New York

The Best Takeout and Delivery Lunch Spots in Bushwick

Pizza, Ethiopian fare, pho, and more.

La Lupe
La Lupe
La Lupe

There are plenty of things we all miss about life before quarantine, but squeezing onto a packed L train during rush hour is not one of them. Ditching your commute into Manhattan and working from home in Bushwick has more than a few perks, and it means there’s a whole new set of lunchtime restaurants to explore. 

There isn’t a salad chain in sight here in Bushwick, but there are numerous pizza joints and traditional taquerias that fill the void in a much tastier way. So as you sit hunched over your laptop in your bed-turned-desk, check out this list of the best Bushwick restaurants currently open for takeout and delivery, and you’ll have a top-notch lunch with just the click of a button.

Arepera Guacuco

Order via website
With arepas, empanadas, and classic Venezuelan main dishes, Arepera Guacuco has a stacked menu that’s perfect for lunch. Arepas come with fillings like pernil, slow-roasted pork shoulder pulled and topped with cheese, or pabellón, shredded beef with sweet plantains and black beans. The restaurant doesn’t hesitate to stuff the arepas to the brim, so you’ll be full until dinner.

Courtesy of Bunna Cafe
Courtesy of Bunna Cafe
Courtesy of Bunna Cafe

Bunna Cafe

Order via Doordash, Caviar
Ethiopian food is meant to be shared. It typically consists of rolls of spongy injera for dipping into main dishes like lentils in spicy sauces or curried veggies. This vegan Ethiopian spot has a lunch portion where you choose four entrees and get two injera on the side — but now that we’re all stuck home alone, you can order the feast portion all for yourself without feeling any guilt (or having to share the last bit of bread).

Knickerbocker Bagel

Call 718-709-8888 or order via Seamless
Whether the close proximity to your kitchen is making you hungry 24/7 or you’ve just looked at the clock and suddenly realize it’s noon and you haven’t eaten, sometimes work-from-home lunch turns into brunch. For those times, there’s Knickerbocker Bagel. You can get your go-to bagel smeared with cream cheese or topped with bacon, egg, and cheese, or choose a deli sandwich if you’re ready for a more customary lunch.

La Lupe

Order via website, Caviar
La Lupe is known for the mural-covered walls and back patio (during pre-COVID times anyway) and while you’ll miss out on those details when ordering takeout or delivery, La Lupe’s incredible selection of tacos, flautas, tortas, and more Mexican fare make it worth a try. Choose your favorite main course, but don’t forget to grab an order of queso fundido with chorizo or an ear of elote to go along with it.

Lucy's Vietnamese Kitchen
Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen
Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen

Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen

Order via website
Opened by chef Johnny Huynh, a Bushwick native, the concise menu at Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen is filled with prime choices. The pho options include 14-hour smoked brisket, lemongrass chicken, or vegan ginger chicken, and each protein is also available as a filling inside banh mi sandwiches, as well as with vermicelli noodle salads or summer rolls. Finish it off with classic Vietnamese coffee that’s sweetened with condensed milk and already premixed in a bottle.

Momo Sushi Shack

Order via Caviar
Momo Sushi Shack is one of those wildly creative restaurants that could only exist in Bushwick. Options like the vegan eel bomb roll made with shiitake mushroom and vegan eel sauce or the guacamole tuna roll with tuna, guacamole, and cilantro are just some of the lunch choices to enjoy at your home office. Tag on a Japanese salad, curry, or meat dish like salmon with a miso glaze or karaage, fried chicken.

Pitanga

Call 718-456-1048 or order via Grubhub, Postmates, Seamless, UberEats
Pitanga is a coffee shop and vegetarian cafe with Brazilian flavors, known especially for its acai bowls. But if you want more traditional lunch fare, Pitanga also stocks a variety of sandwiches and grain bowls like the super quinoa bowl with mushrooms, spinach, avocado, black beans, and pico de gallo, or the big healthy bowl which tops quinoa with seasonal greens, veggies, an egg, and kelp.

Roberta's
Roberta’s
Roberta’s

Roberta’s

Order via website
Remember when a pizza party was the ultimate reward? Ordering lunch from Roberta’s is like the grown-up version of that. Its signature pies like a white pizza dubbed the White Guy and the Bee String, a sopressata and chili pie drizzled with honey, are available for takeout and delivery. Plus, they’ve been opening up a sidewalk tiki bar a few days a week just in time for your virtual happy hour, so follow the pizza joint’s Instagram for details.

Sally Roots

Order via Caviar
Thanks to the warm, relaxed atmosphere and tropical decor, grabbing a seat at Sally Roots makes you feel like you’re on vacation. While you can’t post up on the back patio or belly up to the bar at the moment, you can still order lunch from this Bushwick favorite and improve your workday ten-fold. The Caribbean BBQ joint’s menu features large concept dishes like expertly smoked jerk chicken and braised oxtail, so you can choose a main, tack on Puerto Rican tostones and another side like mac and cheese, and have a feast-worthy meal (and some delicious leftovers).

Santa Ana Deli

Order via Seamless
There’s no shortage of Pueblan taquerias in Bushwick, so don’t overlook them when noon rolls around. This unassuming corner store may look like a simple bodega (and that’s what owners had in mind when they first opened the doors), but venture to the back and you’ll see a giant menu that has tacos, quesadillas, picaditas, and huaraches. No matter what your go-to Mexican food order is, you’ll find a top-notch version of it at Santa Ana Deli.

Courtesy of Nicole Neenan
Courtesy of Nicole Neenan
Courtesy of Nicole Neenan

Strange Flavor

Call 347-687-9471 for pickup or delivery via Caviar, Grubhub, Seamless, Uber Eats
Working from home means you can scarf down a giant burger at your desk without judgment, and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you order lunch from Strange Flavor. The burger shack sits on the front lawn of The Johnson’s, a pseudo-dive where $2 cans of Lions Head are the default order, but the food is a step above typical bar fare. The pop’s burger, a Big Mac-like creation, is a solid choice, or you can spice things up with the chop burger which features sichuan ingredients like charred red cabbage slaw, ground peanuts, cilantro, and scallions atop patties coated in a spicy glaze. No matter what hearty sandwich you order, you can’t go wrong.Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

Liz Provencher is an editorial assistant at Thrillist. You can talk to her at [email protected] or follow her on Instagram.

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Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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