Our latest Quick Bites has us... ordering from an app.

THE VIBE
For years now I've been bringing my lunch to work every day. It saves money, keeps the calorie count low(er), and the salads I make with fresh goodies from my Union Square farm buddies are, frankly, a hell of a lot better than anything similar I'd be able to find in my neck of the lunchtime woods.

But when David Chang's heavily-hyped lunch and dinner delivery service Maple expanded into the East Village last fall, I knew it was inevitable at some point that I'd give it a try. And now that they've extended the zone all the way up to 42nd Street, I decided to give it my full attention for a week.

The idea here is appealingly simple. Maple offers a short but constantly-changing menu, so every morning it's kind of exciting to see what they have that day. During my week of Maple (which was last week) there was always a vegetarian option, some sort of sandwich, a hot "entree + vegetable" dish, something with seafood, and a salad bowl topped with meat. Everything was priced at $12, tax and tip included (I always tipped the delivery person a few extra dollars anyway, because c'mon), though apparently now they're offering Chang-created specials for $13.50.

It was a nice break to not have to shop for, prepare, or even think too much about lunch. Especially since the Maple phone app and/or website are so well designed and easy to use. All you have to do is: 1. choosing your meal; 2. picking your delivery time within a 20-minute window; 3. confirming the above. It takes about 30 seconds.

A major plus to the sleek app is the food shots, professionally lit and styled, to show you just what you're getting. And your order arrives in an elegant little paper shopping bag, the food staying warm and/or safe inside compostable cardboard cartons... though the amount of packaging involved is somewhat alarming, compostable or not.

The food was late only once during the week (and then only by 11 minutes), I always received the correct order, and there was just a bit of minor sloshing involved. Basically: the whole front of the Maple house works like a dream.

THE BITES
The most important thing to know about Maple, though, is that the food is all good. True, my lunch never looked as pretty as was portrayed in the app's photographs (and I didn't bother re-plating before eating, as you can see), but the flavors were always bold and on-the-money. Here's a quick rundown...

Monday: Vietnamese Beef Salad
The menu warned "spicy," but it wasn't really. Effortlessly hit all of the Southeast-Asian notes you'd expect, though, and the generously portioned beef chunks were remarkably tender.

Note that every dish on each day's menu comes with a complete list of ingredients, accompanied by little photographs. Today's lunch, for example, included lemongrass, carrot, daikon, cucumber, shallot, jalapeño Pepper, ginger, garlic, mixed greens, mint, cilantro, basil, lime, romaine, black peppercorn, tatsoi, baby kale, frisée, rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, and champagne vinegar.

Tuesday: North African Roasted Chicken
Visually dreary but tasted great, with the Harissa vinaigrette bringing some serious pep. The boneless chicken breast was juicier than I dared hope, the quinoa tabbouleh arrived chewy, not soggy, the roasted carrots sweet and still firm.

Wednesday: Roasted Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Salad
Hearty with lots of flavor. In addition to the top-billed ingredients, there were also hefty handfuls of edamame and pistachio, and the coriander-yogurt vinaigrette was thick and rich. The best part, though, might have been the big leaves of beautiful dark greens, which made me feel like I was getting stronger and healthier with each bite.

Thursday: Mozzarella and Prosciutto Caprese Sandwich
Mostly well balanced, maybe could have used some more mozzarella, with the balsamic mayo adding a pleasant messiness. The Eli's Bread hero performed its function well. The large side of broccoli rabe was delicious, but a total garlic bomb. Sorry, everyone I spoke with that afternoon.

Friday: Green Chili Pork Enchilada
This looked so unappealing upon opening that I thought, "aha, Maple's first failure", but no, once again we had a winner. The enchiladas were nice and chewy/goopy in that comfort-food way, with plenty of zing courtesy of the chilis (though really, the meat could have been anything). And the sad-seeming sauteed vegetables were actually remarkably crisp and lively, thanks to a sprinkling of chili lime salt.

All of my lunches came with a smallish, complimentary Milk Bar sugar cookie, which was gooey and sweet and much appreciated, though I wish they had mixed it up a bit with some other flavors.

THE VERDICT
Can you afford $12(+) lunches one to five times a week? Do you work in a Maple zone? Do you mind staying inside all day and having your food come to you? By all means you should put Maple into your rotation. It's scarily easy to use, it's clear that a lot of thought and care go into each day's menu, as well as each dish, and it's all pretty delicious.

Maple is currently delivering in Manhattan everywhere below 14th Street, and up to 42nd Street between Eighth and Park Avenues. (855-566-2753; maple.com)