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NYC restaurant products to eat at home: Roberta's, Rao's and more

The best part of the NYC dining scene? Never having to leave your house.

Put down the takeout container and admit it: You like staying in once in a while. Or always. It's fine!

New York restauranteurs are on your side.

With bottled sauces and spices from some of NYC's top-rated kitchens, you don't need to vie for a coveted reservation or fight over the end-of-meal bill: It's all on you.

Grab these groceries from NYC restaurants, or have them delivered, and feast like you're out on the town straight from your couch.

The Meatball Shop's Classic Tomato Sauce

Chef Daniel Holzman of The Meatball Shop released
Photo Credit: Liz Clayman

Chef Daniel Holzman of The Meatball Shop released his Classic Tomato Sauce for mass consumption in April 2016. The homemade red sauce is made with only eight ingredients: Italian whole peeled tomatoes, fresh onions, olive oil, salt, garlic, bay leaves, oregano and a pinch of red pepper. It's perfect for soaking your homemade meatballs in, stirring with pasta, making pizzas and adding to whatever you need to make saucier. 24-ounce jars retail at $7.99 at local Whole Foods stores, TMS restaurants and at themeatballshop.com.

Momofuku Ssam Sauce

This Korean chili sauce is an essential ingredient
Photo Credit: Momofuku

This Korean chili sauce is an essential ingredient in and on much of David Chang's food at the Momofuku empire. Instead of waiting in line, grab a bottle and host your own ssäm party (think burrito gone Asian) with all the meats you can eat! It even dresses up your halal cart lunch, if you want to take it in that direction. $7.50, momofuku.com

Rao's Pasta Sauce

Unless you're a celebrity or friend of the
Photo Credit: Rao's

Unless you're a celebrity or friend of the family, we'd bet a whole case of sauce that you're not getting a seat at Rao's (455 E. 114 St.) any time soon. Opt for a DIY pasta night with the restaurant's line of sauces, available in spicy puttanesca, creamy vodka and its top-secret marinara sauce recipe. You've probably seen the recognizable brand at your local grocery store and on FreshDirect, but load up on a selection of six jars for $52 at raos.com.

Peter Luger Steak Sauce

You don't have to shell out $100 in
Photo Credit: Peter Luger

You don't have to shell out $100 in cash for some great-tasting steak. Instead of waiting ages to get into this Williamsburg establishment, age your beef at home and dress it in the 128-year-old restaurant's signature sauce in the comfort of your own kitchen. To really make it special, serve it in a gravy boat, just like at the restaurant. Six bottles for $37.50, peterluger.com

Roberta's Frozen Wood Fired Pizza

Your lazy frozen pizza night just got so
Photo Credit: Roberta's

Your lazy frozen pizza night just got so much better with this pre-cooked pie from Bushwick's Roberta's. The vacuum-packed pizzas come in both Margherita and Baby Sinclair (Tuscan kale, Calabrian chiles) varieties, easily reheatable and ideally paired with a six-pack of Brooklyn Lager from your nearest bodega. Be your own delivery guy, you can do it. $10.99, Freshdirect.com

Brooklyn Piggies

Smorgasburg vendor Brooklyn Piggies shares its pigs (and
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Piggies

Smorgasburg vendor Brooklyn Piggies shares its pigs (and chickens and veggies) in a blanket all year round with its frozen piggies selection! The handcrafted sausages in flaky puff pastry make for a surprisingly satisfying dinner and, of course, a big party pleaser. Find them in local supermarkets and for $25 per pound at brooklynpiggies.com.

Dumpling Galaxy Dumplings

Dumpling Galaxy sells their homemade dumplings freshly frozen
Photo Credit: Dumpling Galaxy

Dumpling Galaxy sells their homemade dumplings freshly frozen upon request. Those who want to stock up on over 100 varieties of handmade dumplings are encouraged to order at least a day in advance before pickup. $13-$21 for 50 pieces, 42-35 Main St., Flushing, dumplinggalaxy.com

Giovanni Rana Ravioli

Chelsea Market's Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina sells
Photo Credit: Rana

Chelsea Market's Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina sells fresh-made filled pastas and flavored noodles to take home and cook if you don't want to stay and gorge yourself in-house, but if you can't make it over to Ninth Avenue, stop by your local grocery and grab a bag of Rana's ravioli and sauce for your restaurant-esque pasta feast at home. $5.49, FreshDirect.com

Ample Hills Ice Cream

The Brooklyn-based scoop shop is ready for your
Photo Credit: Ample Hills

The Brooklyn-based scoop shop is ready for your Netflix and chill (with a pint) night. Try the homemade ice cream parlor's classic flavors like vanilla bean and Mexican hot chocolate. You can also choose your own adventure with addictive creations like "Ooey Gooey Butter Cake" or "The Munchies," which is made with pretzel-infused ice cream, clusters of Ritz crackers, potato chips, pretzels and mini M&Ms. $45 for 5, amplehills.com

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