Remember Kozmo.com, the failed web start-up that delivered videos and snacks to your door? Think of it as a prototype for MaxDelivery, which seems to have ironed out the kinks in Kozmo’s business model just in time for our new age of nesting. MaxDelivery offers DVDs, a Duane Reade’s worth of drugstore items, wine and booze, and a good percentage of the contents of a Manhattan supermarket. The site lets you choose a delivery slot as soon as the upcoming hour, and often gets there within 30 minutes, for a delivery fee of $2.95 (waived if your order tops $75). But the real selling point are the specialized products that you’d normally jump in a cab for—treats from Sugar Sweet Sunshine and Jacques Torres, Murray’s cheeses, loaves from Sullivan Street Bakery, on a moment’s notice. The site also takes requests, and claims that 80 percent of the items people ask for become available. So we have a suggestion: How about a one-click Saturday-night deal? It would contain a bottle of Cabernet, Jacques Torres caramels, a DVD, and a pack of condoms. That, ladies and gents, is the definition of recession-era fun.
Best Way to Make Those Nights at Home More Bearable
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).