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Hu Kitchen

78 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011 40.735811 -73.994191
nr. 14th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-510-8919 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Cafes, Health Food, Vegetarian/Vegan
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    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
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    • Delicious
    • Very Good
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    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
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Official Website

hukitchen.com

Hours

Mon–Fri, 7am–10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Sixth Ave.; 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.; F, G at 15th St.-Prospect Park

Prices

$10-$15

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Delivery Area

8th St. to 20th St., Park Ave South to Eighth Avenue

Profile

Hu Kitchen is more of a boutique Whole Foods than a full-blown restaurant. There's no waiter service; you order preprepared healthy foods from a counter. While there are tables for you to eat here, it's more suitable for a to-go order—the decor is stark and minimalistic. Though all of the food is certainly healthy, your best bet is juice and a snack. Green juices and smoothies are just as good as at competitors like Organic Avenue, and the housemade kale chips, raw granola, and almond butter and puffed quinoa chocolate bar are all satisfying items that happen to be packed with vitamins galore. For lunch and dinner, a large selection of prepared foods are sold by the pound, and there are also hot plates that come with simple proteins (including rotisserie chicken) and side dishes. Stick with the simpler items: charred broccolini, cauliflower purée, and miso kale salad are perfect, light dishes. When Hu tries to be more adventurous, it flops. Stuffed portobello with parsnip, carrot, squash, sweet potato, dates, walnut, and egg is filled with one too many vegetables, and it has a mushy, unappetizing consistency. The "Mashbar," a play on a frozen yogurt bar, has vanilla and chia pudding as a base, and a selection of healthy toppings like almond butter, organic fruit, and coconut cream. The vanilla pudding doesn't taste great on its own, but when smothered in chocolate chips, it's a smart way to satisfy a sweet tooth. When it comes to health, Hu certainly fulfills its mission, but if you're more focused on taste, this won't be a satisfying dinner. It's far more enjoyable to stop into Hu and stock up on virtuous snacks for your pantry.

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