So, so, so many fantastic things to choose from. My wife had the roast chicken. It was like the best thing you’ve ever seen come out of an oven. It had sprigs of rosemary in it, the skin was on (it was golden brown delicious), the bones were in, and there was juice in the bottom of the pan. It so tender and juicy meat, too. She also got the puréed cauliflower and the roasted veggies. Sooooo good. I had the chicken burger on sweet-potato bun with sweet-potato fries. The fries were crispy and flavor. The bun overwhelmed the burger (as they always seem to with gf burgers. If I had it again, I’d ditch the top bun to even out the bun to meat ratio. They also have organic coffee and amazing desserts. We had a “crack bar” and banana bread. We would love to go back again and again. A real gem!
I read a few reviews before going here and was aware the staff might be an issue but even so they managed to come in far below my expectations. When you walk in, there is a small cafe counter with numerous baked good that I was fawning all over because they seemed to be all or at least mostly GF. There were some cookies that didn’t have a sign that looked good so I asked someone what they were. The employee didn’t greet me or say anything at all. Instead he handed me a paper with the ingredients. The last ingredient was “Hu gems” so I asked someone else what that was and he too didn’t say a single word. Instead he handed me a bag of “Hu gems” that they sell. I was super annoyed and walked away from the counter, annoyed. The back of the space is the hot food counter. The employees back there were neither friendly nor knowledgeable (they had no idea what the flavors of cupcakes in the cold case were) but at least they were responsive. It seems that all or almost all the food there is GF - I wish someone could have provided a straight answer to that. I ordered a burger and sweet potato wedges. The potatoes were great, the burger was average. The patty slid around in the gluten free bun and made kind of a mess, I couldn’t really take a clean bite. And they didn’t have any ketchup or ketchup substitute which was incredibly disappointing. The food temperature of the sweet potatoes and the “bowl” of my companion were barely warm. Ultimately I may return here, I enjoyed having so many quick-serve options. If I want a burger I’ll bring my own ketchup. And I won’t expect much help from the staff. I ended up getting a cupcake (flavor unknown) and it was super-healthy tasting. If you’re looking for a sweet treat this may not be for you. Since I imagine some people appreciate that I haven’t deducted any stars. Minus two stars for staff, lack of product response and knowledge, and food temperature. Recommend with some hesitation.
LOVE it and my friend esme who i was visiting. i asked her where i'd be able to find some gluten free things for lunch and she took me to this fantastic place where i could eat ANYTHING i wanted! i'm so happy that dedicated gluten free kitchens are springing up. i really like the buffet line/cafeteria format at Hu, everything i've eaten here has been very good or better, and there's so much variety it's super hard to decide what to get! my only "complaint" is that the portions are so large it means i can only get 2 or 3 different items. i'm more of a tapas-style eater so i'm looking forward to going back one day when i can take leftovers for many meals/snacks back to wherever i'm staying rather than only a lunch while i'm out and about in manhattan.
Can’t even believe I stumbled upon a GF Paleo place while in NY! Had a fantastic dish of root mash with curry chicken - delicious. Bought several desserts to go for the rest of my trip - Paleo brownie, Paleo cookies and a slice of carrot cake. Also great were the grainless focaccia bread which came with the meal. Love the dinner bun made with a combo of almond and coconut flours. Entire place is GF which makes eating and ordering completely stress free.
Pros: healthy and tasty gf and paleo friendly. Water is filtered and clean. Hourly staff are great. Nice decor. Great concept. Food is clean eating. Cons: inconsistent pricing. Different employees tell you different prices for numerous items. Portions are never the same. It depends on who serves it to you and whose watching over them. Rarely any consistency. Staff keeps changing. Pricing needs to be in writing on the boards for each and every items including individual items to go, so there is less confusion. Not just for the main items they serve. Pricing per ounces and pounds would be helpful when buying sides and single items. Needs to be in writing on the boards. The kitchen managers are not always polite when an issue occurs. It depends whose there that day. No longer a pleasant experience when buy between $100 and $200 dollars in food at a time. Which used to be often. Also, the lines need barriers ropes to control crowds when busy. Things get confusing and messy for patrons during the crowded times. People argue and get stressed.
This place is amazing! Not only is the entire place free from gluten but also dairy too! I felt very safe eating here and the selection is endless! It's buffet style and made me feel like a normal person while still keeping healthy! Will come here every time I am back in New York!
Absolutely fantastic. Had a breakfast bowl with a base of cauliflower purée, sautéed veggies, and an egg on top. So full of flavor! And a side of rotisserie pineapple with cashew cream...beyond description. I've never had so many choices for GF food, especially as a vegetarian (note: my hubby is an omnivore and had plenty of hearty meat choices). Can't say enough about this place.
I love that they are all gf but... A bit overpriced on the hot items. Be careful of the grab and go stuff. There are no prices on them and they are really expensive! I got a meh chicken salad for $14 when $6 would be too much!!! Also the cashiers are rude and apathetic.
So delighted when I came across this place by accident. The food is delicious, packed full of taste, and reasonably priced - a main plus two sides for less than 20 dollars and I was stuffed!! I took three non celiac friends and they loved it too. Can't recommend this place highly enough.
I tried this place for breakfast on Friday while on an overnight trip to NYC. They are 100% gluten free ( among other food allergens) and Paleo/Primal. To say I enjoyed it would be an understatement. When you walk in, the atmosphere is really alive. They have a few seats to the right and a 'bar' where you can eat, more like a counter. I think they called it a 'mash bar' since they also make smoothies. Coffee is made behind counter as well. You can see/ pick out your fruit for smoothie. They also have a bakery case. It all looked amazing. I had a strawberry Paleo muffin, so yummy. At the back, they sell their own products like granola, Brownies, chia pudding, chocolate bars( I bought the dark chocolate banana). It was very rich and delicious. I ordered two plates so I could eat one on the train on the way back. I had a Paleo wrap with egg whites, sweet potato hash and veggies. I was so full but had to finish, I loved it! For the train I ordered Jordy Cakes with cashew cream and berries. They were banana pancakes and almond flour I think. The cashew cream was amazing. There was also seating upstairs. Chairs were made out of tree trunks, so cool looking. Coffee condiment area had coconut sugar, coconut milk ( which I love in my coffee), almond milk, among other alternatives. I highly, highly recommend this place. If I lived in NYC I would probably go broke from eating there every day, you could not keep me out of this place. Can't wait to go back, nor soon enough!!
This establishment is not only gluten free, it's practically Paleo/Primal (there are some dairy and some sweeteners, but minimal use of both), and everything is well labeled. Staff is very knowledgeable. Friends, you have the entire menu to choose from! Go and enjoy! Even my hubby, who has no dietary restrictions and eats like a bachelor when I'm not around, loved what he got. Definitely returning the next time I'm in NYC. Also: try the roasted pineapple. OMG! So good. If these guys put out a cookbook, I'm getting it.
Hu has become my go-to lately whenever I find myself in the city. As other reviewers have noted, the entire menu (with the exception of the beers) are GF, and as such I check my worries at the door. Most dishes feature a short list of ingredients, but everything I've had so far has been wholesome and delicious. The stuffed squash is particularly good, as is the meatloaf and the 'Diesel Parker' - a grain-free lasagna consisting of vegetables, cashew cream, and topped with ground beef. Be advised though, if you have issues with coconut ingredients, Hu uses them pretty extensively in their dishes.
This place is phenomenal. It is like a gluten free paradise. They have tons of amazing options for paleo diet too. The roast chicken is succulent, the cauliflower purée is amazing, the chia parfait station is decadent. I hope they open more branches at some point in the city.