At home, in your kitchen, you find yourself juggling multiple pots and pans, cooking potatoes and roasting broccoli and searing turkey cutlets all at the same time. Read more: Turkey Cutlets with Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli & Caper Sauce

You may say to yourself, “I feel like a short-order cook,” picturing a chef who moves so fast to complete so many orders at once that he or she seems to have more than two arms. Three, at least.

And so, in honor of that feeling and DIY take-out month (you can still enter our #DIYtakeout Contest here!), we sent a photographer out into six New York cafes and diners with really speedy, multi-tasking chefs. Scroll through the images below to enrich your dinner-time fantasy of being a short-order cook.

Stop 1. Chop Chop Grub Shop, a “modern lunch counter.”
Cook/owner: Malcom

2. Sabor Latino
Main cook: Leo

3. Syd’s Serious Sandwich Shop
Cook: Tony

4. Rosco’s Pizza
Cook: John

5. Tacqueria de los Muertos
Cook: Carlo

6. Exquisite Caribbean

All photos by Ryan C. Jones.