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New food delivery services trend toward home-cooked and healthy

For those New Yorkers who are simply too busy to cook their own meals, take-out has always been an option. But grease-slicked pizza and Thai delivery gets old and takes its toll.

Luckily, several new delivery services have recently launched that offer fully-cooked, well-rounded lunches and dinners with a focus on fresh -- and easy.

We (painstakingly) tried some of the dishes from the following delivery services so you can feel comfortable ordering from them, too.

Savory

Savory offers both a delivery food service and
Photo Credit: Savory

Savory offers both a delivery food service and a grab-and-go service at its midtown kitchen. This "premium delivery-only" restaurant was established in 2011 and was available via Seamless but just recently launched its own app and opened its kitchen at 15 W. 39th St. Savory boasts a menu of healthy eats, from breakfast to dinner. There are vegetarian dishes, too. In addition to meals, Savory makes snacks and desserts. Prices range from $4-$19 for sandwiches, $19-$20 for entrees and $2.50-$5 for snacks.

Sample dishes: The Big Jerk (hormone-free chicken with a sweet and spicy Jamaican rub, served with quinoa and wok fried green beans)

Delivery: Open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., between 20th and 60th streets and First and Ninth avenues.

How to order: iPhone app, Savory.com or by calling 212-757-6100. Group orders are also available.

Maple

NYC is full of great restaurants, but they
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NYC is full of great restaurants, but they aren't set up for take-out and delivery, according to co-founder and CEO Caleb Merkl. That's where Maple comes in. The recipes have been created and tested by chefs and are not from already established restaurants. Executive Chef Soa Davies came to Maple from Le Bernardin, the high temple of sophisticated and delicious food. The Culinary Board of Directors includes esteemed chefs Dan Kluger, Brooks Headley and Mark Ladner. The ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible and are always seasonal. Menu items include what the team is calling balanced meals. When you order lunch or dinner, you don't just get chicken, or fish, you get chicken or fish with a vegetable and a starch (or the rough equivalent).

Another feature that sets Maple apart: the company vows to deliver your food to you in 30 minutes or less. And the pricing structure couldn't be simpler: lunch is $12 and dinner is $15, and that covers the food, delivery and tip.

Sample meals: Roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprout salad, North African roasted chicken with sauteed carrots, harissa vinaigrette and quinoa tabouleh.

Delivery: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Monday - Friday. Addresses south of Chambers Street in the Financial District only, though company executives are aiming for city-wide and eventually, nationwide expansion.

How to order: Via the app. More info at maple.com

Munchery

This delivery service out of San Francisco puts
Photo Credit: Munchery

This delivery service out of San Francisco puts up their menu one week in advance. Users have the choice of ordering the day of or reserving a meal days before, which can be an advantage since some dishes sell out quick. Think of it like a quick order prepared meal from a supermarket -- it's fully cooked, you just have to heat it up. They offer options for gluten-free, vegan and other preferences. And the chefs preparing the food have great resumes to boot: they've cooked at Jean Georges, Daniel, Nobu, and Pure Food and Wine, just to name a few. Prices generally range from $6.95 to $14.95.

Sample meals: vegan stuffed peppers, peanut butter and jelly macaroons, cheddar chive biscuits with Old Bay butter, Korean fried chicken wings.

Delivery: 3:30 to 9 p.m. on weekdays in Manhattan, with expansion to Brooklyn planned for mid-May.

How to order: Via the app (iOS and Android) or website: munchery.com

GoodMeal

This health-conscious service, which officially launched in New
Photo Credit: GoodMeal

This health-conscious service, which officially launched in New York last month, consulted a nutritionist when designing the dishes, CEO and founder Pedro Rivas said. For each option (there are two or three, depending on the day) they give users nutrition counts, ingredients, as well as the recipes if you want to recreate it yourself. GoodMeal is focusing on dinner, Rivas said, because he believes there is a larger unsatisfied need for healthy prepared dinners. Prices generally range from $10-15.

Sample meals: Polenta stacks, Orange olive chicken salad, Steak with ratatouille.

Delivery: Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and is based around the Gramercy Park, Union Square, Chelsea area for now. They expect to expand into other areas of Manhattan slowly and then believe they will be in Brooklyn in about 9 months.

How to order: Via the app. Info at goodmeal.com

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