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Top NYC Holiday Dinners To Go 2020

Take the hassle out of holiday cooking and let NYC's best chefs do the work.

Top Take Out for the Holidays

While many New Yorkers look forward to lavish meals out, this year restaurants are pivoting to takeout, keeping their communities safe and well-fed. Take a look at these incredible to-go spreads for holiday revelry.


The best part of an at-home holiday is all-day appetizer grazing. Houseman has whipped up an hors d'oeuvres platter that is a feast for the eyes and the stomach. Snack all day on candied nuts, cheeses, smoked fish, dressed eggs, duck rillettes, venison Swedish meatballs, and so much more. Keep the good times going with the Houseman Christmas dinner. Starting at $70 per person, diners can choose between braised beef short rib or Niman Ranch glazed ham for their entree with sides like potatoes dauphinoises, and roasted carrots. Add on sticky toffee pudding or Christmas cookies for dessert. Orders must be placed by December 20 and meals can be picked up on December 23 between two and close.

Houseman has whipped up an hors d'oeuvres platter that is a feast for the eyes and the stomach | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Houseman)

Lotus + Cleaver

What is Christmas without Chinese food? The Lotus + Cleaver holiday takeout box ($225 and serves up to six) has all your favorite Chinese delicacies. Choose between rotisserie duck or pomegranate glazed ham for the main course. Sides include sesame cucumber salad, 8 treasure sticky rice in lotus leaf, and Chinese cauliflower with sweet soy. Finish with a Chinese egg tart with fig brûlée. Orders must be placed thru Resy by December 19 and holiday boxes can be picked up at Jacx & Co food hall in Long Island City.

The Lotus + Cleaver holiday takeout box has all your favorite Chinese delicacies | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Lotus + Cleaver)


Amali's sustainable Mediterranean cuisine will cover every holiday meal this year. They have several holiday packages to meet your festive dining needs. Their "Feast of the Seven Fishes Chef's Tasting Menu" (available December 24) features bluefin tartare, caviar, grilled octopus in a Meyer lemon and chili vinaigrette, grilled Spanish branzino, and butter-poached lobster with leeks and tomato confit. Wine pairings can be added for an extra charge. The "Christmas Morning Pastry and Champagne" box includes brown butter chocolate chip cookies, pistachio bread, cinnamon rolls, and a DIY mimosa kit. Pick-up is available on Christmas Eve and limited delivery on Christmas day. The Christmas evening meal includes winter chicories with fennel, burrata, tagliatelle bolognese with veal, and a choice of milk suckling pig porchetta or grilled Spanish branzino. Each package is $145, $150, and $115, respectively.


Get mouthwatering Lebanese food for your holiday celebration for groups of two, four, or eight. The highly customizable holiday meal kits from Ilili come with detailed reheating instructions. Your home could be filled with the delectable aromas of short rib, braised lamb shank, or silk road cauliflower. Each main course comes with several sides like wild mushroom confit and acorn squash. Diners can even make their holiday spreads more luxurious by adding on salmon and foie gras toast with whipped butter or royal osteria caviar. There are five signature cocktails, eight Lebanese wines, as well as cold mezze favorites like hummus, tabbouleh, and moussaka available for an additional charge. The holiday kits are pickup only on December 22 and 23 from 11:30 am to 7 pm for $85 per person.

The highly customizable holiday meal kits from Ilili come with detailed reheating instructions | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Ilili)

232 Bleecker

Chef Suzanne Cupps left Danny Meyer's group to strike out on her own and the fruit of her labor is 232 Bleecker. The holiday dinner boxes serve two-three people and offer twists on classic holiday favorites. There are two options, a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian box, but both feature Cabot cheddar focaccia with baked pumpkin and charred onion jam, chicory salad, and an apple galette for dessert. The pasta courses feature manicotti stuffed with either shiitake mushrooms or Maine lobster. The main events are either chili braised lamb or a roasted carrot cassoulet. Orders must be placed a week in advance and are available for pickup or delivery to all five boroughs for $165 per order.


Chef Soogil Lim is Korean-born but honed his French cooking technique for seven years under Chef Daniel Boulud (three as sous chef). He's now blending his French and Korean inspirations at his own restaurant and they're offering sumptuous meal kits for the holidays ($95 per person). Savor maitake mushroom veloute, kampachi, Hudson Valley Farm foie gras with poached peaches, and beef wellington. Save room for the black truffle panna cotta with chocolate for dessert. The menu is available for pickup or delivery on December 24 and 25. Make the season a little brighter and order the champagne and caviar box or send it as a gift. It's a decadent holiday treat!

Chef Soogil Lim blends French and Korean inspirations at his restaurant offering sumptuous meal kits for the holidays | WhereTraveler
(Courtey Soogil)