I live in Chelsea, and love it, but one thing I've found is that there seems to be a real dearth of good delivery options. For a nice meal out, I can hit Cookshop, Tia Pol, Red Cat, etc, but what about when I want good chinese? The pizza from Don Giovanni's does the trick, but I was wondering if anyone had any other good delivery suggestions for the neighborhood. I find myself always going to the same tried and true Spice... thanks in advance! (I'm on 20th)
I'm at 21st and 8th, and we have some standbys.
Chinese: Grand Sichuan International. As long as you don't get the "american-style chinese food" it's fantastic. Sour string beans with minced pork, Ai Zhou chicken, Pea shoots with garlic, all good.
Indian: Indian Kitchen. Very good, moderate prices and huge portions. Our standby. Their recipes have been different the last two time we've ordered, though, which was a little odd.
Thai: Room Service on 8th Ave. I gave up on Spice, and this place has solid authentic options. If you're a little further south, Chelsea Thai inside the Chelsea Market is so good. When you say "spicy" here, they take you seriously.
Italian: Le Zie on 7th ave. -- Cash only. Excellent.
Mex: none. Mourn for Ktichen/Market, throw rocks at Qdoba. (I hear that Crema is good, but it's a bit too rich for my blood.)
Jamaican: Negril on 23rd. Pretty good, not amazing. For the money, better to get out of the neighborhood.
Dominican (I think) -- Cabo Rojo on 10th Ave, La Taza Doro on 8th Ave. For your rice-and-beans fix.
Japanese Chicken Wings -- Tebaya. One of my absolute favorites. Cheap and addictive. Good tofu or seaweed salads too. Closed Sundays.
Bagels: Murrays, always and forever
Hope this helps! We're trying to branch out too, so it's great to see new spots to try.
I hear you, I live in the area too, and haven't been THAT impressed with delivery options. Here are some of my standby's:
Ali Baba Turkish Kitchen
Wu Liang Ye (damn good Chinese)
Famous Original Ray's Pizza (say what you will, I love the stuff)
Empire City Bagels (best bagels in town, IMO)
Uncle Moe's (Mex)