What You'll Get
To subvert grumpy monarchs, angry medieval youths scrawled condiment graffiti such as "Fran Tanner has the plague" or "the king is a jerk" inside their sandwiches. Dig beneath lettuce to bring history to light with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of custom-designed sandwiches, salads, and smoothies at Harvest Table in Newark. This Groupon is good for dine-in and carry-out orders but is not valid with any other specials.
Harvest Table combines fresh farmers’ market flavors with the constitutionally sound principle of self-determination. The resulting menu is largely structured around "create your own" sandwich and salad stations, stuffed to the gills with healthful, fresh ingredients. What differentiates this system from the lackluster chore of home-meal preparation is that Harvest Table's friendly staff concocts the culinary creations, giving work-weary patrons time for more adventurous tasks such as sweeping an entire PDA of deadly mines or playing Ding Dong Ditch on the Legion of Doom's headquarters. Begin a meal with a custom smoothie (16 oz.–24 oz., $4.25–$5.25), the eerie yet delicious mutant offspring of dessert and drink, before crawling like a larval human toward more-solid fare. Salads ($5.75–$7.95) are elegantly fashioned from a base of greens and four to six edible add-ins (including chickpeas, cranberries, feta, and more), up to two proteins (including pesto chicken, shrimp, and more), and a dressing of your choice. Otherwise, set carb-loving hearts a-fluttering with plump sandwiches ($6.50) structured around your choice of bread, one protein, one cheese, one vegetable, and one spread. Go decadent with Italian prosciutto and brie on multi-grain before topping it with sundried-tomato pesto or Kraken jelly. For the less creative midday masticator, house favorites are available pre-fabbed with no decision-making skills necessary. The herbivore-friendly Good Earth spinach wrap ($7.95), for example, features an effusion of a grilled portobello, roasted red pepper and eggplant, and fresh mozzarella, and the Tokyo Tuna ($6.50) cloaks nude fish and veggies with a splash of teriyaki-wasabi sauce and a becoming spinach-wrap kimono.
Early birds and their even earlier predators, meanwhile, can stop by before lunch for fast-breaking treats such as homemade granola, fresh seasonal fruit, egg sandwiches, and bakery fare. Sit down with a paper or an electronic paper substitute and take advantage of free WiFi in a warm, welcoming atmosphere with today's Groupon to Harvest Table.
- Newark -- any city or town, for that matter -- could use more places like Harvest Table. A casual hangout with good sandwiches, WiFi access and, on the sound system, a trippy but never dippy soundtrack -- folk-rock from the 1970s Argentinian band Sui Generis, hits from Peter Gabriel, and everything in between. – Peter Genovese, Star-Ledger
- The food is always fresh and delicious. The smoothies are incredible. The vibe of the place is great, welcoming, the walls lined with the masterpieces of local artists. – Elizabeth Faye d., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 31, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Tax and gratuity not included. Valid for dine-in and carry-out only. No cash back or credit. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Harvest Table
Harvest Table specializes in fresh farmhouse fare that, according to the New York Times, “calls to mind a just-picked bounty.” Customers gather around the counter—a long table designed, built, and sanded by the father of owner Carissa Borraggine—adding to the restaurant’s homey feel. Behind the counter, Carissa's team crafts sandwiches, salads, and smoothies based on customers' create-your-own inventions or house recipes.
Sandwiches include a club with crisp bacon and house-roasted turkey stacked between three slices of eight-grain bread. Salad-wise, shrimp, grilled pineapple, and sesame-ginger dressing flavor the High Thai'd, whereas Cajun chicken and tangy mango dressing add kick to the Aztec. Fruit smoothies like the Peach Sunrise—a blend of peaches, strawberries, honey, and soymilk—act as healthy dessert options. Patrons can round out meals with Harvest Table's generous selection of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.