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Oasis
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The best takeout and delivery restaurants in NYC

New York’s best takeout and delivery restaurants allow you to feast on the city’s best grub without leaving your couch

By Emma Orlow and Time Out contributors
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Hungry but can’t manage to put pants on and go outside in search of tonight’s dinner? That’s where New York’s best takeout and delivery restaurants come in—you can get anything from super-crispy fried chicken to top-rate New York pizza delivered straight to your door without having to pause your TV binge or workflow. In fact, some of the city's best new restaurants offer delivery services. So queue up a new movie on Netflix and order whatever your heart desires from our list of the best delivery restaurants in the city, available via individual restaurants's websites, Seamless, Caviar, Postmates and more. Tip well!

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Best takeout and delivery restaurants in NYC

Uncle Boons Sister
Uncle Boons Sister
Photograph: Courtesy Uncle Boons Sister

1. Uncle Boons Sister

Restaurants Thai Nolita

The Michelin-starred Thai restaurant Uncle Boons recently transitioned its takeout spin-off to delivery-only. The chef-owners Ann Redding and Matt Danzer are keeping the meals wallet-friendly, too: The homemade yellow curried lamb pastry with sweet chili sauce and cucumber vinegar is popular but we prefer the Phat Bai Horapha (Thai basil and chili stir fry with a fried egg).

Golden Diner
Golden Diner
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2. Golden Diner

Restaurants Diners Two Bridges

Sam Yoo’s take pan-Asian take on brunch staples made his restaurant one of the biggest hits we reviewed in 2019. Order brunch favorites such as the honey butter pancakes, the “vegetalian” hero sandwich, or, the matcha crumb cake.

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Photograph: Courtesy of Ayada

3. Ayada

Restaurants Thai Elmhurst

The menu of this pretty little Thai restaurant attracts citywide food-lovers for good reason: their crispy duck Panang curry, the whole fish with basil sauce, papaya salad, tom yum soup and more.  

Maya Bed-Stuy
Maya Bed-Stuy
Photograph: Courtesy of Maya Bed-Stuy

4. Maya Bed-Stuy

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Sandwich shops Bedford-Stuyvesant

An East Asian general store with bites at the counter, the recently opened Maya Bed-Stuy serves experimental congee, updated with quinoa, avocado and other good additions you see in fashionable grain bowls. There's also the stand-out Porkduckin with Chinese century egg—a yolk that’s been preserved in salt, ash and clay over months, not 100 years—that is worth trying.

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Oasis
Oasis
Photograph: Time Out / Ali Garber

5. Oasis

Restaurants Mediterranean Williamsburg

Oasis continues to have some of the best Palestinian food with plentiful portion sizes. We always opt for the platter, which arrives with a selection of pickled veggies, white sauce, red sauce, five green falafel balls and more pita than you’ll know what to do with.

6. La Morada

Bronx staple, La Morada serves up stand-out Oaxacan food with a dose of activism. We suggest the chile rellenos de queso, but you'll find lots of other dishes worth exploring here. 

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teranga
teranga
Photograph: Ali Garber

7. Teranga

Restaurants West African East Harlem

Here, you’ll find West African–inspired dishes in a fast-casual café. Look no further than chef Pierre Thiam’s food to tell the story. The Senegal-born chef draws on influences from Nigeria, Côte D’Ivoire and other African countries but imparts a break-the-rules approach. The fufu, a spongy ball of pounded plantain, is a stand-out that you’ll want to dip in the slightly sweet peanut sauce.

Win Son Bakery
Win Son Bakery
Photograph: Laura Murray

8. Win Son Bakery

Restaurants Taiwanese East Williamsburg

This bakery follow-up to the fan favorite is offering delivery and pick-up for items such as their fan tuan, turnip cakes, mochi donuts, BEC on milk buns and more. 

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Zooba
Zooba
Photograph: Courtesy of Zooba

9. Zooba

Restaurants Egyptian Nolita

A new fast-casual chain hailing from Cairo has opened in Nolita, bringing with a menu of Egyptian street food. Though their dishes may look like the hummus and falafel you know, what Zooba offers is entirely different. The chain has come to be known for its ta'ameya, swapping out balls of fried chickpeas for fava beans (in addition to the classic version, Zooba also offers versions with spicy pepper, eggplant and pickled lemon). Instead of hummus you'll find a fava bean dip called bessara.

Photograph: Courtesy of Pilar Cuban Eatery

10. Pilar Cuban Eatery

Restaurants Cuban Bedford-Stuyvesant

One peek at the menu reveals this eatery stays true to its Cuban roots. Start with the Cuban nachos or stuffed tostones and continue on the journey with the pernil with black beans, maduros and a yuca garnish. Next door, its bakery is also offering to-go Cuban coffee, empanadas and other sweets. 

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Kopitiam
Kopitiam
Photograph: Courtesy Kopitiam

11. Kopitiam

Restaurants Malaysian Two Bridges

The Malaysian café is now bigger and (arguably) better with an all-day menu of affordable small plates and snacks like nasi lemak in a new location down the block.

Arepa Lady
Arepa Lady
Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber

12. The Arepa Lady

Restaurants Street food Jackson Heights

What began as a modest cart is now upgraded to a sit-down restaurant specializing in arepas and other Colombian bites in Jackson Heights. The kitchen is run by Maria Piedad Cano and her family. Order for some of the best South American corn cakes found in New York.

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13. Karczma

Restaurants Contemporary European Greenpoint

If its lengthy menu leaves you feeling paralyzed by choice, opt for the sampling plate of Polish specialties which includes three pierogies (boiled or fried), two potato pancakes, Polish kielbasa, hunter’s stew and stuffed cabbage. Plus, don't skip out on the pickle soup. 

Best new restaurant MaLa Project
Best new restaurant MaLa Project
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

14. MáLà Project

Restaurants Chinese East Village

Chinese hot pot, customarily stewed with thinly sliced meats, vegetables and stock, gets a brothless showcase with this East Village eatery from owner Ning Amelie Kang and chef Qilong Zhao. Named after the Chinese phenomenon of ma la (literally “numbing and spicy”), the restaurant’s starring dish is a variation on Chongqing-hailing dry pot, a stir-fry-like spread built with a choice of 52 add-ins—which means lots of options for delivery. 

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Rangoon
Rangoon
Photograph: Courtesy of Rangoon

15. Rangoon

Restaurants Burmese Crown Heights

Started in 2015, chef Myo Moe’s erstwhile Burmese pop-up has become a brick-and-mortar restaurant. While this southeast Asian cuisine is rare in the city, Moe’s menu offers a tasty primer. The colorful dishes available for delivery include lemongrass fish stew, cinnamon chicken and spicy pork mee shay.

 Cafe China
 Cafe China
Photograph: Courtesy Cafe China

16. Cafe China

Restaurants Chinese Midtown

Though we love the glamorous interior design of Cafe China, dishes such as their bang bang chicken, spicy cumin lamb or crystal shrimp dumplings are still worth ordering for delivery at home. 

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17. Hug Esan

Elmhurst Thai restaurant Hug Esan has recently become one of our favorite Queens-spots for takeout or delivery. We love the sour pork soup "Tom Zabb."

The Four Horsemen
The Four Horsemen
Photograph: Liz Clayman

18. The Four Horsemen

4 out of 5 stars
Bars Wine bars Williamsburg

The beloved natural wine bar, The Four Horsemen has a limited takeout menu for pickup. Whether it’s an upgraded Caesar salad or roasted chicken with a pickle pepper relish, you can order these comfort specials  and also grab wine and batch cocktails to-go.

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Claro
Claro
Photograph: Gabi Porter

19. Claro

Restaurants Mexican Gowanus

At Claro in Gowanus, you can order (dinner-only) delivery right now: frozen mezcal margaritas, mezcal flights, wine by the bottle, as well as their most popular dishes like short rib mole and quesadillas tinga.

Photography: Liz Clayman

20. Mo's Original

Restaurants Caribbean Prospect Lefferts Gardens

The team behind the popular Glady's has opened a Japanese-Caribbean ramen joint in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn. Classic bowls of Japanese ramen are riffed upon with Caribbean touches.

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Banh Mi Saigon
Banh Mi Saigon
Photograph: Time Out/ Ali Garber

21. Bánh Mì Saigon

Restaurants Vietnamese Little Italy

Bánh mì are one of our favorite to-go foods. This Chinatown staple has continued to offer delivery to make their sandwiches still accessible to enjoy back at home.  

Photograph: Courtesy of Wolfnights

22. Wolfnights

Restaurants Sandwich shops Lower East Side

We've been a big fan of the wraps from Wolfnights for years, and they've become a go-to as of late. One of TONY's staffers recommends "The Howling" with grilled chicken, fried pickles, feta, melon, mint and yogurt sauce all packed into a date and pumpkin seed wrap.

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FUKU spicy fried chicken sandwich
FUKU spicy fried chicken sandwich
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

23. Fuku

Restaurants American East Village

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.

Katz’s Delicatessen
Katz’s Delicatessen
Photograph: Courtesy Katz’s Delicatessen

24. Katz’s Delicatessen

Restaurants Delis Lower East Side

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.

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Orchard Grocer
Orchard Grocer
Photograph: Courtesy Orchard Grocer

25. Orchard Grocer

Restaurants Delis Lower East Side

The vegan movement is expanding beyond just restaurants, as grocers, butchers and deli counters are starting to go meatless. Joya Carlton (the Butcher’s Daughter, Buvette) teams with Sara and Erica Kubersky (MooShoes, Modern Love Brooklyn) for this Lower East Side grocery store and delicatessen that’s exclusively stocked with vegan products. 

Golda
Golda
Photograph: Ben Nusbaum

26. Golda

Restaurants Mediterranean Bedford-Stuyvesant

Order from this healthy-ish all-day Mediterranean café which offers Levant options, such as cauliflower chermoula or our favorite, the eggplant menemen with crispy egg and saffron yogurt.

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The Awkward Scone
The Awkward Scone
Photograph: Courtesy The Awkward Scone

27. The Awkward Scone

Bars Bedford-Stuyvesant

The Awkward Scone, a queer-and-woman-run bakery with stand-out New Mexican-style burritos opened its doors after a period as pop-up caterers. The Bushwick spot also serves carrot-cake donuts, fennel proscuitto pretzels and a slew of other unique treats (including one stand-out rainbow cookie). 

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Avo on toast
Avo on toast
Il Piccolo Ristoro

Il Piccolo Ristoro

Found under the high-line in Chelsea, this quaint little Italian restaurant serves ace traditional fare. With piadina, salads, paninis, pasta and more on the menu, it's sure to have one of your Italian favourites. What's more, they are still taking orders for delivery. 

Japanese food
Japanese food
Kaikagetsu NYC

Kaikagetsu NYC

This stylish Japanese fine-dining spot is found on the Lower East Side, taking influence from the Hida region, you're in for some succulent Hida beef should you choose it (you should). At the moment, you can get delicious-sounding bento boxes but be sure to call them as there is no online delivery option. 

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Sandwich
Sandwich
Jungle Cafe

Jungle Cafe

Brooklyn’s Jungle Cafe specialises in vegan cuisine, using high-quality ingredients to create a variety of plant-based plates. On the menu, you can expect to find loads of your favourite dishes – think burgers, burritos, tacos and salads – as well as some unique options like cashew mac ’n‘ cheese. Sounds delish. 

Burger
Burger
Pure Ktchn

Pure Ktchn

If you’re currently on a health kick but missing those takeaway dinners, Pure Ktchn is answering your prayers. Their mantra is ’eat pure nutritious whole food‘, so nothing they make is fried, there's no added sugar or soy, just simple ingredients. We feel healthier just looking at the menu. 

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Mexican
Mexican
Ponyboy

Ponyboy

Primarily known for being a neighbourhood party hotspot, Ponyboy also has an Omakase counter, where you'd normally find a chef waiting to blow your culinary mind. Sadly, that's not possible in the current circumstances, but what Ponyboy is offering is a range of delicious-sounding takeaway Mexican meals. Someone grab some napkins, it's taco time. 

Burger and fries
Burger and fries
Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen

Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen

Ben's Deli has two locations in NYC, so there’s a good chance that you're within delivery-range. For more than 44 years these delis have been creating classic deli dishes and European comfort food, we're talking knishes, homemade soup, hot pastrami, chopped liver and more. If that sounds like it's up your street, you can now order for both collection and delivery. 

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Thai cuisine
Thai cuisine
Soothr

Soothr

After growing up in different parts of Thailand, a bunch of friends came together to create Soothr, a place where people can try the delicious Thai recipes they grew up eating. So, if you’re looking for some good-for-the-soul family cooking, look no further. 

Delicious meal
Delicious meal
Gentleman Farmer Fort Greene

Gentleman Farmer Fort Greene

Normally you’d head to Gentleman Farmer for a candlelit dinner amongst romantic surroundings. Sadly, you’ll have to set the mood yourself for now, but you can still enjoy the range of high-end French fare from the comfort of your couch. That’s right, Gentleman Farmer is now available for pickup and delivery. 

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