Hot and sour soup, firecracker prawns and chicken supreme from Mr. K's (Photography by Jeff Westbrook, styled by Miako Kato)
Visitors to New York City come for the culture, for the sights, for work, and, most of all, for the fantastic variety of restaurants. But, after a full day of meetings or sightseeing, you might just not have the energy to hit a restaurant. Thanks to the local eating scene where New Yorkers demand nonstop variety and expect the best when dining out, you can kick back, put your feet up and enjoy great dining without going out. While everyone knows that just about every pizza joint or Chinese restaurant in most any city will bring its grub to your door, you might be surprised to find out that you can have a four-star experience right in your hotel room here in the Big Apple. We proudly present a lineup of fine-dining restaurants that bring a taste of the world, with take-out or delivery to specified areas. Utensils are provided and the full menu is available, unless otherwise noted. Just add wine.
Steak restaurants are pros at packing up leftovers of 22-ounce rib eyes and mountains of creamed spinach. They’re equally adept at wrapping meals to go from the start. Bill’s Food & Drink gives you a taste of its clubby menu at home with dishes like asparagus vichyssoise, Bill’s Bolognese pasta and scallop succotash. Or, go for a starter of ricotta meatballs and then move on to garlic chicken with roasted potatoes, or a Berkshire pork chop. No utensils provided. 57 E. 54th St., btw Park & Madison aves., 212.518.2727
Costata, from superstar chef Michael White, not only excels at steaks but also complements them with White’s acclaimed pastas and seafood dishes. You can put together a refined dinner for two by sharing the gigantic tomahawk rib eye and the restaurant’s version of Caesar salad, made with crispy capers and Japanese panko crumbs. Add garganelli in truffle cream with speck, and a side of crispy artichokes, and you have a meal to remember. The restaurant will gladly advise on the best cut of meat for you. Take-out only at dinner. Request utensils with your order. 206 Spring St., btw Sullivan St. & Sixth Ave., 212.334.3320
If you prefer steak with an Argentine twist, avoid waiting in line at Buenos Aires by ordering take-out or delivery. We recommend the 24-ounce special strip with chimichurri sauce, an appetizer of grilled Italian provolone (provoleta) and an ensalada tropical with hearts of palm. Turn on some tango tunes and you can pretend you’re sitting in the “Paris of South America.” Choose a fine Malbec to accompany. Delivery focused on the Lower East Side, West Village and Alphabet City. 513 E. 6th St., btw Ave. A & Ave. B, 212.228.2775
For a lunchtime splurge, order take-out from Michael White’s award-winning seafooder, Marea. The knowledgeable staff will help compose a meal to best suit your tastes: Are you traveling far? Do you prefer a certain type of seafood, or would you rather have pasta? The restaurant is known for its crudo, raw fish enhanced with light seasonings and sauces. Be adventurous and try the Pacific jack mackerel or the Long Island fluke; or the perfectly composed strozzapreti pasta with sea urchin, crab and lemon. Request utensils with your order. 240 Central Park So., btw Seventh & Eighth aves., 212.582.5100
Morandi is a West Village favorite from superstar restaurateur Keith McNally. The trattoria recently began take-out and delivery in response to neighborhood demand and hard-to-score reservations. Recyclable, thermal containers keep your food warm and fresh. Morandi caters to customers in a way that exemplifies personal service. Try the bistecca for two, which is served on a special ceramic plate if you order it in the restaurant. You’ll get the plate to go—just promise to return it to the restaurant or call for pick-up when you’re done. You might find some cookies or a dessert in your bag, at no extra cost, too. Delivery throughout the West Village and Chelsea. 211 Waverly Pl., at Charles St., 212.627.7575
Heading to Central Park? ‘Cesca will deliver a picnic basket from its extensive Italian-American menu. The basket comes with a red-and–white checkered tablecloth—both are yours to keep. Start with a spread of salumi, pastas and salads. You can request wine glasses, a candle and even trash bags to help complete that fine picnic experience ($2.50 additional charge per person). Available from 1-10 p.m., anywhere in the city (including the park!). 164 W. 75th St., at Amsterdam Ave., 212.787.6300.
Eastsiders can feast in the park, too, with take-out courtesy of star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s The Mark. While the entire Asian-and French-inflected American menu is available for all three meals of the day, we vote for the amazing black truffle pizza, prepared at lunch and dinner. 25 E. 77th St., btw Madison & Fifth aves., 212.744.4300
Farm-to-table is ever popular in the city, and available to go as well. County’s (34 E. 20th St., btw Park Ave. So. & Broadway, 212.677.7771) eclectic menu of small plates—pork belly tacos, honey-drizzled ricotta and more—changes frequently with ingredients sourced from the nearby greenmarket. All are available for take-out. Similarly, the choices from The Marshal in Hell’s Kitchen vary daily. For a satisfying meal, order a French bread loaf and mac ‘n’ cheese, packaged in a biodegradable container made from corn. Ask for daily specials when you call. Delivery on the West Side from 38th to 62nd streets. 628 10th Ave., btw W. 44th & W. 45th sts., 212.582.6300
Four-star Brushstroke, a partnership between David Bouley and Yoshiki Tsuji of the Tsuji Culinary Institute in Japan, delivers Japanese kaiseki (individual plate) dining to you in a wooden bento box wrapped in a gorgeous Japanese cloth, throughout the city up to 96th Street ($10 additional charge for deliveries outside TriBeCa). Expect delicacies like miso-marinated kingfish among the 15 or so tastings. Two options—one vegetarian—are offered, comprised of select items from the regular menu. 30 Hudson St., at Duane St., 212.791.3771
For those who associate take-out and delivery with Chinese food, Mr. K’s, a high-end Chinese restaurant, offers combo boxes with a crispy spring roll, entrée, rice, vegetables, fruit and water. Delivery from 36th to 65th streets on the East Side. 570 Lexington Ave., btw. E. 51st and E. 52nd sts., 212.583.1668. TAO Uptown, the hip Asian-fusion eatery that recently opened a downtown outpost, brings you Japanese and Chinese specialties from its lavishly decorated restaurant, including soy sauce in adorable plastic bottles shaped like fish! Delivery is available mainly to midtown and the Upper East Side, from Second to Sixth aves., with an added charge outside the zone. 42 E. 58th St., btw Park & Madison aves., 212.888.1233
French cuisine isn’t usually associated with take-out or delivery, but Match 65 says, pourquoi pas? In fact, this cozy bistro will even deliver its rich French onion soup (with its melty cheese) in a sturdy cardboard box. They’ll thank you in advance for your order by including cookies. Delivery only to Upper East Side. 29 E. 65th St., btw Park & Madison aves., 212.737.4400
And, lastly, you can also have a fine Indian dinner while relaxing in your room. Darbar packages up a vegetarian or meat lunch box and brings it right to your door. Delivery to Midtown West and Theater District. 152 E. 46th St., btw Third & Lexington aves., 212.681.4500