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han dynasty wonton in chili oil
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz Wontons in chili oil at Han Dynasty

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 Bao Ong, Christina Izzo and Time Out New York contributors
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New Yorkers perhaps have never relied on takeout and delivery as much as this year. Luckily, our restaurants know how to do it right. When you're tired of cooking or don't want to worry about dining out, New York’s best takeout and delivery restaurants have you covered—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 Netflix binge. In fact, some of the city's best new restaurants offer delivery services. And as a reminder, while there are plenty of delivery platforms out there, if you can order directly from a restaurant, it helps their bottomline. And don't forget to tip well!

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Best takeout and delivery restaurants in NYC

Golden Diner
Golden Diner
Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber

1. 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. The menu is full other hits you won't to miss like the tuna melt and mushroom reuben quesadilla.

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

2. 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).

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Baar Baar
Baar Baar
Photograph: Courtesy Liz Clayman

3. Baar Baar

Restaurants Indian East Village

The inventive Indian menu includes avocado and green chickpea bhel and chicken tikka and cheddar kulcha from chef Sujan Sarkar. If you want to recreate the fun, vibrant atmosphere of Baar Baar at home, there's also the Chaat Party Pack.

4. Fat Choy

At this counter-service "kind of Chinese" spot on the Lower East Side, Justin Lee and Jared Moeller sling small plates with big flavors for pick-up, delivery or takeout: Fried nuggets of salt-and-pepper cauliflower shot with vibrant shallot sauce; mushroom-tofu ragù loaded Sloppy Joe-style onto sesame pancakes with crisp Chinese slaw. The fact that nothing here will cost you more than a Hamilton? Even more delicious. 

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Arepa Lady
Arepa Lady
Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber

5. 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.

Photograph: Courtesy Jake Lindeman

6. Gertie

Restaurants Cafés Williamsburg

Inspired by Los Angeles all-day cafes like Gjelina and Sqirl, Gertie serves up dishes we crave like egg 'n cheese on a housemade English muffin for breakfast or a Recession Special with two all-beef hot dogs paired with a draft cocktail and chips for just $20.

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7. Sofreh

Restaurants Persian Prospect Heights

Sofreh is authentically Persian yet inherently Brooklyn. The menu is a culinary crash course in Persian cuisine, highlighting many classic (but perhaps unfamiliar) techniques and ingredients. Dishes like the grilled eggplant with caramelized onions, yogurt and walnuts creates a rich, smoky paste that’s perfect for scooping up with the airy house bread—and perfect for enjoying at home.

 

Photography: Kathryn Sheldon

8. Rezdôra

Restaurants Italian Flatiron

Stefano Secchi knows Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region like few NYC chefs: He cooked at Osteria Francescana, rated the world’s top restaurant last year. At Rezdôra, he offers up an impressive array of pastas that are now available for pick-up and delivery, using quality cheeses and seasonal ingredients from farmers’ markets.

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Los Tacos No 1
Los Tacos No 1
Photograph: Filip Wolak

9. Los Tacos No.1

Restaurants Mexican Chelsea

Three transplants from California and Tijuana, Mexico dole out casual, authentic South of the Border eats (grilled cactus tacos, carne asada quesadillas) and homemade aguas frescas (horchata, tamarind) at this taco chain, which is offering takeout and delivery from its Chelsea Market, Grand Central, Times Square, and Tribeca outposts. 

Oasis
Oasis
Photograph: Time Out / Ali Garber

10. 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.

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Claro
Claro
Photograph: Gabi Porter

11. Claro

Restaurants Mexican Gowanus

At Claro in Gowanus, you can order delivery right now: frozen mezcal margaritas and mezcal flights to pair with the restaurant's most popular dishes like short rib mole and frijoles Oaxaquenos (heirloom black beans with Benton's bacon).

Time Out, Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

12. 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.  

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Don Angie
Don Angie
Photograph: Ashley Sears

13. Don Angie

Restaurants Italian West Village

Quality Italian's chef power couple Angie Rito (Torrisi Italian Specialties) and Scott Tacinelli (Quality Meats) turn out modern Italian-American plates at this small corner trattoria in the Village. Get the experience in your own abode with the Don Angie at Home menu, packed with goodies like lasagna, garlic bread and tiramisu, which is available for takeout and delivery.  

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

14. Maya Congee Café

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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teranga
teranga
Photograph: Ali Garber

15. 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.

Beef Ribs at Hometown Bar-Be-Que
Beef Ribs at Hometown Bar-Be-Que
Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

16. Hometown Bar-b-que

Restaurants Barbecue Red Hook

Inspired by his Brooklyn upbringing and travels through the South, Billy Durney turns out 'cue with global influences. Dig into smoked meats both American (Texas-style brisket, North Carolina–inspired baby back ribs) and international (smoked jerk chicken, lamb belly banh mi). Order your own 'cue feast from the restaurant's site, which can be picked up or delivered from the Red Hook and Industry City outposts. 

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Minetta Tavern
Minetta Tavern
Photograph: Filip Wolak

17. Minetta Tavern

Restaurants French Greenwich Village

We may not be able visit the lovingly restored dining room of this West Village relic anytime soon, but you can get that famed Black Label burger—topped with caramelized onions on a buttered bun, it’s as tender and fatty as foie gras and as intensely flavored as an aged porterhouse—as well as the rest of the menu directly to your home, thanks to pick-up and delivery via Caviar and DoorDash.

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19. 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. 

Zooba
Zooba
Photograph: Courtesy of Zooba

20. 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.

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Kopitiam
Kopitiam
Photograph: Courtesy Kopitiam

21. 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.

Bunna Cafe
Bunna Cafe
Photograph: Erica Gannett

22. Bunna Cafe

Restaurants Ethiopian East Williamsburg

Doled out for takeout and delivery in a pizza box, funnily enough, this Ethiopian charmer serves a complete menu of vegan stews and sauces, from spiced beets and creamy lentils to juicy crimini mushrooms sautéed in an aromatic mix of berbere, rosemary, garlic, ginger and onion. 

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Karczma
Karczma
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Amanda L.

23. 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

24. 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
Courtesy of Rangoon

25. 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.

Leo
Leo
Photograph: Sarah Duffy

26. Leo

Restaurants Pizza Williamsburg

Ops, one of Brooklyn's most popular pizzerias, is still slinging pies in this brighter, much larger venue. With favorites like lasagna, meatballs and potato croquettes with anchovies, the small menu can be paired with the fun natural wine and beer. Oh, and the tiramisu. Don't skip it. 

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 Cafe China
 Cafe China
Photograph: Courtesy Cafe China

27. 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. 

28. 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."

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The Four Horsemen
The Four Horsemen
Photograph: Liz Clayman

29. 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.

Photography: Liz Clayman

30. 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

31. 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.  

KANG HO DONG BAEKJEONG prime boneless short rib
KANG HO DONG BAEKJEONG prime boneless short rib
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

32. Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

Restaurants Korean Midtown

This is not your garden-variety KBBQ haunt: Despite the noise and crowd (a one-hour wait is a given, FYI), the cooking speaks of a quiet refinement with steakhouse-style quality control. Cut through the chaos by ordering in from the Koreantown favorite, which is offering pick-up and delivery on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. 

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Fuku chicken sando
Fuku chicken sando
Photograph: Clay Williams for Fuku

33. 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 to add their crispy waffle fries. Chang’s oversize sammie, served on a steamed Martin’s potato roll with habanero puree-brined chicken breast, pickles, fuku mayo and fermented-chickpea butter, is crispy, juicy and the perfect choice when you’re overwhelmed by all the other delivery options.

34. 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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Katz’s Delicatessen
Katz’s Delicatessen
Photograph: Courtesy Katz’s Delicatessen

35. 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.

han dynasty dan dan noodles
han dynasty dan dan noodles
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

36. Han Dynasty

Restaurants Chinese East Village

Its cheery yellow walls and Chinese oil paintings constitute thoughtful decor by Szechuan-restaurant standards. But what the hoodie-clad hordes are lining up for is the handful of Szechuan starters that run with this city’s best. Skip the crowds by ordering plates like delicate pork wontons, fiery dan dan noodles, and monster spiced chicken wings for takeout and delivery. 

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Photograph: Filip Wolak

37. Carbone

Restaurants Italian Greenwich Village

Sure, ordering in from this red-sauce West Village hot spot means that you'll miss all the Deux Moi celebrity sightings. But you'll still get to experience high-profile plates like their veal parmesan and Caesar Alla ZZ from the comforts of your kitchen table. Or couch. Or bed. We're definitely going to eat that spicy rigatoni vodka in bed. 
 

Orchard Grocer
Orchard Grocer
Photograph: Courtesy Orchard Grocer

38. 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. 

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Atoboy
Atoboy
Courtesy Atoboy/Diane Kang

39. Atoboy

Restaurants Korean Flatiron

Chef Junghyun Park’s array of modern Korean small plates are meant for sharing but it’s difficult to do when we want to fight over the last piece of fried chicken or the custardy egg with sea urchin. If you want to spark a hunger games between your own lockdown pod, place an order for pick and delivery in Manhattan. 

Golda
Golda
Photograph: Ben Nusbaum

40. 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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Six scenic New York parks to host a summer picnic

Things to do

After months of sheltering in place, we reckon you could use some fresh air, sunshine and a proper walk that beats pacing about your cramped city-size apartment. Before you step foot in one of the city’s serene green spaces, make sure you grab the four al fresco-dining essentials: your basket, blanket, bites and brews, like a cold and crisp Stella Artois. Oh, and don’t forget to wear your face mask and sunblock. But, c’mon, those two are a given.  

Bryant Park
Photograph: Courtesy Bryant Park Corporation

The best picnic spots in NYC

Things to do

One of the best things to do in summer is pack a picnic basket and partake in some outdoor dining at one of the best picnic spots NYC has to offer. There are plenty of NYC parks at which you can sprawl out and enjoy an alfresco feast. However, we've chosen a few of our favorite grassy refuges from all corners of Gotham, as well as the best places for grabbing snacks nearby, to help you decide the best spot to pick.

Note: City parks are open, however social distancing is required. Park amenities such as playgrounds and grilling areas are closed. For take-out, call ahead to see if a restaurant is open. 

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to things to do in the summer in NYC

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The best views in NYC

Things to do

When you’re in Gotham, checking out the top New York attractions is a must, especially for the best views. NYC’s scenic skyline outlooks can really take your breath away, which is why we’ve rounded up some of the most impressive observatories, where you can go and document those stunning sights on Instagram. Be dazzled by the beautiful NYC buildings and architecture, nature and fantastic cityscapes of New York City at these rooftops, NYC parks and historical landmarks.

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best New York attractions

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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.

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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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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.

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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
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.

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Burger and fries
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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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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. 

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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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