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10 NYC Takeout Spots That Won’t Break the Bank

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Outdoor dining is in full swing in New York, but as the weather cools, we’re grateful for the city’s strong takeout and delivery scene. Restaurants like Kopitiam offer a taste of Malaysian breakfast on the Lower East Side, while Saint Julivert and La Vara are making a tiny corner of Brooklyn taste like a beach-side holiday with their project Takeaway. Over in Queens, Amore Pizza serves up classic pies to go, and who can say “no” to a New York slice?

With many meals at these spots hovering just under the “$20 or less” mark, delivery or takeout from these spots won’t break the bank. Pair your dishes with a cold Coke, and remember: No matter if you’re picking up or getting delivery, tip generously.

Be sure to check each of these spots before you go, as the state continues to adapt to new guidelines and regulations. A number of NYC’s restaurants have resumed (or pared down) dine-in service, and this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit health.ny.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Amore Pizzeria

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Don’t write off the humble strip mall as a destination for great food. From its spot just off the Whitestone Expressway, Amore Pizza serves up classic New York pies. The toppings are simple and classic: expect mushrooms, sausage, and anchovies. Make sure to bring cash to pay for your pie.

Started in Tel Aviv by acclaimed Israeli chef Eyal Shani, Miznon now operates locations in Paris, Vienna, Melbourne, and New York City. Much of the menu, including ribeye minute steak, a folded cheeseburger, and wild mushrooms, come in the restaurant’s signature fluffy pita. There’s also whole roasted heads of baby cauliflower and hummus to order on the side. Those who love to cook can also pick up Middle Eastern pantry items like tahini here. 

Paul's Da Burger Joint

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Sadly, the seats at this retro counter are closed at the moment, but the team is still flipping their famed burgers for pickup and delivery. If you’ve never perused the menu here, be prepared for lots of burger options. There’s an alpine burger, a Texas burger, a pizza burger, and more. When in doubt, stick with the classics like the house’s beef burger and cheeseburger.

A cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato from Paul’s Da Burger Joint in NYC.
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V-Nam Cafe

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Chef and founder Hoang Lieng was born in south Vietnam and left after the war, first for Malaysia and later for New York where he logged years working in Chinatown restaurants and later as the chef at Ruby Foo’s in Times Square. In 2010, it was time to open his own place: V-Nam Cafe. His menu offers pho and banh mi alongside harder-to-find dishes like a Vietnamese beef stew with tomato, anise, daikon, and carrots, and clay pot red curry rice made with catfish. 

Thai Diner

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When Ann Redding and Matt Danzer announced earlier this summer that they were shuttering the beloved restaurant Uncle Boons, fans of their bold Thai flavors mourned the loss. Thankfully, diners can still find some of the Uncle Boons dishes like khao phat puu or crab fried rice at Thai Diner. There’s also a classic hamburger to-go, plus the house’s signature egg sandwich wrapped in roti and stuffed with herbal sausage and Thai basil. 

A variety of dishes from the NYC restaurant Thai Diner.
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Alex Muccilli

Los Tacos No. 1

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Started by three friends from Tijuana and California, Los Tacos No. 1 offers some of the best tacos in New York City. Carne and pollo asada, adobada or marinated pork, and nopal (grilled cactus) can be tucked into quesadillas, tacos, or tostadas. There’s a make-your-own taco bar option, too. Grab some chips and salsa or guacamole, and aguas frescas or a bottle of Coke to accompany the meal. 

Wu's Wonton King

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For the time being, there are no big birthday parties or other large celebrations inside this Lower East Side favorite. But, the team is happy to box up dishes like Peking duck, green beans with pork, and roast pork to go. If you’re debating about adding that extra dish to your order, we recommend it. Wu’s is always best enjoyed as a feast. 

Kopitiam

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Kopitiam means “coffee shop” in the Hokkien language. Fittingly, even during the pandemic, the team here has maintained a long list of coffee offerings, including kopi-ghee or Penang black coffee with clarified butter and bek-kopi. Make sure to grab an order of nasi lemak, the national dish of Malaysia, and kaya butter toast from chef and co-owner Kyo Pang to go with your coffee. 

A “veggie duo” meal from Kopitiam in New York City.
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Saint Julivert

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Alex Raij and Eder Montero have turned their tiny stretch of Clinton Street — home to their Brooklyn spots Saint Julivert and La Vara — into Takeaway, a beachside fare–inspired project. Baja fish tacos, crispy squid ring tostadas, and filet-o-skate sandwiches make this corner of Brooklyn feel like a trip to the coast. While the team offers outdoor dining, the pro move is to get takeout and nab a seat next door in Cobble Hill Park. 

A soft-shell crab sandwich from the NYC restaurant Saint Julivert.
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Melanie Landsman

Hometown BBQ Industry City

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The team at Hometown BBQ is continuing to wood-smoke their acclaimed brisket during the pandemic, faithfully bringing real barbecue to New York City. Meats are sold by the quarter-pound here. Be sure to pair them with sides like Texas-style queso mac and cheese, collard greens with smoked pork shoulder, and hometown slaw. Grab a seat in nearby Sunset Park. 

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Amore Pizzeria

Don’t write off the humble strip mall as a destination for great food. From its spot just off the Whitestone Expressway, Amore Pizza serves up classic New York pies. The toppings are simple and classic: expect mushrooms, sausage, and anchovies. Make sure to bring cash to pay for your pie.

Miznon

Started in Tel Aviv by acclaimed Israeli chef Eyal Shani, Miznon now operates locations in Paris, Vienna, Melbourne, and New York City. Much of the menu, including ribeye minute steak, a folded cheeseburger, and wild mushrooms, come in the restaurant’s signature fluffy pita. There’s also whole roasted heads of baby cauliflower and hummus to order on the side. Those who love to cook can also pick up Middle Eastern pantry items like tahini here. 

Paul's Da Burger Joint

A cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato from Paul’s Da Burger Joint in NYC.
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Tiffany @nycfoodphoto

Sadly, the seats at this retro counter are closed at the moment, but the team is still flipping their famed burgers for pickup and delivery. If you’ve never perused the menu here, be prepared for lots of burger options. There’s an alpine burger, a Texas burger, a pizza burger, and more. When in doubt, stick with the classics like the house’s beef burger and cheeseburger.

A cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato from Paul’s Da Burger Joint in NYC.
Courtesy of Paul’s Da Burger Joint
Tiffany @nycfoodphoto

V-Nam Cafe

Chef and founder Hoang Lieng was born in south Vietnam and left after the war, first for Malaysia and later for New York where he logged years working in Chinatown restaurants and later as the chef at Ruby Foo’s in Times Square. In 2010, it was time to open his own place: V-Nam Cafe. His menu offers pho and banh mi alongside harder-to-find dishes like a Vietnamese beef stew with tomato, anise, daikon, and carrots, and clay pot red curry rice made with catfish. 

Thai Diner

A variety of dishes from the NYC restaurant Thai Diner.
Courtesy of Thai Diner
Alex Muccilli

When Ann Redding and Matt Danzer announced earlier this summer that they were shuttering the beloved restaurant Uncle Boons, fans of their bold Thai flavors mourned the loss. Thankfully, diners can still find some of the Uncle Boons dishes like khao phat puu or crab fried rice at Thai Diner. There’s also a classic hamburger to-go, plus the house’s signature egg sandwich wrapped in roti and stuffed with herbal sausage and Thai basil. 

A variety of dishes from the NYC restaurant Thai Diner.
Courtesy of Thai Diner
Alex Muccilli

Los Tacos No. 1

Started by three friends from Tijuana and California, Los Tacos No. 1 offers some of the best tacos in New York City. Carne and pollo asada, adobada or marinated pork, and nopal (grilled cactus) can be tucked into quesadillas, tacos, or tostadas. There’s a make-your-own taco bar option, too. Grab some chips and salsa or guacamole, and aguas frescas or a bottle of Coke to accompany the meal. 

Wu's Wonton King

For the time being, there are no big birthday parties or other large celebrations inside this Lower East Side favorite. But, the team is happy to box up dishes like Peking duck, green beans with pork, and roast pork to go. If you’re debating about adding that extra dish to your order, we recommend it. Wu’s is always best enjoyed as a feast. 

Kopitiam

A “veggie duo” meal from Kopitiam in New York City.
Courtesy of Kopitiam

Kopitiam means “coffee shop” in the Hokkien language. Fittingly, even during the pandemic, the team here has maintained a long list of coffee offerings, including kopi-ghee or Penang black coffee with clarified butter and bek-kopi. Make sure to grab an order of nasi lemak, the national dish of Malaysia, and kaya butter toast from chef and co-owner Kyo Pang to go with your coffee. 

A “veggie duo” meal from Kopitiam in New York City.
Courtesy of Kopitiam

Saint Julivert

Read Review |
A soft-shell crab sandwich from the NYC restaurant Saint Julivert.
Courtesy of Saint Julivert
Melanie Landsman

Alex Raij and Eder Montero have turned their tiny stretch of Clinton Street — home to their Brooklyn spots Saint Julivert and La Vara — into Takeaway, a beachside fare–inspired project. Baja fish tacos, crispy squid ring tostadas, and filet-o-skate sandwiches make this corner of Brooklyn feel like a trip to the coast. While the team offers outdoor dining, the pro move is to get takeout and nab a seat next door in Cobble Hill Park. 

A soft-shell crab sandwich from the NYC restaurant Saint Julivert.
Courtesy of Saint Julivert
Melanie Landsman

Hometown BBQ Industry City

The team at Hometown BBQ is continuing to wood-smoke their acclaimed brisket during the pandemic, faithfully bringing real barbecue to New York City. Meats are sold by the quarter-pound here. Be sure to pair them with sides like Texas-style queso mac and cheese, collard greens with smoked pork shoulder, and hometown slaw. Grab a seat in nearby Sunset Park. 

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