When the New England Patriots face off against the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 1, pity the host who only has chips and salsa to offer their guests. If you're not a kitchen person, save yourself the humility and plan ahead.
Here are our suggestions for the best 2015 Super Bowl takeout options in NYC:
For grab and bite types
The Lower East Side restaurant that specializes in, you guessed it, taquitos (rolled tacos) has two delicious packages for the Super Bowl. Buffalo chicken taquitos (boneless chicken wings with buffalo sauce wrapped in a taco with blue cheese, etc. on the side) and burger and fries taquitos (with nacho cheese and ketchup and mayo "fancy sauce.") Both are $80 and include 40 taquitos. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order. More info: taquitoria.com.
For sandwich guys
Italian heroes filled with cold cuts and sandwich toppings will please any New Yorker. Order 3, 4 or 5-foot subs from this Gansevoort Market shop and choose from a variety of sandwiches and toppings. The Cappone is recommended: capitola, soppressata, salami, provolone, arugula, mozzarella and hot peppers.) Call 646-943-2300 to place an order.
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
At this beloved downtown gem, Super Bowl food is a bit out of the box. Italian sandwiches, salads and antipasti and salumi platters will make your party a class above the rest. Try the Calabrian chili frittata or the Porchetta sandwiches or a farro and pomegranate or confit potato salad. Orders must be placed for Jan. 30. Call 212-837-2622. For info: ilbucovineria.com
For fried chicken freaks
This Carroll Gardens Southern food eatery helmed by Rob Newtown and Kerry Diamond is delicious, perfect for the occasion and sustainably-sourced. What more could you ask for? The Super Bowl package is $75 and includes: 12 piece chicken bucket, 12 hot wings and chips and pimento cheese. Call 718-422-0444 to make an order. More info: wilmajean345.com
This Lower East Side hotspot has many delicious Super Bowl takeout options. All natural, double-fried chicken with sauces (strips and wings, various prices), Pulled Pork for $15 per pound, Bahn Mi Meatballs (50 for $50), wing, strip and Kim Chi fry platters, Biscuits (10 for $20) and so much more. Delivery is free with orders over $200. To order, call 646-838-6066. Info: seoul-chicken.com.
Root & Bone
This extremely popular chicken spot will be offering many takeout options, including buckets of wings and drumsticks, BBQ Brisket Sliders, Macaroni & Cheese, Drunken Deviled Eggs and much more. To order, call 616-682-7080. For prices and info: rootnbone.com.
For dip fiends
Known for their babka, cookies and treats, Breads Bakery also makes delicious sandwiches and light lunch fare. For the Super Bowl they are offering chip and dip packages. Homemade chips are $14.95 (choice of baguette chips, cumin sticks, mini olive sticks or spicy cheese straw bites), dips served in a small Mason jar are $6 (tomato salsa, spinach, black bean, tahini or hummus) and a platter, with 3 chips and 1 dip is $24. A cheese straw bite tray is $38. To order, call 212-633-BAKE. Info: breadsbakery.com
For the haute hot dog and burger enthusiast
Daniel Boulud's French brasserie is known to offer whimsical and worldly variations on classic French foods and for the Super Bowl this year, homemade and creative hot dogs and burgers are on the takeout menu. There are four packages: "The Underdogs" is $300 and comes with 18 dogs (choice of Tunisienne: spicy lam with mint, curry, harrisa and toppings; Thai: pork with lemongrass, kaffir lime, ginger, red curry and soy, topped with green papaya slaw, sriracha, peanuts and cilantro; DBGB: been with onion, mustard, ketchup, frisee, radish), housemade potato chips and ice cream and cookies. "The Favorites" package is $325 and comes with 12 burgers (choice of The Yankee: classic burger; The Frenchie: topped with confit pork belly, arugula, tomato-onion compite and morbier cheese; The Piggie: topped with BBQ pulled pork, jalapeno mayonnaise and Boston lettuce), housemade potato chops and ice cream and cookies. "Everybody Wins" is $595 and includes both previous packages. "Halftime Whole Hog" is $595 and comes with a whole roasted Pennsylvania Green Village Farms suckling pig stuffed with pork shoulder, loin, herbs, Swiss chard, roasted tomato and wild mushrooms. Sides come with as well as ice cream and cookies. More info at dbgb.com. Order through trycaviar.com.
For the simplicity seeker
The Meatball Shop
Everyone loves meatballs and for the Super Bowl every location of this mini-empire will be offering a $45 "Bucket O' Bowls": 25 balls of any type (chicken, veggie spicy beef, daily pizza ball) with any sauce. Various locations. More info: themeatballshop.com.
For the David Chang-ian
Momofuku Ma Peche, Ssam Bar, Noodle Bar
You can't go wrong with the food of Chang. From Ma Peche: pulled pork with coleslaw, macaroni salad, bread; jerk chicken wings; pork buns and broccoli salad with sunflower, miso and chili. $250 serves 8-10. From Ssam Bar: bo ssam whole slow-roasted pork shoulder with bibb lettuce, napa kimchi, ginger scallion sauce and ssam sauce; loaded nachos; chicken wing buns; chinese broccoli with xo saice and milk bar cake truffles. $350 serves 8-10. From Noodle Bar: Korean fried chicken wings with four sauces and seasonal veggies, nugget potatoes, ginger scallion noodles, chilled spicy noodles, kimchi, pickles and mulled apple cider. $250 serves 8-10. To place orders: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, respectively. Info: momofuku.tumblr.com
For the high class eater
BLT Steak is offering a luxe tailgate package this year. Here's what you get: ribeye cheesesteaks, short rib chili, creamed tuscan kale dip, black truffle twice-baked potatoes, Valrhona chocolate chip cookies and salted caramel brownies. $350 serves 4-6 people. Orders must be placed by Jan. 26. To place an order call 212-752-7470. More info: ehospitality.com.
For guac lovers
Rosa Mexicana is offering the Guac-to-Go Party Pack for the Super Bowl this year. Get a bowl of guacamole delivered right to your door on game day! The restaurant is known for its table-side guac and the Party Pack comes with that green fave as well as house-made tortillas and corn tortilla chips. Guac for 5 is $25, for 10 is $50 etc. Orders must be placed by Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. Delivery radius: For First Ave., 48th St. to 70th St./ Lexington to East River; Lincoln Center, 50th St. to 72nd St./ 7th Ave. to 12th Ave.; Union Square, 4th St. to 30th St./ First Ave. to 8th Ave. Call any location to make an order. Info: rosamexicano.com