Special Report

Shutdown: The Coronavirus

Contactless: Food Delivery amid COVID-19

A delivery left on the stair railing, April 12, 2020. Photo by Keighton Li

Delivery apps like Seamless, UberEATS and Grubhub are all now offering contactless delivery to avoid human interaction and minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus — this has saved my life. 

I have been quarantining in my tiny teeny West Village studio for almost two months now. The virus and news of anti-Asian attacks in New York and across the country have successfully scared me off the outside world. But there is one problem — my pocket apartment doesn’t come with a kitchen and I can’t really cook. So I have been ordering delivery for nearly every meal. 

While I am worried that I might catch the virus from receiving the food from the delivery people, contactless delivery, where the driver leaves the food in front of my door and I express my gratitude by tipping them on the app, has really helped. 

This is a look into my unhealthy quarantine diet.

Grubhub delivery order from Bus Stop Cafe in the West Village outside my door, April 11, 2020. Photo by Keighton Li.


Pasta Bolognese from Bus Stop Cafe in the West Village, April 11, 2020. Photo by Keighton Li

DoorDash delivery order from Boka St Marks Place outside my door, April 9, 2020. Photo by Keighton Li

Kimchi fried rice with spam from Boka St Marks Pl, April 9, 2020. Photo by Keighton Li

UberEATS delivery order from Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen in Nomad outside my door, April 18, 2020. Photo by Keighton Li

Bacon scramble from Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen in Nomad, April 18, 2020. Photo by Keighton Li

Grubhub delivery order from Shu Han Ju in the West Village outside my door, April 22, 2020. Photo by Keighton Li

Mapo Tofu from Shu Han Ju in the West Village, April 27, 2020. Photo by Keighton Li

Dig delivery order outside my door, April 28, 2020. Photo by Keighton Li

Charred chicken bowl from Dig, April 28, 2020. Photo by Keighton Li

UberEATS delivery order from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Chelsea outside my door, April 30, 2020. Photo by Keighton Li

Fried chicken and a side of biscuit from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Chelsea, April 30, 2020. Photo by Keighton Li

This is a project of  Lori Grinker’s  NYU graduate photojournalism class.



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