Which NYC Grocery Delivery Is Right for You?
5 services that keep your fridge stocked
As an adult, you’ve acquired a certain set of skills over the years: saving for retirement, negotiating a raise, putting on lipstick without a mirror.
But our personal favorite? Delegation.
And we’re not just talking in the office. We’re all about finding ways to outsource life’s little nuisances. Take grocery shopping for instance. There’s increasingly no reason to fight through Whole Foods on a Sunday--especially when there are so many options for getting your milk and bread brought to your door.
But which grocery-delivery service is right for you? Let’s take a look.
Best for: Everyday pantry staples
Pros: Arguably the biggest and most effective service of its kind, this Long Island City warehouse changed the grocery-shopping game in 2002. Everything from peanut butter and toilet paper to heat-and-eat meals and alcohol can be ordered online (or on its apps) and delivered within a preferred time window.
Cons: In certain categories, the brand selection leaves a little to be desired, and prices tend to be steeper than, say, your corner Key Foods.
Cost: A minimum order of $30 and a flat $6 delivery fee
Best for: Amazon Prime members
Pros: If you’re already forking over the $99 yearly fee, it only makes sense to extend those perks to grocery delivery. You’re also benefitting from Amazon’s extensive product catalog and more competitive pricing than Fresh Direct.
Cons: The service is still very new and likely has some logistical kinks to work out.
Cost: A minimum order of $50 but free same-day delivery for Amazon Prime members
Best for: Whole Foods lovers and deliveries within an hour
Pros: An on-demand personal shopper goes out and sources your list from a real store (Fairway, Whole Foods or Costco), so you have a bit more control in scoring that almond-meal flour you can’t live without.
Cons: Watch out for “busy pricing” surge fees during peak delivery time frames.
Cost: A minimum order of $10 with delivery fees scaled by order amounts and time frames (ranging from $4 to $10)
Best for: Farmers’ market lovers
Pros: Order bundles of in-season New York produce, or go à la carte and choose anything from salad greens and wild salmon to organic nut butters and granola.
Cons: Orders require two days’ notice, and prices are a bit high (but not unlike any high-quality specialty market).
Cost: A minimum order of $30 with delivery fees scaled by order amounts and time frames (ranging from free to $8)
Best for: Super-specific and need-this-very-minute orders
Pros: Say you’re hosting a dinner party and have just realized you completely forgot the figs to top your goat-cheese crostini. Fire up this app and have a personal shopper/courier buzz some over.
Cons: The pricing structure is rather complicated (based on zones and possibly surge fees that we can’t quite nail down), but when you’re in a dire situation, what’s an extra $10?
Cost: No minimum order and pricing varies by location