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Posted by Leslie on 11/05/2009
Hale & Hearty is wonderful. On a very busy part of the Upper West Side, this fancier deli is a great place for a busy New Yorker. Although the loud music that sounds like your older brother's video games gets quite tiring, and the ceilings are rather low, this is the place to be after work or after school. Depending on what your stomach desires this could be a pricey food venture or a nice afternoon snack. Meals are usually around $11 to $12 dollars. The food is mouth watering. From the fresh salads, anywhere from spinach to romaine, or the various hand cut sandwiches, and of course, the homemade soups are all equally delicious. Additions to the salads seem infinite. If you're not a garlic lover, I would not suggest the croutons at all. As I am not a fanatic of the ingredient, I was deeply disappointed to see that they were full of garlic. Service was extremely quick. They were all polite and not overwhelming.
Posted by Regina on 11/05/2009
The location is convenient. There’s a very comfortable feeling throughout the entire place. The décor is pleasant – but the atmosphere could be a little bit more interesting. I bought a Chicken Ceasar Salad, a Pepsi, and a pack of cookies. The price was pretty expensive, it was $10.38. The flavor of the salad was really delicious. If there is a line, the salad is worth the wait. The dressing did not take over the subtle-flavored lettuce and the croutons had a tasty and perfect flavor. There is also the option of doing a custom-order for your salad, putting on any toppings of choice. The soft cookies had rich chocolate chips. A pack comes with two cookies. Despite the wonderful flavor of the food, there is a dangerously low ledge above one of the upstairs tables. The sign reading, “Watch your head” is not visible from below the ledge. There is also a large pipe going through one side of the ceiling. It looks tacky in my opinion. The loud music is distracting and annoying. They should play better music.
Posted by camellover on 11/03/2009
Hale & Hearty on 81st and Broadway is a homey place that serves a wide variety of soups, sandwiches and salads. It is in a great location for anyone on a break or even students going out for lunch. If you don’t have a lot of time, you can take any of the food on the go. It is a good place if you get there before the line fills up, and even if there is a long line, the service is generally fast and the staff is very attentive. The price is reasonable. The food is extraordinary and even their pre-made salads are surprisingly phenomenal. There are two floors in Hale & Hearty and all of the food is made on the first. The only thing on the second floor is chairs and tables. It can sit at least twenty people. There is plenty of light and the colors of the walls and floors are neutral, although the music should be changed immediately. Hale & Hearty is a lunch spot with great service, outstanding food, acceptable prices and a friendly casual atmosphere.
Posted by Melissa on 07/13/2009
I love Hale & Hearty soups, and I've never been disappointed with the food quality at any of the locations I've been to. The service is pretty good at 81st, though sometimes the people at the counter can be a bit cranky. It's one of the larger locations, which is really nice. My main beef is that it's pricey--I so wish it was cheaper to get a good amount of soup, because I'd be in there way more.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/23/2006
The food is great, but when you get a salad they would give you the tiniest amounts. Like, I asked for cucumbers and the guy actually put 4 small slices of it. If you want a big salad, get ready to pay a lot, argue or go somewhere else...
Posted by thelil on 12/15/2005
I haven't loved all the varieties of soup I've tried (and they have more variety than you can imagine), but I am always impressed by the quality of the ingredients. This goes for the sandwiches, wraps and salads as well. Soups and salads are kind of expensive, but the wraps are not and are quite delicious and creative. I am always impressed by how well the staff handles the heavy business. They system for ordering and paying is very well planned and the manager shifts personnel from station to station as business requires. I should add that occasionally, they have a soup to die for. One Thai soup comes to mind. There are several every day soups and a huge variety of other soups that they rotate as specials. There are maybe 10 specials every day.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/26/2005
My partner and I found this soup place on a cold and windy day. The lentil chili was the best vegetarian chili I have ever had and the staff were both nice and helpful. We now go there as often as possible. Great for lunch or a snack.