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The best food and drink delivery services in NYC

Don’t want to leave the house? No problem. New York has food delivery services to satisfy any kind of eater.

By Christina Izzo and Dana Varinsky

New Yorkers are used to getting what we want when we want it, so it’s no surprise that this city is a mecca for food delivery. Whether you’re looking for a dish from one of the New York’s best restaurants or just don’t want to stop your Netflix marathon, there’s a service for you. And if you want something more than just dinner? Well, that’s what our list of the best apps is for.

Food and drink delivery services

han dynasty dan dan noodles
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The more indecisive among you will appreciate Arcade from Served by Stadium founder Shaunak Amin, which offers only one dish daily from an NYC eatery—it could be Han Dynasty’s fiery dry-pepper chicken one day, Beecher’s kale macaroni and cheese the next.

Blood-orange salmon from Blue Apron

Blue Apron

This weekly delivery service drops off all the ingredients you need to make chef-inspired, seasonal recipes over the course of a week. You can tailor the meals based on your dietary preferences, and opt for a two- or four-person plan at $59.94 to $139.84 per week. Shipping is free and you can skip any week you’d like. The food is delivered in a refrigerated box during a weekly time window of your choosing, along with recipe cards for each dish.

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Discerning gourmands can order from restaurants that don’t deliver (including Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Beecher's Handmade Cheese and more) with this service, though it’s a splurge. All orders have an automatic 18 percent gratuity added, in addition to a $4.99 fee.

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Once a fierce competitor with Seamless, has now broadened its focus to include booze, groceries and even laundry. Its food selection, however, remains impressively comprehensive. Additionally, every order earns you Delivery points that can eventually be redeemed for things like gift cards, accessories and electronics.



Drizly offers another way to have wine, liquor and beer delivered directly from local stores to your doorstep. Boasting an impressively short delivery time of 20 to 40 minutes, the service also also allows you to send booze to someone else as a gift.


Though many assume GrubHub and Seamless are fierce competitors, the two services actually merged in 2013 and are now part of the same company. GrubHub functions much the same as Seamless, delivering food from thousands of restaurants across the city. You can also place orders for pick up to avoid that long lunch line.

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Maple (launched with help from Momofuku mogul David Chang) delivers flat-rate $12 lunches and $15 dinners created by Le Bernardin vet Soa Davies—with input from Chang and fellow big-name chefs like Brooks Headley and Dan Kluger—to customers below Chambers Street within 30 minutes of ordering. Recent menus included North African roasted chicken with harissa vinaigrette and grilled Arctic char with green-olive relish.


This sleek app and website lets you get wine, liquor, beer, cider and mixers brought to your apartment in less than an hour. Even better, there’s no delivery charge. And because the offerings of various stores are combined on the site, you never have to worry about being unable to find the perfect liquor to use in that cocktail.

Patty melts with baked sweet-potato fries
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Rather than getting ready-made dishes, Plated sends you a recipe, along with the ingredients you need to complete it, so you can cook without schlepping groceries on the subway. You can order online for two, four or six people at up to $15 per person, or pick up ingredients Plated’s food truck. Meals take between 20 and 30 minutes to make.

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While Postmates offers delivery from a variety of local spots like Lobster Joint, El Toro Blanco and Parm, the app-based service secured two huge gets in 2015—not only was the company partnering with burrito juggernaut Chipotle to mete out its gods across 67 U.S. cities, including New York, but also McDonald’s, offering McD’s favorite across 88 locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

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