10 Apps to Find the Best Food, Amenities and Travel
We live in a world in which almost everything is available on demand via one app or another. But with thousands to sift through, how do you figure out what is actually useful? Don’t worry, we did it for you. These apps give you stuff you really need when you need it.
In a rush? Any last-minute beauty and fitness needs are easily funneled through Beautified, an app started by DJ Hannah Bronfman and co-founders Annie Evans and Peter Hananel. There’s access to coveted appointments at a bevy of spas, studios and popular destinations at special pricing. Gratuity is already added and if you’re feeling generous, you can gift services to friends.
Need a last-minute meeting space that isn’t your office or local coffee shop? No problem thanks to Breather, which connects you with nearby, private and spruced-up spaces. Ready and on-demand with fully-loaded amenities like Wi-Fi, docking stations, books, pens and pencils and in some cases, green leafy plants, you’re easily able to tend to the day’s tasks. Expect an hourly rate of between $30-70.
The concierge-like Sosh is a city guide built on an algorithm from former NASA employee and astrophysicist Rishi Mandal with lists of restaurants and bars curated by live (not robotic) editors. And now, users can reserve a table at popular eateries. Thus far, the covered cities reach from Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and DC, with Boston and Los Angeles coming soon.
Let’s be honest, we all could use some calm in our busy, tech-driven lives. Billed as a “gym membership” for the mind, Headspace includes a guided 10-day starter course with 10-minute sessions led by calming, congenial ex-Buddhist monk, Andy Puddicombe. For the lifestyle set, rest assured, it’s also Gwyneth Paltrow endorsed.
Forget the hassle of heading to a spa for your favorite service. The Ritualist brings organic treatments, bespoke facials, manicures and pedicures by licensed estheticians right to your home or even your hotel (for guests without a proper onsite spa).
How toxic are the beauty products you’re using on your face? The useful, unbiased Think Dirty helps you navigate the complicated world of product labeling with succinct information on over 2,900 brands and over 200K products. Simply scan a barcode and learn about your jar’s ingredients. If you don’t like what’s in your face cream, this app will help you select something cleaner.
For the booze and happy hour inclined, the on-demand Minibar allows you to plug in your address and chose from a range of beer, wines and liquors. There’s no delivery charge and your bottles arrive in less than an hour.
Can’t think of a place to meet your friend for dinner? Don’t trust those Yelp reviews? The spare, minimalist-designed Flavour is your source to access your city’s best new restaurants. Reviews are curated from chefs and local experts along with revered publications like The New York Times. At your disposal are full menus, recommended dishes and of course, OpenTable reservations.
If you want an unfussy, easy way to order from your favorite restaurants, look no further than Caviar. Most recently Caviar developers unleashed its speedy offspring called Fastbite, which gives New Yorkers a meal delivered from popular spots like the venerable Katz’s Delicatessen in 15 minutes for less than $15.
For the spontaneous and last-minute planner, HotelTonight grants you unparalleled access to top hotels at discounted prices. And, it’s newest spawn, Aces (with 24-7 availability) gives users an in-app chat feature with a personal concierge to help with everything from booking dinners to getting an extra pillow delivered to your room.