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Food Not Frostbite — Ordering in

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Now that winter has fully jammed its icy, icy dildo into our' well, you know what I mean: it’s fucking cold out there (pun intended) and changes in behavior are unavoidable. Namely, I don’t want to go outside. Not even for food. Luckily, we live in New York City'”a city built on food delivery. I can get dozens of things delivered to me that I’ve never heard of. Now it was your responsibility, this past summer, to wander around your neighborhood picking up delivery menus in order to beef up your options while relegated to your hibernation realm for several months. You can’t rely solely on what you find stuffed into your apartment building’s door. Your neighbors or the wind probably got the best ones. I hope you’re prepared, because '˜tis the season to watch movies instead of braving the cold, the season when eating out means answering your door.

Here is where this post gets really specific, because I’m gonna tell you my favorite delivery options in my neighborhood. (Please comment below with your neighborhood favorites.) I live in Bushwick and the eating-in options are plentiful.

Hachi (718-218-9888) '” A pan-Asian bistro with everything from sushi to curry to fried rice to roti. I have yet to be disappointed by this place. Delicious sushi rolls at great prices win me over every time, but my favorite is the Roti Canai. A flaky, buttery, croissant-like bread that comes with a medium-spicy potato curry for dipping. Holy shit, this is good. Words on your computer screen cannot do it justice. And at $2.95, there are few things that can top this tasty tuber-sauced bread for value.

This dude scares me. His creepy smile screams ulterior motives.

This dude scares me. His creepy smile screams ulterior motives.

Fortunata’s II (718-497-8101) '” Pizza, pasta, etc. and apparently a sequel to a place in Queens. A classic Italian pizza place with solid offerings in all categories. Of particular broke-note: garlic knots (six for $2) and what they call a pepperoni pinwheel($2.25)'”sort of a cinnamon bun type of thing, but with pepperoni and cheese instead of cinnamon and icing. Do it.

L.A. Burrito (718-381-4740: the number for the Wilson Ave. location, but there’s one in Williamsburg) '” Being from California, I have a hate-hate relationship with NYC Mexican food. But also, being from California, I have uncontrollable pregnancy-esque cravings for burritos that the inferior attempts that pass for Mexican food around here will have to sate. That said, this place is pretty good for NY. I know that’s not a ringing endorsement, but so far to my palate, this is the best the five boroughs have to offer.

Now, go out there and stay at home and order in.

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Joe grew up in South San Francisco, spent a decade in Santa Cruz, and
relocated to Brooklyn in late 2008. He has been a waiter, a maintenance
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  1. eric rex
    January 6, 2010 at 8:37 am

    hachi is the damn bomb. the thai fried rice, ordered spicy is a thing of beauty. they often run specials for eating in, which sometimes makes venturing out in the cold worth it.

    this past weekend it looks like they launched a lunch special which is the same price as the dinner special with the same portions, but you now either get miso soup or salad with every plate and entrees get a free mini-appetizer, either sushi or tofu tod or something else small

    wonderful food, great prices

  2. Cheap not broke
    January 7, 2010 at 8:19 am

    La Caridad 145st and Broadway in Hamilton Heights Manhattan. 15 bucks you get a whole roasted chicken, a butt load of rice, beans and a 2ltr soda. Its called the family special. Im single but you can feast on this for lunch and dinner for days on end

    Also Santiago Deli they have the poor boy special
    Ham and cheese hero with lettuce and tomatoes and free can of coke a whopping 3 dollars–you need to order two to get them to deliver but where else are you getting dinner and next day’s lunch for 6 bucks plus tip?

    Jimbo’s Burger Joint 8 bucks for the best cheesebuger deluxe and fries covered in mozzarella cant beat that

  3. ed thrill
    January 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    since so many of us readers, me included, toil in food service, this should go w/o saying, but, please, if you’re going to order in because it’s ten below and the winds are strong enough to blow your delivery guy off his bike, TIP! And tip well! that job is the pits this time of year.