It’s time for lunch; but you’re on a deadline and just don’t have time for the out-the-door line at Sweetgreen. A sit-down at The Smith? Forget it. Luckily, we have just about every lunch option in NoMad right at our fingertips. Here are some fast-casual newcomers to the neighborhood.
1151 Broadway (Between 26th and 27th Streets)
If you’re looking for a quick snack or a full meal, this new-kid-on-the-block has seemingly everything for the health-conscious NoMadder. Take your pick from cold-pressed juices, organic pastries, wild-caught-salmon sandwiches to power salads, organic pancakes and a fruit salad. They even have a detox juice program available for all your cleansing needs.
Latin Beet Kitchen
43 West 24th Street (Between Sixth Avenue and Broadway)
Colombian-born brothers Roger, Jaime and Felipe opened the Peruvian restaurant Raymi in 2012, and after several successful years of providing traditional dinner service, they decided to enhance the restaurant with a fresh concept. Latin Beet Kitchen still has the Peruvian influences but is faster, more affordable and serves breakfast and lunch as well. Mouthwatering arepas (corn cakes stuffed with meat and cheese), roasted vegetables with perfectly cooked quinoa or an acai bowl for breakfast are just a few of the delicious options at LBK.
22 West 25th Street (Between Sixth Avenue and Broadway)
The modern design, friendly staff and, most importantly, delicious food has made this an Experience NoMad team new favorite. Market-sourced vegetables make for an inventive mix of warm and cold salads. And if you’re inclined to add some protein to your greens, they have marinated chicken, shrimp ceviche, hard-boiled eggs or hanger steak. Something fresh and tasty for everyone!
119 East 23rd Street (Between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue)
There’s no better place in NoMad to get fast Vietnamese-inspired cuisine than BONMi. Recently partnering with Whole Foods, BONMi has proven itself a great spot to get clean, fresh ingredients like a delicious bahn mi sandwich on crispy bread with house-made sauces or a tasty bowl filled with garden-fresh salad, noodles or rice.
8 West 28th Street (Between Broadway and Fifth Avenue)
Chef Daniel Humm and restauranteur Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park weren’t satisfied with owning the best restaurant in the world; they wanted to own the best fast casual restaurant in the world, too. Whether it’s a quick sit-down meal or you’re only able to grab-and-go, the fine dining attention to detail is evident with the eclectic mix of salads and sides, all made with seasonal ingredients. Try their quinoa falafel plate with pickled beets or hanger steak with roasted broccoli and crispy rice, or their seared cod and chickpea purée.
24 East 23rd Street (Between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South)
If you’re in the mood for Mediterranean, get in line at Verts. Michael Heyne and Dominik Stein, as business students in Texas, missed the taste of the Turkish street food, “döner kebap,” which is popular in their native Germany. To fill this culinary gap, Heyne and Stein created a Mediterranean-themed spot with a choose-your-own-adventure selection process. The brand has blossomed into 28 stores and counting around the country. Get some freshly carved beef and lamb in a quinoa bowl with hummus and red cabbage slaw – you’ll be happy you did.