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Are New Yorkers Really Paying $13 to Get a Big Mac Delivered?

IMG_0019A couple of things have happened since we last updated you on the world of lightening-fast food delivery: for one thing, you can now get Fuku’s chicken sandwich in under 15 minutes via Caviar Fastbite. But the thing I can’t get out of my head: McDonald’s is now using the service, and — after tax, delivery fee, and tip — a simple Big Mac and fries will cost you over $13.50.

This raises the question: who the hell is paying $13 for a Big Mac and fries? And if people are actually doing this (which they seem to be, given that the item was temporarily unavailable the other day), is this the ultimate symbol of just how easy it is to get New Yorkers to throw their money into a festering feces pit?

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David Chang’s Maple Begins Delivery to East Village and LES

Screen-Shot-2015-10-19-at-2.09.01-PM-280x182Back when David Chang’s delivery service, Maple, came to Greenwich Village and the West Village, we noted that the LES and East Village were prime candidates for the next phase of expansion. That moment is now upon us: the service, which delivers daily specials made in a commissary kitchen rather than a restaurant, will be available everywhere below 14th Street starting tomorrow.

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Fuku Starts Delivering, Immediately Breaks Caviar

(Photo: Caviar)

(Photo: Caviar)

We thought today’s expansion of Maple would be the most exciting delivery news in David Chang’s world (anyone who orders lunch or dinner gets one of Christina Tosi’s “Sugar Shack” cookies, gratis), but an email from Caviar managed to steal its thunder. The haute delivery service is now dispatching Fuku’s spicy fried chicken sandwich and other items from Chang’s budding fast casual chain. But much as there was a line down the block when Fuku first opened in the East Village in June, it proved hard to get our hands on some Fuku fingers this morning.

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Food Delivery in 4 Minutes? We Tested Uber Eats vs. Munchery vs. Fastbite

Taim's falafel platter. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Taim’s falafel platter. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

David Chang’s new delivery service, Maple, has yet to make it up to the chef’s stomping grounds (it’s currently available only in the FiDi), but the Bedford + Bowery zone just got a few new delivery options that could give services like Seamless and Delivery.com a run for their money (or if not a run, a maniacal wrong-way bike ride). This week, Caviar added a service, called Fastbite, that promises to deliver restaurant meals to you within 15 minutes. It goes head-to-head with the recently launched Uber Eats, which promises meals in 10 minutes or less. Yet another new service, Munchery, gives you the option of ordering from chefs rather than restaurants, up to a week in advance. In short, there’s never been a better time to be lazy and hungry. We tried all three services to see how they compare.

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Should You Ask Them to Deliver If It Means They’re Going to Shiver? And What to Tip?

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New Yorkers face the ultimate dilemma with the arrival of Winter Storm Juno. A buffalo chicken pizza delivered to your door sounds like the ideal start to the beginning of what may be this year’s snowmageddon. But how will your conscience fare after forcing some poor soul out into inches of snow that will soon turn into feet.

We spoke to a smattering of delivery spots to find out if they’re making runs tonight, and to ask if their customers are (or should be) tipping extra.
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