Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Hale & Hearty - Yummy, Yummy
Really, I should have posted this a long time ago but in honor of my lunch today I am going to talk about Hale & Hearty. I am absolutely in love with this place.
Hale & Hearty is a soup and salad place located on almost every other block in NYC. Most of them have lines a mile long at 12:30 pm so you have to scout out the good ones that are not as busy to ensure yourself a speedy enjoyable experience. Sometimes waiting in line for a long time makes me crazy and antsy and that is never a good thing.
I am going to start with the salads because that is what I most often get. I first must commend them for allowing you to get a few freebies. I mean really all salad places should do this. How dare they charge $3.25 for a bowl of chopped up lettuce and then think it is alright to charge you $1.00 for a scoop of almonds. Anyway, Hale & Hearty at least gives you some carrots, onions and cucumbers as part of the basic price. So I pretty much get the same salad every time I go and it is always delicious. I try to go to other salad places and none compare. I get carrots, cucumbers, apples, walnuts, golden raisin and my new pick, mozzarella balls. For dressing, this the tricky part, I get a mix of the Hale and Hearty vinaigrette and balsamic vinegar. I have to thank my friend red headed Kate for coming up with this combo. It is nothing short of genius. There are lots of other choices to put in your salad like avocado, chicken, shrimp, craisins, goat cheese, corn, etc but I found what I like so I am sticking to it. I also always get a piece of their seven grain bread which is very tasty.
The soups here are also far superior than that of what other lunch places serve. My personal favorites are the Senegalese Chicken (which pretty much tastes like pad thai and is amazing), Cream of Tomato with Chicken and Orzo, Texas Beef Chili, actually I like all of the tomato soups and once I tried the Spinach Artichoke Cheddar one and it was pretty much spinach artichoke dip so that obviously rocks. I also just looked online and they have a Vegetable one with pesto that says it is low fat so I clearly need to try that ASAP.
I know the soups here are generally a bit more than at other places but they are kind of worth the extra price because of all the extra flavor.
This place also has sandwich's but I never get those but word on the street is that they are decent too.