Celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or any big life event while cooped up in your house isn’t ideal. But that doesn’t mean it has to follow the same bed-couch-bed pattern that every other day does. You can still dress up, put on deodorant, and order an excellent, special occasion-worthy meal from any of these 33 places. The options range from three-course meals for two to reheatable family-sized feasts, and if you dim the lights and throw a spare sheet over your dining room table, you might forget you’re stuck at home for a little while.
Abe Fisher has Shabbat dinners available for pickup every Friday night. They’re $200 each, feed four people, and come with their delicious Montreal-style smoked short ribs, as well as three other courses. Follow their Instagram for more information.
Audrey Claire is doing $50 dinners for two (you’ll get two appetizers and two entrees) that you can order through their website and pick up across the street at Twenty Manning. The menu changes, but expect to see things like braised short ribs with mushroom risotto and pappardelle with arugula pesto.
Barbuzzo has a similar deal to Audrey Claire’s - with $49 family-style meals for two that come with things like pan-seared gnocchi and salted caramel budino. You can place an order for pickup by calling the restaurant at 215-546-9300, or by heading to their website.
Barclay Prime has a limited menu of steaks and sides available for delivery.
Cadence, a small BYOB in Fishtown, is one of our favorite date night spots in the city. And even though you can’t actually bring your date there right now, you can still create an at-home romantic dinner with one of their takeout dinners. For $60, you’ll get a family-style, three-course dinner for two. The meal changes every night, and features some of our favorites from their menu, like the herb dumplings and half roast duck. It’s not on delivery services (yet), but you can order it by calling the restaurant directly at 215-419-7537.
Forsythia is trying to make stay-at-home weekends special - they’re offering $30, three-course meals on Fridays through Sundays for pickup or delivery within a three-mile radius. The daily menu will be posted on Instagram, and you can expect to see things like duck a l’orange and crab and leek beignets. To order, call the restaurant at 215-644-9395 or head here.
At Helm in Kensington, you can get a three-course meal for $25, take it to-go, and eat it while you figure out how to turn doing a puzzle on your apartment floor into a romantic activity. Check their Instagram for a daily menu, which includes things like veal tagliatelle and black pepper cheesecake - call the restaurant at 215-309-2211 to order.
Hiroki is delivering two sushi meals ($45 for seven pieces and one handroll, or $60 for 10 pieces and two handrolls), as well as a $45 chirashi bowl and a $45 tuna bowl. You can order them here, and although it’s the most expensive sushi option in the city right now - it’s also by far the best.
Hungry Pigeon posts an “apocalypse menu” to their Instagram daily, and it’s filled with large, reheatable meals that could convince your partner you cooked a decadent meal from scratch for their big 30th birthday. You’ll find things like salsa verde-braised chicken, monkfish osso buco puttanesca, and spicy lentil soup by the quart. Head to their website to place an order for pickup.
Around this time every year, Jaxon becomes one of our favorite places to sit out on the sidewalk and have a nicer-than-usual date night. Even though that’s not currently an option, you can still get Jaxon’s excellent food, like ricotta gnudi and pan-roasted fluke, to-go and eat it on the porch of your apartment while your dog begs for you to share. The current menu is on their website, and you can place an order for takeout by calling them at 215-922-2621.
Jean-Georges at the Four Seasons is offering a $138 ribeye dinner for two, as well as a few a la carte items and pastries. View the current menu and place your order for pickup here.
June BYOB posts their menu on their Instagram every day, and you can expect things like jerk chicken sandwiches, black truffle tagliatelle, and $50 brisket dinners for two. It’s all available here for delivery or pickup, and it’ll make your birthday feel a little less like you’re a tiger locked in Joe Exotic’s zoo.
Kalaya has the best Thai food in the city, and they’re serving an adjusted menu of family-style meals for both delivery and takeout, which you can order here. Each meal comes with multiple courses, like stir-fried chicken and beef curry, and the portions are big enough to feed two people. Also, they’re using part of the money they make to serve a family meal every single day to those who can’t afford it - so your big night in is helping others around the city.
Laser Wolf is periodically offering grill-at-home dinners with hummus, salatim, chocolate mousse, and marinated skewers ready to go on the grill. Their Instagram will have more instructions on how to place an order.
If you haven’t been able to try Messina Club yet because you’re not a member, then this is your chance. They’re currently doing take-home pasta kits, cheese boards with wine pairings, and other things that will make a date night or anniversary special without too much preparation. Everything is available to non-members for takeout, and if after your meal you decide you’d like a membership - just go to their website and purchase one. They’ve opened up 200 new spots and are using the proceeds to help out their staff over the next few weeks.
Morimoto has reopened for delivery and takeout from Tuesday through Sunday, with tons of sushi, noodles, and more. You can also get a chef’s combination of 15 pieces for $45 if you want a sort-of in-home omakase meal. Place an order here.
For just $25, the three-course “Dutch Dinners” from Noord are priced more like a long work lunch than a special occasion dinner - but that’s why they’re so great. You’ll get a bowl of soup, an entree like braised pork hash or roasted salmon, and your choice of dessert (you want the blueberry buttermilk bread pudding). They’re only available on Friday and Saturday nights, and you’ll need to order your order ahead of time by checking out the menu on their Instagram and then sending your choices in an email to email@example.com.
Palizzi is doing takeout for members only on Friday and Saturday. You’ll get a four-course meal with dishes like stromboli and crab spaghetti, plus a complimentary negroni for $55. All orders must be placed by Thursday night through their website.
Parc has a limited dinner menu that you can find on their website. It has some of their classic French stuff, like a half roast chicken with pureed potatoes and steak au poivre. You can order for delivery here, or if you call ahead for pickup at (215) 545-2262, you can also add a bottle of wine to your date night dinner.
Thursday through Sunday, Perla is doing a takeout menu that consists of a meal for two that’s similar to their kamayan feast, as well as a la carte options like ground pork and garlic fried rice. Place an order for the next day by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or for the same day by calling them at 267-273-0008.
Pumpkin is offering three-course, pre-fixe meals for pickup for $35, and five courses for $50 on Sundays. The menu changes every day, but so far they’ve been cooking up things like sweet potato soup, Berkshire pork loin, and french toast panna cotta. Call the restaurant at 215-545-4448 to place an order, and get ready for your big night of eating and watching a livestream of penguins at the aquarium.
River Twice is offering rotating weekly takeout Thursday through Saturday from 4:30 to 8pm. The menu will have dinners for two for $70 that include things like Lancaster County duck, as well as $15 burgers. You can order via their website, and ordering starts at noon on Monday each week.
Spice Finch is doing four-course dinners for two and cocktails for pickup on Friday and Saturday. Head here to place an order.
Suraya is back with a shortened menu for takeout that has tons of dips, kebabs, and a whole grilled branzino. Plus, they’re also doing family-style dinners for two or four and a cook-at-home version of their incredible kanafeh dessert.
Vedge is doing limited vegan meals for takeout on the weekend, as well as bottles of wine to go with them. Check their Instagram for the latest menu and ordering instructions.
Every Tuesday through Saturday for the foreseeable future, Vernick is offering a daily dinner for two, as well as rotating a la carte items and bottle selections from Vernick Wine. It varies every weekend, but you can expect things like roasted vegetables with ginger tomato relish and blueberry pie for dessert. Place an order here, and pick up your food on the steps of Vernick Wine.
Vetri is doing cook-at-home meals for up to six people that you can order on either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday starting at 12pm, and then pick up the following day. Click here to place your order and check their Instagram for menu options.
Wm. Mulherin’s three-course pre-fixe dinners are available for takeout Wednesday-Sunday, and include things like slow-roasted pork loin, braised savoy cabbage, and lemon panna cotta. All you need is some fancy wall art and a bottle of natural wine to pretend you’re actually at the restaurant. They start taking orders at 10am and you can decide what time you’d like to pick up your dinner between 3-7pm. To view their menu and place an order, visit their website.
Zahav has started doing weekly Shabbat dinners for four, which come partially prepared along with an accompanying video on how to finish the dishes at home. To order, follow them on Instagram and wait for them to put out a link each week.