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Hu Kitchen

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Union Square

$$$$Perfect For:Keeping It Kind Of HealthyQuick EatsSerious Take-Out OperationVegetarians
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Hu Kitchen is the entirely gluten-free health haven famous for feeding every yoga instructor on the island of Manhattan, but guess what: the food is good. You just have to go in with the right expectations and be sure about what you order.

The restaurant itself is a well put together serve-yourself dining hall of shiny metal, and things written on chalkboards like “Nothing is sexier than a face with a vegetable glow.“ Prepare for quality produce, inventive takes on meals that are usually loaded with white flour and butter (apparently that’s bad for you), a juice bar, and a serious takeout operation.

Food Rundown

Rotisserie Chicken

This baby bird isn’t your regular supermarket rotisserie. It’s been brined in coconut water and positive thoughts or something. Whatever it is, the meat falls off the bone and the skin is perfectly salty. It’s our personal favorite item on the menu.

Chicken Tenders

These healthy fingers are pretty serious. Instead of fried, these have been baked with almond meal and a ton of seasoning instead, and they could easily stand up to any basket of KFC or diner fingers you’d normally dive into. Order them with the BBQ sauce and take some home.

Vegetable Root Mash

If you’re into sweet potatoes, you’ll be into this. It’s basically just some pureed sweet potato stuff that is neither sugary nor cinnamon-y. Get it with the rotisserie chicken as a side. This shouldn’t be the centerpiece of your meal.

Bacon Egg and Kale Breakfast Sandwich

Organic eggs, fresh farm bacon, kale, and sharp cheddar are served on Hu bread, which tastes a bit like a mix between an everything bagel and an English muffin. It’s a solid breakfast sandwich.

Jordy Cakes

These absolutely do not taste healthy whatsoever. A mash of honey, bananas, cinnamon, and cashew cream, these are the perfect thing to wake up to if you’re not trying to eat the real deal.

Chicken and Quinoa Soup

Pulled rotisserie chicken, carrots, celery, homemade stock, and quinoa. 9 times out of 10, this stuff is perfect comfort soup for the soul. Every once in a while it can get oily, but any chicken soup made from scratch can weed into that territory. Perfect For: a filling light lunch, warding off the flu.

Hu Chocolate

The Salty Chocolate Bar and the Puffed Quinoa and Almond Bar are both awesome. Hu also has grass fed ice cream, one of the only straight up dairy items on the menu. It’s good.


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