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Food deliveries in East Harlem

I live in East Harlem, and find that good food deliveries are very rare. I rely on Giovanna's for pizza, El Paso Taqueria for Mexican and that's about it.
What's your experience?

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El Paso Taqueria
237 E 116th St, New York, NY 10029

Giovanna's
1567 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

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  1. It depends on where you are located in East Harlem. In the 100s, you've got the best Mexican options: Cafe Ollin, Jalapeno Deli, Itzocan Bistro, San Francisco de Asis -- all of which I would rate more highly than El Paso delivery. As for other cuisines:
    Thai: Gong
    Vietnamese: Spice Noodle
    Burgers: Joy Burger, Ottomanelli's
    Jamaican: Winston & Tee
    Senegalese: La Galette
    Latin: Lechonera El Barrio, Amor Cubano
    French: Yo In, Yo Out
    Pizza: Luzzo's
    Walking around the neighborhood, you should also get acquainted with the bodegas. A few of them make pretty decent food and deliver.

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    Itzocan Bistro
    1575 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

    Winston & Tee
    1257 Park Ave, New York, NY 10029

    Amor Cubano
    2018 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10029

    Joy Burger Bar
    1567 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

    Spice Noodle
    1744 1st Ave, New York, NY 10128

    Ottomanelli's Cafe
    1626 York Ave, New York, NY 10028

    Little Luzzo's
    119 E 96th St, New York, NY 10029

    Yo In Yo Out
    1569 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

    Cafe Ollin
    339 E 108th St, New York, NY 10029

    La Galette
    177 E 100th St, New York, NY 10029

    San Francisco de Asis
    1779 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

    Jalapeno Deli
    1629 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

    Lechonera El Barrio
    172 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

    Gong
    173 E 99th St, New York, NY 10029

    5 Replies
    1. re: JungMann

      Nice list thanks! I definitely have to try more of the Mexican and Latino places. I went to Itzocan a couple times, I just never ordered for delivery from them. I remember trying Ottomanelli Bros and being rather disappointed Huge portions but not so good. Joy Burger's good, but I'm not sure I wanna eat a burger 30 minutes after it's been made. Yo In Yo Out serves stuff I'd rather have for lunch.

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      Joy Burger Bar
      1567 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

      Ottomanelli's Cafe
      1626 York Ave, New York, NY 10028

      Yo In Yo Out
      1569 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

      1. re: foodperestroika

        You cannot find such a variety and surplus of great Latin and Mexican food in any other Manhattan neighborhood. From the chicken pastelitos and carne guisada at Lechonera El Barrio to the massive tortas and cemitas at Cafe Ollin, you are bound to find something you love. I'm also partial to the off-menu chicken quesadillas at Jalapeno Deli.

      2. re: JungMann

        I've started going through your list, here are my findings so far:
        - Gong doesn't deliver above 109th St unfortunately. I live on 118th.
        - La Galette was pretty good, but delivery was terribly slow (over an hour). I'd definitely order from them again when I have time to plan ahead. Portions are very large.

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        La Galette
        177 E 100th St, New York, NY 10029

        1. re: JungMann

          Hey, JungMann, thanks for the tip on Cafe Ollin! Based on your recommendation, and a timely Groupon offer, we tried it for the first time last night. Groupon nixed delivery, so we stopped by; it is a cute, clean, and friendly little place. We got the food to go and it was very good. The hottest Pollo en Salsa Verde ever, and I liked the Plato Juancho with chicken, oaxacan cheese, and fresh, tender cactus. I particularly liked the fact that unlike some other Latin places I like, including Lenchonera, the food was lighter on the salt. Have you tried the Puerto Rican food at La Fonda Boriqua on East 106th? My favorite chicharrones and some other great home style dishes.

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          La Fonda Boricua
          169 E 106th St, New York, NY 10029

          1. re: City Kid

            Cafe Ollin is really an undiscovered gem. I ordered tortitas de camaron from their Lenten menu for dinner Friday night and am still eating picking at the leftovers. $10 for a really generous amount of briny shrimp cakes in a complex, spicy sauce, not to mention rice and beans and tortillas.

            I've been to La Fonda Boricua once and thought it was good, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

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            La Fonda Boricua
            169 E 106th St, New York, NY 10029

            Cafe Ollin
            339 E 108th St, New York, NY 10029

        2. Does the E Harlem Moustache deliver? I know they have delivery at their downtown outposts

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          Moustache
          1621 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

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          1. re: rose water

            Moustache does delivery, they're on Seamlessweb.com

          2. Sushi Suki all the way down in the 80s will deliver up to East Harlem. They are wonderful and super fast and my favorite place to order from, albeit a little expensive. But it is good sushi and their specialty rolls are really good.

            I also like Cafe Ollin and Jalapeno deli, as mentioned above. And for simple hearty fare, Pee Dee's, which is like food for cops at very reasonable prices.

            I ordered from Gong once and didn't like it. Should I give them another chance?

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            Sushi Suki
            1577 York Ave, New York, NY 10028

            Cafe Ollin
            339 E 108th St, New York, NY 10029

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            1. re: nightkitchen

              Gong is the best Thai take away I've had on the UES. Their noodles and stir fries have been a welcome surprise in comparison to the overly sweet Thai and bland Chinese in the area, though admittedly that says more about the quality of their competitors than it does about Gong. Still, I don't think they're bad.

              1. re: JungMann

                Thanks for responding. I'll try them again since I only ordered delivery for lunch once. Maybe they were off.

                I forgot to mention Polash for Indian.

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                Polash
                2179 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10035

                1. re: nightkitchen

                  I love Indian food, but Polash is really subpar. I'd rather pick-up my food from somewhere else than order delivery from them again.

                  1. re: foodperestroika

                    i really wanted to like polash, but yep, that was my experience with them exactly.

            2. Two pizza places we like are Dreamer's Pizza (whole wheat crust and fancy toppings - "healthy" pizza) and La Corsa. La Corsa does a great thin-crust grandma pie! Their pastas are hit or miss though.

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              Dreamer's Pizza
              1850 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10029

              La Corsa
              123 E 110th St, New York, NY 10029