All New Yorkers have their fallback Thai places or cheap Chinese joints for those nights when cooking is simply not an option. But this is New York City, where you can get anything delivered — including food from some of the city’s best restaurants, so break out of your rut and have something really fantastic delivered. Here are five standout New York City restaurants that bring the food to your door.
There’s delivery pizza, and then there’s Motorino. This Neapolitan pizzeria, with locations in Williamsburg and the East Village, is universally considered one of the city’s best, serving up puffy-crusted pies in novel combinations including their now-legendary Brussels sprout-pancetta. There’s a $12 delivery minimum; Motorino will travel to most of Williamsburg out of its Brooklyn location, and from Houston north to 23rd Street in Manhattan across nearly the entire island. Multiple locations, motorinopizza.com
They can “send a salami to your boy in the Army” — and, now, they can deliver anywhere in Manhattan below 60th Street, thanks to delivery service Caviar. While said service has a $9.99 delivery fee, you get GPS tracking of your order, not to mention delivery over an area that far exceeds the norm. A Katz’s Reuben sandwich at home? Priceless. 205 E. Houston St., 212-254-2246, katzsdelicatessen.com
Caracas Arepas Bar
The Venezuelan corn cakes from this city staple have a cult following; who can resist creations such as the overflowing De Pabellón — braised beef with plantains, black beans and white cheese. Lucky Williamsburg residents can get arepas delivered straight from the restaurant; whereas all of Manhattan under 60th Street can place large orders through Caviar, again with a $9.99 delivery fee. Multiple locations, caracasarepabar.com
Zak Pelaccio’s much-loved modern Malaysian restaurant will bring nasi lemak or beef rendang right to your door, and do it over a lower Manhattan radius that encompasses much of the West Village and Chelsea. And for dessert, the restaurant’s custom chocolate bars deliver nicely. 643 Hudson St., 212-352-3592, fattycrew.com
Pies ‘n’ Thighs
Fried chicken, fried catfish, burgers, sides — all the good eats at Pies ‘n’ Thighs can be had without waiting in line, with a delivery minimum of $10. They’ll take orders within all of Williamsburg north of Division Avenue, to the borders of Greenpoint and Bushwick. 166 S. 4th St., Brooklyn, 347-529-6090, piesnthighs.com