Whether you want a gourmet meal to take home after a long day at work, to take along for a picnic in Central Park, or have for a celebratory meal after you propose to someone special, New York City has plenty of options. The next time you want convenient gourmet takeout food while in the city, use this handy list of great restaurants offering to-go meals.
When you want fine sushi created by a chef who started his apprenticeship in Sapporo, Japan and learned the centuries-old Edomae style of sushi in Tokyo, order takeout from Sushi Noz. Chef Noz specializes in king crab, salmon roe, and uni, and brings elevated, upscale sushi to patrons.
Order online offerings from the maki rolls, large rolls, sashimi box, and chirashi menus. Under the maki roll menu, find a six-piece hamachi roll with mouth-watering, tender Japanese yellowtail, a cucumber roll with crisp, fresh cucumber and seasoned sushi rice, or the grilled salmon roll with house-made mayonnaise. If you love crab, get the large crab roll with wild-caught crab, tamago, and refreshing cucumber.
The Nama Futomaki roll, which serves two people, contains a medley of seafood and vegetables whose flavor intensifies when dipped in a soy sauce and wasabi blend. When you're really hungry, order a chirashi bowl filled with seafood and vegetables served on a bed of seasoned rice. Order online from this Michelin-starred sushi restaurant for delivery or pick up at 181 E. 78th Street.
Peter Luger Steak House
The Michelin-starred Peter Luger Steak House has given diners unsurpassed meals and service since 1887. Whether you order USDA prime-aged steaks from the butcher shop or takeaway food from the restaurant, you'll enjoy upscale food with plenty of New York City history. Start your online order with batched cocktails for two from bloody marys to Old-Fashioneds. Order sides and appetizers such as creamed spinach, Luger's German fried potatoes, or a Caesar salad with Romano cheese. Entrees include tasty selections such as double-thick lamb chop loins, grilled Atlantic salmon, or prime rib beef steak.
You can also order raw steaks to cook at home. Fire up the barbecue and toss on a porterhouse, sirloin, or rib-eye dry-aged in-house steak from the Peter Luger Steak House butcher shop. Compliment your steak with a bottle of Peter Luger steak sauce and a bottle of red wine sourced from wineries around the world. Add pecan pie, cheesecake, or apple strudel to your order for a tasty dessert. Stop by Peter Luger Steak House 178 Broadway in Brooklyn or 255 Northern Blvd. in Great Neck, Long Island.
When the craving for upscale Italian food hits, order takeout from Rezadora in New York City's Flatiron neighborhood. From hand-rolled pasta to savory tomato and pesto sauces, you'll find a wide range of mouth-watering Italian meals at Rezdora.
After a busy day, order meal kits for two where all you have to do is reheat the fully cooked meals. Order fine Italian wines to go with dinner, or your favorite cocktails to drink while assembling the meal kit. Add fresh pasta and sauces such as ravioli filled with prosciutto with your choice of sauce or pre-made lasagna you can bake at home.
Signature pasta meals include delectables such as pasta with slow-braised sausage, cappelletti-stuffed pasta with leeks and roasted mushrooms, and handmade strozzapreti pasta with baby shrimp in a basil sauce. Order sirloin steak with an herb salad, or slow-cooked veal cheeks with buckwheat polenta and cipollini onions roasted with balsamic vinegar. Add espresso coffee, tiramisu, or creamy gelato to your order to complete your fine Italian takeout meal.
Enjoy foods from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland when you order takeout from Wallse Restaurant. The inspiration for Wallse comes from Chef Gutenbrunner who grew up learning the art of cooking in Vienna. Since his humble beginnings, Chef Gutenbrunner has earned several Michelin stars and today brings his award-winning menus to Wallse, located at 34 11th St. in New York City.
Start your takeout meal with a red beet salad with arugula and goat cheese, smoked salmon with creme fresh and scallions, or duck spaztle with carrots, peas, and mushrooms. Order entrees like krainerwurst with sauerkraut and sweet mustard or beef goulash with paprika and wild mushrooms. Order a few extra sides to go with your meal like cucumber salad, fingerling potatoes, or homemade bread. Don't forget to order apple strudel or Linzertorte for dessert. Add a bottle of wine to your takeout menu with offerings that range from semi-dry white reisling to a rich and bold cabernet sauvignon.
When you have a craving for upscale steaks, burgers, duck, or elegant seafood, order takeout from Minetta Tavern at 113 MacDougal St. Enjoy appetizers such as grilled oyster served with pancetta and chili butter, country duck terrine with Dijon mustard and cornichons, or roasted bone marrow with a shallot confit. The Black Label Burger uses prime dry-aged beef and comes with caramelized onions and pommes frites. From the grill, choose a filet mignon or bone-in New York strip.
Branch out and try the pan-seared black cod with heirloom cauliflower and black trumpet mushrooms, lobster thermidor with bechamel sauce, or the housemade pappardelle with oxtail ragout, paprika breadcrumbs, and pecorino cheese. Save room for dessert with offerings like chocolate caramel tart, goat cheesecake tart, or citrus pannacotta.
If you want a pre-meal cocktail such as an Old Man and the Sea with mezcal, sherry, and bitters, or The Smuggler with Woodford rye, honey, and lemon, Minetta Tavern can add the cocktail kit to your order. Browse their extensive selection of wines and champagnes to go with your dinner, and they can deliver that as well. The menu changes through the week, so check back often to see what sumptuous foods Minetta Tavern offers.
Does this list of gourmet takeout places in New York City excite you? What's your favorite restaurant? If we missed a hidden gem, drop us a line and we'll add it to our list.