Does Green Symphony Deserve a Full ML Review?
This week my lunchtime wandering took me to Green Symphony a Korean run deli with an emphasis on organic and (dare I say it?) healthy and flavorful food. I’ve noticed Green Symphony get the nod from multiple profiled lunchers including mostly recently Vendy Citizen Judge Zeina so I figured it was worth a shot.
The deli is fairly small but they pack a lot in. There were “express sandwiches” all under $6 in both vegetarian and non vegetarian options. But it was the two large steam tables filled with all manner of roasted organic veggies, brown rice, soba noodles, and health food staples like wheatberries and quinoa, that seemed to be the most popular.
I’m not quite the buffet pro that our fearless leader is so the $7.49 a pound price made me hesitant to go the buffet route. Instead I opted for the Dalai Lama ($7.95), an organic brown rice bowl topped with chopped greens, spinach, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, kimchee, soy bean sprouts, seaweed, homemade vegetable dumplings and sesame-ginger tamari sauce. The kimchi was very mild, almost more pickle-y than pungent. The dish came with 4 dumplings and a hearty serving of rice and veggies. If you have a big appetite or a fast burning metabolism I’d recommend trading up for a rice bowl with some extra protein. The bowl itself is a bit bland, but was helped considerably by the addition of the sweet yet earthy sesame-ginger tamari sauce.
The rice bowls and some of the sandwiches are all but hidden in plain sight on the paper menus available by the counter and can be found online. As Zeina recommends it’s better to order these in advance.
For dessert I grabbed a piece of their intensely dark, wheat-free chocolate banana cake which had a thin layer of fudgy frosting ($2.50). Delicious and a nice option for those who are craving a dense slice of cake
Any long time Green Symphony fans out there? Are there other dishes I should try? Any buffet tips? Should we give them a full +/- at last?
Green Symphony, 255 W 43rd St, (212) 391-4747