Everyone has that friend who is either vegan, vegetarian, will only eat meat, lactose intolerant, gluten free, health conscious, or is generally a picky eater. Finding restaurant options where the menu offers options for everyone is a rare find. Running across Spring Natural Kitchen was a goldmine for my vegan friend, my health conscious meat eater friend, and my lactose-intolerant self. We arrived during dinnertime and entered into a dimly lit, simplistic, brick-walled restaurant that was modern with an old-school touch, paved with wooden floors and enough room for widely spaced tables and booth-style seating.
Looking at the menu, there are more than enough dinner options that are gluten free and there is an entire section dedicated to vegan options. I ordered the Vegan Pumpkin and Black Bean Patty with greek salad and lactose free yogurt, my vegan friend ordered the Spring Natural Veggie Burger with fries, and my meat loving health conscious friend ordered the South Western Grilled Organic Chicken Salad. We were given complimentary bread with light olive oil while we waited, which was delicious. Our food arrived and looked as good as it tasted: fantastic. My pumpkin and black bean patty was perfectly cooked, warm, with subtle hints of bean, and had a perfect consistency. I was afraid that the pumpkin taste was going to be overwhelming, reminiscent of pumpkin pie, but it was not. The idea of combining these to vegetables into one patty, might I say, was ingenious. The greek salad was fresh and lightly dressed, and the lactose free greek yogurt was perfectly portioned and went really well with the diced tomatoes and the patty. If it was not for the the salad, I would never be able to tell that I was eating both a healthy and fulfilling meal meant for someone with dietary restrictions. It is hard to find a really good tasting meal when chefs are subtracting ingredients to make the dish more appealing for everyone. This dish, however, satisfies all taste buds where any meat lover, like myself, can appreciate.
My friends loved and were more than satisfied with their dish. The portions given are definitely worth the price, especially for a menu that caters to all and offers a wide selection of organic items, tasty dishes, and interesting options.
Spring Natural Kitchen also has another location in SoHo, Spring Natural, that has fewer menu options but was established earlier than Spring Natural Kitchen. I will definitely be back to try another delicious dish, maybe a meat option (perhaps the Thai Styled Grilled Chicken, which I’m sure James would appreciate given his Thai background) or a healthier option (perhaps the Organic Quinoa Salad). With so many quality choices, I doubt whatever else I order will not disappoint.
Overall Rating: 14.2/15
Spring Natural Kitchen
474 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024