Ditch Your Sad Desk Salad And Try MealPass, The ClassPass Of Lunches

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Weekday lunches can be a real pain in the ass. Only 1 percent of the 1 percent has time for beautifully-layered, jarred salads or enough cash to throw down on Whole Foods sushi every day.

That's where MealPass comes into play. Created by a ClassPass co-founder, it works similarly to the monthly fitness membership app -- but for food. For $99 a month, you get lunch every weekday from participating restaurants in your neighborhood. If you use it every day, that comes out to about $5 a meal.

They debuted MealPass in Boston and Miami in January and plan to launch in New York City this Wednesday. Currently, there are more than 100 restaurants looking to participate in NYC's MealPass plan, including Liquiteria, Mulberry & Vine, Blue Water Grill and Penelope.

Mary Biggins, MealPass and ClassPass co-founder, said recently,

Lunch is a really tricky meal. It tends to be more of a maintenance meal and less of a social meal. You need to eat something to keep you energized through the rest of the day, but you probably don't have a ton of time and you don't want to spend a ton of money.

While that's all well and good, don't count on getting these affordable lunches delivered to your doorstep. If you want it, you'll have to go to the restaurant and get it.

You can't make last-minute decisions, either. At 7 pm nightly, the restaurants post what they'll be cooking the next day and you can decide by 9:30 am on the day of whether to snag a lunch or not.

Luckily, it looks like there will be a lot of variety, since Biggins hopes to appeal to all eaters, from vegans to carnivores alike.

Unlike ClassPass, you can hit up the same lunch spot as many times a month as you like. Now that sounds like a pretty good deal.

Now that we've got lunch covered, the next question is what's for dinner?

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Citations: MEET MEALPASS, THE CLASSPASS OF LUNCHING (Well and Good)