Sometimes we want to put on a new dress and go out for a nice, civilized meal. Other times, we prefer yoga pants and dinner served in front of Nightline.
Luckily, a number of beloved food establishments have recently launched takeout counters for all us happy homebodies.
The Smile Since it opened in 2010, we've loved The Smile's artsy atmosphere and healthful, vegetable-friendly fare. The just-opened Soho location has equally great takeaway offerings--marinated kale with pickled apples, rosemary-rubbed chicken, seared fennel with orange and parsley (prices and selection change daily)--plus creative pastries from M. Wells alum Brenna White. The Smile Takeaway, 22 Howard St. (between Crosby and Lafayette sts.); thesmilenyc.com
Ssäm Love David Chang's ever-growing empire but hate the inevitable scene? Get your pork buns ($10), rotisserie duck ($14) and (with three days' notice) slow-roasted Bo Ssäm ($250) to go by ordering online and grabbing it at the Second Avenue location. Uptowners can also pick up French-Vietnamese fare from Má Pêche. Ssäm Bar, 207 Second Ave. (at 13th St.); 212-254-2296 or snapfinger.com/menus/SSAM
Joe Dough Though we're certainly intrigued by newcomer Randwiches' surprise sandwich delivery service, the truth is, we like making our own lunchtime decisions. Our current on-the-go pick is definitely JoeDough, the new takeout shop from East Village restaurateur Joe Dobias (who's also behind the homophonically named JoeDoe). No pretense here--just hearty, creative sandwiches ($10) like the "Almighty Brisket" and "The Conflicted Jew," which involves liver, bacon and onion on challah. JoeDough, 135 First Ave. (between St. Marks and Ninth St.); 212-780-9222 or chefjoedough.com