January 18, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Hungry? Why wait? Grab an Android phone and find a place that delivers. SeamlessWeb is a new Android app that taps into select restaurants in select cities who offer delivery services. Once the user, um, selects their meal, an order is placed and the food arrives at the door a short time later. Or customer pick-up can be arranged.
Already available on BlackBerry and iPhones, SeamlessWeb has arrived on Android with the added benefits of advanced search, sorting, and filtering. SeamlessWeb members can turn on their GPS or enter an address and then browse a list of participating restaurants. Everything from African food spots to vegetarian cuisine are listed according to category. (There’s even a category for places that do not require a delivery fee.)
Each restaurant offers a menu and price information or a section for special instructions (extra potatoes, no mayo, etcetera). Clicking on the item will Add to Bag until the customer is satisfied enough to check-out and await their food or head to the restaurant to pick-up the order. You can even save your favorites for future orders.
The only problem I can see with SeamlessWeb is that it’s fairly limited in areas supported. My current city (Miami) isn’t available, but places I visit often are. Here’s the list of all participating cities as of this blog posting:
- London, UK
- Los Angeles
- New Jersey (Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken)
- New York City
- New York Metro (White Plains and Yonkers, NY; Stamford, Greenwich, and Westport, Connecticut)
- Northern Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, McLean, Reston)
- San Francisco
- Silicon Valley (Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City)
- Washington, D.C.