NEW YORK, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Munchery, a versatile, chef-driven food delivery service, launches its first East Coast endeavor in New York City today, bridging the gap between restaurant cuisine and home cooking. Already serving San Francisco and Seattle – with a Los Angeles launch in 2015 and ten other cities on the horizon – cofounders Tri Tran and Conrad Chu look forward to helping New Yorkers reclaim dinnertime.
"Answering 'What's for dinner?' is hard!" says Tran. "Munchery is our way of making it easier for people like us – people with busy schedules, adventurous palates, and household budgets."
With this goal in mind, local chefs with pedigrees that include Daniel, Blue Smoke and Aureole prepare individual entrees, salads, sides and desserts, as well as healthy and tempting kids' meals, at the Munchery kitchen in the heart of the city.
Menus comprising a range of cuisines change every day. They feature homey classics (North Carolina-Style Pulled Pork), more refined choices (Olive Oil Poached Salmon) and international favorites (Korean Fried Chicken). Kids' meals include dishes like Teriyaki Skewers and Pappardelle Bolognese. Everyone in the family can choose their own meal, and still eat dinner together.
Meals are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients that are sourced from local, organic sources as much as possible. Dishes are fully cooked, chilled for maximum freshness, and served in oven- and microwave-safe containers for easy heating in less than ten minutes. Garnishes and sauces come on the side, so diners can add the final touch to their taste.
Since each dish (including kids' meals) is created by a specific chef, people can order from their favorites, rate dishes, leave suggestions and even communicate directly with individual chefs.
Prices range from $9 to $15 for entrees, about $6 for sides and salads, and from $2 to $7 for drinks and desserts. Kids' meals are about $6.
Users order on the website (www.munchery.com) or mobile app (available for iOS and Android) and choose either on-demand delivery, which arrives in about 30 minutes, or schedule delivery for up to seven days in advance (menus post on Sundays for the week ahead). Meals are delivered by bike, and a text notifies people a few minutes before their order arrives. There's no order minimum or subscription commitment.
With this launch, Munchery continues its conscientious business practices by minimizing its carbon footprint. Delivery trays are made from biodegradable and compostable bamboo and sugar cane fibers, and bags are made of 100% recycled paper. Plus, Munchery offsets the impact of every delivery by planting trees through The Conservation Fund.
In keeping with the belief that everyone deserves a nourishing dinner made with quality ingredients, Munchery has partnered with City Harvest to feed a New Yorker in need with every order. Partnerships in San Francisco and Seattle include the Marin Food Bank and Northwest Harvest, respectively.
Munchery delivers from 4pm to 10pm, Monday through Friday, with new locations and services coming soon.