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Jan 3, 2011 08:01 AM

Ethnic food delivery to my hotel next week

My husband is attending the retail expo thing (I'm tagging along) and we're staying at the Hampton Inn Times Square (851 Eighth Avenue). Our flight arrives at JFK around 5ish on Sunday, and the shuttle service shows us arriving at the hotel after 7, maybe closer to 8.

We're going to be tired and might not be interested in going out for our dinner that night, but we'd prefer to not entirely waste a meal on airport food. So I was thinking maybe I'd get something delivered to the hotel.

I have a list of restaurants we want to try that I've culled from poking around here on the board, but I'm a little less clear on these particulars:

1) places that deliver on a Sunday night and
2) Ethnic food delivery that is something spicy (hot spicy, not sweet spicy, think Mexican/Latin America rather than India/China)

I was considering Sarge's when I saw they deliver everywhere all the time, except that they apparently don't deliver on Sundays. So that's out. ETA: We have a preference for things we can't get in Vermont (which is a pretty broad list ;D ), so decent deli is definately something we'll be getting eventually just not Sunday night I guess).

I have a marked preferences for places that have an online presence, and if their menu is online, so much the better. I'd appreciate some input or thoughts on this. Thanks in advance for your time!

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  1. Sarge's is a deli - it's not spicy. I'd suggest you get delivery from one of the good Sichuan places. This is not sweet spicy. this is spicy. Szechuan Gourmet or Lan Sheng. Both very good. Look on - you'll find the menus of almost every restaurant in Manhattan.

    Also search here on CH for those two - they have been discussed many many times and are well liked.

    Szechuan Gourmet
    21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

    Lan Sheng
    60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      My husband doesn't care for Asian food. He dislikes soy and ginger. I should have said this more plainly. That being said, I will look at those places and see if there's something I can swing that won't be him just "tolerating" what I order (which is what usually happens when we order Asian). The good news is, though, that I have at least two lunches on my own, so I plan to fully explore the Asian options (at least as much as I can with two meals!).

      So thanks for being so prompt!

      (and yeah, I know deli isn't necessarily spicy (though horseradish can be hot), I'd added a note about "things we can't get in Vermont" after I originally posted :)

      1. re: Morganna

        You could also just hop in a cab and go to Sarge''s worth it...and it's a quick cab ride from where you're staying.

        Also not far from you is Toloache, a Mexican restaurant that's worth checking out. Not sure about their delivery situation though.

        251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

      2. re: gutsofsteel

        Bother, neither of these deliver to our hotel on 8th ave. Thanks, though. Now I'm gonna poke around seamlessweb for one that does. :)

      3. You might want to try one of the Yum Yum Thai restaurants if you have the energy to go out. It's a short walk from your hotel. They also deliver.
        If Sarge's doesn't deliver on Sundays try Second Ave Deli.

        1. is a site that facilitates online ordering. If you enter the address of your hotel, you'll get a list of restaurants that deliver there. You can then compare it to your own list.

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          1. re: small h

            This is so totally AWEsome! Thanks!

            1. re: Morganna

              You're very welcome. There are other options - and - but I think SeamlessWeb is the best.

              1. re: small h

                So I poked around on seamlessweb and found Grand Sichuan and it had some reviews on CH (kinda old, but that's ok, I'll survive). The order is in! :)

                1. re: Morganna

                  Grand Sichuan on 9th and 24th? If so, and you order from the Sichuan parts of the menu, you'll be happy with your meal.

          2. Well, snooker, I created a google map of all the places I've tagged for our trip, but it doesn't seem to display the pushpins properly. Anyway, I have a pile of places noted here:

            1. One place to consider (although I am not sure whether it delivers to your location): Tulcingo del Valle. Fantastic, authentic Mexican food on 10th Avenue betw. 46th and 47th Streets. If they don't deliver to your hotel, you could order by phone and pick it up on your way to the hotel.

              Tulcingo del Valle
              665 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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              1. re: kiworan79

                Good choice. Tulcingo has a huge delivery zone. They even delivered to my old digs in the 30s and 6th Ave. They will definitely deliver to the hotel.

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  Ooh thank you so much. I can't tell you what a total luxury it is to have Mexican food delivered. ;) We live in rural Vermont, NO one delivers (not even Dominos! Not that my Long Island raised husband would touch Dominos even if it delivered :D ) I'm looking over all these options.

                  I love chowhound SO much. :)

                  1. re: Morganna

                    I like the food at Toloache much better, FWIW.

                    251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

                    1. re: gutsofsteel

                      I have them down on my map, and we'll be looking at going there for a meal. :) It's irritating, but their website keeps crashing firefox on me.

                      1. re: Morganna

                        Look at the menu on instead then.

                  2. re: Miss Needle

                    I'm in my hotel (after a whirlwind tour of Manhattan thanks to the shuttle driver who took us from LGA over the Triborough Bridge, through Harlem (making a couple of stops), past Columbia University (on the Hudson River Parkway?), and eventually spiraling around to our hotel on 8th Avenue near 51st) and I have a platter of baked goat, rice, beans, guacamole, with -six- tortillas (most places I'm used to, you're lucky to get three and it's never enough), and some wonderful salsas plus some radishes and a bit of lime for zing. :)

                    I called in the order, they brought it within, oh gosh, maybe half an hour? Wasn't long. My husband got carne enchilada platter, and we bought a two liter of soda because we didn't want to go out again tonight. It was around $28 total (not including tip).

                    I am -so- happy with this goat. It's tender, flavourful, there's still some bones in it (which pleases me, oddly enough) and it's not spicy so I wouldn't want the hot sauce they provided with it. The rice and beans are delicious. So often (at least with most places *I* get to eat Mexican food at), the rice and beans are filler, not especially yummy. These taste brilliant and that's not just hunger talking (I didn't want to spoil my dinner, but "The Out Of Towners" kept flashing in my brain, so I'm glad to be ensconced with food in my hotel now).

                    If there weren't so many great options otherwise, we'd probably order from Tulcingo again tomorrow night. :)

                    Tuesday night some salesdroids are feeding us at uhm... Keen's Steakhouse (that was it). Looks like it should be OK. I'm hoping I can have mutton. :)

                    Thanks so much, everyone, for the great suggestions. I kept telling my husband that we will definitely have to come back and stay in NYC for at least a week, for a vacation. :) There's so much to see and do and EAT. :)

                    1. re: Morganna

                      You were driven on the West Side Highway.

                      Welcome to New York! I hope you enjoy your stay and have lots of delicious food!

                      1. re: Morganna

                        Thanks for reporting back. Yes, there is so much to do in NYC. Being from here, I sometimes take it for granted until I'm out of town. Have a wonderful trip! Hope you get to eat lots of wonderful food.

                        1. re: Morganna

                          FYI: Many times, if there is more than one traveler the cost and convenience of a NYC Yellow Taxi is a better choice than the wandering Shuttle Bus.
                          Come back soon!!

                          1. re: Morganna

                            Keen's is one of the best steakhouses in New York City. You won't be disappointed (unless you expect the mutton chop to really be mutton; it actually is lamb--but huge). You also can't go wrong with the Porterhouse for 2 or the King Cut Prime Rib.

                            1. re: bobjbkln

                              I second Keens. The OP should enjoy it.

                              1. re: Bob Martinez

                                The mutton chop was huge. I couldn't come close to finishing it. The green beans I had one the side were nice (though obviously I wouldn't expect the same level of flavor as I'd get from fresh in summer. :) I also tried a bit of the carrots and liked those, as well. My husband said his fries were good. Nothing he'd go out of his way to get, but still good. I brought my chop back to the motel and it bled out on the duvet (oops). I ate some more of it and finished my beans last night, but wasn't going to bring it on the plane with me today, so threw out the rest.

                                However, our flight got cancelled. So we're here again for another night. I'm ordering something Asian, my husband's had his fair share of Latin style food. :)

                                We walked up to the park and had lunch at Carnegie Deli (sat in the back, far in the back) and paid a small fortune for a monstrous "Woody Allen" and a knish that we shared. I know, Sarge's is less expensive, but we were up that way, and we'd never been, and we're tourists... bite me. ;) I know, I know, we're ruining it for you real New Yorkers! :) I have leftovers for noshing, I'll definitely take them to the airport tomorrow (assuming our flight isn't cancelled tomorrow, loads of snow in Vermont right now).

                                Walked up through the park further than we'd ever been, and went into Zabar's. I was overwhelmed and tired, and we don't have much room for lugging stuff home (not checking any luggage) so while there were so many amazing things I'd love to have had, I opted out and we'll buy stuff from there or somewhere like it next we come for a week (and we'll likely stay in an apartment dealio, so we can cook some of our meals ourselves).

                                So I'm gonna look at the coupla Asian places suggested and pick out something for dinner for us. :)

                                Y'all have been -very- helpful, thank you so much.

                                Carnegie Deli
                                854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                            2. re: Morganna

                              I'll 2nd the recommendation made above for Szechuan Gourmet and Lan Sheng. Both are excellent.

                              The food at Grand Szechuan International (at 24th and 9th Ave.) can range from very good to lackluster depending on the night you go. The place is always jammed packed and getting a table can be a problem. In terms of atmosphere GSI is a couple of notches down from either SG or LS.

                              Since you're closer to 39th St. (where both SG and LS are located) the choice is easy.

                              Szechuan Gourmet
                              21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

                              Lan Sheng
                              60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

                              1. re: Bob Martinez

                                According to seamlessweb neither SG or LS delivered to my hotel.

                                So I went with Grand Sichuan (46th Street). It was fine. A bit better than what I can get here in Vermont most days. Not as good as the authentic Chinese I get at Single Pebble in Burlington, VT, but that's expensive and an hour away from my house via the interstate.

                                This was delivered to my hotel room. Can't beat that. ;) I got uhm...

                                Fried Pork Dumplings, Wonton Soup, Kung Bao Chicken, and GuiZhou Spicy Chicken. I asked for the GuiZhou to be extra spicy, not sweet. My husband (who doesn't generally enjoy Asian foods) actually said the chicken dishes were good. He didn't like the pork dumplings at all (they had an obvious ginger flavor, he doesn't like ginger), and I found the wonton soup just eh. :) I got them more as a baseline for comparison to things I can order around here. :)

                                All in all, just having had it delivered was a treat. :)

                                We're back home now. If any of you want help finding good food in Vermont, lemme know. Y'all were VERY helpful. :)

                                1. re: Morganna

                                  For future reference, it would have been better to order Sichuan Dumplings in Red Oil, which I presume that branch of Grand Sichuan has, than regular (i.e., Cantonese-style) Fried Pork Dumplings or Wonton Soup. I wouldn't expect either of those two items to be better than "eh" from any Sichuan restaurant; if they are, you're lucky.

                                  I'm glad you had fun in New York. I don't know when I'll be in Vermont again, but what I most remember from my last time there is the carbonated maple sap. Yum! :-)

                                  1. re: Pan

                                    I'll keep that in mind. My experience with Chinese food is very very very American. :) So I got the two things I recognized, and two things I didn't recognize but could find specific recommendations for. :)

                                    I had some awesome Chinese food in York, UK this last summer, but I didn't recognize anything on the menu this time from there, so I was sorta wingin' it. :)

                          2. re: kiworan79

                            Great rec, Tulcingo is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I always order the chilaquiles with red sauce and fried egg, and their tacos and mole sauce dishes are also consistently excellent.