Tasty Treats to Tempt You
From subscription services to nutrition on demand, one of the hottest startup sectors is food. Whether you are looking for Uber for alcohol or you want to discover niche foodie offerings in your own city, startups within the food and beverage sector are making discovery easier than ever. Entrepreneurs are innovating in the grocery, food technology, restaurant, specialty food, and organic food sector in numerous ways. A city benefiting from this startup boom in a big way is New York City. Options like custom coffee on demand and cooking classes as a service are just some of the fabulous foodie treats New Yorkers have at their disposal. While hot hits like Craft Coffee and Cover might already be on your radar, there are plenty of New York food startups worth getting to know. Following is a roundup of entrepreneurial endeavors in the food sector New Yorkers have at their disposal.
Some may be familiar to you while others are recently founded foodie startups. Don’t get jealous…your city might be home to mouth-watering startups too.
Check out the hottest Food Startups in NYC:
Mouth – Mouth connects customers with indie food and beverage products. Whether you are looking for artisanal sea salt or chocolate covered Jalapeño peppers, Mouth can satiate your desires.
Plated – Healthy eating as a service, Plated delivers fresh ingredients and an accompanying chef-inspired recipe each week.
Green Blender – Smoothies as a service. Weekly deliveries of pre-portioned ingredients to create healthy concoctions like kale and raspberries, spinach and pineapple, or rainbow chard and pomegranate.
CookUnity – Home-style meals from local chefs, delivered to your door
Gotham Cookies – Cookies as a service. Bitcoin-friendly, yummy options include salted caramel, pink confetti, and maple bacon crunch.
Nextdoorganics – Organics membership service. Connecting New Yorkers with everything from farm-fresh cheeses to locally grown, in-season fruits and vegetables.
MilkMade Ice Cream – Monthly hand-delivered, hand-made ice cream in flavors like Brooklyn Ambrosia, Namaste, and Citrus Paradisi.
Exo– Offering protein bars made with cricket flour. Gulp…yes, you read that correctly…crickets.
Kitchen Surfing – Chefs on demand. Say goodbye to slaving over a hot stove; let Kitchen Surfing take care of meal preparation for you.
Minibar – Wine and spirits available via a mobile app, delivered to your door. Alcohol is a food group, right?
Cater Cow – Crowdsourcing pre-priced catering proposals. Billed as “AirBnB for Catering”.
As you can see from the above list of food-related startups, entrepreneurs in New York City are building businesses in this sector in numerous ways. Subscription services, delivery on demand, and crowdsourced experiences are just some of the business models being used. Connecting consumers with convenient services and local providers not only helps grow small businesses, it helps New York’s exploding startup scene grow even stronger. While startups like FourSquare, MakeSpace, and Boxbee might be poster children for the hot NYC startup scene, they are but just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Food startups are a huge part of the dynamic NYC tech scene. We’ve only barely hinted at the many marvelous foodie finds New Yorkers now have at their disposal.
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