We fashion ourselves pretty decent home cooks, but sometimes you’ve just got to let the professionals do what they do best.
Chef Akhtar Nawab (La Esquina, Craftbar and Gramercy Tavern) is bringing the organic chicken salad ($12) and chilled tomato, hemp heart and lentil soup ($12) straight to your front door with Indie Fresh—a line of deliverable soups, salads, mashes, smoothies and juices. Indie Fresh’s in-house dietitian, Bridget Bennett (she was featured in Super Size Me) gives the menu a full wellness check and every menu item features a calorie and protein count. The setup (it’s both a brick and mortar spot at Gotham West Market and delivery service) is reminiscent of another favorite of ours, Café Clover, where a chef brings the flavor, and a nutritionist backs up the food with certified approval.
Founder Shom Chowdhury (the former COO of Juice Press) says, “The market is flooded with diet plans, cleanses and other concepts that made the customer sacrifice something whether that be calories, taste or convenience. With Indie Fresh, the idea is that there is no ‘cheat day’—it’s a sustainable way to eat healthy every day.”
The foundation of the totally gluten- and dairy-free menu is made up of bone broths and soups. If the sound of borscht has you running the other way, just wait until you get a spoonful of the tasty bison borscht ($12) with chia seeds and Tuscan kale.
For something on the sweeter side, the almond cacao nib smoothie blended with coconut water and almond butter tasted like an Oreo milkshake (truly, we say that with the highest praise). We love that you can get any of the shakes on the menu as a 16 oz. for $11, or just satiate a craving with the very reasonable 4.5 oz. size for $3.
Pro tip: Indie Fresh also ships their food nationwide. So let the chefs do their cheffing, and send a custom cooler box of jars filled with the best-selling butternut squash, and chicken soup boosted with maca root powder and jalapeños ($12) to a friend with the sniffles.
Gotham West Market
600 11th Ave.