Best takeout and delivery restaurants in NYC
Pizza might just be the ultimate delivery meal, so why not up the ante a bit? This Clinton Hill pizzeria by husband-and-wife team Matt and Emily Hyland has only been open since early 2014, but its dough, mozzarella—both made in-house, by hand—and wood-burning oven have quickly established it as a force. And thankfully, you don’t need to be in the nabe to enjoy it: Emily delivers its za from South Slope to Greenpoint.
Fuku is the materialization of David Chang’s obsession with the fast-food chicken sandwich. There’s just one main dish on the menu (guess what it is), so the biggest decision you’ll face is whether you want a savory side or a Compost cookie for dessert. Chang’s oversize sammie, served on a steamed Martin’s potato roll with habanero puree, pickles and fermented-chickpea butter, is crispy, juicy and the perfect choice when you’re overwhelmed by all the other delivery options in Fidi (East Village location is now closed).
Order online. $.99 delivery fee.
It’s hard to believe it was more than a decade ago that Pies ‘n’ Thighs upped Gotham’s fried chicken game from the back of a bar under the Williamsburg Bridge. The birds and biscuits have since been amplified by other Southern fare (fried catfish, pulled pork and waffles), but we’re still suckers for the classics, like crispy fried Giannone chicken from Wellington Farms that’s been air-chilled to lock in flavor and biscuits slathered with hot sauce and honey butter.
Order online. $1.99+ delivery fee. $15 minimum.
Known for his fiery Szechuan food and salty tongue, Taiwan native Han Chiang earned a cult following in the City of Brotherly Love before he marched into NYC. Everyone is there for stellar food like spiced chicken wings, batter fried until sublimely crunchy; chilled chunks of bone-in rabbit with peanuts, and delicate pork wontons. Enjoy it in the comfort of your living room on an unbearably cold night.
Order online. $15 minimum.
Sure, part of the charm of this family-owned, 127-year-old institution is that its employees carve horseradish-spiked pastrami and thick-cut corned beef by hand, right there in front of you. But now, you don’t have to worry about losing your ticket, having enough cash or careening through the throngs of tourists befuddled by the ordering system, and can scarf down that meat-stacked sammie at your leisure.
Order online. $15 delivery fee. $35 minimum.
Since it opened in the aughts, sushi lovers know that any conversations about New York’s best will inevitably turn to Masatoshi “Gari” Sugio’s Sushi of Gari. And no, you obviously won’t get the full omakase treatment, but the place does deliver special sushi rolls to lazybones like us.
Order online. $24 minimum.
We know, there’s nothing like a pizza that’s burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth hot and fresh from the oven. But Kesté’s delivery comes awfully close. Its electric bikes can transport your slices to you at a speedy clip—we’re talking three miles in 10 minutes—and its heated boxes ensure your order stays sizzling.
Order online. $8 minimum.
Soba expert Shuichi Kotani keeps a huge swath of uptown—everyone between 107th and 145th Streets between Riverside Drive and Central Park West, to be exact—sated with his handmade Hakata-style ramen. Here's the bonus: Not only are ingredients packed separately to avoid a soggy mess—the noodles are cooled down as well, so there’s no en route cooking—but loudly slurping isn’t as awkward when you’re alone.
Order online. $12 minimum.
In 2011, a vet of Toloache and Yerba Buena decided to stake his claim on the risky 24-hour diner scene. And thank goodness for that: Where else are you going to get quality Latin comfort food? Oh, did we mention the mac and chicharrón? You heard right: mac and cheese with crispy pork belly, pork rinds and sambal. It’s a stoner’s sensation if we ever tasted one.
Order online. $10 minimum.
Hankering for a Big Mike Combo—mortadella, ham, salami, capocollo and provolone tucked into a roll or layered on focaccia? Maybe some sausage and peppers? Meatball parm? Some manicott’? The downside: To order from the 60-year-old Arthur Avenue favorite, you should probably call. The upside: You can order online from a website called, "Bring Me That."
Call or order online. $4.50 service fee. $10 minimum.