If you want to make your lockdown one to remember (as if it isn’t already), have we got an idea for you.
Why not treat yourself to some of the most over-the-top dishes New York City still has to offer? Via takeout and delivery of course.
From extreme sushi boxes to pounds of pudding, there are tons of outrageous options still available. And isn’t going a little out there just a part of NYC? As a New Yorker, you might as well indulge!
1. The $800 Sushi Box From Masa
Okay, most of us would not be able to afford this, but it’s kind of hilarious this kind of over-the-top-ness even exists! Every Friday, Columbus Circle restaurant Masa—which happens to be the country’s most expensive restaurant—will sell 20 boxes of sushi or sashimi for $800 a pop, Eater writes. It’s quite a “steal”; after all, their normal omakase menu costs $595 per person, and this order only costs $200 per person (as it feeds four people). Though everything will be packed separately—assembly is on you.
To Order: Call 212-823-9800
The liquor-infused ice cream shop, which “blends the magic of an artisanal, hand-crafted ice cream with the mastery of a perfectly mixed cocktail,” is continuing to sell its spiked ice cream sundaes, sandwiches and cakes. Choose from options like the “Night Owl” (Spiked Hazelnut Coffee ice cream infused with Patron XO Cafe and hazelnut liqueur, topped with Wandering Bear Cold Brew, Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, and chocolate fudge) and the “Party Like It’s Your Birthday” (Cake Batter Vodka Martini and Red Velvet Martini ice cream topped with Prosecco, sprinkles, and a birthday cake gummy).
3. The Three-Pound Carved Meat Platter from Katz’s Deli
If you’re a meat-lover, ordering one of Katz’s Deli’s iconic meat platters might be the perfect bet for you. The “Triple Classic” package includes: a full pound of corned beef, a pound of pastrami, a pound of brisket, as well as two quarts of our famous pickles and all the fixings. They also ship them nation-wide, so you can send a (giant) piece of NYC to someone!
To Order: On their website here.
If you order one thing at Magnolia Bakery, make sure it’s the banana pudding. That’s what pretty much any New Yorker will tell you about the dessert mecca in NYC. There’s nothing quite like those layers of vanilla wafers, fresh bananas and thick, creamy vanilla pudding that taste just like heaven (or what we expect it to taste like). And even throughout this whole ordeal, it’s still available for pick-up and delivery! Talk about comfort food. If you’re not local to NYC, the minimum order is $65 worth of pudding (which is six one-pound tubs). That’ll keep you stocked!
To order: Their website
Tang Hotpot, which serves authentic Sichuan hotpot in Lower Manhattan, is offering delivery of their food, along with actual hot pot sets! Though it is a little pricey with a minimum of $200 (well, nothing compared to the aforementioned $800 order), it will feed 4-6 people, so you can split it with roomies or neighbors. And with an order of $300 worth of food, Tang Hotpot will give out a free hotpot stove and pot.
To Order: Place your order online here or call 347-277-8931.
Economy Candy is like NYC’s own Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory, a mecca for sweets that has been open on the Lower East Side ever since 1937. And though their brick-and-mortar is closed right now, they are still doing online orders through their website! You can order candy care packages, and with four price levels, if you’re truly committing to “over-the-top” go for the $100 “Candy Crazy” option.
To Order: Their website here.
7. Three-in-One Gnocchi from Luzzo’s, East Village
Gnocchi is pretty much the ultimate comfort food, and Luzzo’s is delivering its classic potato gnocchi. The “Gnoccheria Tris Signature Dish” includes homemade potato gnocchi with Pesto Genovese (basil pesto), Quattro Formaggi (three cheese) and Sorrentina Sauces (tomato-based) sauce, for two people. Or for one, we won’t tell!
8. Filet Mignon from 212 Steakhouse, Midtown East
No, the gold foil-encrusted version isn’t available for takeout! But you can choose from Kobe Beef Ribeye and Australian Wagyu Skirt Steak. And if you really feel like treating yourself, why not add lobster, truffled mashed potatoes, or Oysters Rockefeller?
To Order: Grub Hub
9. Anything from Comfortland, Astoria
The menu changes daily, but everything they make is over-the-top in the best way possible. Some examples include: Nutella cream cheese babka, wild-style fried chicken sandwiches, rainbow cookie crumb cake, and frozen boozy slushies.
To Order: Via Grub Hub
10. Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese from Cheese Grille, East Village
If you still need your cheese craving met, Cheese Grille in the East Village has you covered. They have all of their over-the-top mac ‘n cheese orders ready to be met. This includes: buffalo chicken mac, fried mac ‘n cheese, and tons of amazing grilled cheese options!
To Order: Online here.
featured image source: Instagram / @cheesegrille