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Testing out a new food platform: Munch Ado

4 Nov

My day job is in digital media, so when people ask me to test out a new site or app in the food space, I am both delighted (I love what I do) and concerned (I’m very particular about the quality of the platforms I use online).  I have very little patience for apps/websites that do not work, make my life harder, or try to solve for a problem that doesn’t exist. But Munch Ado had an interesting proposition and I was happy to try it out (and they kindly gave me $100 towards using their service, which enabled me to treat some of my coworkers to a lunch delivery).

The pitch was that it’s a NY-based start-up that is working on “redefining food discovery and connecting restaurants with people (and vice versa).” Right now, I personally use a big combination of Seamless, Yelp, OpenTable, Eater, Chow, FourSquare, UrbanSpoon, and a few others for all my food needs. The idea of having this all in one place is appealing, though I was skeptical if there really could be a one-stop shop that combined all the best of each so I could find a restaurant, reserve a table, order food, and get deals all while taking reviews into consideration so I could find the best ones.

So does Munch Ado deliver?

First… a tour:

(Home screen)


(Browse for restaurants by location)


(See local restaurants on one map)


(Look for deals… there were a number available for Hispanic Heritage earlier this week)IMG_9175

(Details of the deal)


(Some more deal stuff… this on delivery)

I liked a few of the features, namely that whether I was looking to dine in or dine out, it was all in one place. The idea that was most appealing to me is that I could not know where to go for dinner, pull up the app and look for fun deals in the area, and choose that way. So the “deals” aspect I think was the most interesting.

I was severely missing the reviews to help me decide, however. There are a few reviews but I don’t see any kind of ranking or way of sorting by reviews just yet (it automatically searches by distance, with A to Z, Best Match, and Price being the other options). Also, I didn’t get any easy prompt to add my review, so I think building that will be difficult at first unless they pull in reviews from other places.

My biggest hang-up: I am still not sure what allows a restaurant to qualify for their list, and it’s not like it was just listing the best restaurants, which makes me wonder how exactly I choose.  So picking a place to go is not as easy as I would have liked, leaving me flipping through the entire list of places that delivered to me at that time.

So when I ordered, I went with a restaurant I am already a fan of to deliver.  The process of ordering delivery was pretty easy (though, be warned, you can’t add tip until they deliver and you add it on the receipt) though I wish there was more information on each dish like there is in Seamless.  I also had no idea how long it would take to arrive until after I checked out (I might have missed this but not sure) and then when it was a bit late, I didn’t know who to contact or how.

We all did enjoy a lovely lunch delivery, however! (Thanks again from me and my coworkers, Munch Ado!)

The usability was nice and I liked the look and feel of the app. I also like the cheekiness of the messaging (though I wish they allowed opt in for text messaging rather than automatically sending).

Overall, I think Munch Ado has definite potential, but a key is that it has to do each function as well, if not better, than the individual sites/apps I currently use to truly replace them. I gave them some feedback on how to get closer to that goal, and they were SUPER receptive. So hopefully this is just the start of something fabulous.

Let me know what you think if you try it out!


Goldbely.com: Jeni’s Ice Cream Sandwiches (from Columbus, OH)

5 Nov

As soon as I read about Goldbely.com, I knew I had found a site that I would love.  They aggregate (and curate) some of the best local foods from around the country and allow you to order them to be shipped fresh, right to your door.  You can order a steak from Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn, a deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s in Chicago, or ice cream sandwiches from Jeni’s of Columbus, Ohio fame.  They have a really good showing from some of NYC’s best with Katz’s Deli, Zabar’s, Barney Greengrass, Sarah Beth’s, Seredipity 3 (and their famous Frrrozen hot chocolate), some black and white cookies, and even our favorite corner butcher, Esposito’s.  And that’s just a sampling.

I held an “ice cream party” for my team at work to celebrate their good, hard work over the summer and ordered up those Jeni’s Macaroon ice cream sandwiches.  I got two packs of 8, which had 4 flavors:

Salty Caramel with Smoked Almonds

Chocolate Hazelnut

Orchid Vanilla Bean

Oatmeal Cream


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We split each of them into quarters and dug in.

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Each one was better than the last.  Though I think the salty caramel won out by a smidge for me.  The chocolate hazelnut was a very close second, however.  And they were all really great and a really fun treat for everyone.

They kept me very updated on when it would be delivered and it came incredibly fast.  I also don’t feel like they are ridiculously upcharged, and it all seemed worth it for the experience (and much cheaper than a plane ticket and a hotel!)

I also recommended Cranberry Island Kitchen to Goldbely (they have a recommendation option at the bottom of the page).  Cranberry Island Kitchen made the whoopie pies we had at our wedding, which were stupendous. Luckily, Goldbely liked them as much as we did and they are already up on the site!

And hey, if you do decide sign up, if you use my link you will get $20 off an order of $50 or more and I’ll get some credit to buy more treats… so you know… do yourself AND NYCNomNom a favor and use my referral link: http://curebit.com/x/ZKby7A  (and no… I wasn’t paid for this review… I just really really dig Goldbely!)


The New Montenapo

11 Sep

I was completely blown away last time I went to Montenapo (in the NY Times building on 41st between 7th and 8th).  So much so, that I nominated it for the #4 meal of all of 2009.

They closed down for a few months when a new owner came on board.  I’m not sure what they changed, however, I was so excited that it opened back up that I ordered take out.  Very expensive take out to be exact. 

I chose the Pappardelle alla Genovese (with braised pork, beef, and veal).  It sounded great, but I was kinda bummed when I opened up the lid to find… this…

I mean, you pay $20 for pasta from a restaurant that you were blown away by last time, you expect more than this lump of goo.  And it was fine… just… fine.  Nothing even remotely interesting about it.  I still had hope for Mike’s dish…

Linguine alle Vongole e Zucchine (with littleneck clams and zucchini).  It was… fine.  Fair… Okay it was boring. 

And the side of sauteed spinach? Also… bland.   

I was beyond disappointed.  It was SO good in the restaurant before and this was just so bland.  For a $50 delivery, I expect more to begin with, but to have such a great place turn to so boring just sucks.  Maybe it was an off day… or maybe they just don’t do delivery well.  I MAY try to give them another try by dining in… but this was so uninspired I might just throw this on the “give up” list.  Bummer.

Total Nom Points: 5 out of 10