If Uber can get you a ride in a reasonable amount of time, the company thinks it can also get you a hot (hopefully) meal in that same window.
Uber has announced it's expanding its UberEATS food delivery service to two giant markets – New York City and Chicago. Uber first started delivering food in Los Angeles under the name UberFresh, but changed it to UberEATS when it began testing in Barcelona.
Uber is promising fast delivery – within ten minutes in some cases.
According to Uber, it's been a smashing success in LA.
"The response to UberEATS has been amazingly positive. In LA (where it was previously known as UberFRESH) we continue to grow our roster of restaurants, have added brunch service on the weekends, and cut down delivery times to 10 minutes or less. Hot spots like Bay Cities, Bottega Louie, and Canter’s have expanded their reach and boosted their business. And our driver partners tell us they love having another way to earn more through the Uber platform," says the company.
Uber told The Verge that UberEATS has its own dedicated drivers, and it's looking to deliver $9 to $12 lunches and $10 to $15 dinners (with a $3-$4 delivery fee).
Uber promises food from "iconic" restaurants. The menu will be changed on a regular basis.
"This week’s menu in New York City features an exclusive sandwich from American Cut, Kale Caesar salad from sweetgreen, steak sandwich from Num Pang, and more. In Chicago, we’ll be delivering the Pepito Torta from XOCO, Carne Asada Cemita from Cemitas, and more," says Uber.
If you live in one of the four cities with UberEATS, the service is baked into your Uber app.