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Friday, April 15, 2011

Bronx Foodie: Demand It, and SeamlessWeb Will Come

A couple months ago, I noticed that my local diner (Bedford Park Cafe) had a SeamlessWeb logo on the door. I was pretty excited, since I didn't realize that the online delivery conduit was working its way into the Bronx.

For anyone not familiar with SeamlessWeb, it's a website that allows you to order food online from multiple restaurants. (You don't even have to talk to anyone on the phone!) It works best in Manhattan, where most restaurants and fast food chains are using it. When I used to work near Wall Street, I would have days that were so busy, that it was great to be able to go online and order food quickly. Plus, you can pay and tip online. No cash, no problem. 

At this point, SeamlessWeb only seems to have a handful of Bronx diners and pizza places to choose from. I even searched near the Bronx Court House and Fordham University. The limited options are uninspiring to say the least.

But it doesn't have to stay that way. SeamlessWeb takes suggestions. Here's their tagline: "SeamlessWeb is a demand-driven network of the best delivery and takeout restaurants in a local area. We depend on the insightful suggestions of our loyal members to help us determine which restaurants should be added to our network…after all, no one knows your neighborhood as well as you do!"

So log on, make suggestions, drive that demand, and maybe someday soon, you too will be able order food from your favorite Bronx eatery with a few mouse clicks. (Or download the smart phone app and dial up an order while walking home).

What about other food delivery options? I believe Fresh Direct is available, but only in a select few areas, like Riverdale and Kingsbridge. (But it probably could be in more places if we create the demand. I'm detecting a theme here.) I have also heard good things about Urban Organic, which delivers fresh, organic produce. A couple of Norwood residents I know have tried them out and it's worked out.

The bottom line is that we can start getting these type of services that Manhattanites take for granted, but it won't happen unless we create a demand for it.


  1. That's an awesome idea!! Thanks for the info. I work in the city but live in The Bronx. I checked if Freshdirect delivered up here for items that are hard to find in The Bronx and they don't. So this is a great alternative.

  2. Thanks for the nice post and we're happy to help out! Keep coming to us with ideas at restaurantrequests@seamlessweb.com!

  3. I tried seamless and the app was buggy and messed up my orders on a number of times. It is a great concept but they have to make it reliable.


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