New Yorkers have drastically altered how they do food. The constraints of working hard, living in small apartments and the advent of a terrific food apps has transformed the New York food environment.
Everyone knows of course that NYC has the most varied cuisine available on the planet and it is true that food, real estate, dating and sports are the four go to conversational staples for a large chunk of New Yorkers. But never assume that New Yorkers interest in food translates into any kind of real attention to it except among New York foodies where their focus on it is epic, truly epic.
The average New Yorker doesn’t think about it until he or she gets hungry. If that happens at the office, they will ring Seamless and order a delivery. If it evening during the week and the person concerned is among the the 50% of NYC people who live in a single person household, they will ring Seamless or a local eatery and order in. If they live with others , they will check with others first and then order in because it’s 8pm or later and who can be bothered cooking at the end of a hard days work.
Refrigators are empty except for some stuff to make coffee: insert here a milk of choice, some ground coffee which is in the frig to keep it fresh and some dark chocolate as a guilty pleasure, but it is healthy after all. Breakfast will be grabbed from their favorite takeaway on the way to work.
And this is a viable lifestyle because with a combination of Yelp, Seamless and Open Door every New Yorker now outsources all the grocery shopping and food prep that their mothers and indeed they themselves once did, to cafes and restaurants completely. And then they complain about the result, just like they did about their Mom’s cooking. Watch the superb video which is a professional actress reading an actual Yelp review about a real New York restaurant.