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Critic Ryan Sutton’s 15 Favorite Takeout and Delivery Options Still Open in NYC

Beefy sandwiches, intensely spicy arepas, and warming pho are all among the Eater critic’s picks

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Pizza from Roberta’s
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Until this past Saturday, I hadn’t ordered from my regular haunts in Hell’s Kitchen, or quite frankly from anywhere in the five boroughs, for over a month. I’ve been laying low during the COVID-19 shutdown — convalescing and quarantining — and doing the bulk of my eating through home cooking.

Many of the restaurants and bars I love are closed, temporarily or permanently. But of the culinary establishments I miss the most, these are the ones that remain open for takeout and delivery. Until the city reopens, these are the venues I hope to turn to more often.

Do take care to tip well, and call the restaurant before using a delivery platform such as Seamless or Caviar, which come with hefty fees for both consumers and restaurants. Also note that hours might abruptly change as both supply and demand shifts.

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Corner Slice

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Michael Bergemann’s all-day Italian bakery is one of New York’s finest slice shops. The crisp pepperoni slices are appropriately smoky and spicy, but the main event here is the old-school tomato pie, tangy and fragrant with slivers of garlic. The long fermentation gives the square slices a preternatural airness, allowing for easy digestion — and more eating. It’s located inside the Gotham West Market food hall. [Order on ChowNow]

A tomato slice lies on a white paper plate at Corner Slice.
The tomato slice at Corner Slice
Nick Solares

Guantanamera

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Here is where to find some of the city’s greatest Cuban sandwiches, vaca frita (skirt steak fried to the texture of soft jerky), roasted chicken in rich garlic sauce, and takeout mojitos. One hopes the live Cuban music returns when the restaurant reopens for sit-down dining. [Order on the restaurant’s website or call ahead]

A Cuban sandwich lies on a white plate on the left, while a plate of vaca frita lies on the right at Guantanamera
Cuban sandwich and vaca frita at Guantanamera
Nick Solares

Roberta's Pizza & Bakery

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As scores of diners reacquaint themselves with the Roberta’s frozen slices sold at grocery stores, the Bushwick original continues to offer takeout and delivery. All the classic pies are still here: the Axl Rosenberg with garlic, jalapenos, and soppressata; the Beastmaster with gorgonzola, capers, and pork; and the Bee Sting, a sweet-salty affair with pepperoni and honey. Roberta’s also offers a piquant cacio e pepe pasta and the restaurant’s impressive burger, priced at just $12. [Order on ChowNow]

Empanada Mama - LES

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This Lower East Side mainstay serves some of Manhattan’s most reliable Colombian fare. Highlights include a classic South American breakfast of beans and rice with eggs, intensely spicy arepas, chicken soup studded with cilantro and rice, frozen margaritas, and stellar corn empanadas (try the ones filled with shellfish or beef). The 24/7 schedule makes it particularly useful for those who get hungry in the after hours. [Order on ChowNow at the Lower East Side or Hell’s Kitchen locations]

Hometown Bar-B-Que

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New York’s top barbecue restaurant is doing delivery for the first time, and just about all the signature items are on tap: Texas-style brisket, cheese-laced Italian sausages, Korean-style sticky ribs, and a thick-cut pastrami sandwich that tips its hat to the grand version at Katz’s. [Order on Toast]

A spread of barbecued meat and sides on a butcher’s block at Hometown
A spread of barbecued meat and sides on a butcher’s block at Hometown
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Pio Pio 6

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This South American restaurant chain manages to nail the nexus of deliciousness and (relative) affordability with its succulent rotisserie chicken. A quarter bird runs just $6, while a full chicken is $19. Also expect classic Peruvian staples like lomo saltado (filet mignon strips stir-fried with soy sauce), parihuela (spicy seafood soup), and assorted ceviches. [Order on the restaurant’s website or its app.]

The Freakin Rican

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Derick Lopez’s fine Puerto Rican restaurant in Astoria remains open for takeout and delivery, serving up nourishing mofogno, heady pernil, tropical fruit shakes, and perhaps most notably, pasteles. Lopez forges the rectangular parcels from a mash of taro, plantain, and pumpkin, and then laces them with stewed pork. They are as green as seaweed and smell of smoke. [Order by phone or on Seamless]

Pork pasteles at the Freakin Rican sit on a banana leaf on a white plate
Pork pasteles at the Freakin Rican
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Win Son Bakery

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Josh Ku and Trigg Brown’s excellent Taiwanese Bakery continues to operate amid the COVID-19 pandemic, serving up stellar pastries and savory dishes in a contactless fashion. Expect the usual bill of fare: chewy mochi millet doughnuts, fan tuan rice rolls, custard toast, smoky turnip cakes that look like hash browns, and bacon, egg, and cheese scallion pancakes. [Order on Caviar]

Assorted pastries, including mochi doughnuts and bright yellow custard toast, on two stainless steel trays alongside a cup of coffee, at Win Son Bakery
Assorted pastries at Win Son Bakery
Gary He/Eater NY

FieldTrip

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As chef JJ Johnson continues to feed local shelters and hospitals as part of the COVID-19 relief effort, his FieldTrip remains open for takeout and delivery. The rice-centric Harlem spot sells its signature items, including a great brisket bowl with Texas brown rice, cream cheese-laced crab pockets, and a remarkably spicy and aromatic seafood gumbo. Patrons can also contribute to purchase meals for first responders. [Order on Toast via the restaurant’s website]

A diner holds a cup of rice milk hibiscus raspberry soft serve over a blonde wood table
Rice milk hibiscus raspberry soft serve at Fieldtrip
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Kopitiam

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Kyo Pang and Moonlynn Tsai’s Malaysian cafe in Chinatown offers its all-day fare for both takeout and delivery. Among the menu items are fat slices of toast with pandan coconut jam and butter, nasi lemak (coconut rice with fried anchovies, peanuts, and hard boiled egg), chilled spicy sesame noodles, and pulut panggang, grilled glutinous rice stuffed dried shrimp and spicy sambal. [Order on Caviar]

Kopitiam’s rainbow sticky rice
Kopitiam’s rainbow sticky rice
Photo by Jean Schwarzwalder

Bolivian Llama Party

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BLP, as it’s known, is one of the few places in all of New York to offer the meaty cuisine of Bolivia. The right move is to order a salteña, a lush and soupy stew-filled pastry. Bite off the tip, suck out all the gelatinous broth, and then eat the chicken- and egg-rich dregs ($8). Also look out for a solid garlic chicken and bacon sandwich, with the tender poultry marinated in beer and garlic. Open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the old Mi Bolivia space in Woodside. [Order on BLP’s website]

Bolivian Llama Party’s chicken salteña spills out onto a plate
The chicken salteña at Bolivian Llama Part
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Taam Tov

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Taam Tov is the “best deal on a street where you can end up spending a fortune,” Peter Meehan wrote in a 2007 New York Times review of the excellent Central Asian spot in the Diamond District. The Kosher Bukharan spot still operates amid the COVID-19 crisis, offering pickup and delivery of stellar items like shashlik kebabs from assorted meats, shurpa (Uzbek beef and vegetable soup), and grilled lamb ribs. [Order on EatStreet]

Peppa's Jerk Chicken

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Jessica and Gavin Hussey’s Brooklyn establishments offer some of the city’s best and most affordable jerk chicken, packing a smoky finish along with a proper capsaicin buzz. The sweet, meaty oxtail is excellent as well, as is the funky goat curry and chewy festival fry bread. [Order on Grubhub, UberEats, Door Dash, or via standard takeout]

Many cuts of jerk chicken laid on the grill with flames shooting up and a hand squeezing sauce over top of the chicken.
Jerk chicken on the grill at Peppa’s
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Di An Di

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Before the shutdown, Dennis Ngo’s creative melding of modern Vietnamese flavors and New York sensibilities could easily garner waits of two hours. During the pandemic, however, the restaurant’s excellent dishes are available via takeout and delivery. Expect a slimmed down menu, but with strong choices that include most of the stellar pho soups, crispy mustard and spring rolls, and the venue’s outstanding bo bo chicken and turmeric rice, with crispy skin, papaya, and herbs. [Order on Toast, Caviar, or Grubhub]

Pho ga (chicken pho) at Di An Di
Pho ga (chicken pho) at Di An Di
Alex Staniloff/Eater

Mo's Original

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Glady’s, one of the city’s most notable jerk establishments, and Mo’s Original, its ramen-centric sibling, are offering contactless pickup on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Mo’s in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Expect prepared foods, booze, and pantry items, including whole jerk chickens, jerk pork, spicy shrimp ramen, kits for the venue’s stellar Painkiller cocktails, Kewpie mayonnaise, all purpose flour, sesame seeds, and ramen noodles. Pickup slots sometimes book up over a day in advance. [Order on the restaurant’s website]

Jerk pork and shrimp sit atop a yellow tabletop at Glady’s
Jerk pork and shrimp sit atop a yellow tabletop at Glady’s
Photo by Alex Staniloff

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Corner Slice

Michael Bergemann’s all-day Italian bakery is one of New York’s finest slice shops. The crisp pepperoni slices are appropriately smoky and spicy, but the main event here is the old-school tomato pie, tangy and fragrant with slivers of garlic. The long fermentation gives the square slices a preternatural airness, allowing for easy digestion — and more eating. It’s located inside the Gotham West Market food hall. [Order on ChowNow]

A tomato slice lies on a white paper plate at Corner Slice.
The tomato slice at Corner Slice
Nick Solares

Guantanamera

Here is where to find some of the city’s greatest Cuban sandwiches, vaca frita (skirt steak fried to the texture of soft jerky), roasted chicken in rich garlic sauce, and takeout mojitos. One hopes the live Cuban music returns when the restaurant reopens for sit-down dining. [Order on the restaurant’s website or call ahead]

A Cuban sandwich lies on a white plate on the left, while a plate of vaca frita lies on the right at Guantanamera
Cuban sandwich and vaca frita at Guantanamera
Nick Solares

Roberta's Pizza & Bakery

As scores of diners reacquaint themselves with the Roberta’s frozen slices sold at grocery stores, the Bushwick original continues to offer takeout and delivery. All the classic pies are still here: the Axl Rosenberg with garlic, jalapenos, and soppressata; the Beastmaster with gorgonzola, capers, and pork; and the Bee Sting, a sweet-salty affair with pepperoni and honey. Roberta’s also offers a piquant cacio e pepe pasta and the restaurant’s impressive burger, priced at just $12. [Order on ChowNow]

Empanada Mama - LES

This Lower East Side mainstay serves some of Manhattan’s most reliable Colombian fare. Highlights include a classic South American breakfast of beans and rice with eggs, intensely spicy arepas, chicken soup studded with cilantro and rice, frozen margaritas, and stellar corn empanadas (try the ones filled with shellfish or beef). The 24/7 schedule makes it particularly useful for those who get hungry in the after hours. [Order on ChowNow at the Lower East Side or Hell’s Kitchen locations]

Hometown Bar-B-Que

New York’s top barbecue restaurant is doing delivery for the first time, and just about all the signature items are on tap: Texas-style brisket, cheese-laced Italian sausages, Korean-style sticky ribs, and a thick-cut pastrami sandwich that tips its hat to the grand version at Katz’s. [Order on Toast]

A spread of barbecued meat and sides on a butcher’s block at Hometown
A spread of barbecued meat and sides on a butcher’s block at Hometown
Nick Solares/Eater

Pio Pio 6

This South American restaurant chain manages to nail the nexus of deliciousness and (relative) affordability with its succulent rotisserie chicken. A quarter bird runs just $6, while a full chicken is $19. Also expect classic Peruvian staples like lomo saltado (filet mignon strips stir-fried with soy sauce), parihuela (spicy seafood soup), and assorted ceviches. [Order on the restaurant’s website or its app.]

The Freakin Rican

Derick Lopez’s fine Puerto Rican restaurant in Astoria remains open for takeout and delivery, serving up nourishing mofogno, heady pernil, tropical fruit shakes, and perhaps most notably, pasteles. Lopez forges the rectangular parcels from a mash of taro, plantain, and pumpkin, and then laces them with stewed pork. They are as green as seaweed and smell of smoke. [Order by phone or on Seamless]

Pork pasteles at the Freakin Rican sit on a banana leaf on a white plate
Pork pasteles at the Freakin Rican
Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Win Son Bakery

Josh Ku and Trigg Brown’s excellent Taiwanese Bakery continues to operate amid the COVID-19 pandemic, serving up stellar pastries and savory dishes in a contactless fashion. Expect the usual bill of fare: chewy mochi millet doughnuts, fan tuan rice rolls, custard toast, smoky turnip cakes that look like hash browns, and bacon, egg, and cheese scallion pancakes. [Order on Caviar]

Assorted pastries, including mochi doughnuts and bright yellow custard toast, on two stainless steel trays alongside a cup of coffee, at Win Son Bakery
Assorted pastries at Win Son Bakery
Gary He/Eater NY

FieldTrip

As chef JJ Johnson continues to feed local shelters and hospitals as part of the COVID-19 relief effort, his FieldTrip remains open for takeout and delivery. The rice-centric Harlem spot sells its signature items, including a great brisket bowl with Texas brown rice, cream cheese-laced crab pockets, and a remarkably spicy and aromatic seafood gumbo. Patrons can also contribute to purchase meals for first responders. [Order on Toast via the restaurant’s website]

A diner holds a cup of rice milk hibiscus raspberry soft serve over a blonde wood table
Rice milk hibiscus raspberry soft serve at Fieldtrip
Alex Staniloff/Eater

Kopitiam

Kyo Pang and Moonlynn Tsai’s Malaysian cafe in Chinatown offers its all-day fare for both takeout and delivery. Among the menu items are fat slices of toast with pandan coconut jam and butter, nasi lemak (coconut rice with fried anchovies, peanuts, and hard boiled egg), chilled spicy sesame noodles, and pulut panggang, grilled glutinous rice stuffed dried shrimp and spicy sambal. [Order on Caviar]

Kopitiam’s rainbow sticky rice
Kopitiam’s rainbow sticky rice
Photo by Jean Schwarzwalder

Bolivian Llama Party

BLP, as it’s known, is one of the few places in all of New York to offer the meaty cuisine of Bolivia. The right move is to order a salteña, a lush and soupy stew-filled pastry. Bite off the tip, suck out all the gelatinous broth, and then eat the chicken- and egg-rich dregs ($8). Also look out for a solid garlic chicken and bacon sandwich, with the tender poultry marinated in beer and garlic. Open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the old Mi Bolivia space in Woodside. [Order on BLP’s website]

Bolivian Llama Party’s chicken salteña spills out onto a plate
The chicken salteña at Bolivian Llama Part
Nick Solares/Eater

Taam Tov

Taam Tov is the “best deal on a street where you can end up spending a fortune,” Peter Meehan wrote in a 2007 New York Times review of the excellent Central Asian spot in the Diamond District. The Kosher Bukharan spot still operates amid the COVID-19 crisis, offering pickup and delivery of stellar items like shashlik kebabs from assorted meats, shurpa (Uzbek beef and vegetable soup), and grilled lamb ribs. [Order on EatStreet]

Peppa's Jerk Chicken

Jessica and Gavin Hussey’s Brooklyn establishments offer some of the city’s best and most affordable jerk chicken, packing a smoky finish along with a proper capsaicin buzz. The sweet, meaty oxtail is excellent as well, as is the funky goat curry and chewy festival fry bread. [Order on Grubhub, UberEats, Door Dash, or via standard takeout]

Many cuts of jerk chicken laid on the grill with flames shooting up and a hand squeezing sauce over top of the chicken.
Jerk chicken on the grill at Peppa’s
Louise Palmberg/Eater

Di An Di

Before the shutdown, Dennis Ngo’s creative melding of modern Vietnamese flavors and New York sensibilities could easily garner waits of two hours. During the pandemic, however, the restaurant’s excellent dishes are available via takeout and delivery. Expect a slimmed down menu, but with strong choices that include most of the stellar pho soups, crispy mustard and spring rolls, and the venue’s outstanding bo bo chicken and turmeric rice, with crispy skin, papaya, and herbs. [Order on Toast, Caviar, or Grubhub]

Pho ga (chicken pho) at Di An Di
Pho ga (chicken pho) at Di An Di
Alex Staniloff/Eater

Mo's Original

Glady’s, one of the city’s most notable jerk establishments, and Mo’s Original, its ramen-centric sibling, are offering contactless pickup on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Mo’s in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Expect prepared foods, booze, and pantry items, including whole jerk chickens, jerk pork, spicy shrimp ramen, kits for the venue’s stellar Painkiller cocktails, Kewpie mayonnaise, all purpose flour, sesame seeds, and ramen noodles. Pickup slots sometimes book up over a day in advance. [Order on the restaurant’s website]

Jerk pork and shrimp sit atop a yellow tabletop at Glady’s
Jerk pork and shrimp sit atop a yellow tabletop at Glady’s
Photo by Alex Staniloff

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