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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!


Tuesday Treats- Episode 1

26 Apr

On select Tuesdays, I’ll be posting “Tuesday Treats” which includes a few quick tidbits, links, and tips that I found interesting in the last few days about (what else?) Nomming.

Here is today’s first installment!

Some cool deals for food in NYC that sounded great (click on the links below to get more information and purchase the deals):

Some buzz and blogs around the food world that I found interesting:
  • Daniel Boulud doesn’t have gas for his new NYC restaurant, but the show must go on!  I love Boulud’s restaurants, and I love that he can weather the hiccups that would normally whither any business owner.
  • A friend recently recommended I visit a food blog, and it has a design that makes me very envious: http://www.immaculateinfatuation.com/
  • Another food themed blog that I have been enjoying lately is The Way We Ate, which posts photos of ads and recipe pictures that were in Gourmet Magazine from decades past.  This week is from 1942!
Happy Nomming!

A New Deal Site plus a GIVEAWAY!

5 Apr

There are about 6 bazillion new deal sites out there, all trying to capitalize on the genius spin that Groupon put on the space.  Deal sites have existed pretty much as long as the internet has been around, however, Groupon made it somewhat social by telling consumers that they all had to band together to get a deal.  And now they are valued at $25 BILLION. GENIUS!

I find it has become increasingly difficult to weed through the clutter of the deal sites, and they all have pretty much the same offering.  I wind up just going for deals that appeal to me, and I have very little “loyalty” to any one site.  I do like the feeling of getting something at a discount, however, so I am a frequent purchaser.

When Signpost reached out to me saying they were a “free social network for bargain hunters,” I immediately assumed they were like the rest.  However, after exploring the site, it turns out that they are doing something truly unique in the space.  They are allowing users to post deals in their community and enables them to “Like” deals and share their favorites.  I really like the idea that consumers can share deals in one consolidated space, and it’s cool that you can see them on a map.  Their tagline is “Local deals you actually care about” and I think that’s a great way to put it.

They have a number of food, beauty, home, and fashion related deals.  Right now, they have a few great Foodie deals in NYC that I particularly like, including 50% off Gourmet Gift Baskets, $10 for $20 towards food delivery from AllMenus.com, and $35 for $75 Worth of Kitchen & Bathroom Cleaning from NYC Clean Team. (Click on each link for more information about the deals)  You can sign up to receive deals as well! (I think I’m buying that Kitchen and Bathroom cleaning deal RIGHT NOW!)

They are also hosting an open bar tomorrow night (April 6th) in NYC, so you can RSVP here to enjoy an open bar from 6pm-7pm.  And who doesn’t like free booze?

They also offered me a SWEEPSTAKES PRIZE to give to you, my loyal readers.   To be entered for $20 worth of free delivery from AllMenus.com, just leave a comment below about your favorite thing about NYC.  (This delivery site is only available in NYC, Hoboken, and North Bergen currently, so apologies to the out-of-towners.  I’ll have something for you soon though, so don’t worry!)  To get additional entries into the sweeps, Tweet a link to this blog, Facebook about this blog, become a fan on Facebook, or tell your friends to visit NYC Nom Nom and sign up.  Just send a screenshot of your additional entries to sara@nycnomnom.com or link to them below in the comments section.

Entries will be accepted through Sunday, April 10th at 5pm EST.  I will pick an entry at random and all are eligible to enter.

GOOD LUCK and happy deal exploring!

(Full disclosure: Signpost approached me to feature their site and this sweeps on my blog.  I was in no way required to post any kind of review, positive or negative, and all opinions expressed reflect my own personal experience on the site.)