Foursquare Now Lets You Order From Seamless or GrubHub So We Can All Eat Like Kings (or Mayors)
Now you can become the Mayor of eating too many dumplings on your couch.
On Thursday, location-based social network Foursquare announced that it had added the ability to order food from delivery services Seamless and GrubHub within its app. That means that if you see a restaurant you like while browsing around Foursquare, you can get food from that restaurant without leaving the app or having to open up a separate delivery service.
For those who are unfamiliar with these services, Foursquare is an app that allows you to “check in” to your locations with the tap of your smartphone screen. It’s useful for keeping track of your activity (i.e. how many times you’ve been to the gym), and also for remembering cool places you’ve visited. Using the app, you can organize lists of your favorite restaurants in the city, and see where your friends are hanging out. Overall, it’s very helpful for navigating the insane number of food options in an urban setting.
Seamless and GrubHub, meanwhile, allow you to order delivery or takeout from participating restaurants in your area without ever having to pick up a phone. You enter your credit card info and address online once, and it’s saved there every time you jump on the website or app. Both services offer online menus, so that you can check off the items you want and then order a meal. Both are available either as websites or as smartphone and tablet apps, in certain cities around the United States.
So what does this delicious union mean? Basically, you can now order online delivery from all the places you’ve been to on Foursquare — as long as that place is nearby and one of the 20,000 restaurants partnered with Seamless or GrubHub. So if you’re trying to remember, say, that one amazing Thai place you went to last week with the delicious chicken satay, you can run through your Foursquare history, find where you were and tap a Seamless or GrubHub icon to get that same amazing dish delivered to your door (as demonstrated below).
And you’ll be taken straight to the Seamless mobile page for that restaurant. All you’ll need to do is login and pick what you want.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to plant my face in a plate of chow mein.
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