In the time of a global pandemic wreaking havoc across our home city and state, I remain continually grateful to live in the greatest city in the world. In spite of everything, I can’t imagine anywhere else I’d rather have spent the weeks in shut down mode.
Like so many of us, I continue to support our local restaurants by ordering take-out and delivery as much as I can, visiting favorites and old stand-bys. Even now, the variety and quality, of the food available to us remains unparalleled.
If you’re tired of chopping onions every day and have given up getting that dough to rise, make a phone call and infuse your mealtime with some tasty new cuisine. And feel good that you’re supporting your neighbors in need, like never before, when you’re simply ordering dinner.
Mido (612 Amsterdam Avenue) Sushi is one of those foods that most people never dare to make at home. Why would you when you can order sushi this good? Mido delivers everything your heart desires in sushi, sashimi, and hot Japanese entrees. The vegetable dumplings are stuffed full of goodness in a paper-thin wonton ($7). For specialty rolls, treat yourself to the Triple X ($19) riceless roll exploding with spicy tuna, salmon, and yellowtail. Their rolls really do melt in your mouth. Sushi entree dinners are $25 and include eight pieces and the Sashimi entree includes sixteen pieces for $28. If you are dining with a non-sushi lover, try the Short Rib or Roasted Salmon for $22.
5 Napkin Burger (2315 Broadway) I have to say, 5 Napkin really makes dinner stress free. Sign up for their emails to get daily deals sent right to your inbox. Order directly from them anything your heart desires including my favorite $7 Pineapple Margarita (on select days). I always take advantage of discounted food like $9 guacamole or $11 quesadillas in addition to a mouth-watering 5 Napkin Burger. I guarantee you’ll feel nothing but satisfied after this feast. They are even starting to offer prepared meals-to-go that can be eaten at another time. Help the neighborhood and feed an essential worker by selecting “feed a neighbor” and adding it to your cart for $10. You can accomplish preparing dinner and making a charitable donation all in one place.
Blondies (212 West 79th Street) During sporting events (remember those?), Blondies is a paradise of craft beers, bar food, and big-screen televisions. If you’re planning on watching last year’s World Series or Super Bowl for the tenth time, why not order sliders, wings and mozzarella sticks to complete that sports bar feel. They will even deliver a Guinness to add to the experience. The wings (ten for $15.95) are prepared with different levels of heat and grilled tenders (six for $13.95) can be smothered in sauce or served with sauce on the side. I recommend their medium hot and sesame sauces.