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10 Great NYC Food Delivery Services

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Updated: 9 December 2016
From sample sales to subway apps, New Yorkers love a good life hack. Extending that attitude through breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we’ve even managed to make eating in easier. Here are 10 of the city’s most unique food delivery services.
Ham Blueberry Sandwich | © Susan Lucas Hoffman/Flickr
Ham Blueberry Sandwich | © Susan Lucas Hoffman/Flickr


Indecisive eaters will love Arcade, a delivery service dedicated to making your lunch hour simple. Subscribers receive a text message describing Arcade’s dish of the day, straight from the kitchens of New York greats Veselka, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, and more, and simply reply ‘yes’ to snag a plate. With no hassles, no bad options, and most importantly, no delivery fees, Arcade is bringing your work break back.


The answer to every party-lover’s prayers, Drizly delivers beer, wine, and liquor right to your front door. Also offering traditional extras such as mixers and sodas, the app serves as a one-stop shop for party preparation. With Drizly’s zero price markups and guaranteed 20-40 minute delivery time, your Fridays just became a lot more festive.


When leftover takeout just doesn’t cut it, try Caviar, a service specializing in high-quality eats made easy. Foodies will flip for Caviar’s extensive selection of menu items from Manhattan’s hottest restaurants including Café Habana, Sweet Chick, and Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Whether you’re stuck at the office or hanging at home, Caviar makes treating yourself an everyday affair.


For those home-cooking cravings, try Plated, a service delivering wholesome recipes and their necessary ingredients straight to hungry New Yorkers’ front doors. From Italian meatball soup to shakshuka with turkey and kale, Plated provides your favorite comfort food just like Mom used to make.

Served by Stadium

Great for indecisive appetites, Served by Stadium offers a mix-and-match selection of meals, snacks, and beverages from a variety of local restaurants. Lunch from Bombay Sandwich Co., dessert from Four & Twenty Blackbirds, and Stumptown’s cold brew coffee? Sign us up!

Sweet potato/chorizo soup | © jeffreyw/Flickr
Sweet potato/chorizo soup | © jeffreyw/Flickr

The Purple Carrot

Vegans like to indulge now and then, too. And The Purple Carrot delivers healthy meal kits you can make yourself, complete with cooking instructions, nutritional info, and plenty of good-for-you ingredients. The service’s tasty veggie-loaded enchiladas, sweet potato pasta, and coconut chickpea curry dishes are as fun to look at as they are to eat.


Yelp fanatics will love Eat24, the only food delivery service providing the customer photos and reviews you need to make an informed cuisine choice. Browse through menus and customer feedback from thousands of local restaurants for a more sophisticated version of New York’s oldest pastime, exchanging restaurant recommendations with total strangers.


Delivery-devotees will love Postmates, an all-inclusive service couriering everything from NyQuil to burritos. Whether you’re looking to skip a trip to the convenience store or caving into those Chipotle cravings, Postmates has you covered.


You might be familiar with delivery food and meal kits, but have you ever heard of delivery chefs? With Kitchensurfing, you can arrange for a professional chef to take over your kitchen (for a conveniently brief 30 minute period), leaving you with no mess, just freshly-made meals. – CLOSED

Courtesy of Sakara
Courtesy of Sakara


Great for health-conscious cravings, Sakara offers five-day meal plans organized around organic ingredients and feel-good flavors. Fresh strawberry shortcake, spicy Indian samosas, and loaded salads are just a sampling of the service’s dishes sure to make both your mind and body happy.