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Hello fellow chowhounders,

My dear friend's mother is very sick, and she has been spending all of her spare time taking care of her. She also has a very high-stress full-time job which is not cutting her any slack, even during this very difficult time for her. As a result, she's not able to cook and is eating take-out all of the time.

Since she's rarely home, I thought I could help her out by at least having a nice, healthy lunch delivered to her a few times a week at work. Can anyone suggest a delivery service that serves delicious, healthy food, has a flexible schedule, and will deliver to an office? Preferably not too expensive!

TIA for all of your help - I know that CH will come through for me!

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  1. Most places that deliver have geographical boundaries, so where exactly does your friend work?

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    1. re: RGR

      Oops, forgot to mention that. She works in midtown Manhattan.

      1. re: chowmeow

        "Midtown" takes in quite a bit of territory, and most places have exact ave./st. cut-offs. So, can you be more specific?

        1. re: RGR

          Yes, I agree. I've had a place that was 2 blocks away from me N-S and 3.5 avenue blocks away from me that refused to deliver to me place because I was .5 avenue block away from their delivery zone. A lot of places are very strict about it. So a more specific location would be helpful.

          And I agree with 180macd that Pump is a good suggestion. Some of the stuff may be considered not the tastiest, but most of their stuff is pretty healthy. Having been through what your friend has been through, I think it's really nice gesture on your part. I'm sure your friend will be appreciative of it.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            Thanks, Miss Needle. I wasn't sure how to help her, so I'm glad to have your feedback.

          2. re: RGR

            Thanks everyone for your great suggestions! I'll definitely look into Pump My friend works at 6th Ave. and 48th St.

            1. re: chowmeow

              the closest location to her office is on w. 55th between 5th & 6th. i used to work on 6th ave between 48th & 49th [it may very well have been the same building as hers], and they delivered to me many, many times.

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              Dig Inn
              40 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

      2. PUMP has a few locations in Midtown and serves excellent health food.

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        1. re: 180macd

          I and many of my office mates prefer to order from energy kitchen v pump, which we find pretty bland.
          For yummier and slightly less healthy lunch options, we order from Mangia and Starwich for very tasty gourmet sandwiches.
          www.orderinny.com

        2. There are many Pax and Cafe Europas in midtown so there is likely one near where your friend works. They have pretty fresh salads and sandwiches and are not super expensive. Their menu is online and you can even place your order for breakfast or lunch online and have it delivered to your friend's office.
          www.paxfood.com

          You can also check www.menupages.com for a huge assortment of menus in NYC.
          Hope this helps and best wishes for your friend's mother

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          1. re: iluvcookies

            If you go to seamlessweb.com, you'll have hundreds of restaurants to choose from - just type in her work address and it will give you all the options that will deliver to her office. It's easy to use and free!

          2. That's a really nice way to take care of your friend and would be one less thing she needs to think about. I tried looking on their website for delivery info but it's not working - but Dishes on 5th and 45th is another good option, hopefully they will deliver to your friend's office. They are a much nicer version of a salad/sandwich/hot and cold food bar deli. Lots of good options (and for comfort food, their coconut crusted chicken fingers can't be beat).

            1. dishes and pump are both yummy. another option would be to get her some giftcards to local lunch spots. this way she can get what she wants when she wants.