The infomercial onion chopper you ordered by phone to commemorate the ’80s is nice, but it won’t save you from cooking for the eighth time this week. Thankfully, there are some much more helpful things you can order straight to your door by phone - they’re called breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you won’t need to memorize a 1-(800) number to get them. Just use this list of delivery-only restaurants. All of these spots were born out of the pandemic, offer excellent dishes that don’t require stepping beyond the doorway of your apartment, and most are run by New York City chefs and bakers who will happily do your Tuesday night cooking for you. From handmade pork dumplings and hot chili fried chicken to genre-defying pastries and carne asada tacos, these are the delivery-only spots you should keep on rotation.
Buy Buy Sashimi
When ordering sushi for takeout, you might not expect to find a menu with three different kinds of uni. And that’s probably because you’ve never checked out Buy Buy Sashimi, a delivery restaurant serving NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, and some areas in Connecticut right now. The new sushi service is available for contactless delivery, and if you want to send a few pounds of Hokkaido scallops to your grandparents in Orlando, you’ll be happy to know the restaurant ships anywhere on the East Coast. For more information on placing an order, head to their Instagram.
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If there were an award show for at-home bread bakers, we’d hope the owners of Back Alley would present a golden loaf to the winner wearing Valentino gowns on Zoom. This delivery-only bakery was started by two chefs who worked at spots like Blue Hill at Stone Barns and The Grill (respectively) before the pandemic hit. Now, they’re focused on baking excellent bread, honey buns, brown butter cookies, and beignet-like doughnuts, which are all available for delivery across most of Brooklyn, Thursday through Sunday.
Gastronomy Underground is a Mexican restaurant that offers two weekly taco dinners for delivery in Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn Heights, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Sunset Park, Red Hook, Flatbush, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and Midwood. Every order comes with a print-out detailing the pre-Hispanic roots of each dish and a QR code linking to a curated Spotify playlist made by Gastronomy Underground’s chefs. Currently, they’re serving a $45 carnitas feast with homemade corn tortillas on Tuesdays and a $50 carne asada feast with homemade flour tortillas on Sundays.
Unless you’re dating a sushi chef, you’ve probably never had anyone prepare and serve you sushi at home. Tomokase is ready to change that with its new delivery service, which includes 15 pieces for $200 or 20 pieces for $250, and requires a minimum order of $400 to reserve. But beyond the high-quality fish, they’ll also send a private chef to prepare and serve everything, while sticking to strict COVID-19 protocols. Tomokase is working with a rotating list of NYC sushi chefs (who are currently out of work due to the pandemic) to make this happen in Manhattan, Long Island City, Brooklyn, and parts of New Jersey. For more information and booking details, head here.
Sundae Service Creamery
To get ice cream flavors like ginger black sesame, pandan coconut, or jasmine tea with roasted rice clusters without leaving your favorite spot on the couch, check out Sundae Service Creamery. This dessert shop delivers pints of homemade ice cream every Sunday to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Plus, depending on where you live and how many pints you order, they’ll even deliver for free. All the details on their delivery range, promising-looking flavors, and payment options are available on Sundae Service Creamery’s website.
Summerlong Supper Club
A group of NYC restaurants including Atoboy, Llama Inn, Cafe Paulette, Rahi, Contra, Glasserie, and more have joined forces to create a weekly delivery-only supper club. The dining program comes with 16 different three-course chef tasting menus, that you can purchase for $65 per week or a total of $800 for the year. The goal is to help restaurants survive the winter months by bringing amazing food straight to your apartment, and you can read more about it all here. While full memberships are now closed, stay updated on partial membership options on Instagram.
From red velvet ice cream infused with whiskey to spiced pumpkin pie, Dre’s Desserts specializes in sweets you won’t find anywhere else. It’s also a great place to order some excellent chocolate chip cookies that’ll far outshine the store-bought cookie dough cubes in your freezer. Every Monday, the restaurant posts a new menu on Instagram and starts taking pre-orders, which will all be delivered across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens the following weekend. Be sure to DM them your order or add a few things to your cart on their website before 12pm on Thursday, which is when weekly pre-orders officially close.
Neighborhood Bread started out delivering fresh loaves to select neighborhoods in Brooklyn back in March 2020. Since then, they’ve expanded their pastry menu to include a bunch of excellent pastries like cardamom buns, Portuguese egg tarts, and danishes topped with poached pears and sweet potato cream. The restaurant is currently taking orders via Instagram DM, and delivering to a few Brooklyn neighborhoods Monday through Wednesday.
You know a bakery is serious about sourdough when they offer a tasting menu with four different quarter loaves of the stuff. And while that’s one good reason you should try Maison Fleche, we also like that they offer loaves ranging from cranberry-hazelnut to a blend of pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds. Everything is available for delivery in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and if you become a subscriber, you’ll get free deliveries.
Kemi Dessert Bar
Starting January 14th, Kemi Dessert Bar will return from its brief hiatus with Thai tea custard buns, made-to-order cakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and more. The bakers behind Kemi have worked at places like Dominique Ansel Kitchen and Ai Fiori before spending all of their time making incredible pastries based on some of their favorite sweets from around the world. Kemi Dessert Bar will offer hand delivery in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, plus nationwide shipping on select items.
If you’ve ever dreamt about eating your way out of a bathtub full of dumplings, you should probably find someone to help you interpret that. Or you can just order dinner from this delivery-only dumpling spot in Manhattan. They only serve handmade dumplings and ordering copious amounts of them straight to your door will make any day approximately 83% better. You can order yours filled with things like pork & chives, lamb & cilantro, or Impossible beef, and if you subscribe to their email newsletter, you’ll automatically be entered into a weekly lottery for free dumplings. If you want to try them all or can’t decide, City Dumpling has a special that comes with a total of 30 dumplings, including five of every kind on the menu.
Adá Supper Club
After almost a year of quarantine, you still haven’t learned how to turn your apartment into a restaurant. It’s time to turn off the knife skills YouTube videos and order Adá Supper Club’s A Night In instead. This rotating dinner series features three-course meals from Black female chefs focusing on foods of the African diaspora. We loved Chef Kia Damon’s Southern creole menu in 2020, which came with rosemary lemonade, a pickle platter with pimento cheese, a comforting chicken creole with cured egg yolks, and calas (sweet rice fritters served with chicory powder and caramel sauce). You can check out what’s available right now by visiting their website.
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La Newyorkina is permanently closed
When we heard that La Newyorkina is closing its West Village location for good on January 10th, we considered buying a second freezer just to hold a year’s supply of their Mexican ice cream. Thankfully, that won’t be necessary because this dessert shop and bakery will continue to sell its incredible ice cream, along with things like rosca de reyes, pozole, churros, and conchas online after they close their Manhattan shop. You can place orders through their website, and delivery will be available in select neighborhoods across Manhattan and Brooklyn.
A chef who used to cook at Eleven Madison Park has opened his own hot chili fried chicken restaurant, which requires diners to join a waitlist before placing an online order. For $35, Pecking House offers three large pieces of fried chicken with sides like smashed cucumbers, dirty fried rice, or tomato-tofu salad. The chef delivers most of the food himself in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, so if you want him to drop some food on your doorstep soon, send an email to email@example.com.