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. 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.
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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. Emily serves what the duo calls New Brooklyn–style pizza, which means a slightly thinner, drier dough and toppings that dress the pie all the way out to its thin, black-bubbled edge. Twenty pizza options include white pies (cheddar curds and banana peppers), green pies (tomatillo!), red-sauce-based pies and a vodka pie, all thin, crisp, leopard-spot crusted and expertly balanced. And thankfully, you don’t need to be in the nabe to enjoy it: Emily delivers its za through Caviar from South Slope to Greenpoint.
Most popular dish: A bibb salad with honey-mustard, yuzu, crispy chickpeas and radishes ($14), followed by the Colony pie: with sauce, mozz, pepperoni, pickled chili and honey, this is Emily’s tribute to the Stamford, Connecticut, bar-pie joint, and it may have the original beat.
Delivery fee: Varies based on location
Minimum: Varies based on demand
Wait: 50mins–1hr 10mins
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 farro salad on the side or a Compost cookie for dessert. (We say get both.) 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 on Caviar.
Most popular dish: That spicy fried chicken sammie ($8) is almost as big as your hand, from palm to fingertip, and has great crunch and interior moisture in each bite.
Delivery fee: Varies by location
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. Sarah Sanneh and Carolyn Bane’s 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. Hungover? So long as you’re within a mile-and-a-half radius of the spot, deliveries begin at 11am, and the insulated bags ensure you won’t have to zap your meal in the microwave.
Most popular dish: Pies ‘n’ Thighs’ classic fried chicken box ($14.50): three pieces of the crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside fried chicken, a flaky buttermilk biscuit and your choice of one of the 15 sides. (We’re partial to the mac and cheese with hot sauce.)
Delivery fee: None
Wait: 1 hr 40mins–1hr 50mins
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. But no one is lining up for the cheery yellow walls and Chinese oil paintings in the East Village outpost. They’re 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. It's food that you can enjoy in the comfort of your living room on an unbearably cold night, or if you’re having a cheat day (we won’t tell anyone).
Most popular dish: The much-talked-about dan dan noodles ($10.05) justify the hype: Springy noodles tossed with preserved vegetables, chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork and scallion in a spicy sauce make for one satisfying combo.
Delivery fee: Varies by delivery service
Minimum: Varies by delivery service
Delivery time: 40mins-50mins
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, like in the good old days. But now, thanks to Caviar, 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. (Oh, and recreating a When Harry Met Sally moment is less awkward at home anyway.)
Most popular dish: What else? Katz’s sandwich with juicy pastrami ($19.95) is salted, rubbed with a secret spice mix and then smoked for up to three days before being sliced and wedged between deli bread.
Delivery fee: $4
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—one delicious piece after another handed to you fresh from the knife, some seared, others marinated or playfully paired with untraditional ingredients—but the place does deliver special sushi rolls, like Gari’s salmon tomato roll, to lazybones like us. The popular eight-piece sushi regular or nine-piece sushi deluxe arrives with rice, and if you’re interested in being your own master, there are generous portions of uni, slivers of unadulterated mackerel and fatty chutoro with scallion among the à la carte picks.
Most popular dish: Sushi of Gari’s fatty salmon roll ($10) is topped with tomato that’s been slightly grilled. The combination of tart tomato and buttery fish will have you ordering two next time.
Delivery fee: None
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. Pick from 50 exemplary pies sporting the chewy crust and slightly wet Neapolitan middle from Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani honcho Roberto Caporuscio’s late-aughts darling. If you dare, you can kick off your chow-down session with house-made truffle burrata and a bresaola and arugula salad.
Most popular dish: The classic Kesté pizza ($20) is laced with tomato sauce and imported buffalo mozzarella, then layered with prosciutto di Parma, arugula, pecorino gran cru and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Delivery fee: None
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. You can opt for shio (veggie- and chicken-stock based), shoyu (chicken stock and soy sauce) or the silky warmth of tonkotsu pork-bone stock—and there’s a 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.
Most popular dish: The creamy pork-bone stock for the spicy tonkotsu ramen ($16.50) is simmered on high heat for six hours to release the flavor of the marrow and is seasoned with house-made spicy soybean, roasted garlic and spicy sesame oil.
Delivery fee: None
In 2011, Mexican restaurateur Julian Medina (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 ropa vieja, grilled skirt steak with sweet plantains and chimichurri, arroz con pollo or frita Cubana burgers delivered until 1:40am? Oh, did we forget 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.
Most popular dish: The Cubano ($10.95) features all the requisite components hot-pressed between two crusty halves of bread: savory slices of roasted pork, salty ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and a spread of mustard. There’s also a nice Coppelia touch: chipotle mayonnaise.
Delivery fee: None
Fine, so it’s really just a counter—which means dining from your couch is probably an upgrade. But locals have been swearing by this American Chinese food fave since 1974, and for good reason. The real draw is Szechuan Kitchen’s basics, including addictive spring rolls, sesame noodles, pork dumplings, hot-spiced ginger shrimp and sautéed string beans. And you can stuff your belly with the greasy goodness knowing the ever-so-slight comfort that all the dishes and sauces are still made from scratch–it’s all just one phone call away.
Most popular dish: An order of rice with the chef’s spicy and peanut-crunchy Special Chicken ($11.50), made with diced chicken, peppers and peanuts, brings on the heat.
Delivery fee: None
Minimum: Based on distance