I love to cook. And when I do, I try to cook healthy to make up for the rest of my lifestyle which looks exactly like our Instagram feed: chock full of egregious, gorgeous things to eat that typically aren't great for your body. But sometimes I want to eat well without slow roasting my own damn tomatoes, which is where Communal comes into play.
Atmosphere-wise, Communal borrows its sex appeal from Penelope and its tunes from Kidz Bop. We'll call that a wash. The service quality can be dicey, varying by time of day and number of people on staff, but the menu makes up for it. Communal’s juices and smoothies give any über pricey specialty shop a run for their money. Their signature flatbreads are unique, but not so outlandish that you can't tell if you're eating a pizza vs. a deconstructed burrito. And their other salads, sandwiches, and large pizza options can accommodate all tastes and hunger levels.
We mostly recommend this spot for lunch, especially because the food carries out well and it's located close to the park. But personally, it's my go-to after hitting a class at the 77th St. SoulCycle. That whole 45-minute sweat fest followed by Meatball Shop hoagie routine was getting a little dangerous.
Rustic Chicken Soup with Lemon and Thyme
Not quite sure what makes this rustic, but it's a good starter to warm up with on a chilly fall day.
Maestro Flatbread or Community Wheel
If you want something straightforward but slightly more exciting than the Margherita, go for this guy. It's the standard Communal thin crust topped with oven-roasted Portobellos and three different types of cheeses.
This is actually no longer on the menu, but if you ask nicely they'll make it for you for $13. It's flatbread topped with a boatload of sautéed kale, roasted plum tomatoes, pesto, pine nuts, and goat cheese, AKA every Pinterest-perusing millennial female's dream. It's also the exact size and shape of a horse's face. I'll accept my Nobel Peace Prize for not making an SJP joke now please. Or does saying that make me ineligible? Worth it.
Baby Arugula Salad
Despite the fair serving of avocado on this bad boy, the most important ingredient is the vinaigrette. It's a honey-mustard, black sesame seed, truffle concoction that I would like to bathe in daily if possible. Should any Infatuation readers be able to make this happen, please send your carrier pigeon to HQ immediately.
Best Veggie Burger in Town
Bold name. I can't say if this is the best veggie burger in town because I haven't eaten all of them. But this is certainly one of the better and more flavorful ones I've had in my NYC tenure thanks to the hummus, Dijon, and a fun little arugula apple salad.
Warm Grains and Legumes
I'm just going to list out the ingredients and you give me one good reason to not f*ckin devour this thing for lunch at least once a week: farro, chickpeas, seasonal veggies, bitter greens, poached organic egg. You just got served.