Did you “check in” with an ex last month? Or have you rewatched The Sopranos for the third time because it’s nice to feel like Carmela is in the room while you eat a tray of lasagna? If the answer is neither, then you’ve probably just moved home instead. Because familiarity has become everyone’s best friend in 2020. And that goes for restaurants and takeout too. Thankfully, we’ve got a guide to mix things up a bit. From light-up alcoholic Capri Suns to spicy curry buns and kare-kare, these are the best new delivery options in Manhattan to break the ten hot wings and fries tyranny.
All restaurants featured on The Infatuation are selected by our editorial team. The Best New Delivery Options In Manhattan is presented by Caviar.
From a towering fried chicken sandwich covered in slightly-numbing lime leaf aioli, to some of the best bún chả we’ve had in the borough, Saigon Social is the best new Vietnamese restaurant in Manhattan. Plus, this LES spot serves a rotating menu of its phenomenal dishes for takeout, so even if you bore easily, you’ll inevitably get attached to this food like a serial monogamist navigating a casual fling. That said, if you see the spicy bún bò Huế on the menu, and want a bowl of noodle soup with a lot of power, get it.
Beyond beef products across Manhattan trembled at the news of this new vegan Szechuan spot opening in the West Village earlier this year. The original location in the East Village is one of our favorite plant-based restaurants in the city, and while this new spot serves the same great mapo tofu and dan dan noodles, there are also a few new dishes on its menu like spicy curry buns and fried dumplings stuffed with chives and Just Egg. Make sure to get an order of notably thin and crispy scallion pancakes too.
There are plenty of great places for Thai takeout downtown, but few serve the Sukhothai tom yum noodles you’ll find at Soothr in the East Village. This rice noodle soup has a heavy broth that’s simultaneously sweet, sour, and spicy, and comes topped with plump pork balls, fried wontons, fish cake, and a runny egg. But our favorite dish at Soothr is the koong karee, a specialty shrimp curry dish from central Thailand that has a gooey consistency, and every bite tastes like shrimp paste just called curry powder to say ‘I love you.’ If good Thai food makes you any degree of emotional, prioritize this East Village restaurant right near Union Square.
Most of The Bun Hut’s menu incorporates Jamaican, West Indian, and Bahamian dishes, like sticky jerk chicken, braised curry goat, and coconut shrimp. But the difference between Bun Hut and your neighborhood jerk chicken spot is that you can try nearly everything in the form of a steamed bao or a massive roti. The baos work as ideal snacks or appetizers, but the rotis at Bun Hot are no-bullsh*t meals. The only downside about ordering takeout from this LES spot is that the Bahamian rum pound cake (unfortunately) will not arrive at your doorstep with its usual side of rum.
Thai Diner has been booked and busy for most of 2020, but now that its iconic sister restaurant Uncle Boon’s closed, it’s become something of a landmark. From a roti breakfast sandwich to a rich bowl of khao soi we’d happily swim in no matter the consequences, every dish at this all-day spot in Nolita will make you feel like you’ve hit the peak of good takeout. Just keep in mind that if you place your order before 5pm, both the Thai tea babka French toast and green curry with chicken-stuffed cabbage should make their way to your kitchen table.
It’s possible you’ve never heard of this new East Village Momofuku restaurant. That’s because this takeout spot took over the old Ssäm Bar space last summer without any apparent buzz. Since then, 207 has served a rotating menu of dishes like salmon tostadas, oxtail stew, and spicy gochujang fried chicken that instantly entered the running for best wings in the city. Right now, they’re serving mole chicken drumsticks, spicy pork ragu tamales, and sweet potato tres leches cake, and a bunch of other dishes you probably wouldn’t make at home. So we suggest you cover your kitchen table with them instead.
If you’re looking to recreate the experience of snacking on small plates and drinking cocktails at home, try ordering a few Korean dishes from this casual East Village spot from the people behind Thursday Kitchen. None of them cost more than $15, and they all involve ingredients you’ve probably never had before like corn dumplings with truffle salsa verde or pork jowl with kabayaki butter. Mokyo also has alcoholic light-up Capri Suns (which you might recognize from the menu at Thursday Kitchen) available for takeout and delivery.
The original Lhasa in Jackson Heights is one of our favorite places in the city to eat momos, specifically of the beef and chive variety. So if you live anywhere near Lower Manhattan, consider Lhasa’s new East Village location a gift. Like the Jackson Heights spot, Lhasa on 1st Avenue and 11th Street serves a menu of excellent round dumplings with both meat and vegetable fillings. You’ll also find some noodle dishes and thenthuk (a hearty soup with a light brown broth and tons of beef and hand-ripped noodles).
If you’re looking for a place to pick up Dominican food in the East Village, try KM1. This Caribbean restaurant on East 1st Street opened in August, and in addition to things like chicharron and honey-glazed jerk wings, the menu has a chimi burger, some extremely crispy mofongo with skirt steak and a light tomato broth. They also have non-meat Dominican options like a vegan pastelón layered with mushrooms and coconut sauce, and shrimp mofongo. KM1 also serves tiki mocktails and cocktails like a pina colada in a pineapple, for takeout and delivery.
When we heard that one of the best Thai restaurants in NYC opened a new location in the Seaport District, we started howling and hooting like members of a live studio audience at a taping of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. And if you live nearby, you will be too, right after you try our favorite tom yum soup in the city. It’s a spicy, sour sanctuary of ground pork, peanuts, and fish balls - and if we ever made a list of “fall favorites” this dish would likely be the only thing on it. Also, don’t miss the pad thai - theirs is loaded with tamarind-glazed shrimp and calamari that even your seafood-hesitant friends will value deeply.
Nothing says new and different like a pop-up menu and this English restaurant is NYC’s pop-up princess. From a limited-time takeout collaboration with For All Things Good to a Venezuelan feast with chefs from Cosme and Atla, Dame continuously proves that takeout can be even more exciting than dining-in. Right now, they’re accepting pre-orders for their fish and chip pop-up this weekend, which are available for pick-up from their West Village restaurant and delivery within Lower Manhattan. Check out their Instagram for all of the updated information.
Tradisyon looks like a place one might go to build a salad that you can collect points for on an app, but it’s actually a solid Filipino spot in Hell’s Kitchen that works well for takeout. They serve many of the things you’d find on the menu at most Filipino restaurants in NYC, like kare-kare and pork sisig, but you want the squid adobo. It has more chewy, chopped up pieces of squid than you’ll find at most places for under $12, and the adobo sauce has a tinge of brininess. They let you choose between white rice and garlic rice with every entree, and you’ll only need one item to fill up.
If you want high-quality sushi delivery without spending your savings on tuna, get a few combo sets from this laid-back spot in Flatiron. Maki Kosaka is the casual offshoot of a fancy omakase spot called Kosaka on West 13th, and it specializes in Makimono sets that come with onigiri, futomaki (large and in charge rolls full of pickled and fresh vegetables), and what they call “grab sushi,” which comes with separate nori sheets that you use to scoop up things like red snapper topped with miso-wasabi sauce. They also have maki roll combo options for under $30.
For a vegan burger with the grease factor of an Americana fast food fever dream, order takeout from Pop’s Eat-Rite. The classic burger at this vegan fast food spot on St. Marks Place is topped with thick-cut sour pickles, caramelized onions, a dash of sweet ketchup, and plant-based American cheese that tastes salty and creamy enough for you to question its vegan-ness. There are also two other burgers, dairy-free soft serve, and a couple other deep-fried sides on the menu here, and if that sounds good to you, follow their Instagram for specials like homemade coconut lemon doughnuts.
Chez Nick is an American bistro on the Upper East Side where you can get braised chickpeas or ricotta toast sent to your apartment for a romantic lunch or dinner with someone who thinks your “two truths and a lie” are clever. They also deliver baked eggs and brunch cocktails on weekends, so you won’t have to run down Citarella in your pajamas on a Sunday morning. We recommend using this spot like Herbie Hancock uses his piano, often and skillfully.
The noodle-prone people in your life will appreciate that you can choose between classic, thick, sweet potato, or rice noodles at this new Harlem Chinese restaurant from the team behind The Handpulled Noodle. It’s the kind of casual, counter-service place where you can build your own bowl with options like spicy cumin lamb stir fry or ginger chicken soup, and it’s only open for takeout and delivery right now.