Michelin Starred Takeout in NYC
Indoor dining is slated to return to NYC on September 30, but with a 25% capacity limit, there will be fewer reservation slots at popular fine dining establishments. As an alternative (and wonderful way to remain socially distant), these Michelin starred restaurants are offering takeout options, many for the first time in history.
Chef Masa Takayama’s eponymous Columbus Circle restaurant Masa serves the most expensive sushi in the country. In the wake of COVID-19 closures, Takayama’s three-star restaurant has started weekly delivery and pickup options available through Tock. They’re offering Temaki or Nigiri boxes for at-home consumption on Fridays, but sushi this sought after comes with a staggering price tag. The 42-piece Nigiri sushi box is pickup only for $450 per person and includes eight pieces of toro and four pieces each of favorites like kanpachi, uni, and hirame. The Temaki box is delivered only in the NYC area and $800 per person. Enjoy sashimi, tartare, toro caviar, and uni while making your DIY handrolls. The traditional sushi accouterments such as ginger, soy, nori, chopsticks, and wasabi are also included.
Aquavit is New York City’s premier Scandanavian fine dining experience. Swedish Chef Emma Bengtsson earned two Michelin stars for her restaurant making her the second female chef in the U.S. to do so. The Aquavit takeout and delivery menu is available on their website and orders can be placed by either calling the restaurant or using the Caviar app. The smorgasbord for two includes three types of herring, gravlax, shrimp skagen, beet salad, cheese and potatoes, crispbread and Danish rye bread for $75. Herring and other cold seafood can also be ordered a la carte. Chef Bengtsson’s famous Swedish meatballs and pork schnitzel are available for at-home feasts.
New York City’s first Korean Steakhouse, Cote, has one Michelin star and is currently offering to-go options from their website. At-home diners can prepare their luxury cuts of meats by ordering from the Cote Butcher Shop and pair using the Wine Shop. Those that are a little less handy in the kitchen may opt for the prepared foods and cocktail menu. The frosé is for pickup only and 10% of the sales from the Ten to One rum mai tai will be donated to Black Business Initiatives. Besides a la carte options like bibimbop and the USDA prime galbi bowl, Cote is also offering take-home feasts. The ultimate steak feast includes four premium USDA Prime and above cuts that are grilled to your preference. The feast also features two stews (one savory and one spicy), scallion salad, kimchi, and a ssam wrap kit.
Tucked away on a quiet street in Gowanus, Claro is offering take out and delivery via Seamless and Caviar. Chef T.J. Steele has loved Oaxaca for years and, after living their part-time, forged relationships with local farmers, mezcaleros, and cooks. He grows Oaxacan varieties of artisanal, non-GMO corn for his masa outside the city and sources meat and produce locally when possible. Everything from chorizo to mole is made by hand. The mole rojo (chicken leg and thigh) and the mole negro (braised short rib) are not to be missed and available for takeout or delivery. Frozen mezcal margaritas and micheladas can be delivered straight to your door as well.
Friday-Sunday, Oxalis (one Michelin star) offers pickup and delivery options cleverly called ‘Boxalis.’ The "date night for two" kit has all the fixings for an at-home hot pot experience including sliced short rib, shrimp meatballs, and pork dumplings. Or, opt for a box specifically designed for a picnic in nearby Prospect Park. This box is filled with delicious sourdough, house-cultured butter, mortadella, and olive tapenade. Many of the boxes have optional wine or non-alcoholic beverage pairings for an additional charge.
Casa Enrique, the Long Island City favorite, is offering takeout and delivery directly from their website. This 1-star eatery from Chef Cosme Aguilar specializes in modern Mexican cuisine. The to-go cocktail options are predictably agave centric and include a variety of margaritas and palomas. The crab tostada or the seafood ceviche are delightfully fresh options while the albondigas (beef meatballs) in the chipotle sauce are heartier. The tacos (which come 2 per order) have a wide array of fillings including slow-cooked lengua, brisket, and a seasonal vegan option.