Spending all day, every day in our apartments can make time feel meaningless. Saturdays blend into Wednesdays, consistent sleep schedules are a distant memory, and everyone says “it’s five o’clock somewhere” when it’s quite literally five o’clock nowhere. But the fact of the matter is anniversaries, birthdays, and conclusions of sh*tty weeks are still happening. When you feel like having a dinner that properly acknowledges those occasions, order takeout or delivery from any of the 27 spots on this guide.
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If the Rijksmuseum temporarily only displayed “The Night Watch” and “Girl in a Blue Dress”, people would still line up to get in. We feel the same way about the abbreviated takeout and delivery menu at St Anselm. It only has a few items on it, but considering the butcher’s steak and pan-fried mashed potatoes are included, we’d be happy ordering from this Williamsburg steakhouse a couple times a week.
Octopus and bone marrow might seem as unlikely a match as Seth Rogan and Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up, but fortunately, someone at Marea decided to give them a chance. The fusilli here is very memorable, especially when paired with a bottle of Champagne or Barolo from this Midtown spot’s reserve wine list.
Hwa Yuan in Chinatown is offering delivery for the first time ever, which feels like one of the biggest delivery-related updates since Harry and Meghan announced that it’s a boy. Take advantage of this news, and order soup dumplings, whole stir fried crab, and their signature Beijing duck for dinner tonight.
In order to try the spicy rigatoni vodka or veal parmesan from Carbone, you’d typically need to be on your computer a month in advance hitting refresh like it’s a ticket release for a Hanson reunion. Now you just need to be on your computer between 4-10:30pm, and the food will be on your doorstep in about an hour.
If you’re still not sick of your significant other at this point, then you should see if MasterClass is interested in launching a romance vertical. You should also celebrate with a special dinner, maybe involving some of the best pizza of your life. Order it for takeout from Lucali in Carroll Gardens.
Dinner at Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare is usually a massive commitment. Not only does the 15-course, three-hour meal cost as much as a used Wrangler, but you also leave with the understanding that you probably just had one of your life’s top five meals. When you order delivery from this Hell’s Kitchen French spot, things are much more low-key. The a la carte menu has dishes like chicken soup and meatballs, but it’s still Brooklyn Fare, so the meatballs are served with gnocchi parisienne, and the soup comes with truffles and foie gras.
There are places that specialize in fried chicken or steak or burgers, and then there’s Beatrice Inn. This West Village spot pretty much only serves different types of meat, and it does them all really well. Order a 160-day whiskey-aged tomahawk for your anniversary, or a pork pie with bone marrow and beef suet crust for the final episode of Too Hot To Handle. Either way, add a bottle of Champagne.
Only ordering one or two things from Ayada is like only listening to the first two songs of ‘Exile On Main Street’. This Elmhurst Thai spot has so many must-order dishes that you should plan to order for two or three times the number of people you’re actually with. So get the drunken noodles, crispy catfish salad, and duck panang curry among other things, and enjoy some phenomenal leftovers tomorrow.
A big part of what makes Blue Hill such a special restaurant is the fact that its ingredients seem straight off of a Michael Pollan vision board. Pick up their vegetables, grass-fed beef, or fresh seafood from Stone Barns or the location in Manhattan, and your dinner will have an extremely high floor.
After realizing that your coat rack isn’t a viable partner for a virtual swing dance class, you’re really ready to take a mental vacation from your apartment. A good way to do that is to order food that feels very far from anything that could conceivably come out of your kitchen. Sushi Ishikawa fits the bill. This Upper East Side spot is offering its excellent sushi, including a $59 nine-piece omakase, for takeout Thursday through Sunday.
This Japanese spot in Noho is probably best known for requiring a secret phone number and a personal reference in order to get a reservation. But Bohemian should be best known for its food, which centers around the beef it gets from a luxury butcher shop attached to the restaurant. See for yourself by ordering wagyu mini burgers with spicy teriyaki, or wagyu tartare served on toast filled with melted blue cheese for delivery.
The fact that this classic Greek spot in Astoria is delivering its entire menu means you can make your apartment temporarily feel like a set from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Cover your table with big portions of delicious swordfish kebabs and lamb chops, or go with the combo platter that includes stuffed clams, stuffed shrimp, a lobster tail, fillet of sole, and scallops.
There’s no rule that says special occasion dinners need to include white tablecloths or candlelight. In fact, those things would feel very out of place next to your yoga mat and stack of local coupon books. So while it may be an anniversary or a birthday or a Friday, you don’t need to put on airs. Instead, make it all about the food, and embrace the privacy by eating brisket with your hands and twirling Korean sticky ribs like batons.
Like your significant other told you after those concert tickets turned out to be fake, just being together makes the night special. That’s how we feel about the khao soi from Uncle Boons. Currently, you can get it from Uncle Boons Sister (where they’ve consolidated their takeout operation), along with a truncated menu of worthwhile stuff like spicy fried chicken larb and crab fried rice.
Maybe your roommates are busy learning a new Todrick Hall dance, or perhaps you’d just say that the only company you need is right here as you smirk and point to your head. Order delivery from Adda in Long Island City. The Indian food is packed with so many scents and flavors that you’ll need to spend some more alone-time after dinner in order to process what you just experienced.
Katz’s pastrami sandwich would be in the Smithsonian if the museum had a refrigerated display case. It’s one of the most famous dishes in NYC, and with meat that’s too tender to cut with a slicer, that’s for good reason. The sandwich, as well as this LES institution’s potato knishes and matzo ball soup, is available for takeout and delivery.
In what will be a surprise to absolutely nobody, Southern fried chicken with eggnog waffles and strawberry butter is delicious. But like all of the comfort food at this Harlem spot, like wine-braised short ribs or fried catfish with chipotle mayo, it’s still surprising just how good it actually is.
It’s your apartment, and you can do what you want to. That applies to having Alexa play “California King Bed” by Rihanna to wake you up in the morning, and to having a dinner made up solely of giant meatballs from Emilio’s Ballato. You could also opt for a more balanced meal by adding chicken parm or fettuccine all’amatriciana to your takeout order from this old-school spot in Nolita.
Cote offers four different cuts of wagyu. While that’s worth keeping in mind if your roommates all have fundamental differences in wagyu taste, it really goes to show that this Korean steakhouse takes its meat seriously. You can’t go wrong with any of this Flatiron spot’s various steaks, but if you’re having trouble deciding, just get the steak feast that includes four premium cuts, along with two stews and a bunch of sides.
You’re going to have a hard enough time agreeing on which decades-old Best Picture winner to watch, and you don’t feel like adding a novella-length menu into the mix as well. Reverence in Harlem makes it easy. They only offer two options - rotating bento boxes that include dishes like bonito with kiwi salsa or duck picadillo tacos with fermented escabeche. If you want to add a bottle of wine, the sommelier even chooses a pairing for you. Order for pick-up Friday through Sunday.
Minetta is the kind of place where you gesture for another martini with one hand while holding a billy club-sized rack of bone marrow with the other. And that’s just the appetizer course. By the time you finish the fantastic black label burger or the bone-in NY strip at the restaurant, you feel a mix of joy about the food, and dread about standing up to leave. But if you order them to your apartment, you’ll never have to leave.
After cleaning your stove and watching a Youtube video about how to sharpen knives, you’re ready to cook a really impressive meal. The problem is, well, you don’t know how. Rezdora makes it simple. You can pick up housemade pastas and sauces at this Flatiron Italian spot, and then pat yourself on the back for making fantastic spaghetti with duck ragu at home. Or, you can also order fully prepared dishes for delivery online. Either way, choose a few bottles from the restaurant’s Northern Italian wine list, which they’re offering at retail price.
Katsuei’s sushi platters are arguably the best option when it comes to sushi quality and price in the city. The $65 omakase includes premium pieces like toro, barracuda, and firefly squid, but even the $35 option gets you nine different pieces of delicious fish and a roll. Order from either their West Village location or the original in Park Slope.
BBQ is tough to do well at home, especially if other people in the building are touchy about their candles being overpowered by the smell of baked beans and smoked meat. Fortunately, Fette Sau in Williamsburg offers pickup and delivery, so you can make your living room look like a medieval banquet hall without upsetting the neighbors. And there’s the added benefit of not giving a sh*t that your face is covered in barbecue sauce.
Whether you get the veal meatballs or shrimp francese or pizza topped with chicken parm at this Belmont Italian spot, a couple things are for certain. You’re going to pass the point of feeling full long before you decide to stop eating, and you’re going to be very happy you did.
In the event that you’re looking to have a really big night in, or you had friends in high places in Moscow in the early ’90s, you could consider ordering sushi from Masa. On Fridays only, this Columbus Circle spot offers $800 sushi boxes for delivery.