There are long lines just to get into the grocery store and booking delivery services like Fresh Direct and Instacart is now a competitive sport. When you’re not supporting your local restaurant with delivery or takeout—or you just need to switch it up—check out these out-of-the-box meal kits available in New York City and/or nationally.
23 Awesome Meal Kits You Can Have Delivered in NYC
WeTheTrillions is unlike your typical meal kit service. Clients hop on a quick phone call to discuss their health concerns, and then plant-based meals are created to specifically fit your needs. They offer dishes crafted to address diabetes, IBS, fertility issues, menopause and more. They also have care packages for the elderly and immuno-challenged, meal bundles for people who work from home, and snack bundles for kids.
Popular meals include Zucchini Noodles with Harissa-Infused Flaxseeds, Walnut pesto and Roasted Mushrooms, Spelt Tart with Eggplant Caviar and Caramelized Tomatoes with a Crumble Crunch, Yams-Dates Chocolate Pudding and Apple-Argan, as well as Almond Creams with Walnuts and Dates.
2. fiaschetteria Pistoia
You can make your own pasta from scratch, thanks to this storied restaurant’s latest menu offering. Fiaschetteria Pistoia recently added uncooked pasta dough to its menu, letting you tackle the most fun part of the process: rolling, cutting, shaping and cooking it. Check out the embedded Instagram video to see exactly how to do it yourself.
3. katz’s Deli
Famed Manhattan deli Katz’s Delicatessen is offering a meaty birthday box ($120) that includes one pound of pastrami, house-cured corned beef and all the necessary tools for the deli’s Pastrami on Rye and Corned Beef Reuben sandwiches—plus black-and-white cookies. Oh, and it’s available for nationwide shipping.
4. morton's Meal Kit
Classic steak spot Morton’s has prepared its house specialties for customers to pick-up, grill and enjoy at home. The kits are offered nationwide at all of its open locations for delivery or pick-up. The "Six" Pack ($99) is equipped with two 6-ounce, center-cut filet mignons, two 14-ounce prime Angus New York strip steaks, two 16-ounce prime double-cut pork chops, grilled asparagus, smoked gouda and bacon au gratin potatoes and creamed spinach.
5. beyond Sushi
Plant-based sushi spot Beyond Sushi’s new Stay at Home meals are so savory, you can’t quite believe they’re vegan. The meals include Kofta Kabobs, Lemon Grilled Seitan, Stuffed Artichoke, BBQ Grilled Jackfruit and Smoked Kale Ravioli, just to name a few. Each meal comes with a choice of pita, rosemary garlic bread or taro root chips. Top it off with a dessert choice of chocolate chip cookies or coconut-based ice cream. Delivery is available across NYC.
6. blue Apron
Want to try your hand at cooking, but not sure you want to cook (or have the time) every single day? You can still get your Iron Chef on and have prepped food for the week with the new Meal Prep by Blue Apron: one cooking sesh, eight servings. They are offering one streamlined, 90-minute cooking session that gives you a variety of meals with multiple servings each. Take them to work (aka your living room) or reheat any time.
There are menu options for the carb conscious, pescatarian, multi-cooker and more.
7. the Pop Up Grocer Box
Healthy snack-based roaming bodega Pop Up Grocer is launching a curated snack box delivering nationwide. Each Pop Up Grocer Box is curated with highlights of its newest, most interesting products like Papa's Pops “skinless” popcorn, low-sugar SmartSweets chews, MUSH overnight oats and colorful, low-carb Magic Spoon cereal. It also includes a few home and body care items from their stores. Bonus: 10 percent of all sales benefit Feeding America.
8. jajaja Vegan Proteins To-go
Vegan Mexican hotspot JaJaJa is offering its vegan proteins to-go. Think: Spicy “chorizo,” jackfruit and mushrooms. They come in a small container with a recipe sticker to offer tips on how to use the protein. Buy a la carte to build it as a taco or burrito yourself at home, or you can use the ingredients for salads or other dishes.
Additionally, if customers want add-ons, they can choose from other plant-based ingredients, from soy-based sour cream, salsas, hot sauce or tortillas to build-their-own wraps
9. pasta Kit From Osteria 57
Seafood-centric Italian restaurant Osteria 57 is launching a new “Fatti in Casa” pasta kit delivery ('homemade’ in Italian). This line of homemade, easy-to-make dishes prepared by Chef Riccardo Orfino features ready-to-bake Mushroom Lasagna (for for), Pasta Fresca with Pappardelle, Fettuccine and Ravioli and sauces like ‘Sales Pronte’ with Pomodoro, Pesto Genovese, Pesto Siciliano and Octopus Arrabbiata. Pasta kits will include a (set for two) with two pastas and the option to choose two pastas for $40.
Sometimes, all you want to do is heat and eat. Cue Veestro. This isn’t your typical TV dinner: It’s organic, preservative-free, sustainable, plant-based and comes fully prepared. Favorites include Red Curry with Tofu and Veggies, Country Fried Chick’n Dinner, Enchilada Casserole and Baked Mac n Cheez. You can choose from different flexible meal plans and dietary preferences. (Avoiding gluten? No problem here!) Meals cost $9.90 apiece and are prepared fresh and shipped frozen, which means they’ll keep in your freezer for 8-10 weeks.
11. luke’s Lobster Lobster Bundle Roll Kit
Bring Maine to wherever you are. Buttery lobster rolls from Luke’s Lobster come in a DIY kit for $100, which includes four 8-ounce packages of perfectly cooked lobster meat, eight New England-style split-top buns and a packet of Luke's secret seasoning. It's just about everything you need to make two Luke's lobster rolls. You just need to butter and griddle up the buns in a frying pan, then assemble. Shipped to anywhere in the continental US.
Freshly bills itself as the “nutritionist meets personal chef” meal delivery service, featuring meals with less sugar and more nutrients than the typical recipe. Meals are all gluten-free and single-serve for easy portion control. The menu features better-for-you versions of comfort foods with smart ingredient swaps, like Chicken Parm coated in almond flour instead of bread crumbs, topped with marinara sauce sweetened with honey rather than refined sugars. Our fave is the Mac and Cheese, made with brown rice pasta and cheesy sauce blended with a purée of cauliflower and butternut squash. You should also try the turkey meatballs packed with mushrooms and served over zoodles for a lower-carb alternative to pasta.
The price per meal goes down with the more meals you buy, ranging from $11.50 apiece if you’re ordering four meals to $7.99 each, if you’re ordering 12.
13. oath Pizza
Known for its hand-stretched crusts grilled in avocado oil, Oath Pizza is launching Craft Pizza Care Packages that include its best selling pizzas (cheese, pepperoni and more) prepared fresh, frozen and ready to cook, along with popular desserts like marshmallow bars and chocolate brownies. There are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan dietary options. Shipping is available nationwide.
This NYC pasta darling is delivering fresh pasta and homemade sauces to make at home through its website. Rezdora Chef Stefano and team are hand-making a daily rotating selection of pastas and sauces including Classic Spaghetti, Spinach Pappardelle, Tagliatelle, Radiatore (eggless pasta shaped like a radiator), along with sauces like Pomodoro (classic tomato sauce), Ragu Modenese (meat sauce with pork and prosciutto), Duck Ragu and Boar Ragu (braised wild boar and porcini mushroom sauce)
Every order comes with instructions for how to cook pasta at home, just like it would be prepared for you in the restaurant. You can complete your meal by adding on one of the brand’s Northern Italian wines, homemade gelatos and tiramisu.
15. the Prolon Meal Kit
Yes, this is the meal kit Gwyneth Paltrow did in her Netflix show, and Jennifer Aniston, Eva Longoria and Kate Hudson are reported fans. ProLon is known as the first five-day fast-mimicking nutrition program where you actually eat. The idea is that the shelf-stable meals are designed to copy the effects of fasting, improving metabolic balance and assisting with weight loss, according to the brand.
The box includes Minestrone. Vegetable Quinoa, Mushroom and Tomato soups. The kit also includes: L-Bar (two flavors: nut-based and Choco Crisp), Olives, Kale Crackers, Tea and supplements.
16. territory Foods
Territory Foods is a personalized “dietary preferences-based” meal kit, with Whole30-approved, plant-based keto and paleo-friendly options. The menu features dishes like Beet Risotto with Red Wine Mushrooms and Spinach, Smoked Chimichurri Steak and Chicken Fajita Bowls with Cilantro Rice. The brand also offers bigger-batch, family-style dishes, like Chipotle Sweet Potato Wedges and Grilled Pork Tenderloin.
You can feel good about supporting the company, too: Territory Foods donates and delivers hundreds of meals every week to local hospitals.
17. balade Your Way
Can a meal count as dips? We say so (and it can be healthy too). The original East Village Lebanese-style Balade now has a new fast-casual outpost in Midtown. This location is creating curated boxes with veggies and dips that can be refrigerated for a few days. Veggies include baby carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, baby radish, beet hummus, yogurt, cucumber dip, cabbage, baba ganoush and pita chips for $25. The restaurant delivers boxes within New York and have pickup at its Midtown location.
18. shake Shack Shackburger Kit
Comfort is crucial during these times. Thank goodness for The Shake Shack ShackBurger Kit. For $49, you’ll get eight servings of fresh patties made from Shake Shack’s custom Pat LaFrieda beef blend, Martin's Potato Rolls, American cheese and the company’s custom ShackSauce. Available via Goldbelly nationwide.
19. purslane Provisions
This zero-waste, carbon-neutral caterer (part of The Oberon Group, which includes Rhodora, June and Rucola) has rolled out weekly meal and CSA subscription services. For $75, you can receive three healthy, vegetable-forward meals for two each week. Meal examples include Roasted Vegetable Lasagna, Shepherd's Pie with Root Vegetable (vegan available) and Fennel & Arugula Salad. For $50, get your CSA veggies, and for an additional cost, you can add on pantry staples, such as coffee, olive oil and salt, or more specialty items like reishi, ashwagandha, kimchi or kombucha. Delivery is available locally in NYC.
20. dig Acres Farm Box
One of our favorite locally sourced, healthy food chains is all boxed up. Get freshly delivered produce from fast-casual veggie eatery Dig's farm in Chester, NY, paired with pantry staples. It costs $24 for pick-up or $26 for delivery of rotating Dig Acres produce (between seven to nine different vegetables). Items this week include broccoli, green kale, cauliflower, beets, fingerling potatoes and green garlic. The company also just launched Dig at Home Kits and Family Meals to make it easier for families of four to six to order a healthy dinner.
21. bread Basket
Carbs straight to our door? Sign. Us. Up. Bread Basket delivers a selection of fresh, local NYC baked goods straight to your door, from sourdough (you can pretend on Instagram you made it yourself!), weekend bagels, afternoon sweet treats and decadent desserts. They’ve partnered with local NYC bakeries like Orwashers, BAKED, Amy’s Bread, Pain d’Avignon, New Yorker Bagel, Leaven & Co and more. Delivery is available throughout Manhattan, select parts of Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester the Hamptons and Hoboken. For those outside of New York and New Jersey, Bread Basket will be going national with overnight delivery on May 1, 2020.
Bonus: PureWow readers can get 10 percent off with the code PUREWOWBB (valid through Apr 28th, 2020).
22. fields Good Chicken
It might be tough to sit down together for a family meal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring that feeling to the table. Get cozy with the new Family Meal ($48) from Fields Good Chicken, the Manhattan-based, chicken-centric restaurant. Feed four to five people (perfect for a family or for folks looking for week-long leftovers) with your choice of chicken (mojo thigh, herb breast, whole roasted chicken or maple chipotle smoked wings), salad, three sides (like charred sweet potatoes and cauliflower mac ‘n cheese), housemade sauces and cornbread (gluten-free!). Pickup and delivery available in NYC.
23. brownsville Community Culinary Center And Collective Fare
The Brownsville Community Culinary Center and Collective Fare offers grab-and-go prepared meals crafted to help those with diet-related illnesses like diabetes and kidney disease. These meals are as comforting as they are nutritious: Fish & Grits, Black-Eyed Peas with Stewed Tomatoes, Sweet Potato Mash and Leafy Greens, Braised BBQ Short Ribs with herbed rice and stew beans and Roasted Turkey with Hoppin John & Braised Green to name a few.
The best part? Not only can you purchase a meal for yourself, you can donate to the initiative or purchase meals for those in need. Donations go to producing meals for NYC's first responders and most vulnerable, but they also ensure that BCCC and Collective Fare can keep employing hospitality professionals that have been left without a source of income due to the current crisis.