscuit operation turns out the fluffy rounds in both sweet and savory configurations, from berries with whipped cream ($6) to smoked salmon with capers ($10). 

Roast-beef sandwiches: Roll-n-Roaster
The Sheepshead Bay stalwart prides itself on its "not no fast" fast food, but they're quickening up the pace for summer with a street-side open-air counter that sells Italian ices ($2.95) and a panini version of the shack's hallmark roast-beef sandwich ($5.95). 

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