Sure, you could rely solely on your neighborhood grocery store to stock your fridge right now. But we’re guessing that your bodega may not have DIY duck ragu kits and gochugaru-infused rum. Restaurants all over the city are offering pantry items and meal kits for delivery or pick-up, from coffee beans and frozen dumplings to bottled cocktails and produce boxes. Not only will you get delicious food, but you’ll also be helping to support local restaurants when they need you most.
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After serving seafood and lamb burgers from a takeout window on Canal Street all summer long, Cervo’s has closed its outdoor dining area and reopened as a specialty grocery store. This LES spot is from the people behind Hart’s - one of our favorite restaurants in Bed-Stuy - which also started operating as a grocery store back in April. Like its sister restaurant, Cervo’s now offers fresh fish, meats, produce, wine, spirits, and a rotating selection of prepared foods available for pick-up whenever you need it this fall and winter.
Winner is “the new kid in town” and she’s great at more than just baking loaves of sourdough. This Park Slope bakery also does pick-up only meal kits, like a roast chicken dinner and everything from pork banh mi to bass aguachile made by chefs from their rotating ‘Friends & Family’ dinner series. To place an order with this overachieving neighborhood spot, you’ll have to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org a few days before you plan to eat your meal. These kits sell out quickly, so act fast if you see something you like on their Instagram.
From its excellent, made-to-share, seafood stews to side dishes like chewy rice cakes and boiled dumplings, Her Name is Han specializes in homestyle Korean food. And no matter what you order here, you’ll likely end your meal by setting up a calendar reminder to order from this Nomad spot on a regular basis. Their hearty meal kit comes with your choice of BBQ meat, hot pot, and a bunch of sides for 2-3 people, which just might be the best takeout option for around $65 we’ve seen.
Pasta Louise is a new neighborhood Italian spot in Park Slope serving homemade sauces and fresh pasta by the pound. They’ve got eight curated pasta kits, including the pasta, sauce, some fresh bread, and a bottle of wine, available on their website for pick-up and delivery, and each kit is created according to a specific takeout mood. So whether you’re looking for a big night-in with mafaldine and wild mushroom cream sauce or something spicy like casarecce in a red pesto sauce, Pasta Lousie has you covered.
We’re going to go ahead and assume that your roommates aren’t chefs who have worked at places like Per se and the Nomad, which means you’re probably having a hard time making dinner at home feel special right now. Thankfully, Gastronomy Underground, a delivery-only Mexican restaurant run by chefs who have, is prepared to bring you a $45 meal kit that can help. Every Tuesday and Friday, Gastronomy Underground prepares taco feats that come with pork confit carnitas or a vegetarian option (usually squashes and eggplant in a creamy sauce made of pumpkin seeds), and a side of rice and beans. Perfect pork and fresh corn tortillas aside, every meal also comes with a pamphlet explaining each dish and a QR code linking to a curated Spotify playlist created by the restaurant team to bring some ambiance to your meal.
New York Biltong
South African meats, chutneys, beers, cheeses, and more are available for pick up in-person and nationwide shipping from New York Biltong in the Greenwich Village. This spot also serves hot-and-ready meat pies filled with things like pepper steak, lamb curry, or chicken & mushroom will surely make those pot pies in your freezer wildly jealous. If you’re the kind of person who likes to impress your friends with non-boring road trip snacks, keep this specialty grocery store in mind.
In addition to rotating Lebanese and Polish dishes, this new deli in Greenpoint is selling mezze options, breakfast and baked goods (like a breakfast empanada with za’atar), and snacks. You can stop by their store every day except Sunday to pick up the goods.
This iconic spot in Harlem has their own line of things like dry rub spices, hot sauce, and hush puppies mix available online. There’s even a section of the website where you can follow along recipes using their products (like a fried chicken sandwich made with their fried chicken mix). Place your order here.
A few months ago, this Prospect Heights spot pivoted to offer groceries and provisions, as well as takeout cocktails and snacks. In addition to selling things like ramp salt, cherry compote, or a week’s supply of farm produce, James also has a takeout window where you can pick up a little gem salad and one of our absolute favorite burgers in the city. Check out both menus here.
Considering Olmsted has its own garden and quail coop in its backyard, it’s no surprise that their grocery store (called Olmsted Trading Post) carries lots of things you’re going to want in your pantry, like housemade aji dulce hot sauce, duck breast pastrami, and blood orange marmalade. You can check out their selection and place your order for takeout or delivery here.
Putting together a wine and charcuterie combination that’s not from & Sons Buttery is like listening to Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” on low volume - it’s still enjoyable, but you know it could’ve been better. To avoid that feeling, order from this ham bar in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. 99% of everything here is American-produced, and you can expect everything from hunks of humboldt fog and CSA boxes from Lancaster Farms to mortadella with Sicilian pistachios. Order your groceries here.
Over the last few months, Fort Defiance has transitioned into a grocery and general store, selling pantry goods, produce, rotisserie chicken, and booze. You can also stop by their ordering window for cocktails and prepared snacks from Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 9pm, or place your pick-up order ahead of time on their website here.
This vegan spot in Bushwick is offering meal kits that include breakfast, lunch, and dinner for one, two, or three days. The kits are all offered on a sliding payment scale based on whatever you can afford. They come with dishes like plantain tamales stuffed with cheesy collard greens for lunch, and coconut curry stew with dumplings and wild rice for dinner. Place your order directly through their website, and they’ll have a staff member call you to specify your selections and set up your delivery schedule.
If you’re looking for curated picnic supplies in Harlem, Clay is delivering fancy cheese, nuts, olives, bread and butter, and charcuterie from 3:30pm to 8:30pm every day. They also have a full menu of their delicious pastas and American entrees. You can see all of their options and place your order here.
Saraling Atin is a Filipino grocery store in Elmhurst with a cafeteria-style counter in the back serving simmering mung bean stews, pancit noodles, and crispy lechon kawali. In addition to hot food, they have tons of excellent Filipino canned goods and snacks like taro leaves in coconut cream, Ding Dongs, and Squidees. And if you want something prepared - get a combo meal, which costs between $5-11 and comes with your choice of one-to-three entrees plus a side of rice or noodles.
Nights at Insa typically follow a progression like this: cocktails, delicious Korean food, soju, karaoke, soju. And now that this Gowanus spot is offering delivery, you can follow the same pattern at home. Start with a bottle of wine or soju, throw some of their frozen dumplings in the steamer, and get Weird Al queued up for virtual karaoke.
If you want to cook some high-quality fish at home, know that this Egyptian restaurant in Astoria sells fresh seafood by the pound. They have outdoor dining as well as prepared food for takeout and delivery, but you can also stop by their spot on Ditmars Boulevard and point to whatever type of raw fish you like. The octopus is particularly great with just a little lemon juice and olive oil in a pan.
Oxalis’ online store has everything you’d expect from a high-end farmer’s market, with natural wine, tomatoes, strawberries, and house-cured bacon available for pickup or delivery through a monthly membership program. The three-tier system ranges from $32 to $108, and has an option for people who only want wine, a second option for those who only want pantry goods, and a third for people who are interested in getting a regular stock of both. Find more details here.
For the first time in its 133 year history, the original Peter Luger is offering takeout and delivery. Not only can you order their extra thick lamb chops or porterhouse for two fully prepared, but you can get them raw with a bottle of Luger’s steak sauce as well. Place an order through links on their website daily.
Peter Luger Of Long Island
Like the Williamsburg original, Peter Luger’s location in Great Neck is offering takeout and delivery. Order any of their dry-aged steaks and a bottle of steak sauce any day by through their website
If you’d like a little guidance on cooking (or you want to turn it into an activity with your kids), this West Village American spot has meal kits for takeout or delivery ranging from a lobster roll meal for four, Greek salad kits, and an oyster feast with 25 oysters and all the sauces you need. Alternatively, Jefferey’s Grocery is selling things like labneh, granola, and whitefish salad. Find it all here.
Not only is Mekelburg’s delivering its usual menu of fantastic sandwiches and small plates, but both the Williamsburg and Clinton Hill locations are offering the more than 4000 items in their high-end grocery stores for delivery as well. So with your wagyu roast beef sandwich and caviar-topped baked potato, you can also get things like espresso beans, truffle hot sauce, chocolate babka, and pet food.
The chances are fairly high that you’ve baked or considered baking bread in the not-so-distant-past, and you’re certainly not alone. But if you want to set yourself apart, you’re going to need the best ingredients. Fortunately, Bien Cuit is offering them for takeout and delivery (as well as shipping nationally). Along with their sourdough starter, wheat flour, and instant yeast, this Carroll Gardens bakery is also serving a bunch of things you can put on the bread once it’s done, like cured meats or duck rillettes.
Atoboy’s spicy peanut butter and sweet and spicy sauces are reason enough to order delivery from this Korean spot in Flatiron, but there’s also a large format meal that will feed two people. It costs $88 and comes with rice, kimchi, anchovies and bugak, tuna and purslane salad, zucchini and doenjang chickpeas, salmon in a red curry, pork ribs, and braised beef cheek with jjajang sauce. Place your order here any day from 5:30-9pm.
Blue Hill has announced a ton of changes recently - and another one is that they’re offering farm boxes for pick up at their Stone Barns and Manhattan locations. 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. Now you can enjoy those ingredients - packs of vegetables, grass-fed beef, or fresh seafood - in your kitchen. Whether or not you pull off the 40 course situation that Blue Hill is famous for - well that’s on you.
Almost everything on the menu here - including meal combinations like curry goat with rice and a salad, or codfish fritters, mac and cheese, and kale salad - is $15 or less. We say almost because this Fort Greene Caribbean spot also offers catering options that will feed ten people. The next time you’re planning a backyard meet up with some people in your social pad, order a tray of spicy spare ribs and 25 fish tacos from Imani’s website.
Miznon’s pitas are plenty of food for one meal, but we tend to leave this Israeli Chelsea spot wishing we had gotten another to-go, just for the sauces and spices inside. Now the ordering decision is easy. Get a pita for delivery, like one with roasted cauliflower or crispy ribeye, and some za’atar, dry freekah, dry chickpeas, and tahini paste.
Saraghina is serving coffee from Irving Farm, Joe, La Colombe, and Partners, as well as multiple types of organic flour, cheese, dry pastas, and fresh bread. In other words, whatever you’re running low on at the moment, there’s a good chance you’ll find it in the online shop of this Italian spot in Bed-Stuy. Place an order any day for pickup or delivery, which is offered every day from 8am to 8pm.
If all Bread & Salt were only offering bread, we’d still go out of our way to get it. But this Jersey City pizza spot is also serving grocery items like its fantastic tomato sauce, fresh ricotta, dry beans, and four types of olive oil. Bread & Salt is offering next-day or two-day delivery as well as pick-up on Thursdays. Place your order before Wednesday at noon online here. They add new grocery items every week, so you can keep coming back for more.
Yaso Tangbao in Industry City is selling all sorts of frozen family meals with rice, noodles, dumplings, and various proteins like pork meatballs and curry beef shank. And if you still have space in your freezer, we suggest you get some frozen baos or a 10lb frozen vegetable box. Actually, throw away everything that’s currently in your freezer, and fill that space with 100 frozen spicy soup dumplings. At present, this is simply the right thing to do. Place your order online here.
Glou is still a great place to get a glass of Chilean viognier or liter-bottle of Czech gruner veltliner, but now this Prospect Lefferts Gardens wine bar is also a good option for groceries like Nutella or pancake mix, snacks like chicken liver pate or bacon onion jam, and prepared sandwiches. It’s all available to-go from noon to 7pm daily here.
Russ & Daughters
No kitchen is ever complete without a dozen bagels, lox, and schmear - and Russ & Daughters can ship you supplies so you can make that pantry dream come true. Both LES and Navy Yard locations of Russ & Daughters are open for walk-ins and carryout, and the cafe is offering delivery as well. They also ship nationwide, in case your cousin in Colorado currently has a void that can only be filled with a good bagel.
Cafe On Ralph
You could order avocado toast or fruit salad with agave from this all-day cafe in Bed-Stuy, or you could get the ingredients and make them yourself. They’re offering things like avocados, orange blossom agave, and boxes of fruits, dry goods, and vegetables for takeout and delivery daily from 10am to 5pm every day.
Bessou understands that good comfort food isn’t the easiest to make, and does a lot of the prep work for you. For example, they season, marinate, and fry karaage chicken, so when the meal kit is delivered to you, you just need to bake or fry it one more time before it’s ready. This Noho Japanese spot also marinates ready-to-cook hangar steak and whole chickens, batters and breads tonkotsu cutlets, and offers shabu shabu kits with all of the ingredients portioned out. You’ll be prompted to specify your pick up time when you order (anytime between noon and 6pm).
In addition to their loaves of bread and various pastries (that are some of the finest things ever birthed from an oven), Bourke Street Bakery is also selling $50 boxes with fruit, vegetables, bread, and other baked goods. They deliver to all five boroughs, and you can find all the details here.
Park Terrace Deli
If you live near Inwood, and you’re running low on paper towels, almond milk, and chicken fingers, the answer is Park Terrace Deli. They also have some other basic groceries like ice cream, eggs, and toothpaste, as well as a huge selection of sandwiches and snacks that you can eat while you try to learn how to make your own sandwiches by watching YouTube tutorials.
Sous Vide Kitchen
In Flatiron, Sous Vide Kitchen is selling all sorts of things by the pound. Pulled pork, for example, as well as chicken, tofu, roasted mushrooms, and vegan samosas. They also have plenty of sauces, spreads, fresh produce, and meal kits for up to four people. This place is open for pickup and delivery weekdays from 10am to 7pm, and you can either call 646-895-9232 or email contact@SVKfoodhall.com to place your order.
In addition to their menu of dim sum available for pick-up and delivery, Nom Wah Nolita is also selling 1.5 pounds of frozen dumplings of all kinds. And, since they’re frozen, you should probably just stock up and consider buying yourself another freezer. Fill out your request form here. There’s no delivery fee if you’re ordering in Manhattan or Brooklyn.
Along with its regular menu of fried Italian snacks and filling entrees, Cremini’s is currently offering a bunch of different food and drink combinations that’ll cover you for multiple meals. They range from cheese and charcuterie plates, to huge spreads of fully prepared dishes, like fettuccine with bechamel, bacon cheeseburgers with fries, and Italian donuts filled with custard. Many of the specials include bottles of wine, so make sure to add a side of fried Ascolana olives filled with minced meats, which are some of our favorite drinking snacks around.
There has never been a better time to build beautiful sandwiches. If you live in Manhattan or Brooklyn and want high-quality slab bacon or beef tenderloin delivered to your apartment, you can order from either Ends Meat location (call 929-306-6014 for Manhattan, and 718-801-8895 for Brooklyn). They’re available every day, and you can check out the full selection here. They also have a grill pack for $65 and will make you the hero of your family.
Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 6pm, Hart’s in Bed-Stuy hosts grocery pick-ups with plenty of stuff to stock your pantry, like chicken, bread, ricotta, and lots of alcohol. There’s also ground lamb available, in case you want to try to recreate their masterful lamb burger. Check their website to see what’s available and all the details on the ordering timeline.
The Fly, a wine bar/restaurant in Clinton Hill from the same people behind Hart’s, is also doing an online shop with pick-ups starting at 5pm. Take a look at the website to see the selection. Whatever you go with, we strongly suggest you get a whole, ready-to-roast chicken so that you can, at some point, close your eyes and pretend you’re eating the delicious chicken they serve at The Fly.
La Napa is typically a tapas restaurant in Crown Heights - but now they’re also operating a full-on grocery store. They’re selling everything from kale, garlic, and celery to eggs, manchego, and jamon serrano, and you browse their pick-up selection here.
There are a bunch of locations of Wonder Bagels around Jersey City, all of which deliver until 3pm every day. Not only is it a good option if you want a pumpernickel bagel with Taylor Ham, egg, and cheese, but also if you want to stock up on the basics. You can order fresh bagels by the baker’s dozen, various types of cream cheese in bulk, and fresh-sliced lox by the pound.
Rezdora has pasta dinner kits available for pick-up, like a $40 package that includes dry pasta for two with your choice of pomodoro, duck ragu, and vegetarian mushroom ragu. They also have tiramisu, gelato, and their entire list of Northern Italian wines at retail value. To get yours, fill out the form on their website here.
The Goods Mart
In addition to their Thai food and entrees like steak and seared salmon, Lovely Day in Nolita is also selling a variety of groceries that you can order over your usual delivery platforms. They have a selection of stuff ranging from eggs to ramen packets and whole wheat challah, in addition to essentials such as Pocky. Check out the options here.
Gino's Pastry Shop
When you’re tired of calling two bowls of Cap’n Crunch dessert, call Gino’s and place an order for pickup or delivery. This classic Italian bakery in Belmont is offering frozen desserts, like cheesecakes, pastries, and DIY cannolis with cream and shells.
If you want to freshen your sad-looking pantry (or your freezer) - know that you can order bagels for pick-up or delivery from Kossars on the LES. Get a bagel sandwich, and throw in a few dozen bialys while you’re at it.
If your friends are all learning how to bake bread and you’d like to learn as well, just so you can get better at it and shove it in their faces, Leo in Williamsburg is delivering their sourdough bread, a ton of interesting wine and beer, and coffee beans. They also have some great pizzas that you simply won’t be able to recreate at home. Go online for pickup or delivery.
Junzi Kitchen (with three locations in Greenwich Village, Midtown, and Morningside Heights) is also offering family-style meals that come with your choice of things like shallot rice, tofu, lion’s head meatballs, and pickled red cabbage. They’ll feed anywhere between three and ten people - and you can also get some chili oil and chips to supplement. Order directly from their website here. Also, if you’re looking to have a picnic, Junzi has ready-made picnic meals for groups of two or four.
Samwon Garden in Koreatown is offering something called a “Care Package” for delivery. It consists of prime short rib, pork belly, several stews, and a bunch of sides, it costs $179, and it will most likely make your week. But if you don’t want to spend that much, this Korean barbecue spot also has a huge a la carte menu (and plenty of soju). Find all the details and place your order here.
Sticky's Finger Joint
Sticky’s has a bunch of locations in lower Manhattan (and one in Brooklyn), and they specialize in chicken fingers. If you just pictured a basket of chicken fingers in front of you, congratulations, you passed the test. Order online, and get the four-person family meal if you’d like a fridge full of chicken.
Over in Fort Greene, Colonia Verde has a general store section of their to-go menu featuring a DIY tuna tostada kit, grilling supplies, mole, produce from upstate New York, and more. Check out their website to see the wide-ranging selection.