Sometimes you just want to retreat into your apartment and recharge after another nonstop day (or week) in New York City. Holing up for a little relaxation (or a Netflix ultra-marathon) doesn’t mean you have to skimp on comfort and amenities. In fact, thanks to some of the on-demand services our team has been enjoying, your day at home can be full of delicious food, well-mixed drinks, relaxation, and beauty—all delivered to your door. So that when you do decide to venture out, you’ll be feeling and looking good.
First, let’s make sure you have provisions. We suggest you order meals, snacks, and staples from Postmates, a service that is way better than the old dial-up delivery services of yore. Launched in 2011, Postmates partners with hundreds of restaurants to deliver great food quickly. Craving Shake Shack? It’ll be at your door before your black-and-white shake liquefies. Need (really need) Joe’s Shanghai dumplings? They’ll still be steaming when they hit your coffee table. We like Postmates for its ease of use (either on its app or website) and the deep selection. You can order from dozens of restaurants without reservations or waiting for the best tables. Besides, the best table in the house is…your couch, of course.
Looking for something a little more homemade that you don’t have to, you know, make at home? We’ve really enjoyed Munchery, another delivery service that sends freshly made dishes to your door. Its menu is always changing and always yummy. If you’re feeling a little more ambitious and don’t mind washing a few pots and pans, Munchery has do-it-yourself boxes of premeasured ingredients so you can enjoy some hands-on time in the kitchen.
Man and woman cannot live on bread (or dumplings) alone. That’s why we suggest you order wine and spirits sent to your place with Minibar Delivery. It stocks all your top-shelf favorites as well as beer, wine, and mixers. And if you really want to take staying in to the next level, book a Minibar bartender to turn your kitchen counter into the most ultra-exclusive bar in town. (Note: Bartenders must be booked 24 hours in advance.)
After all that food plating and drink mixing, maybe you’re feeling in need of a little pampering. We’ve got you: Zeel can send a massage therapist to your door in a matter of minutes. Founded in 2010, this New York–based company has become the Uber for relaxation. Choose your preferred massage type and select a well-reviewed therapist from its large pool of vetted, fully licensed practitioners. We’ve tried Zeel a few times (quite a few times, in fact) and we always feel amazing afterward.
When you’re ready to paint the town and want to look your best, hit up the Glamsquad. We’re impressed by this app; it helps you select whatever beauty treatment you’re looking for and then sends a professional to your door for a personalized tune-up. A mani-pedi in the comfort of your own apartment? Yes, please. A perfect blowout before dinner? Definitely. We can’t imagine anything dreamier than the one-on-one attention of a beauty pro in the low-pressure setting of your own place.