One of the perks of becoming a blogger is the invites you get as a result. I heard about Nanoosh, a hummus/Mediterranean restaurant, opening up in Murray Hill, but had never been to their other locations. It was a nice treat to get invited to the preview day. The location is a little outside my lunch zone, but for free, it was worth it. I don’t generally go to new places on their grand opening, nothing is worth the hype, but a preview day is an exception.
When I go there, there was already a line out the door. Uh oh.
One of the owners was outside handing out menus and collecting coupons. Apparently in addition to press/bloggers, they handed out free lunch coupons too. This caused some confusion as you couldn’t just walk up and get in line, at least not with being a little sneaky.
The line moved relatively quick. I got a chance to check out the decor. Very nice and clean inside. Notice the chick peas used as decoration(what hummus is made out of for those that don’t know).
In addition to the free wrap or plate, you could get a drink. I chose Iced Tea. It had some fresh mint in it and you could see the tea leaves on the bottom as proof of homemade tea. It was sweet, but not overly so.
I decided to order the Hummus Chicken Wrap(all natural chicken breast, hummus, tahini, organic onions & greens). The only sides they have are salads or hummus. I tried to order their Organic Rice Pudding too, but was told only one item per person. This was odd since it was an opportunity for people to try all the restaurant had to offer.
Luckily, they had their ordering system down pat, so it was only a short wait until your number was called. No mass confusion that most restaurants usually experience when they first open.
The wrap was a good size. Unfortunately, it was a bit dry and under-flavored. I didn’t see any hot sauce offered and it could have used it. The wrap also broke easily which made it a bit difficult to eat. I will chalk up these problems to grand opening issues and the amount of volume they were processing to get everyone their food as quick as possible. I will have to try again in a couple weeks to see how if all the kinks are worked out. Thanks to Nanoosh for the complimentary lunch.