It’s officially time to buckle down and get back to work, and that means fewer and fewer backyard parties, drinking marathons, and leisurely dinners out. But it doesn’t mean that you need to resign yourself to a year’s worth of flaccid pizzas, insipid sandwiches, and skeevy Chinese takeouts rated C by the DOH — the goods at these terrific neighborhood eateries are ideal for eating on the fly.
If this seriously delectable, out-of-the-pizza-box shop was our local pie parlor, we’d never go hungry again. Luckily for Crown Heights locals, Baked Potato, Pretzel Parm and Shoestring Zucchini pizzas (along with kimchi rolls, cheesecake wontons and gyro strombolis) are just a phone call away.
766 Classon Ave, (718) 230-9229
Before it was a glittering, full-scale restaurant wooing diners from around the borough and beyond, this Middle Eastern eatery was Bay Ridge’s go-to answer for top-notch takeout. Happily, there’s still a sub-space dedicated to just that — brown-bagging orders of roasted brussels sprouts with pomegranate sauce and tahini, chicken schwarma sandwiches, garlic greens and garlic-ier containers of hummus that taste fantastic at any temperature.
7523 3rd Ave, (718) 748-5600
Do you feel like chicken tonight? Park Slopers with a flame-grilled, hormone and antibiotic-free poultry craving can always rely on Purbird for free delivery or expedited pick-up. Don’t forget to order one of the excellent dipping sauces (we especially dig the quince chutney), along with a side of extra-creamy spinach and sinful mashed potatoes, swirled with a spicy jalapeno puree.
82 Sixth Ave, (718) 857-2473
Izakaya on Smith
Sushi never translates particularly well to takeout, but the options at this Japanese small plates spot extend well beyond raw fish. One of the most popular Asian eateries on Grubhub, patrons particularly appreciate Izakaya’s ramen soups (the noodles and broth are packaged separately), yakitori (grilled meat skewers), and curries over rice.
176 Smith St, (718) 855-2020
This Polish restaurant’s rib-sticking fare has been soothing the souls of Brooklyn Heights residents for years — and tastes even better consumed in the privacy of one’s own home. If you start with a round of veggies (a pint of borscht will do) you won’t feel so guilty about diving into that full order of fried sauerkraut pierogies with a side of snappy-skinned kielbasa.
80 Montague St, (718) 797-3996
Healthy types can venture further down into DUMBO and order a righteous feast from this eclectic, rice-centric eatery. Globetrotting dishes like baked black beans, vegetarian tofu balls and lemongrass chicken salad all come over your choice of a good-for-you grain, like brown, basmati, or Bhutanese red rice.
81 Washington St, (718) 222-9880
Flour-phobes have a lot to love about this Clinton Hill taqueria (the entire menu is gluten free), but it’s a certified winner among flavor-fanatics as well. Corn tortillas are made in house, and the classic Yucatan specialty for which the takeout spot is named (cochinita pibil — pork shoulder braised in orange, spices, and banana leaves) is as tasty a taco filling as you’ll find anywhere.
922 Fulton St, (718) 789-7700
The mammoth subs at this classic Red Hook sandwich shop more than make a meal. Have half of your Pork Hero (hot roast pork, swiss cheese, fried eggplant, spicy giardiniera salad) for dinner one night, and take the rest of it to work for lunch the next day.
379 Columbia St, (718) 625-8052
This delivery-only eatery certainly doesn’t serve four-star cuisine (think late night, dorm room staples like mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, burgers and pie), but will feed anyone from Greenpoint to Williamsburg until five in the morning. They’ll even messenger cigarettes and beer — but better to take advantage of that on the weekend, you party animal, you.
Skillman Ave, (718) 218-7272
This “not so fast fast-food restaurant” may specialize in drippy roast beef sandwiches, crispy corn fritters, and made-to-order hamburgers (all dressed liberally with fluorescent orange cheez), but its aspirations are a little more highbrow. Case in point —you can pair your individual sausage pizza or golden fried shrimp cup with a $59.95 bottle of Moet champagne.
2901 Emmons Ave, (718) 769-6000