Not your average free lunch: 4 NYC startups embracing their inner foodies

by Taylor Majewski
March 9, 2017

For foodies, New York City is the town to live in.

With approximately 8,000 restaurants among the five boroughs, ranging from Michelin-starred pizza joints to rooftop farms to hole-in-the-wall Taiwanese, New York provides an endless supply of worldly cuisines. As such, it’s no surprise that local tech startups have adopted foodie mentalities into their own company cultures.

 

 

What they do: Livestream is bringing the ability to stream high-quality live video to the masses. In fact, the company works with some of the most notable organizations in the world to help them broadcast live events and reach a wider, global audience. The company has a huge office in Bushwick, converted from an old warehouse and decorated with murals by local artists.

Foodie tradition: The company has a restaurant on-site, complete with a chef and barista. Employees can get made-to-order drinks and often enjoy eating lunch together every day, family style.

 

 

 

What they do: Stack Overflow is a platform where software developers can learn from each other through sharing their own knowledge. The website helps developers solve coding problems and find expert answers to their questions.

Foodie tradition: In Stack Overflow’s office in the Financial District, the company has not one, but two, professional chefs serving up lunches every day. The chefs cook up healthy, gourmet meals for its employees, supplemented by the office’s La Marzocco espresso machine.

 

 

 

What they do: Greatist is a next-generation company that caters to a healthy-minded audience, placing an emphasis on fitness, health and happiness content. In fact, every piece of content the company publishes is expert-approved and science-backed to provide quality health advice.

Foodie tradition: In addition to a full chef’s kitchen, the company also has meals from Fresh Direct up to three times per week. Every day, Greatist employees cook together and even have test kitchen competitions.

 

 

 

What they do: Betterment is a goal-based online investment company which delivers personalized financial advice for a low fee cost. Betterment is at the forefront in the rising popularity of 'robo-advisors,' which use algorithms to help people invest their money.

Foodie tradition: Betterment has an in-house chef, that prepares gourmet food for the team in the office’s rustic and homey kitchen. The kitchen fits all three floors of employees, and draws the lunch crowd with treats like sushi, tons of snacks and cold-brew coffee on tap.

 

Images by Anthony Sodd and featured companies. 

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