If you’re like us, your kitchen is small, your fridge is a cold cave inhabited by pickle jars, and your sheet pan resents you. It’s clear that you need great delivery in the same way a lap dog needs a lap or a subway needs a conductor. That’s why we compiled our favorite Manhattan delivery spots on this list. Even though we can’t eat out like we used to, we can still support restaurants at home.
All restaurants featured on The Infatuation are selected by our editorial team. The Ultimate Manhattan Delivery Guide is presented by Caviar.
L’Artusi launching takeout would’ve been big news on its own, but like Jay-Z with “Reasonable Doubt,” they debuted with a bang, AKA their first -ever burger. It’s topped with taleggio cheese and pickled chili aioli, and it should be part of your order from this West Village Italian spot. The burger - as well as two and four-person dinner packages that include pastas, entrees, and wine - are available from 12-9:30pm daily.
Hanoi House serves the best summer rolls in NYC. The paper thin wrappers holding in pork sausage patties and crunchy wonton bits are reason enough to order from this East Village spot as soon as possible. But they’re certainly not the only reason. Others include shaking beef that tastes like it’s coated in maple syrup despite being as rich as the bone marrow it’s served with, and a brisket bánh mì that you should dunk in its side of pho broth before every bite.
Atla is offering an abbreviated delivery menu, but since both the quesadilla and chicken soup are on it, we’re certainly not complaining. Remember to order the Oaxaca cheese-filled quesadilla with mushrooms and a side of spicy salsa verde, and to fully explore this Noho Mexican spot’s long mezcal before placing your order.
The dishes available at this Senegalese spot in Harlem vary from lunch to dinner, and from one day of the week to the next. But no matter what meats you go with, you can leave the knives in the kitchen. Lamb falls off the bone as you lift it from the pool of slightly spicy mafe sauce, and when you poke the peppery, smoky chicken yassa - our favorite dish here - with a spoon, the meat shreds into the mix of onions, olives, and citrusy sauce. No matter what entree you choose, make sure to start with the nems - crispy egg rolls filled with shredded meat and vegetables.
Crown Shy has about as many weaknesses as a crush who promptly responds to texts, which is to say, very few. From fritters that taste like gruyere-filled churros, to arguably the very best roast chicken in the city, to sticky toffee pudding and housemade ice creams, all of the food at this FiDi American spot is phenomenal. The a la carte menu, as well as a $96 four-course prix-fixe for two, are available for delivery through their website.
You could eat delivery from Málà Project three times in the same week, in three different moods, and have three different dinners without ever feeling like you’ve done it all before. This Chinese restaurant in the East Village makes some intensely garlicky dan dan noodles that we can’t place an order without, but the main event is the customizable dry pot bowls. They travel deceptively well because there’s no liquid anywhere in sight. Build your bowl with things like soup-filled beef balls, chewy tofu skin, mushrooms, lotus root, shrimp balls, and glass noodles.
Union Square Cafe is one of the rare spots where you can order food to distract from what the Jets are doing on TV, or to distract from how ho-hum last year’s anniversary was. You’ll be very happy with the bacon cheeseburger on a Breads Bakery roll, or any of the shareable pastas, and depending on how much you dropped the ball with last year’s anniversary, you might consider adding a bottle of Champagne as well.
Pizza delivery is always good, but it’s rarely special. Fortunately for you and tonight’s dinner companions, Mama’s Too falls into the latter category. This UWS spot makes square pies and slices that are crunchy on the bottom and crispy around edges, with a sweet and garlicky sauce under what would seem like an excessive amount of melted mozzarella. Rest assured, it’s the ideal amount of cheese. Make sure to order at least one square pie (we like pepperoni and cacio e pepe), but Mama’s Too’s circular house pie is also worth trying.
We typically order the same six-ish things from Han Dynasty on repeat - mostly because we’d be too sad eating here without them by our side. The more you order from this excellent Chinese restaurant with locations on the UWS and in the East Village, you’ll come to see what we mean. The dan dan noodles and wontons in chili oil are both essential sharing items. As for mains, we suggest trying the excellent and numbing mapo tofu as well as dry pepper-style chicken draped in chiles.
Golden Diner on the LES is, in fact, a diner. Which means you can order a beer with your omelette, a half-sour pickle at breakfast, and start a codependent relationship with a tuna melt. But unlike other all-day spots with metal stools and kitschy analog clocks, Golden Diner serves updated, often Asian-influenced diner food. All of it is delicious, especially the chicken katsu club sandwich which deserves its own dedicated take-out window.
At this classic UES deli, you’re going to want a massive pastrami sandwich on challah, and a bowl of matzo ball soup with a softball-sized sphere of fall-apart matzo sitting in the middle. In the event that you want to save some room for chocolate rugelach, order the half-sandwich combo. And in the event that you want to do the opposite of save room, get a triple-decker sandwich, like the one that comes with turkey, brisket, chicken fat, and a whole lot of delicious house Russian dressing.
Faicco’s is the legendary Italian deli that will save your boring at-home lunches. It’s been around since 1902 (and has been operated by the same family throughout its entire existence), and they make one of the best chicken cutlet sandwiches we’ve ever encountered. This thing is probably about half the size of The Rock’s forearm - so plan accordingly. We also love the eggplant parm and the classic Italian combo.
If you want to eat the best dal in the city, you need to order from Bukhara Grill. This Northern Indian restaurant in Midtown East specializes in black lentil dal bukhara that was originally made famous by a hotel in Delhi. It’s creamy and rich, and goes perfectly with naan that’s as large as a bicycle seat (as well as raita and rice). Bukhara Grill also makes some excellent chicken makhani and dahi aloo papri chat.
Her Name Is Han specializes in homestyle Korean food that’s just as delicious the second day you eat it. Get the large pot of seafood stew, then supplement with some dumplings, rice cakes, and pork belly. This place is not only one of the best restaurants in Koreatown - it’s one of our favorite restaurants in the city.
The Poblano-style Mexican dishes at this neighborhood spot in Hell’s Kitchen are some of the best Manhattan has to offer. Keep this place in mind the next time you want to be in the company of pozole, cemitas (sandwiches made with refried beans and peppers), or juicy pork ribs in a pool of spicy salsa verde without leaving the comfort of your apartment. And if for no other reason, you should try this restaurant just so you’ll have a strong rebuttal the next time someone says “There’s no good Mexican food in NYC.”
The primary reason this Thai restaurant is worth any wait time is their coconut crab curry. It’s golden in color and thin like soup, with big chunks of crab that you should fish out before your friend gets to them first. So even if the ETA for your delivery driver is over an hour, eating this dish will turn your life into a slow-motion montage set to “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” by Dionne Warwick.
If you’re looking to order enough BBQ to last you the next three days, check out the delivery-only combination platters from Dinosaur BBQ. They offer things like a full rack or ribs with four sides for $36 or a whole chicken, ribs, and a pound of brisket with sides like their Creole deviled eggs for $80. Regardless of how much BBQ you plan to get, make sure to get the crunchy, cheesy fried green tomatoes.
Sylvia’s opened in the 1960s, and it’s been Harlem’s most iconic Southern soul food mecca ever since. The restaurant takes up the entire block between 126th and 127th on Malcolm X Blvd and has it’s own product line of BBQ sauces. In other words, this place is an institution and an absolute must for your next soul food Sunday at home. From some of the best catfish and fried chicken in the city to Sylvia’s sweet BBQ ribs and mac & cheese, it’s hard to go wrong ordering takeout or delivery from this spot.
Even though you probably can’t see them the couch in your living room, we want you to know that the rotisserie chicken at this Washington Heights Dominican spot rotates on spits in the restaurant’s the front window. And for $7.50, you get a half-bird with skin that tastes like it’s coated in brown sugar, and for another $4, you can and should add a side of boiled green bananas. If you’re looking for something other than chicken to order tonight, try their whole-fried snapper or mofongo de chicharron.
Cote can fulfill any and all delivery meat ambitions. This Korean BBQ spot is selling ssam kits for takeout and delivery with raw steaks and fermented vegetables, as well as pre-cooked steak feasts and galbi bowls. There’s also smaller plates like fried chicken nuggets glazed in gochujang sauce and bibimbap you’ll want to eat every night for the next few weeks.
Spamming your group chat with sushi emojis won’t make your craving go away. So the next time this happens, just take a breath and order some taco-shaped hand rolls from Nami Nori instead. Most of sushi at this West Village spot costs between five and seven dollars per piece, and everything from the spicy tuna to the X.O. scallop hand roll will keep you and your extremely patient friend group perfectly happy.