Here’s 21 Food Delivery Options for New Yorkers
Eating In, Effort Free
There’s a reason your favorite ramen spot suddenly seems empty on Friday nights – everyone’s eating it at home. The confluence of convenience, venture funding, and food porn has created an influx of new food delivery startups, perhaps nowhere more so than here in New York. To help you turn your smartphone into a glorified interactive menu, here’s a rundown of your options.
GrubHub Seamless is still the go-to of choice for most apartment-bound New Yorkers – they’re integrated with over 4,200 restaurants in the city. And Delivery.com has been living up to its name since 2004 – they offer delivery from over 2300 restaurants in New York City alone.
If your tastes tend toward less gourmet grub, McDonald’s recently partnered with Postmates to deliver from 88 Mickey D locations in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. Want a burrito? Chipotle is also available. And finally Starbucks is playing the role of your favorite intern, having announced a New York City delivery service – it should be available later this year.
Momofuku mastermind David Chang’s Maple launched its delivery-only kitchen concept in FiDi last month and will expand into other neighborhoods soon, promising ready-to-eat meals designed to survive the delivery process in pristine condition. Recently launched Munchery, meanwhile, stops one step short – its chef-made dishes are 99% pre-cooked, chilled, and optimized for heating in a microwave or oven. Arcade offers salvation from the stress of perusing menus – they text customers one available dish from a popular New York restaurant – each day, and those who reply “Yes” will receive the dish by 1 PM.
As comforting as it is to know your dish was chef-made, seeing it prepared in front of you – in your own kitchen, no less – is a step above. Kitchensurfing allows you to book a chef same-day, who will cook, serve, and clean up. Kitchit lets New Yorkers search through listings of chefs who’ll come over and cook seasonal menus, and EatWith connects community members over home-cooked meals.
In The Mix
Gourmet meals at home don’t necessarily have to involve the presence of strangers – HelloFresh, fresh off a $126 million round of funding, delivers health conscious recipe and ingredient boxes. Blue Apron sends exact amounts of ingredients for new recipes each week, and they’re on the verge of a potential $2 billion valuation of their own. And Shark Tank alum Plated caters to “evolved eaters”.
When it comes to grocery delivery in New York, competing with Amazon Fresh is going to be a tall order – they’ve got competitors beat by $20 per 30-item order. Instacart has a strong foothold in the city, thanks in large part to its partnership with Whole Foods, and mainstay FreshDirect is building a 500,000 square foot distribution facility in the South Bronx – though not everybody’s happy about it. And though Peapod doesn’t quite have startup cred – they’re owned by Stop & Shop – the service does deliver to all five boroughs.
Red Food/Blue Food
In what is presumably some kind of progressive social statement, DoorDash delivers in Brooklyn but not Manhattan.Caviar, on the other hand, delivers to the 1% – or at least anyone living between the Financial District and 59th Street and willing to spend extra for gourmet meals.
Does Dorsia Deliver?
In yet another step towards world domination, Uber has launched its nascent food delivery service, UberEats, in New York City to bring special dishes from popular restaurants straight to users’ curbs – for now, the service is available between 14th and 59th Streets in Manhattan.
Now go forth (and mangia).
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