Hu Kitchen

Open Hours:  Mon-Fri 7:00AM-10:00PM; Sat-Sun 9:00AM-9:00PM

Phone number: 212 510 8919  

Price Range: $10-$15 

Address: 78 5th Ave 


Station: L, N, Q, R, F, M

I’m definitely an advocate of splurging on sweets and tasty eats while traveling, but sometimes I just really crave a dose of healthy food. After a week’s worth of nonstop restaurant hopping, I thought it was finally time to make a pit stop at Hu Kitchen.

Why was I so keen on coming here? Well, Hu Kitchen stands by 8 pillars when it comes to what they serve: unprocessed food, high quality ingredients, emphasis on veggies, making all grains whole, embracing healthy fats, grass-fed meats, elimination of artificial sweeteners and providing non-GMO foods. They’re a Paleo restaurant focused on bringing food back to the basics without sacrificing taste.

Won’t lie, the first time I tried this place I was rather overwhelmed. Hu offers already made entrees and sides from which you can pick and choose, much like a cafeteria sort of fashion. Options vary depending if you come for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They also have selections where they sell granola, granola bars, raw dessert, prepackaged cold foods and juices.

I was intrigued by their Bowls where you choose your own “base” and “topping”. I chose the Raw Vegetable Medley as my base and the Organic Moroccan Chicken as my topping.

So very impressed. The veggies (shredded cucumbers and carrots) were crunchy and fresh. The Moroccan chicken was so well seasoned with onion, garlic, turmeric, coriander and cumin. Every bowl also comes with a grain-free Hu bread that I thought to be rather tasteless and bland.

Hu serves a variety of pressed juices. I got a Spicy Greens so I could claim that I had eaten my veggies for the day.

 We also got a Raw Chocolate Nut Brownie to see if they could actually make healthy dessert taste like dessert.

Ain’t bad, in fact, the lack of sweeteners and various ingredients make the cocoa flavor even stronger. Would recommend to those who like rich flavored dark chocolate desserts.

Don't forget to check out their Mash Bar where they serve smoothies and acai bowls. 

verall, highlights of this place include its eclectic atmosphere and, of course, its creative and diverse Paelo menu. I’m thoroughly impressed that they have managed to accomplish their Hu philosophy while refraining from compromising the taste of their food. Definitely a good place to grab and go when you're on lunch break with your coworkers.