1. Take-Out, Order-In, Get a Meatball Sandwich, Fabulous CheesecakeIf you happen to live in Brooklyn and you’re in a huge rush to make dinner, there’s one easy, seven-letter solution: TAKEOUT.
Get out of the kitchen and onto the phone!
Easier than scrambling an omelet, faster than frying fish fingers, the Brooklyn solution to “yikes-I’ve-gotta-get-dinner-on-the-table-and-I’m-late-from-work” hysteria is, simply, to order in.
Have the phone numbers of a few local take out joints on your mobile phone.
Because the truth is, in the Big Apple, everything, including ordering food in or getting take out, takes more than ten minutes.
So call from the office, or before you hit the subway, or while walking or biking back from work, and you can have a perfectly timed, nutritionally balanced, utensils-at-the-ready dinner waiting for you and the boyfriend, the kids, or you and the family dog.
What's the difference between order in and take out? Take out means you pick it up. Order in means they deliver. Either way, its fast if you order in advance.
Options for the Ten Minute Dinner in Brooklyn Take Out
Food that comes to your home fast need not be fast food, full of calories and cholesterol. For instance, you can call your local deli and get a turkey sandwich with swiss on a roll with lettuce and tomato, a side of cole slaw and an apple, and go pick it up. But as this is New York, you can get just about anything, depending on where you need it delivered. For instance:
- get a meatball sandwich from Cataldo's in Prospect Heights
- stay healthy with veggie Chinese Tofu on 7th in Park Slope
- order pizza from Enoteca on Court Street in Carroll Gardens Pizza Delivery and get prosciutto di Parma, arugula, mozzarella and pannigiano
- order huge sandwiches, great pickles and legendary cheesecake from Juniors
(Note: You can pick up from any restaurant, but many only deliver within a given distance.)
The most important thing about take out in Brooklyn is to check in advance that your restaurant of choice has a good rating from the New York City Department of Health.
2. Snack on A New York Pretzel or Kosher Hot DogUbiquitous in Manhattan, the classic New York pretzel is enormous, cholesterol-free, and at about 500 calories a pop, probably the caloric equivalent of a small bowl of pasta.
And, the NY pretzel is even made in Brooklyn!
Douse it with ketchup or better, mustard, and have the quintessential New York ten-minute dinner. Yes!
As for a kosher hot dog purchased from a vendor on the street, heck, you can't beat it. It ain't cholesterol or fat free, true. But tasty? For sure.
3. Head Straight for those Wonderful Food TrucksShould you be lucky enough to live near a great food truck, then hop on over and get some great tacos, dumplings or sandwiches to go.
4. Eat Leftovers, Have a StoopNic
Finally, have a stoop nic!
Yo, what's a stoopnic? Its a picnic on the stoop.
A ten-minute slapped-together dinner of leftovers from the fridge, chips and salsa from the pantry and a can of soda or beer will taste better if you eat it outdoors in nice weather.
So, if you happen to live in a house in a Brooklyn neighborhood like Greenpoint, Flatbush, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, or Park Slope, have a stoop-nic. Just make sure you have enough carrot sticks for your friends and neighbors who might be passing by!