Yesterday, I was reading one of my favorite blogs, NYC Daily Deals and noticed a promotion atÂ Yorganic -Â Â free lunch for the first 300 people. Â As soon as my call at noon was over, I grabbed my manager and ran down the street to this healthy, organic establishment in the Financial District.
I had been to Yorganic in the past, but yesterday the restaurant was giving out little boxes, which contained samples of several different items on the menu. Â The wait wasn’t too bad and after about 10 minutes, we received our boxes (customers #254 and #255) and headed back to the office to eat our lunch. Â Like most places downtown, Yorganic is a grab and go establishment with pre-made sandwiches and drinks, but you could also order a rice bowl to your liking.
Since I tried most of the free food we were given (minus the green tea), I thought I’d share a little rundown:
- Natural Remedy Organic Juice (made from organic carrot, apple, ginger): Â I don’t think I like healthy juices. Â I need some kind of sweetner in it, and the ginger made me feel like I was drinking part of a sushi meal (I associate ginger with sushi). Â My manager liked it, but she also likes those juice diets and natural juices, so to each their own.
- Organic cold asparagus soup (made from organic asparagus, spinach, leek, shallot, onion): I really liked the soup and I didn’t feel like I was eating baby food, like what happens when I eat a vegetable focused soup at Hale & Hearty. Â Would I go out of my way though to order it? Â Probably not, but when presented with it, I thought it was good.
- Chicken Pesto (made out of free range & hormone free chicken, basil pesto, mozzarella, roasted red pepper, arugala, baguette): Â I liked this sandwich and unlike most chicken sandwiches, you tasted other aspects of the sandwich than just the chicken – you know what I mean, when you bite into a chicken sandwich and you can barely taste the other toppings on the sandwich. Â I’m the kind of person that actually orders my sandwiches based on the toppings. Â The chicken was thinly sliced, so a bite of the sandwich left me with a strong taste and mouthful of the roasted red pepper -which I loved.
- Bliss Bowl Spicy Chicken (composed of brown rice, spicy chicken, seasoned cucumbers, bean spout,
shitake mushrooms, organic egg, spicy chili sauce): Â This is the reason to continually visit Yorganic. Â These rice bowls are amazing. Â I’ve had them before, and this one did not disappoint. Â It’s like when you head to a salad place for lunch, but your base is brown rice, white rice, noodles or even lettuce and then you pick a protein, 4 vegetables and a sauce. Â My go-to is the brown rice, spicy chicken, broccoli, asparagus, spinach and then I change it up between mushrooms or peanuts. Â The chicken and rice will be served warm, but keep in mind the vegetables are cold (I was a little surprised the first time I tried it). Â Usually I go with the spicy sauce, but be careful and don’t dump the entire container on it as your mouth will be on fire. Â If you’d like to try a chef’s creation, you can do that as well, which is what I consumed yesterday. Â By going with the chef’s creation you do save a little bit of money (about 3 dollars). Â That’s the one thing that kills me about the rice bowls – you’ll be spending about $11 bucks for lunch if you go with brown rice, but on the other hand, I remain full for most of the day. Â A bowl starts out at $6.95, adding brown rice is $1 more, and then a little extra if you order a protein.
- Yorganic Health & Nut Bar (made from organic nuts, granola, honey, hemp protein, raisin, craisin): Â We couldn’t believe how amazing this granola bar was, considering how healthy it was. Â The honey was a great natural sweetener and it actually felt like a delicious dessert, rather than something healthy that was thrown in the box. Â I never noticed the granola bars in the store before, but if I wanted an afternoon snack, it is definitely something I’d consider getting.