Posted: August 10, 2012

A Home Away From Home – Foragers Market

A Monday afternoon of housework and my stomach was rumbling like a biatch. I found a box of Rice-a-Roni in the cabinet and went crazy with it. In short, I poured the two packets in a pot with water and a tablespoon of oil. I put a lid on it. Monday.

Soon the smell that emanated reminded me of something…aha! Foragers Market in DUMBO, Brooklyn, where I go when I feel the need for fruits, veggies, and healthy grains in my life. Their buffet offers fresh salads, and when I feel like spending $10 on a light lunch before work, it’s a good spot.

Foragers also has a beautiful Chelsea store and recently opened a restaurant add-on there. I figured it was time to check it out.

The restaurant features organic produce from Foragers’ own farm and other New York farms, with meats prepared by in-house butchers.

Sit at the counter and watch the chefs in action, or enjoy an airy, well-lit dining area. I felt like one of those ladieswholunch,” or whatever the bloggers call them these days. Anyway, I spent $40 for a delightfully light meal. (And I didn’t even stop for ice cream after). That’s right — I’m a lady on occasion.

$40 got me a bottle of still water for $7 (unnecessary, but I still sometimes forget water protocol and agree to these things), an $8 glass of Riesling from the tap (yes, tap wine — ain’t mad at it), and a “Chopped Early Summer Salad” with rotisserie chicken breast, and tax and tip.

The food tasted super fresh — I really liked the oregano vinaigrette. There aren’t that many lunch-y items for dining in, but there are many sandwiches and salads from the store to-go. For sitdown lunch food, it’s basically a few sandwiches and salads or brunch entrees. They also have pastries from Balthazar and Blue Sky and donuts from Dough (I don’t even like donuts, but I love theirs.) All of these goodies are available at the front coffee shop, too.

This place is definitely best for brunch, to-go lunch, or dinner.

Naturally, I’ll be coming back for dinner to try the hyped wok-tossed Berkshire pork short ribs and chicken fat potato chips. It’s nice being a lady sometimes, though.