Sweetgreen, a Solid Salad Spot

January 8, 2014 Updated: January 21, 2014

Manhattan’s latest salad-showcasing eatery has landed in the space adjacent to The NoMad Hotel. The first NYC branch of this fast-casual D.C.-based chain (and 20th location on the East Coast), sweetgreen focuses on sustainably sourcing local and organic ingredients from area farmers and purveyors.

Sweetgreen’s lively interior features tables and rear bleacher seating made from reclaimed wood along with a back wall chalkboard touting the state and specific farms that all seasonal ingredients are derived from. 

Creative customers can design made-to-order salads and wrap masterpieces with a base of options—warm quinoa and farro grains, shredded kale, chopped romaine, and organic mesclun, arugula, and baby spinach—and an array of proteins, including unique vegetarian options like baked falafel, with add-ins of assorted veggies, fruits, nuts, and organic seeds. 

Or simply choose from several featured combos like the hearty Guacamole Greens with tender roasted chicken, creamy avocado, grape tomatoes, red onion, and crushed tortilla chips, topped with lime-cilantro-jalapeno vinaigrette and fresh lime juice.

Heat seekers will relish the kicked up flavors in the Spicy Sabzi, which layers greens, spicy quinoa and vegetables, sweet basil, sprouts and roasted organic tofu with carrot-chili vinaigrette, finished with a kiss of sriracha. The savory-meets-sweet Santorini was a real standout—plump citrus shrimp, tangy feta cheese, red grapes, and chickpeas over romaine, all dressed with creamy cucumber-basil yogurt. Takeaway sides and seasonal soups round out the savory menu offerings.

Organic cold-pressed juices in personalities like “purify,” “energize” and “detox” provide refreshment, along with an organic frozen yogurt bar. 

My delicious froyo finish consisted of silky and tart Stonyfield yogurt, plump blueberries, flax seeds, and local honey drizzle. With generous portions, high quality produce, and fresh, vibrant flavors, toss sweetgreen onto your list of go-to salad spots.

Sweetgreen
New American, Fast Food
1164 Broadway ( between 27th and 28th streets)
646-449-8855
sweetgreen.com

Hours
Mon–Sun: 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m.

Reviewed by:
Best practices/nutrition: Ashley Spivak
Food critic: Megan Murphy

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