Munchery immediately created wave of buzz when it was founded in 2010 with its promise of delivering same night meals from local chefs.
Since then, the company has partnered with local restaurants in its delivery areas to ensure that customers have amazing, farm-fresh meals to eat each night. In addition to creating individual meals customers can enjoy that same day, Munchery also allows users to order enough meals for the week.
All Munchery meals contain fresh and local ingredients and the menu is regularly updated so that customers get to experience a variety of different dishes. Munchery promises that all of its dishes are “expertly chilled and delivered fresh” and are easily heated as soon as you are ready to dine.
“We pride ourselves on partnering with local farmers who specialize in seasonal, all-natural, and organic produce, offer antibiotic-free meats, and use wild-caught fish whenever possible,” the Munchery website promises.
How Munchery Works
Munchery promises that all of its meals can be heated in 15 minutes in a conventional oven or in just a few minutes in the microwave. In addition to dinner entrees, the company also offers salads, sides and kids’ meals.
Munchery customers can either purchase meals as a guest or as a monthly member of Munchery. Guests don’t pay any monthly fee, but pay higher prices per meal.
A Munchery membership is $6.95/month and customers are billed annually at a price of $83.40. Members save 15 percent on all Munchery items and also have access to special discounts and Munchery merchandise.
Munchery Meal Kit customers often gravitate towards the Munchery Plaid Box subscription. The Plaid Box is especially appealing to customers who want to feel as if they just cooked without actually having cooked.
Here’s how the Munchery Plaid Box works: After filling out a detailed profile on the Munchery site about your food preferences and delivery dates. You’ll then receive meals that take about 15 minutes to put together and heat.
Customers that would like a weekly recurring Munchery order can easily sign up for one.
Not only do recurring orders save 5% on meals, you also get a look at the full menu so that you can plan ahead with your orders.
You can easily skip a week with your recurring order by logging in and letting the system know about your Munchery cancel order.
What You Can Expect From Your Meal
One of the most appealing aspects of ordering from Munchery is that the menu is updated daily. There are plentiful vegetarian dishes, lots of choices for meat lovers and vegan options. The menu ranges from adventurous international cuisine to classic American comfort foods.
Your Munchery Meals can be frozen if you don’t have time to eat them while they are still fresh. They should simply be defrosted before reheated.
Here are some of the Munchery meals that we had the chance to sample.
- Ahi Tuna Rice Bowl: The sushi-grade tuna at the center of this bowl is accompanied by ponzu sauce and fresh vegetables like carrots and cucumbers.
- Argentinian Grilled Steak: Like all of the meat Munchery uses, this steak is sustainably raised. The papas bravas and salsa criolla the meal is accompanied by complement the steak perfectly.
- Moroccan Vegan Grain Bowl: This hearty couscous is complemented by legumes and veggies.
- Shrimp on Angel Hair Pasta: The wild-caught shrimp are served atop a bed of pasta and red sauce.
Delivery is free for Plaid Box subscribers and those with a Munchery subscription plan. Customers should note that delivery fees are between $5 and $7 for same-day non-subscribers if your order is under $60.
Your meals will be delivered chilled in a cooler and should be refrigerated once you have unpacked your box. If you are using the on-demand delivery option for one night’s worth of meals, you will receive your package within 45-60 minutes.
You can track your delivery by heading to your Munchery profile and clicking on the “Today’s Delivery” tab, which contains information on your delivery driver’s location and a map of exactly where they are.
You don’t have to be home to receive your Munchery delivery, but if you’d like your package to be left on your doorstep or with a doorman the company requests that you specify that by checking off the “leave at doorstep or front desk” box in the delivery options section of the Munchery form.
The Munchery delivery zone currently encompasses areas in the following states:
- New Mexico
- New Jersey
- Washington D.C.
- New York
Because Munchery delivers restaurant-quality meals, Munchery items tend to slightly higher in price than other ready to eat meal kits out there.
Menu items range from $12-$20 for dinners while kids meals are $5-$7 and sides and desserts are $4-$8.
The plaid box cooking kits are priced in the $20-30 range for two servings.
Additionally, it’s easy to obtain a Munchery discount code through sites like Groupon.
Food for Thought
We found Munchery menu options different and interesting and loved that we could get same day delivery when we were so inclined.
The meal kits were easy to put together and never took more than 15 minutes, which was greatly appreciated.
While Munchery meals are not 100 percent organic, they do partner exclusively with local farmers so that all of their food is always seasonal and all-natural.
Munchery works best for dinner given their delivery times for same day ordering and the nature of the food itself, but munchery lunch is possible for those with the time to do so.
How to Order
Ordering from Munchery is simple. The Munchery site will first ask you for your email and zip code to see if you live in a current Munchery delivery area.
If you do, you’ll then be shown the Munchery menu, where you can either pick your meals for same day delivery or if you are ordering for the week.
You can also select the plaid box that fits your needs if that is the way you’d like to go.
Once you’ve selected your meals, you’ll be asked for your delivery and payment information. Your meals will then soon be on their way.