The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of fresh Mediterranean fare at Nanoosh. Choose from locations in Union Square, Midtown, and the West Side.
Named one of the city’s best destinations for vegans and vegetarians by CBS, Nanoosh outputs all-natural, organic Mediterranean fare in a casual, contemporary atmosphere. Warm wind-ravaged bones with a bowl of organic lentil soup ($2.95–$5.50) or dive into the simpler side of the restaurant’s crown-jewel hummus ($3.75), made with organic chickpeas and served with a whole-wheat pita. Feast on a healthy helping of tabouleh salad ($7.95–$8.95) adorned with an amalgamation of fiber-rich bulgar wheat, crispy cucumbers, red onions, tomato, organic apple, pomegranate, parsley, and mint. Or, for a flight of Mediterranean flavor, envelope taste buds in a Nanoosh wrap ($8.75–$9.95) that packs in natural ground beef, hummus, tahini, organic onions, greens, and mushrooms.
Post-main-plate consumption, sprint to the sweet finish with organic rice pudding ($3.75–$3.95) made with arborio rice, milk, sugar, cardamom, and almonds toasted on tiny nut-sized spits. Nanoosh also offers a brewed bounty of beers ($4.95–$5.95), some of which are organic, as well as wine (starting at $5.95 per glass) designed to complement any meal or acutely angled pita wedge that simply doesn’t seem right.
CBS2, the New York Sun, and QSR magazine featured Nanoosh. Nearly 100 Yelpers give the West Side location an average rating of 3.5 stars, nearly 20 give the Union Square location an average of 2.5 stars, and nearly 20 give the Midtown location an average of three stars. Though some Yelpers prefer a spicier hummus, others describe Nanoosh's hummus as delicious:
- I thought the lively atmosphere and the food was great. I had the chicken hummus plate and loved it. It's a great lunch spot near my office. Staff was very friendly also. – Seth L., Midtown location, Yelp, 08/03/2010
- I LOVE NANOOSH. I try to come here as much as I can because it is so tasty and pretty inexpensive. It is healthy fast food and quite tasty. – A.H., Midtown location, Yelp, 08/18/2010
Striking contemporary design and a cornucopia of organic ingredients have earned Nanoosh's hummus bars and counters media recognition from publications including the NY Daily News and the New York Sun. Each location manifests the company's nationwide emphasis on nutritionally balanced food with carefully designed menus chock full of luxuriously nutritious items such as quinoa salad, hummus chicken wraps, and lavender tea. Since Nanoosh offers both table and counter service, patrons can stop by to enjoy a sit-down meal served by a waiter or quick bite to eat delivered by an easily persuaded friend.