You did a massive fridge cleanse a few days ago, and it revealed two scary truths: the only produce you have at home is an onion and the only green item is a prehistoric can of Manzanilla olives. Good thing there are plenty of healthy options available for delivery. Whether you want a big bowl of leafy greens, an Ethiopian platter with lentils and string beans, or a spicy tuna handroll, use this guide to find a takeout option near you.
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We once overheard a man on the C train announce that Souvlaki GR’s taramasalata dip could cure any misery or heartache. Before we could get a chance to see who this mysterious fish prophet was, he was gone. Get an order for yourself (along with an obligatory Greek salad) and let us know how you feel. The Lower East Side, Midtown, and Midtown East locations of this Greek spot are all open for takeout and delivery.
Every morning at 8am, this American spot in Jackson Heights updates its takeout menu with a new three-course delivery option that’s meant to feed around four people. Usually, it involves meat and veggies of some kind, plus a side like potatoes which you can pick up or get delivered between 4pm and 6pm. They also have a bunch of beer and wine you can bring home, too.
If you want a sweet potato covered in labne, you could strain plain yogurt at home, but we’re guessing that’s not your first choice when it’s 7:45pm on a Wednesday. Avoid spending 20 minutes searching for the cheesecloth you’re not even sure you own, and order a sweet potato with smoky labne and spicy green relish from Lighthouse in Williamsburg instead (and maybe one of their great salads too).
Risbo in PLG serves the excellent basics you’ve been meaning to make in your apartment and then subsequently did not make in your apartment. Starting at 5pm every day, you can go online to place your order for sub-$20 dishes like spicy cabbage salad, bean and grain bowls, and platters of roast lamb with hummus.
Fieldtrip in Harlem specializes in rice bowls with everything from brisket and chicken to shrimp and salmon, and nothing costs more than $15. You can place your takeout order online or by calling 917-639-3919.
Unless you have a deluxe knife set and a personal fish guy named Sam who delivers you sushi-grade tuna and texts you memes, we’re going to guess you’re not making poke bowls at home. You can place your delivery order directly through Chikarashi’s website.
It’s possible your previous life included ordering a pita or falafel platter from Taim and eating it in your office. You can still cling to that habit even if your office is now located in your apartment, as the Flatiron, West Village, and Nolita locations of this Israeli vegan place are delivering through their website.
This Israeli spot in Park Slope has a takeout lunch special available that comes with soup, salad, and a sandwich. It feeds two people (or just one person twice) and costs $25. You can check out their other dips, salads, and shawarma platters and place your order online.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and so is the nutritional value of a roast chicken. If you air on the side of “yes, of course chicken is both beautiful and healthy” order from Chirping Chicken - they make some of our absolute favorite poultry in the whole city and their delivery range covers most of upper Manhattan and the east side.
Aliada makes great Greek salads, dips, and whole grilled fish, so if you’re looking to eat a healthy meal that’s more flavorful than the steel cut oats in your kitchen cabinet, this Astoria spot works perfectly. They’ve also got tons of vegetarian options like falafel and spanakopita available for takeout and delivery.
If you’re in Lower Manhattan and want to be healthy without limiting yourself a bowl of slightly wet lettuce, try Rahi. You can get their Indian food like dal and chana masala between 5 and 9pm every Tuesday through Sunday (which is convenient since that’s exactly when you’re going to be in your apartment). Call them at 212-373-8900 to place your take-out or delivery order.
Oh Westville, home of reliable market sides, grilled salmon, and things that generally taste better in bowls. All of the Westville locations are running free delivery service, including booze. Is alcohol healthy? That’s up to you.
If you’re in Hell’s Kitchen and trying to avoid noodles or bread for the evening, consider ordering a bunch of Thai dishes from Taladwat. Get the basil beef, the shrimp tom yum, or the turmeric curry chicken in a slightly sweet sauce (they come with rice but that’s pretty much the only starch around). You can go online to place your order.
Blank Slate’s Nomad and Midtown East locations are offering their salads and sandwiches for pick-up and delivery every day between 8am and 3pm. You can place your order for things like shaved fennel with artichoke hearts and turkey and cranberry goat cheese sandwiches on their website.
Research suggests that wine is good for you. And this Peruvian spot in LIC is giving away a bottle of wine with any $80 purchase right now. They have a special $25 combo that comes with a whole chicken, a side of rice and beans, and a big bottle of soda. So if you get that with some mixed seafood ceviche and a salad, you’d actually be making a responsible decision for your health.
In addition to their normal takeout options, the West Village, Williamsburg, and LES locations of this vegan Mexican spot are offering a “Do It Yourself” menu with things like packaged vegan chorizo, rice, and guacamole. If you want to stock your fridge with plant-based stuff without having to go to a grocery store, check out their website.
Raw fish, rice, and seaweed sound much healthier than the bread and cheese hole we’ve been in. If you relate to this, know that Nami Nori is offering their full menu of handrolls for lunch and dinner delivery, including a set of five for $25 and a bunch of vegan options.
Tiny’s Giant is a great delivery option when you and your roommate are prioritizing very different food groups. One of you can order a very large salad with avocado, chickpeas, and a bunch of mixed vegetables, while the other can get an even larger sandwich with roast beef or chicken parmesan. This LES spot is open from 10am-5pm with delivery online or takeout available by phone at 212-228-4919.
If you’re looking for something light and without any trace of meat in Chelsea, try ordering takeout from Blossom. Their vegan and vegetarian Italian food is available for pickup and delivery, and we especially like the seitan piccata and the lasagna.
If soups and salads are the stars at Aubergine Cafe, then cold sandwiches and paninis are their talented backup vocalists. In other words, this cafe is a great option for when you want to eat something green in Sunnyside. We also feel obliged to tell you that they have delicious carrot cake.
When you order takeout or delivery from Teranga in East Harlem, you can make vegetable bowls seem more exciting by mixing things like Iberian rice, fried plantains, and peanut sauce. Plus, there are a ton of great options if you’re vegan.
The Smith has a broad menu of everything American, so this is an ideal option if you’re in the business of a kale salad and your takeout partner, well, isn’t.
This Williamsburg spot makes a bunch of gluten-free options with things like brown rice, beans, avocado, cilantro, and some special garlic sauce. It tastes like a plate of nachos that started playing sports (in an excellent way). You can make anything vegan here, and every bowl costs less than $12.
Spicy Moon in the East Village makes vegetarian and vegan Szechuan food. Sure, a lot of it is fried and starchy, but there are plenty of healthy dishes, like steamed eggplant and vegetable-loaded ramen to remedy the fact that you haven’t touched a fresh vegetable in recent memory.
Until you’re able to sit on 6th Avenue and sip a negroni outside of Cafe Clover, you can order their salads and chickpea flour flatbreads to your apartment for delivery online. We’d suggest turning on this unnarrated West Village walking tour Youtube video while you eat, and it’ll feel even more special.
Some Sweetgreen pros: it’s fast, easy to keep things under $15, and as reliable as a Forever stamp. Now, you can order your meticulously-curated spring mix salads to your apartment, without any delivery fees whatsoever, all through the Sweetgreen site.