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NYC lunch delivery: New services to shake up your routine

It's really, REALLY cold outside, and you need lunch. There's no need to panic. Here are three food delivery websites that have all followed in the wake of Seamless, Grubhub and Delivery.com if you're looking to shake up your lunch routine.

Caviar

Since the San Francisco startup entered the NYC
Photo Credit: Caviar

Since the San Francisco startup entered the NYC market earlier this year, the premium food delivery service has drawn attention for its foodie-approved restaurants, many of which don't have a delivery option of their own or are exclusive to Caviar.

How it works: Every item up for ordering is accompanied by a professional-grade photo. When ordering, you can choose among hour-long delivery blocks. When your food is out for delivery, you'll get an email alert and can track it in real time.

Notable restaurants: Among the 70-plus featured, find Pok Pok Phat Thai, Han Dynasty, Porchetta, Mission Cantina and Black Seed Bagel.

Cost: Meal prices are similar to what you'd find in the restaurant. But this being a premium food service, there is a $9.99 delivery fee to swallow, making this good for group ordering. On top of sales tax, an 18% gratuity is also automatically applied. First time trying Caviar? Get free delivery on your first order.

Delivery zone: All restaurants deliver in Manhattan below 60th Street, and a limited selection deliver up to 96th Street, so -- granted you're within those boundaries to begin with -- you don't have to worry about being outside a particular restaurant's delivery zone.

City Lunch Club

If you need some help narrowing down your
Photo Credit: City Lunch Club

If you need some help narrowing down your lunch options, City Lunch Club might be for you. Launching in April, the subscription lunch service offers three lunch options each day.

How it works: Each morning, you'll wake up to an email with a description and photo of the lunch item available that day, which often comes with a salad or dessert side. You have until 10:30 a.m. to select your item, which will be delivered between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Notable restaurants: The more than 40 restaurant partners include Motorino, Kutsher's Tribeca and Taqueria Diana.

Cost: Subscriptions range from one to five days a week, with each meal $10.99 to $12.99 based on your plan. Delivery is free, and tax and tip are automatically included.

Delivery zone: Areas served include Union Square, Gramercy Park, Flatiron and parts of Midtown East, with more to come.

Mealku

What started out in 2012 as a cooperative
Photo Credit: Mealku

What started out in 2012 as a cooperative network of homecooks sharing meals morphed about eight months ago into a lunch- and business-focused food delivery service after founder Ted D'Cruz-Young realized there are "many more people in New York who like to eat than cook."

How it works: A roster of rotating chefs cook up organic, healthy meals each day. If Mealku delivers to your business address, you can choose from among five to eight lunch items daily, including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and paleo options. Emails go out the evening before, with menu items from popular chefs often selling out within hours. Recent dishes included plum pork belly with sesame chive vermicelli and artichoke parsley chicken with an arugula watermelon feta salad.

Noteable cooks:Popular, highly-rated chefs include Marilu Perez, Martha Keating and Lily Tagiuri.

Cost: Each meal is $10, plus $2 tax and service. Delivery is included.

Delivery zone: D'Cruz-Young said he will go back to residential at some point, but for now, Mealku serves more than 300 businesses throughout the city. If Mealku doesn't serve your business address, you can request it be added.

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