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Old 11-19-11, 08:18 AM   #1
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Delivering Food in NYC

Has anybody here delivered food in nyc while on a bike? If so, how much did you make a day/night? And if you know of any place that pays well, please post it here
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Old 11-20-11, 01:51 PM   #2
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Old 11-20-11, 05:32 PM   #3
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Chances are those guys aren't on the forums discussing their delivery bike. Go to your local delivery place and talk to them there.
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Chances are those guys aren't on the forums discussing their delivery bike. Go to your local delivery place and talk to them there.
That seems very logical.
You make dirt if you're doing delivery. Unless you're lightening fast and can get to any part of NYC in 20 minutes, repeatedly.
IMO I think you'd be more comfortable working at a McDonald's.... and probably make the identical amount of money, with the exception of not having to worry about getting into accidents or rain slowing down your delivery performance.

Coming from a guy who tried being a bike courier for a week in the summer. It's hard work and not a lot of pay.
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Old 11-21-11, 08:14 AM   #5
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I heard Empire (http://empiremayo.com/) was looking for someone to deliver their luxury mayonnaise.
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I would think depending on the place you could make some serious cash. Go to the most expensive restaurant that delivers that you can find and apply there. Try to find a place that has a smaller delivery area than others. Even if you were making the same money that you would at Mcdonald's, and I doubt that would be the case unless you sucked, wouldn't getting paid to ride your bike all day be infinitely more enjoyable than flipping burgers?
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there is the jimmy johns thread, but i dont know if they are in nyc
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there is the jimmy johns thread, but i dont know if they are in nyc
I have never heard of Jimmy Johns. I don't believe there are any here in NY
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Old 11-21-11, 02:11 PM   #9
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That seems very logical.
You make dirt if you're doing delivery. Unless you're lightening fast and can get to any part of NYC in 20 minutes, repeatedly.
IMO I think you'd be more comfortable working at a McDonald's.... and probably make the identical amount of money, with the exception of not having to worry about getting into accidents or rain slowing down your delivery performance.

Coming from a guy who tried being a bike courier for a week in the summer. It's hard work and not a lot of pay.
I worked as a messenger before. A delivery guy probably wouldn't be covering as much ground as a bike messenger. A guy I used to work with said that delivery guys make more than messengers because of the tips. It probably depends on the store that you work for, which is why I asked here to see if anyone knew of any good, fancy restaurants that use delivery guys.
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i can see how a sandwich or something pretty sturdy (food wise) could be delivered via bike... but what about something delicate....?
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I heard Empire (http://empiremayo.com/) was looking for someone to deliver their luxury mayonnaise.
I want this so badly.
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I worked as a messenger before. A delivery guy probably wouldn't be covering as much ground as a bike messenger. A guy I used to work with said that delivery guys make more than messengers because of the tips. It probably depends on the store that you work for, which is why I asked here to see if anyone knew of any good, fancy restaurants that use delivery guys.
Where is NYC do you live?

I'm sure you can find a ton of restaurants in Manhattan that use delivery guys and the delivery area probably isn't that large due to the high concentration of restaurants.
I don't think any "fancy" restaurant is going to be using bikes to deliver, but I don't know what you mean by fancy.

This is all just my guess though. Like I said before you're better off finding actual food delivery guys to talk to.
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I was a cop in Manhattan......anyone delivering food on a bike in NYC ought to invest in a Kevlar vest.......you are going to die, you just arent sure when don't do it
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Where is NYC do you live?

I'm sure you can find a ton of restaurants in Manhattan that use delivery guys and the delivery area probably isn't that large due to the high concentration of restaurants.
I don't think any "fancy" restaurant is going to be using bikes to deliver, but I don't know what you mean by fancy.

This is all just my guess though. Like I said before you're better off finding actual food delivery guys to talk to.
I heard that Pastis used delivery guys and they are pretty upscale or fancy imo. I'm in Brooklyn, NY
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I was a cop in Manhattan......anyone delivering food on a bike in NYC ought to invest in a Kevlar vest.......you are going to die, you just arent sure when don't do it
gotta go sometime right?

i'm sure riding in manhattan isn't as half as dangerous as riding in DET or flint.
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gotta go sometime right?

i'm sure riding in manhattan isn't as half as dangerous as riding in DET or flint.
As with anything else, it's all about the risks you take. If you ride defensively your chances of being in an accident are reduced.
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Wouldn't you make more money delivering small packages and documents? I feel like if I was going to do the same thing (riding a bike) between two choices, I'd go for the one that gets me paid.
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gotta go sometime right?

i'm sure riding in manhattan isn't as half as dangerous as riding in DET or flint.
He means that delivering food will probably get you robbed and/or shot. He wasn't talking about the dangers of being on the road
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gotta go sometime right?

i'm sure riding in manhattan isn't as half as dangerous as riding in DET or flint.
The D can get pretty bad. Drivers there either don't know how to drive properly, or they're all ********.
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Bicycling in any city with motorvehicular traffic is like a roll of dice. At least in the America we have WIDE roads where you can bike along with the traffic. I biked London, Amsterdam and Barcelona. The streets in the old world cities are cramped and cyclists ride on the sidewalk. The drivers are not as aggressive however.
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Im in philly, but i deliver food on a bike thurs-sat night and make about $300 in three days, like i said though, dont know how that will compare with NYC
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I worked as a messenger before. A delivery guy probably wouldn't be covering as much ground as a bike messenger. A guy I used to work with said that delivery guys make more than messengers because of the tips. It probably depends on the store that you work for, which is why I asked here to see if anyone knew of any good, fancy restaurants that use delivery guys.
Oh I see. You could... theoretically, but I assume really fancy restaurants that use delivery service will use car delivery. That's also true for covering less ground. Won't be as tiring then.
As for tips... I suppose that's all on luck.
Otherwise I think you're stuck on Chinese food and pizza (Don't know, never really lived in NYC)
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There are a couple of delis in Portland that have $10-15 sandwiches. Deliver enough of those to lawyers and traders @ lunch everyday and you should pull some nice tips.
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Delivery by bicycle is becoming trendier so nicer places will use it.
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