If you live near Union Square, you have probably passed by Hu Kitchen before. At first glance, the slogan “Food for Humans” on it’s sign peaked my curiosity. Isn’t all food for humans? Yes, of course. But at Hu Kitchen, they have gone back to our “roots” with paleo fast casual style dining that is meant to be make natural and unprocessed food easily accessible.
Paleo and gluten free might be recent “food trends” that will come and go just like atkins or fat free diets have. But what you can’t deny is that everything at this restaurant is made with real, whole foods that do not contain additives and consist of completely nutritional ingredients. That will never go out of style. Not only is it healthy, but they have also found creative ways to make their food look and taste great.
The options here are pretty much endless. They have a juice and coffee bar along with an extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. In addition, there is a prepared foods section where you can purchase some of their hot and cold dishes by the pound. Breakfast choices include eggs with sweet potato hash, paleo breakfast sandwiches, and smoothies. My personal favorite is the Hu Benny, a paleo eggs benedict with dairy free hollandaise sauce, kale, chicken sausage and a grain free english muffin. For those looking for something a bit sweeter, they have a Paleo version of pancakes called Jordy Cakes. Lunch and Dinner options include roasted chicken and meatloaf with a variety of sides or one of their signature grain bowls. Some of my favorite dishes include the paleo chicken tenders, stuffed squash, and curried sweet potato salad. There is so much variety that no many how many times you return you will never be bored.
My favorite part about this place is that it’s targeted around what people want but puts a healthier spin on it. We should all care about the ingredients that enter our bodies. Hu Kitchen makes it a priority to deliver us these wholesome ingredients within every meal. It takes common meals that people crave but are not necessarily “health foods” like pancakes, Eggs Benedict, chicken fingers, and even Caesar salad and transforms them into something that we can reap nutritional benefit from. Most common misconceptions lead you to believe that healthy food is always “missing something” and that you are left unsatisfied. This proves untrue as the food is so flavorful that you are not sacrificing taste at all. At Hu Kitchen, you will feel good about what you are eating with no regret.
While you certainly can prepare many of these dishes yourself (I have since begun regularly making paleo chicken tenders), it is incredibly appealing to be able to have this at your fingertips without having to make a mess in your own kitchen. Many people claim to not eat healthy because it’s not readily available to them but this restaurant takes that issue out of the equation. Although slightly pricier than your average Chipotle or Cosi, it is well worth the extra buck or two to know what’s going into your food and to have such high quality food provided in a fast casual establishment. It’s been such a success that it is expanding to the Upper East Side. If you find yourself in either of these areas of the city make sure to check it out!