Darrow’s Farm Fresh Takeout – 115 East 18th Street, Manhattan, New York
There’s a newcomer in the Flatiron/Union Square food scene. Perfect for the work crowd looking for a healthy, nutrient-rich lunch, Darrow’s aims to provide New Yorkers with high-quality food using local and organic ingredients.
Darrow’s features a menu that spans breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have an in-house nutritionist, Julie Starr, to make sure that every meal – from granola, chai pudding, and frittatas for breakfast; to sandwiches, salads and special functional plates for lunch/dinner – are designed to keep you energized throughout the day.
I had the chance to try a bunch of dishes off the menu and they definitely were very tasty and had me leaving Darrow’s feeling really good about myself.
Black, red and wild rice salad is made up dried berries, hazelnuts, apples, pomegranate and spinach, topped with delicious and creamy sheep’s yogurt. This was addictively good. Highly recommend!
Even side dishes as simple as charred broccoli and red pepper skewers were delicious. This side dish had an almond butter satay sauce that gave these simple veggies just the extra taste needed to make them something I (the guy who hates vegetables) would regularly order.
Another side dish, roasted Brussels sprouts, is served with Oaxacan-style peanuts.
The interior of Darrow’s features a bunch of tables each with self-service iPads that sends your order directly to the kitchen. From there, your order is brought to your table and you can pay via the iPads as well. Sounds like a dream for those that want an undisturbed atmosphere with no hassles.
Darrow’s has some pretty delicious food that not only tastes great, but is really good for you. I see Darrow’s as similar to Dig Inn, but with much more space and room for seating. This place is going to do great in the work lunch scene. The only downside are the prices. Some lunch/dinner items cost $13.75, with chicken or salmon costing an additional $7/$8. That makes a $20+ lunch – a bit pricey in my book. Stick to sandwiches and salads in the $9/$10 range for more reasonable dining options.