Since COVID-19 hit this spring, ordering takeout and delivery from our favorite restaurants has become the new norm of dining out. And while limited indoor and outdoor dining options are also now available, with the pandemic still happening (ugh), it looks like we’ve all got a ways to go, making takeout and delivery straight to our apartment doors one of the easiest-and safest-ways to socially distance and enjoy dishes from NYC’s top eateries.
To add to this mode of avoiding our own cooking at all costs, we’re launching a special new program to give New Yorkers exclusive access to iconic NYC restaurants and dishes. Starting on December 9 and running until April of 2021, Thrillist Ghost Kitchen will partner with 10 local restaurants to offer limited-edition takeout and delivery in two-week residencies to downtown Manhattan for dinner on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday evenings.
And kicking off this trailblazing series is Rao’s, the legendary East Harlem Italian joint that you’ve most likely heard of, but never tasted. Along with the food, all Thrillist Ghost Kitchen orders will include a kit of custom swag containing a t-shirt inspired by the restaurant, along with an insulated branded bag, eco-friendly reusable cutlery set, and portable wine tumbler.
For your next meal, let the dirty dishes pile up in your sink and order from these spots instead-we’ve rounded up the best places to get takeout and delivery in NYC right now.
East Village, FiDi, LES, SoHo, Tribeca, Union Square, and West Village Starting on December 9, Thrillist Ghost Kitchen’s lineup of 10 iconic NYC restaurants offering takeout (from 30 Vandam Street) and delivery of their famed dishes launches with Rao’s. For two weeks only, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday evenings, get signature items like their house salad, Rao’s meatballs, penne marinara, and double broiled lemon chicken. To assist with the financial hardships restaurants have already endured this year due to COVID-19, Thrillist is covering all costs including food, labor, packaging, and delivery for each eatery. So placing an order doesn’t just get you awesome food and cool swag, but shows your support in helping each small business.
East Village At the latest spot from the folks who brought us Goodnight Sonny and The Lost Lady, they celebrate “casual anytime fare.” That means you can get cafe classics like avocado toast, a soft scramble topped with chimichurri and sweet chili aioli, and charred chicken sandwiches whenever you please, and it’s especially true with its debut takeout and delivery menu. How to order: Via website
Upper East Side This once tough-to-land reservation is now impossible to get for other reasons, but the Michelin-starred sushi counter opened up its menu for takeout and delivery. With a focus on oversized rolls, you can get a top-notch sushi experience for two, plus fine wine and sake all delivered to your door. How to order: Via website
West Village Crowd favorites from this West Village mainstay for modern Italian are finally available to take home, thanks to the Don Angie at Home package. Signature lasagna roll-ups, chrysanthemum salad, and black cocoa tiramisu for two make up the package, but you can tack on stuffed garlic flatbread, cocktails, and plenty of wine to round out your meal. How to order: Call 212-889-8884 or via website
Bushwick Some of the best Ethiopian food in the city is now available for takeout and delivery. Scoop up curry and vegetable sides with injera, enjoy colorful entrees like gomen with collard greens, ginger, and herbs, and expand your spice rack with spices such as berbere-“the essence of Ethiopia”-that are separately available for order. How to order: Via Caviar, Doordash
West Village The wood-burning hearth at 232 Bleecker roasts veggies and other ingredients to perfection, so takeout and delivery from the restaurant will surely upgrade your healthy eating game. You can get bento boxes, bowls, and other main courses, or let the restaurant supplement your trips to the store by ordering pantry staples. How to order: Via website
Flatiron District Get your hands and tastebuds on Italian dishes from Rezdôra like the cacio e pepe salad and bolognese lasagna for two. If you’re local, Rezdôra is also offering a pickup option with a selection of fresh pastas and sauces to make at home, and tiramisu and gelato for dessert. How to order: Call 646-692-9090 or via website
Financial District Dumpling-making is an art and Northern Tiger is getting you in on the action. The restaurant’s dumpling kits are available for delivery and takeout and include 25 frozen premium dumplings along with housemade jars of chili crisp and dumpling sauce. How to order: Via website, Caviar, Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash
Hell’s Kitchen Gotham West Market is now open, but they’re still offering delivery and pickup options so you can satisfy your pasta cravings without leaving your apartment by ordering Italian classics from Dell’Anima. How to order: Call 212-366-6633 or via Caviar, Doordash
Multiple locations (Union Square, Lincoln Center, Bryant Park) You can still fill your home with the aroma of the shop’s fresh artisanal and handmade breads, but don’t stop there. This New York bakery staple is also offering popular sandwiches and salads, desserts, and, of course, the shop’s iconic babka. How to order: Call 212-633-2253 or via website, Caviar, Postmates
West Village, Union Square Both locations of this French bistro have reopened for outdoor seating, but you can still get staple dishes like steak frites, rigatoni bolognese, and coq au vin for lunch or dinner through the restaurant’s takeout and delivery service. How to order: Union Square: Call 212-353-0200 for takeout, delivery via Caviar, Grubhub West Village: Call 212-837-1616 for takeout, delivery via Caviar, Grubhub
Nolita Thai Diner was one of NYC’s hottest openings when it debuted in February. And though it had to quickly adjust to outdoor dining and takeout only, you can get the restaurant’s signature dishes at home along with favorites from sister spots Uncle Boons Sister and now closed Uncle Boons. How to order: Call 646-559-4140 for takeout, delivery via Caviar, Doordash, Seamless
Gowanus Ribs, brisket, BBQ pork, and burgers from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s Brooklyn location are calling your name. Luckily you can cure your craving with takeout and delivery of its full menu. How to order: Via website
Harlem and Long Island City Contactless delivery is now the norm, and rice bowl-centered Fieldtrip is no exception. If you live within half a mile of the Harlem restaurant, you have the option to do a contactless delivery. But if you’re outside of the local area, you can still pick up your meal from either location. How to order: Via website
Flatiron District For the first time in its history, Cote is offering takeout and delivery service. This Korean steakhouse is offering everything you need to grill up top-notch steaks at home, or order up favorites like the Korean omelette or Butcher’s Bowl with three chef-selected cuts and rice, pickles, and kimchi. How to order: Via website
NoMad You can select from a variety of menu items like Berkshire pork ribs, harissa pork, and a variety of sides, or opt for Atoboy’s family meal which feeds two to three people with rice, kimchi, and a mix of hearty portions of main dishes and sides for sharing. How to order: Call 646-476-7217 or via website
Williamsburg Brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails, and happy hour? Concord Hill has everyone covered with their expanded takeout and delivery options. If you call the restaurant directly to place your order instead of using a third-party app, you’ll even receive 15% off alcohol beverages. How to order: Via website
Harlem Located just a few blocks from Morningside Park, Vinateria’s takeout and delivery menu is just as expansive as its regular one. You can get prepared dishes or fresh pasta and sauce ready to throw together at home, plus bottles of wine for 20% off and cocktails to-go. How to order: Call 212-662-8462 or via website
Midtown East Soccarat is serving five of their signature paella dishes for $35 each through Grubhub, UberEats, and DoorDash. Each one serves two people and includes the namesake paella which has free-range bone-in chicken, chorizo, shrimp, white fish, and squid, and the carne paella, made of short ribs, free-range bone-in chicken, snow peas and chorizo. Take a look at the full takeout menu here. How to order: Chelsea: Call 212-462-1000 for takeout, delivery via Grubhub, UberEats Midtown East: Call 212-759-0101 for takeout, delivery via Grubhub, UberEats
Gramercy The Delhi butter chicken from GupShup is calling your name, and luckily for you it is available for pickup and delivery along with other popular dishes like saag paneer and chicken tikka. How to order: Via website
Boerum Hill In the Boerum Hill area and craving Italian? Take a few minutes and check out Rucola’s delivery and takeout menu, which features pastas like fusilli with walnut pesto, pecorino, and and sunchoke and casarecce with tomato, Fresno chili, rock shrimp, and oregano. For dessert, try the Four & Twenty Blackbird’s Pie or chocolate pudding. How to order: Call 718-576-3209 or email [email protected]Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Suprêmes, 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.
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.
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.