posted 2012-03-07 18:56:39

The Green Bean – Dining Review

Hunter students don’t have to compromise on cost to get good nutrition

Tiffany Huan, Associate Features Editor

Good news for vegetarians, vegans, and health nuts at Hunter! Say goodbye to your frustration at circling the Hunter Cafeteria. Looking for something delicious but not fried, something green, or at least something without the mysterious ingredients you can’t pronounce? Foodies, I give you The Green Bean. Although it’s a bit further than your average walk to the pizza place or your corner deli, it’s definitely worth soaking in the extra Vitamin B.

The Green Bean is tucked in on York Ave. between 75th and 76th, only one block and four avenues away from the 77th St. 6 train. The small green and yellow storefront scream organic treats and farm fresh ingredients! The pastel and copper colors of the decor invoke a welcoming feeling, as if stepping into the kitchen of an Upper East Side hippie. But be aware, this little hole in the wall has minimal seating. It’s not the best place to stay for hours on end in between class breaks. Like most cafes, it gets pretty crowded during lunch hours.

This independently owned food niche truly evokes a friend of a farmer type of menu, offering fresh, organic fruit and vegetable juices, organic smoothies, organic coffee, organic eggs, and organic salads. They’ve got everything vegan, from a fresh food bar with cooked and raw ready-to-eat packaways priced by the pound, to a display of vegan cakes, cookies, and muffins. Don’t fret if you have certain dietary restrictions, because their menu signifies choices that are vegan, gluten free, and made to order.

Organic food isn’t exactly cheap these days, but their prices aren’t ridiculous in comparison to typical Manhattan cuisine. Suffice it to say, The Green Bean rivals competing organic vegan cafes as well as prices at the Hunter cafeteria. Smoothies and juices are priced at $4.50 to $7.50, depending on the size. The hot food and salad bar packaway is priced at $8 per pound. Brunches, sandwiches, salads, and other entrees are all fairly priced at under $10 an option. Fresh squeezed wheatgrass is the most costly item on the menu, and is served by the shot at $2.50 an ounce. They also accept credit and debit cards at a $7 minimum. With their all-around fair prices, it’s as if these neighborhood nutritionists are inviting the whole community to eat healthy.