There are several ways to approach a meal at Bunna, but your easiest and best route is The Feast: a giant plate of dishes like Misir Wot (spicy red lentils), Gomen (garlic collard greens), Shiro (gingery split pea curry), and kale salad with avocado (because we’re still in Brooklyn). If you want even more food, the appetizers are also great, and you can add extra orders of any of the dishes a la carte.
When a cat brings you a bird, it’s a symbol of love and respect. And, seeing as how your significant other is starting to resent the fact that you spend most of your day watching old episodes of Billy On The Street, we’re going to need you to do the exact same thing. Get a whole Beijing duck from Hwa Yuan, then take your shirt off, and help your partner wrap each piece of crispy duck in a thin crepe like that one guy who eventually became a ghost in the movie Ghost.
Clay is an upscale spot in Harlem where you can get a special-but-not-too-formal meal, perfect for an at-home date night. The New American/farm-to-table menu here has things like duck confit, steak tartare, and various pastas (we especially like the one with kale and sausage).
Rezdora serves the kind of pastas that you probably can’t make at home. You can see that for yourself by ordering tender anolini in parmigiano cream sauce, or spinach cappelletti stuffed with leeks and roasted mushroom puree for delivery. You could also order fresh pasta, sauce, and a brick of parmigiano reggiano from this Flatiron spot, and tell us never to doubt your skills again after making their lasagna bolognese for two in your own kitchen.
Pick up anything form pork buns and spare ribs to chicken feet from the massive menu at Jing Fong and recreate a dim sum experience at home. They are currently accepting orders for takeout and delivery online or over the phone.
The menu at this casual Vietnamese spot in Williamsburg is primarily made up of small plates - like fried dough packed with crab and pork, and delicious glass dumplings filled with earthy mushrooms. Order a few of these to go or for delivery and enjoy a cozy night in day at home.
This Spanish/Italian hybrid spot serves excellent handmade pastas but we're really into the lamb ribs, calamari, and whole grilled branzino. To make your meal even more exciting, add a few of their incredible cocktails to your takeout order.
The essential Upper East Side date night restaurant, Uva won’t change your life, but it will provide you a nice, mildly romantic evening with some solid Italian food. Their entire menu (including cocktails) is currently available for takeout and delivery.
Tito Rad’s, a classic Filipino spot, is one of our favorite spots in Sunnyside. The menu here is elaborate to say the least. You can order a 10-course dinner with garlic fried rice, lumpiang Shanghai, sizzling sisig, a tangy bowl of milkfish sinigang, and whatever else on the menu is calling out to you like an oddly sexual mermaid creature on a rocky outcrop in the middle of the sea.
Claro has incredible food and an attractive backyard that is ideal for pretty much any romantic scenarios. If you want to recreate Claro’s at home, we suggest a few folding chairs, a set of string lights, and some kind of foliage to hang overhead. We also suggest you get some molo negro, a tostada, and the quesadillas de tinga. And throw in a mezcal flight or a few frozen margaritas.
This Long Island City Indian restaurant has delivery and takeout available online or over the phone. There is no wrong order at Adda, but we like the spicy goat that falls off the bone and the cheese-stuffed naan.
Anyone who thinks there’s such a thing as too much melted mozzarella should stay away from the pies at Mama’s Too. Considering you’re reading this guide, you probably aren’t that person, and you should order some slightly spicy, very cheesy pepperoni squares for delivery on the Mama’s Too website.
Miznon is one of the best (and newest) spots inside of Chelsea Market. It’s a small chain that originated in Tel Aviv and now has locations in cities like Paris and Vienna, and they specialize in very good pitas filled with steak, lamb, and ratatouille. You can also get other things like a whole roasted head of cauliflower, which comes out slightly charred and covered in olive oil.
You can’t argue with facts. And while most of them seem scary, here’s one that should make your day. One of the very best burgers in NYC is available for delivery and takeout right now. It’s got a thick patty covered in spicy mint chutney and it costs less than $15. Get it from BK Jani - a Pakistani spot in Bushwick that also serves a bunch of other grilled meats like kababs and lamb chops.
Much like Cher or aluminum foil, this Oaxacan restaurant in Mott Haven is pretty much good at everything they do. And they’re currently offering takeout and delivery in the South Bronx area (and further if you go through an online platform). You can place your order online or call them directly. Just make sure to get one of the moles (we especially like the mole Oaxaqueno).
This Nolita spot isn’t just a lunchtime alternative to Sweetgreen - the Egyptian street food is a reason to schedule a “doctor’s appointment” in the middle of the day, or take the scenic route home from work. No matter what you order - from taameya to cheese hawawshi - you’re going to find yourself thinking about it in the middle of the night, and it’ll cost you less than $15.
Generally speaking, fast-casual bowls are about as exciting as the transcript of a filibuster. But the Nigerian food at Brooklyn Suya is different. This is a tiny spot on Franklin Avenue with only enough room behind the counter for a single employee, a rice cooker, a cash register, and an oven full of incredible smoked and grilled meats. Each bowl comes with your choice of protein (we like steak or shrimp), a rice or kale base, add-ons (plantains are essential), and spice level.
Kusina Pinoy Bistro is a small Filipino spot with a big personality. The food here is great, specifically the sisig, which involves pieces of caramelized pork cooked with soy sauce, giving the dish both sweet and salty elements. Order it with an egg on top and record yourself taking the first bite so you’ll have something to watch the next time you need a reminder of what happiness looks like.
Katsuei’s sushi platters are arguably the best option when it comes to sushi quality and price in the city. The $65 omakase includes premium pieces like toro, barracuda, and firefly squid, but even the $35 option gets you nine different pieces of delicious fish and a roll. Order from either their West Village location or the original in Park Slope.
Rossy’s on East 2nd Street is a paradise. This bakery has a full counter dedicated to various stews and roasted meat like pollo guisado and pernil, as well as crispy pastelitos filled with ground beef and cubes of partially melted queso. The savory options rotate daily, but they always serve bistec con salsa. Get this with some white rice to soak up the garlic and tomato steak juice, as well as sweet plantains and soupy red beans for textural contrast.