Here is the question: do the terms “green” and “organic” go hand-in-hand? When an establishment totes “health food”, is it really healthy? What are these “finest ingredients” they boast about, and are they any different than the regular ingredients you’d pick up at any grocery store? Ok, that’s a couple of questions. But the bottom line is that a trip to the Green Kitchen Café at 486 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 in Park Slope demonstrates that terminology can be misleading.
The Park Slope neighborhood is all about high quality health food options, grocery, and eating establishments. You can bet that you will have a pretty good experience eating out in this neighborhood of high quality clientele, families, and professional people. That’s why it is so surprising to find a place like Green Kitchen Café in its midst.
There is very little “green” about this café that indicates much quality in the organic food world. Although they do offer a juice bar and “organic eggs” on the menu, there is nothing to indicate that this establishment uses organic produce or any other kind of organic food, including the juicing produce. There is also nothing that indicates healthy from the menu, except that they serve salads and chicken options – A LOT of chicken options. Yelpers give Green Kitchen Café fairly decent ratings, but it seems they were being very generous.
It’s even more surprising because when you go to www.parksloperestaurant.com , the website has got this vibe of family-owned, old town, historical yummy goodness for which generations of hungry families would line up for around the block. Instead, inside is a barren, low budget menu selection served up by two lazy twenty-somethings in hair nets more interested in what is on the tv than customer service. If you are interested in what happened… click here. It totally explains it. So sad.
Green Kitchen Café has a really low budget diner atmosphere to it, with an afterthought sentiment on quality. While the restaurant is clean and fairly sparse, there is very little but the sign on the front door to indicate the “greenness” of the place. The juice bar is prominent and close to the front door, flanked by a small refrigerator with some quick drink options (juices, sodas). Moreover, when you have been to a truly authentic “health food” or “organic” eatery, you can tell the food here really doesn’t taste good. The tomatoes look up at you with their pale, yellowy complexion and cry “help”. You can tell it is average quality and comes from very little love in the kitchen.
Do yourself a favor and don’t eat here if you aren’t starving to death. There are other really great options in Park Slope. Enjoy other fantastic NYC organic establishments, as there are so many to visit in 2013! Happy New Year!