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NYC's Best Unique Food Delivery Services

As New Yorkers, we're used to getting our food delivered. But did you know there's specialty services that will bring everything from raw cookie dough to a completely Paleo Diet-approved meal to your home or office door? Here are five of our favorites that could also make great gifts for the holidays. By Carly Petrone.

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737 2nd Ave.
New York, NY

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Everyone knows that the best part about baking chocolate chip cookies is the actual cookie dough. Now, you can get fresh homemade batches of dough delivered straight to your front door. Thanks to the folks at DO, you can dive your spoon into fun flavors like Classic Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal M&M, PB&J, Salty & Sweet, Confetti, Trail Mix, and many more. Make sure to check out their seasonal flavors like Fall Cake Batter, Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chunk, and Komen's Cake Batter. Afraid you'll miss out due to gluten allergies? Don't worry, DO's founder , Kristen Tomlan, is always experimenting with gluten-free recipes. Try their Chewy Coconut Granola, Breakfast Banana, or Peanut Butter Chickpea flavors. Your dog can even get in on the fun with their very own Doggie Do! Delivery is available in Manhattan (below 125th Street) for a flat fee of $15. Customize your own pack of 4 for $40 or choose other options from their website.

Portable Chef

Portable Chef
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Before the holidays begin to ramp up (and the extra pounds start to pile on) get into the swing of healthy eating with the help of Portable Chef. This farm-to-table meal delivery service is available throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens and caters to your individual needs and food preferences. Whether you're trying to lose weight, begin a gluten-free diet, or are recovering from an illness, this service is all about using locally and regionally sourced ingredients produced without chemicals or hormones. The menu changes often, giving each customer tons of variety, however, just a few items on the permanent collection include National Championship Chili, Grilled Salmon with Ginger-Scallion Sauce, Laotian Pork Lettuce Wraps, as well as vegetarian dishes like Grain-Free Sweet Potato Dumplings with Sage and Chickpea Stew with Swiss Chard and Tamarind. A full day of meals will cost you $92 (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) plus $22 for delivery but there are plenty of other options available if that's too steep starting out. Learn more about this convenient service here.


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Postmates may just become your new best friend. This delivery service makes it easy to enjoy some of the best restaurants in the city with the click of a button. From Shake Shack and Sprinkles Cupcakes to Juice Press and The Meatball Shop, now these amazing restaurants -- which may not have otherwise been available for delivery -- are able to get to you thanks to the help of Postmates' Couriers. You can even get your favorite fast food items from Wendy's and Taco Bell. The Postmates Liquor Store is also at your service this holiday season (and beyond). Order rose for Whispering Angel for a fun girls night in or stock up on staples like Ketel One Vodka and Bulleit Bourbon for your bar. It's also a fun site to check out what they're featuring. At the moment, they're celebrating the opening of Bradley Cooper's new movie 'Burnt' with a blockbuster selection of culinary hits from over 50 restaurants including Black Seed, Doughnut Plant, Melt Shop, Poulette, and Tacombi. You name it and you'll probably find it. So next time you're craving something head to their site.

Kettlebell Kitchen

Kettlebell Kitchen
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Are you ready to take on the Paleo Diet? Make it one step easier by investing in the Kettlebell Kitchen. This site makes it easy to pick up your Paleo-centric meal directly from the gym! Just make sure to give them five days advance notice to order a full line of breakfasts, entrees, and snacks. They'll drop off meals to a commercial refrigerator at the pick up location of your choice (which is selected upon account creation) so all you have to do is warm it up when you get home. Most entrees are meat-focused so this isn't the best option for vegetarians. Enjoy everything from a Turkey Paleo Cheeseburger with Sweet Potato Fries to a Bacon Chicken Waldorf Salad. Snacks include Chicken Wings with Paleo Ranch and Egg Salad. If you're a crossfit junkie or competitive athlete, this service is right up your alley. Meals are delivered twice a week and stay fresh for 3 to 5 days. Find out prices for one-time or recurring orders here.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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