Our Top Take-Out Spots in NYC

NY has so many things to do, you can go to museums, theaters, visit landmarks, but one of my favorite things to do is to EAT.  I always wonder how long it would take for me to go to every restaurant and just stuff my face until I am huge and need to take a cab home.  That will probably never happen, but cheers to wishing.  Since there are a variety of different levels of eating here (five star restaurant, cheap thrills, cheap pizza, etc); I decided to do my favorite, quick stops.  Anyone who has been to LA, knows LA is the TOP city for food on the go (with other Cali cities right behind it); NY might be on top with 5-star restaurants, but we stomp them when it comes to food on the go places.  These aren’t necessarily fast food places, but places you can order, sit, and eat all under 20-30 minutes; great for when you are either on lunch or running between places.

Since everyone is always on the go in NY – going from work, to the gym, to an event, to a party (you get my point).  We rarely have time to sit and eat at a real restaurant or make food at home.  Most people don’t like to go to fast food places (those calories catch up to you quick) out here.  So here are my top 12 places (no particular order) to go and just sit down, eat, and then head out (if you follow me on Instagram I have posted about most of these).

A Salt & Batterywww.asaltandbattery.com – Fish

112 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

A salt

I believe they only have one location in West Village (closer to Meatpacking), but it is definitely worth the trip.  They are an Aussie fish shop (Aussie sodas and all) and their fish is delish!  I can eat them any day of the week.  I love the Pollock with chips and I always add on the fried shrimp (they are jumbo).  Talk about a food comma! PRICE: $$

*Update 11/7: they are actually British… My confusion, sorry Brits!

Dorado Tacoswww.doradotacos.com – Tacos y Quesadillas

28 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003


This hidden Greenwich Village gem is a must!  They have some of the best tasting tacos and quesadillas in NYC (this is coming from a Cali person).  This place reminds me of home so much, I sometimes go there even when I am full!  I love the chorizo taco and cheese quesadilla with the salsa fresca inside. YUM YUM YUM! PRICE: $

Hill Country Chickenhttp://www.hillcountrychicken.com/ – Fried Chicken

1123 Broadway, New York, NY 10010

Hill Country

I stumbled on this place once when I was going to Shake Shack in Madison Square Park and saw the line was bananas.  I decided that I would try something new and boy am I glad I went to this place.  Talk about amazing!  This is some good fried chicken and their sides are the best!  I don’t know if this is what southern fried chicken taste like, but if it gets better than this, than I am moving to the south! I get the chicken strips, with a side of their mashed potatoes (which has fries in it, BOMB)! I heard they are opening a BK location, can’t wait!!!!! Price: $

KyoChonkyochonus.com – Korean Style Chicken

319 5th Ave New York, NY 10016


This Korean town chic place, is unbelievably good.  This award winning place, deserves every award thrown its way.  The spices and flavors are amazing and will leave your taste buds tingling.  I swear one bite you will want to order everything on the menu!  Their wraps with any sauce are amazing!  PRICE: $

La Taqueria – www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-lower-east-side-new-yorkMexican

198 Orchard St New York, NY 10002 (Also one in Jersey City)


Being from SoCal,  this place fulfills the “real Mexican food” void I’ve had while living in NY.  This little gem is located in downtown Jersey City & LES, is somewhat off the traditional beat and path.  As soon as you walk in the décor is covered in SoCal memorabilia and northern Mexican bright colors (I feel at home).  The chip and salsa is so addictive, you have to remind yourself to save room for the food. The rice and beans that makes you want to slap your mama—real refried beans that are topped w/ queso fresco. I haven’t had anything that was bad here—if I had to recommend a dish I would say go for the steak torta, flautas, and a horchata (rice water beverage).  They also have a full bar (score). PRICE: $

Lenny’swww.lennysnyc.com – Sandwiches

66 W 9th St New York, NY 10011 (loads of locations, this is my fav)


Potbelly’s is great, your local deli can be great, but I bet this place will beat any of them.  I mean they have a pastrami/corn beef sandwich (and wrap) what more could you ask for?  You can get your sandwich on many types of breads and wraps, and they have a huge variety of meats to choose from.  Plus you are guaranteed to be full and they have locations throughout Manhattan (some are even famous).  I could never eat Subway or Quiznos again after eating one of Lenny’s sandwiches! PRICE: $

Melt Shopmeltshopnyc.com/ – Gourmet Grilled Cheese

601 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022


I  am pretty sure this place is crack!  This has to be so bad for you, but it is so AMAZING.  One word they have TOTS and their melt shop sauce is to kill for.  They even have breakfast and it better and cheaper than any other breakfast place in NYC, the Melt Shop wrap (sausage, cheese, melt shop sauce, and tots) is quite possible the best breakfast wrap I have ever had.  The Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese, is… damn-it you get the picture just visit them ASAP.  Don’t say I did not warn you, be careful because too many can be a heart attack waiting to happen.  PRICE: $$

Mighty Quinn’s BBQmightyquinnsbbq.com/ – BBQ

103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (more than one location, this is my fav)


My friend introduced me to this BBQ place and I have not been right ever since.  They have the perfect flavoring, just the right amount of spice.  The line can sometimes get long, but boy is it worth the wait!  The wings and the ribs are my personal favorite.  They have one main location in East Village, but you can find them at different pop-up shops (like Smorgasburg in Williamsburg).  They have pickled sides (like cucumbers and chiles) that are perfect, but their BBQ will make you run a mile to get it! PRICE: $$

Num Pangwww.numpangnyc.com/ – Cambodian Sandwiches

1129 Broadway New York, NY 10010 (more than one location, this is my fav)


This sandwich place reminds me of home.  Cali has a huge Vietnamese population and has a lot of Viet sandwich’s places.  In my opinion, this place is way better than the ones I’ve had from home.  You should of seen the happy dance I did after I first eat it, you would of thought I hit the lotto.  The Peppercorn Catfish and the Five Spice Glazed Pork Belly are two of my favorites.  The place is hip, but the food is great!  The combinations, are out of this world, they really know how to use different key ingredients to bring out all the flavors in their sandwich’s.  SO GREAT! PRICE: $$

S’Macwww.smacnyc.com/ – Mac & Cheese

345 E 12th St New York, NY 10003 (more than one location, this is my fav)


My favorite food is Mac & Cheese and this place does it justice!  When I first moved here everyone was raving about Cafeteria’s mac & cheese, but I prefer this place.  Actually I prefer this place over every mac & cheese place in NYC (yes that includes the Mac Shop).  Such a great guilty pleasure, my favorites are the Cajun & the Buffalo Chicken.  This is all I will say about this place, I have left my friends at a bar, hoped in a cab, and went there just because I know they closed at 1am and I was craving it!  PRICE: $

Schnipperswww.schnippers.com/  – American

620 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018


I can never pronounce this place name, but that does not matter, because their food is great!  Good ole American comfort food!  They have burgers, hot dogs, fries, and SLOPPY JOES (yes you read that right).  They also have this taco, that is kind of expensive, but worth every penny (it is so damn good).  Their burgers are very good, but the chicken sandwiches wins my heart every time.  They have a location in TSQ & near Madison Square Park, but I like the TSQ.  PRICE: $$

Oasiswww.yelp.com/biz/oasis-brooklyn – Mediterranean

161 N 7th St Brooklyn, NY 11211


This small Williamsburg spot is one of the best and cheapest Mediterranean food in NYC.  I mean a Falafel sandwich is like $4 or $3.50.  Their Shish Taouk (grilled chicken) plate comes with three salads, rice, hummus, and pita bread and will have you licking the tin plate afterwards; best $9 I have ever spent.  They have these pickles that are soaked in crack (I swear I’m a fiend for them).  Everything there is perfect, I could eat this place every day of the week! PRICE: $

I say you take a month and try all these places multiple times, I promise you will not regret it!  After writing this I want to do two things A) go to all these places with-in the next month (which probably would of happen anyway) and B) go to the gym (never realize how fat I eat until now).  If you have been to any of these places what did you think?  Also, what are some of your favorite places in NYC to get some food on the go?????

Price is $ – between 0-$10, $$ – $10-$20.  Some pictures are mine some are taken from YELP.

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