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From what I had read about the place, i.e. that you can dine-in or get weighed portions to go, I expected a casual deli style space. So when I walked in, I was literally speechless. You guys, it is so lovely. No, I don't have a picture to show you. I knew one couldn't do it justice. Just go. Go to Hu on a day when you're zipping around running errands and need a peaceful place to pit stop, eat, and recharge for the trip home - or more insane holiday shopping.
While I was taking it all in, a staff member greeted me and asked how she could help. When I started asking about gluten, another staffer chimed in and said that, while Hu isn't certified GF, the only gluten in the restaurant is in some beer. Works for me. With that in mind, I went to check out the prepared food section:
|if a bit pricey (yes, that one is $35/lb!)|
|Meatloaf, garlicky escarole, roasted butternut squash, and a grainless roll.|
Delicious. As in audible "mmmh!" from me. I don't know what they add (magic?) to the squash, but it has an amazing flavor and aroma. And those greens? Tender and flavorful. All of it, even the grainless roll (not my bag, usually) was just wonderful - earthy and delicious. I can't wait to go back to try the soup and burger. (And bowl and breakfast sandwiches ... )
And as for my wariness re: the "pre-industrial diet" ethos? Frankly, their food jives with my basic eating MO, which is to eat organic, free range, and local as much as possible. Save for the grainless roll, I make meals similar to their meatloaf plate all the time - they just do it better.
Hu Kitchen is located at 78 5th Avenue. Hours of operation: M-F: 7am-10pm, Saturday: 8am-10pm, and Sunday: 9am-10pm. Phone: 212-510-8919