Williamsburg offers a slew of incredible restaurants, but sometimes you want a night in, especially if the weather's bad. These eight restaurants are great for take-out or delivery for a night when you need to take it easy.
1. Chai Thai
124 N. 6th St., (718) 599-5889
There are plenty of Thai restaurants in Williamsburg, but Chai is consistently delicious. The Massaman Curry is fantastic, as are the Pad See Yew and the Pad Thai. The only unfortunate thing about Chai Thai is they are cash only for delivery so make sure you have some on hand. If it's cold out, the Tom Kha Gai (coconut soup) is incredible.
2. Red Bowl
208 Bedford Ave., (718) 388-8898
Chinese food: the ultimate delivery food. Red Bowl offers the traditional dishes you'd find at any chinese place, like General's Tao's or Beef and Broccoli. Larger dishes for two include healthier options like salmon or tofu. Their bok choy comes with your choice of three different kinds of sauce and can't be beat. If you live within a ten-block radius they are speedy - expect your food under thirty minutes.
314 Bedford Ave., (718) 384-6127
If you're craving a burger but can't bring yourself to go out and get one, order in from Dumont Burger, the offshoot of Dumont's original restaurant. Dumont's burger has consistently been voted one of the best in New York, and Dumont Burger caters to the meat-lovers. Be strategic with your delivery order - if it's a busy night for deliveries (i.e. it's raining) it can take a while and let's face it, no one likes a cold burger. But, if the weather's good and you live nearby, you'll have a delicious meat sandwich in your hands in no time.
4. Papa Lima
362 Bedford Ave., (718) 218-7720
Papa Lima has some of the most delicious sandwiches in New York state. Most of them are pressed, some with eggs, which make them the perfect breakfast if you wake up on a Sunday afternoon and find you're in no shape to leave the apartment. Call up Papa Lima. They're very popular, so expect to wait a bit, but it's worth it: the Southside sandwich consists of roast beef, cheddar, pepperoncini, red pepper, onion and grilled portbella. Hand me the phone.
149 N. 6th St., (718) 302-6232
Sushi is not the best delivery food, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and Samurai's sushi is great. It won't blow you out of the water, but it does the trick. The delivery is fast and they package it perfectly to protect it from the bumps of the road. Favorite special rolls include the Dancing Scallop Roll, or, if you're starving, the Tiger Roll. Get them both! You're saving money by eating in.
319 Graham Ave., (718) 599-8899
Motorino has the New York Times former food critic, Frank Bruni's vote for best pizza in New York. Don't feel like dealing with the wait? Order in for delivery. Motorino's fast and efficient - sometimes the pizza arrives too hot to eat. The Pugliese with ricotta cheese, spicy sausage and broccoli rabe makes for an elegant night in - or the Margherita is a traditional, solid pie. You really can't go wrong with any pie on this menu.
166 S. 4th St., (347) 529-6090
Pies n Thighs was one of the most popular restaurants in Williamsburg until it closed a little over a year ago. Much to everyone's relief, it has made a comeback in a new, adorable space on South 4th Street. The space is small, though, so if you want the delights of delicious fried chicken but don't want to schlep all the way South, call them up. The Fried Chicken Box comes with an insane biscuit that you'll never forget, and your choice of rotating sides like mac n cheese, collard greens, spicy green beans and other reasons why Southern food rules.
8. Deli on North 6th and Bedford
200 Bedford Ave., (718) 963-1525
This bodega's deli counter offers the ultimate sandwich when you're starving in the wee hours of the morning: The Bedford Rush. Write it down. If you went out and skipped dinner and find yourself in pain, get off the L train and make haste to this deli counter. For about $7, you can get this sandwich, a super-club with turkey, bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, whatever you want, grilled and slapped together on a hoagie. It's heaven. Grab it and see if you can wait to eat it - you might have to unwrap it and eat and walk.