25 of America’s Best Restaurants Are Now Serving Takeout

  • 25 of America’s Best Restaurants Are Now Serving Takeout

    Have a Michelin-starred dinner without ever having to get out of your pajamas.

    Maybe you’re celebrating a birthday or an anniversary in isolation, or maybe you’re just sick of cooking so many nights in a row. Regardless, a fancy meal from a fancy restaurant can provide a vital feeling of normalcy during this uncertain time. What’s more, it’s not just an indulgence: ordering in can help keep businesses afloat and jobs in place. Here are 25 of the United States’ Michelin-starred restaurants, what they’re cooking now, and how to get it to your dinner table.

    Kelly Puleio

  • Alinea

    WHERE: Chicago

    Three Michelin Stars

    This Chicago dining temple helmed by Grant Achatz ordinarily serves up an exquisite multi-course menu of playful and ingenious dishes. Since its particular type of molecular gastronomy doesn’t lend itself well to packing into a paper bag and reheating in the microwave, it’s instead launched a weekly menu of comfort food staples. Last week it was beef Wellington and mashed potatoes; this week it’s coq au vin. Diners can use Tock to pay in advance for contactless pickup.

    Kimberly Vardeman(CC BY 2.0)/Flickr

  • Atelier Crenn

    WHERE: San Francisco

    Three Michelin Stars

    Known for her poetic take on French dining crossed with San Francisco seafood and produce, Dominique Crenn sweeps you through an evening of storytelling through food. Although it’s tough to recreate her whimsy in your own kitchen, Crenn is now offering what she’s calling Crenn Kits—at two price points that allow you to eat a largely veggie-based three-course meal, with an optional cheese course. Diners can use Tock to pay in advance for contactless pickup.

    Atelier Crenn

  • Manresa

    WHERE: Los Gatos

    Three Michelin Stars

    An ordinary meal at this Los Gatos restaurant is a journey through the abundance of California’s coastal cuisine, taken to exquisite heights by chef David Kinch. These days, it’s pivoted to what it’s calling the Manresa Family Meal, which includes one main course (or a vegetarian option), a couple of vegetable sides or a salad, bread or rolls, and a dessert. Diners can go to their Instagram to prepay for contactless pickup.

    Manresa

  • SingleThread

    WHERE: Healdsburg

    Three Michelin Stars

    Also a farm and inn, the Healdsburg, Calif., three-star restaurant SingleThread has mounted an effort not just to feed its customers, but also to donate 200 meals a day to local families that may be struggling. Drawing from five acres of farmland, SingleThread serves dishes that look like bouquets on a plate. Now it’s offering meals for four (or fewer, with leftovers!) that might include local charcuterie or an artisanal bento box. Diners can use Tock to pay in advance for curbside pickup.

    ©John Troxell

  • Acadia

    WHERE: Chicago

    Two Michelin Stars

    On a typical night, this two-star restaurant in Chicago offers a multi-course or à la carte menu of vibrant contemporary dishes with American, Italian, and French influences. Chef and owner Ryan McCaskey has now pivoted to a menu of selected bar snacks for pickup, which, from the looks of things, won’t be your average wings and peanuts (think popcorn with foie gras or short rib pot au feu). Diners can order via Toast for curbside pickup.

    Lou Stejskal(CC BY 2.0)/Flickr

  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

    WHERE: New York City

    Two Michelin Stars

    In comparison to its Michelin-starred brethren, which are mostly offering gourmet takes on low-key comfort foods, this two-starred New York restaurant with outposts worldwide is going big while you’re at home. The typical menu of modern French classics has been replaced by easy-to-reheat dishes like lobster pasta, duck breast, and mushroom velouté, but the pièce de résistance is the caviar, offered in either 1-ounce or 9-ounce tins. Diners can order via Toast for delivery.

    L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

  • n/naka

    WHERE: Los Angeles

    Two Michelin Stars

    This two-star L.A. restaurant specializes in kaiseki , the centuries-old Japanese art of creating a meal that tells a story out of tiny, exquisite dishes that balance texture and taste. While it’s pretty near impossible to recreate that at home, chef Niki Nakayama is offering two bento boxes for pickup, with fresh sushi, Wagyu or miso cod, veggies, salads, and desserts. In order to get the sushi into your hands as quickly as possible, n/naka opens 15-minute timeslots every Saturday for the coming week on Tock.

    n/naka

  • Vespertine

    WHERE: Los Angeles

    Two Michelin Stars

    The dishes at this two-star L.A. restaurant can seem like museum pieces, artfully constructed around plates that look like modernist sculptures. Lauded critic Jonathan Gold (RIP) called it the restaurant that would “drive many of you insane.” For those who could never get a reservation, or loved it and wanted to recreate the experience at home, chef Jordan Kahn is offering themed, family-style meal kits for two to 26 people. Diners can use Tock to order for curbside pickup.

    Michael Muraz(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)/Flickr

  • Blue Hill at Stone Barns/Blue Hill

    WHERE: Tarrytown and New York City

    Two Michelin Stars

    This two-star restaurant on a working farm in Westchester and its counterpart in NYC’s West Village are known for elegant, seasonal dishes and a dedication to low-waste, sustainable practices. Chef Dan Barber is bringing that all home with resourcED, a weekly box that combines prepared items and freshly baked bread with farm-sourced produce you can cook with. Diners can order for pickup via Tock, where they can also choose to donate boxes to hospital workers.

    Dusan Vuksanovic

  • Gabriel Kreuther

    WHERE: New York City

    Two Michelin Stars

    This two-star restaurant right across from NYC’s Bryant Park emanates old school New York cool crossed with modern French elegance, thanks to its chef, owner, and namesake Gabriel Kreuther. The restaurant may be closed for now, but you can still indulge in the most indulgent of comfort foods: chocolate. Order beautifully packaged bars, boxes of macarons and truffles, and chocolates with gingerbread, honey saffron, and cherry cola fillings at Kreuther’s online chocolate shop.

    David Vo(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

  • Maude

    WHERE: Beverly Hills

    One Michelin Star

    This cozy-chic, one-star Beverly Hills restaurant named after chef Curtis Stone’s grandmother used to offer tasting menus that focused on a single outstanding ingredient, then pivoted to meals that celebrate wines of the world. It’s now started Maude Marketplace, a walk-in market open every day except Sundays and Mondays selling soups, salads, pies, produce, and wines. You can also order in advance and have the bag ready for you at curbside pickup. Check the restaurant’s Instagram for daily offerings.

    Ray Kachatorian

  • Osteria Mozza

    WHERE: Los Angeles

    One Michelin Star

    This L.A. Nancy Silverton staple has always been a hot ticket for its indulgent antipasti (they have a mozzarella bar), perfect pastas, and succulent pizzas at the next-door pizzeria. While the restaurant is closed (which is fine, because everyone would be beating down the door otherwise), its delivery service Mozza2Go is still going at full speed, offering pizzas topped with fennel sausage, ‘nduja, or brussels sprouts, roasted chickens, and a bake-your-own chocolate chip cookie kit for dessert.

    Mozza2Go

  • Four Horsemen

    WHERE: Brooklyn

    One Michelin Star

    This bright Brooklyn one-star started out as a wine bar before churning out some truly delicious seasonal share plates with French, Italian, and Scandinavian influences. These days, like several Brooklyn bars and restaurants, it’s converted itself into a kind of takeout bar, with bottles of wine, 6-packs of beer, and to-go cocktails, along with whatever bar snack they feel like pairing with your booze (NY state law requires to-go liquor only be sold with food). Diners can order for pickup online.

    The Four Horsemen

  • Peter Luger

    WHERE: Brooklyn

    One Michelin Star

    The legendary, long-running Brooklyn steakhouse that recently took a beating from the New York Times won’t let a bad review—or a pandemic—keep it down. Known for indulgent (and very expensive) cuts of meat as well as a top-shelf burger, it’s reinvented itself as a butcher shop with a small menu of sides. Pick up appetizers, salads, and desserts, and a steak to go in a special dry-aged box (the cooking part will be up to you). Diners can review their menu online and order over the phone.

    Moody Man(CC BY-NC 2.0)/Flickr

  • Sushi Yasuda

    WHERE: New York City

    One Michelin Star

    This elegant NYC omakase temple right near Grand Central Station is known for fresh fish flown in from Tokyo, as well as master sushi chefs who make each jewel-like piece by hand. Although you’ll miss out on the show at the sushi counter, you can still order their artfully prepared raw fish and exquisite side dishes for takeout and delivery to most of Midtown and Lower Manhattan, along with beer, wine, and sake. Diners can review their menu online and order over the phone.

    Sushi Yasuda

  • Uncle Boons

    WHERE: New York City

    One Michelin Star

    This Nolita Thai restaurant has been nearly impossible to get into for years, thanks to its eclectic menu of fiery curries, vibrant salads and warming rice and noodle dishes, as well as its buzzy, cozy atmosphere. You may not be able to recreate their particular brand of downtown NYC trendiness at home, but their full menu is still available for delivery and takeout just as it has always been. Diners can review their menu online and order over the phone, or via Seamless and Caviar.

    Alex Muccilli

  • Cote

    WHERE: New York City

    One Michelin Star

    Part of the fun of this Korean steakhouse and BBQ joint in the Flatiron District is watching the expert servers prep and cook different cuts of meat right in front of you. But if you can’t have that, at least you can still order a wide range of cuts of meat, either grilled to-go or ready for you to prepare at home, as well as Korean comfort dishes like kimchi stew and bibimbop, and even Ssam kits for you to assemble on your own. Diners can order via Caviar.

    Cote

  • Masseria DC

    WHERE: Washington D.C.

    One Michelin Star

    This D.C. one-star specializes in rustic Italian cooking of the Puglia region, including complex pasta dishes and lots of fresh seafood. Due to the shutdown, chef Nicholas Stefanelli is now leading his entire staff in a team effort to conceptualize, source, cook, and hand-deliver a different meal every day, which might include a meaty main like pork shoulder or braised short ribs, a pasta dish, and a salad, plus a bottle of wine. The weekly menu is posted online, and diners can order via Tock.

    Photo by Scott Suchman/Masseria DC

  • Odo

    WHERE: New York City

    One Michelin Star

    This tiny Japanese one-star restaurant has become just as renowned for its kaiseki meals as it is for its location: tucked away in the back of a more casual Japanese bistro space that turns into cocktail bar Hall. Now you can pick up fancy versions of takeout staples like a Waygu burger or chicken sandwich, as well as a sushi set that would normally be made by hand and served halfway through Odo’s set menu. Diners can order for delivery via Grubhub or pickup through the HALL website.

    Odo

  • Kajitsu

    WHERE: New York City

    One Michelin Star

    Vegetarian cuisine typically isn’t given enough love at NYC’s Japanese restaurant, but this pretty little one-star specializes in Shojin Ryori—a multicourse veggie and tofu feast that originated with Japan’s Buddhist monks. Now, along with its sister restaurant Kokage, they’re offering bento boxes with a range of veggie and meat options, including rice topped with braised beef, fresh raw fish, or veggies, plus a selection of exquisite wagashi desserts. Diners can order for delivery via Tock.

    Kajitsu

  • Temporis

    WHERE: Chicago

    One Michelin Star

    This Chicago one-star is known for its sleek, mod interior and imaginative tasting menu with experimental flavors that might include lobster with vanilla pasta, or foie gras ice cream. Since a 10-course tasting menu is hard to transport, for the time being, they’re offering a nightly dinner for two, with a main course, salad, and dessert, plus à la carte wagyu burgers or lobster mac and cheese. Diners can order for delivery or pick-up on Tock or Caviar.

    Lou Stejskal 2018

  • SPQR

    WHERE: San Francisco

    One Michelin Star

    This San Francisco one-star Italian mainstay is normally known for antipasti made with local California produce, and delicate handmade pastas with vibrant flavors like trout roe or rhubarb. They’re now offering a rotating selection of pastas, a few larger shared dishes like fennel rubbed chicken or meatballs, and free focaccia. They’re also serving slices of pizza in-house every afternoon until they run out. The menu is posted online daily at noon, and diners can call to order for takeaway.

    Kelly Puleio

  • Spruce

    WHERE: San Francisco

    One Michelin Star

    This Presidio Heights favorite does all the typical San Francisco things right, offering fresh, vibrant meals made with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. These days, it’s offering a daily family dinner, with three courses including a main protein (think meatloaf, zaatar-spiced pork loin, or lasagna Bolognese), a veggie side, and a dessert. You can also order a burger and fries along with a chocolate chip cookie to go, and there are bottles of wine available. Diners can order for delivery via DoorDash.

    Ed Anderson

  • Marea

    WHERE: New York City

    One Michelin Star

    This NYC one-star offers high-end Italian seafood dishes with a view out onto Central Park. What could be more quintessentially New York than that? You may not be able to replicate the view, but many of this restaurant’s melt-in-your-mouth fresh pasta dishes are available for takeout, including fusilli with octopus braised in red wine and bone marrow, and ricotta ravioli in vibrant green pesto, as well as a wide range of decently priced Italian wines by the bottle. Diners can order for delivery via Bbot.

    Tara Donne

  • Carbone

    WHERE: New York City

    One Michelin Star

    This trendy West Village Italian spot launched an internet furor, and possibly a meme, when it first announced it was offering takeout, and pictures surfaced online of crowds of delivery workers waiting to pick up its veal parm sandwich for eager diners. There’s more on the menu of course, including Caesar salad, meatballs in tomato sauce, and tortellini—a small selection of their beloved red-sauce dishes to get you through the pandemic. Diners can order for delivery via Caviar.

    Carbone

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