I'd seen INDAY's colorful lunch bowls on several Instagram accounts, but I'd never gotten around to go there since it's neither near where I live or where I go to uni. But a couple weeks ago I was in Midtown, it was 5 pm and I hadn't eaten lunch. Luckily, I walked right by INDAY so it was the perfect opportunity to finally try these delicious vegan bowls!
INDAY is located near Flatiron, just between Broadway and 6th. A bit of a random location I'd say, but I guess it's perfect for the people who work in the area.
I've been here twice now, the first time was around 5 pm and the place was obviously deserted, post-lunchtime-rush-hour. The next time I brought two friends around 2 pm and the place was packed. The interior is quite pretty with lots of plants and dimmed lighting.
The food at INDAY is inspired by Indian cuisine, but the flavors are very subtle and unlike traditional Indian food. They describe their food as being delicious, exciting, mindful and nutritious. This explains the colorful choice of ingredients and the - mostly - vegan options. Next to that, they're 100% gluten-free. The bowls all cost $8 which is good value considering the amounts of healthy ingredients you get.
The menu gives you a choice of different bowls, which all sound equally delicious. I actually had trouble choosing both times because I want to try everything! You can also make your own bowl, so the concept is quite similar to Sweetgreen (which I'll tell you about soon!) All bowls are vegetarian/vegan so you get the option to add a 'protein' to it, like chicken, steak, salmon or falafel. I didn't do it because the bowls on their own are quite filling.
The first bowl I tried was the Cauli-fornia Bowl, but with quinoa instead of cauliflower rice, as suggested by the guy who worked there. It contains quinoa, chickpeas, grilled apples + beets, crunchy radishes, a salad and lentil crisps, which are essentially papadums (my favorite Indian snack). It's aA beautiful mix of colors, flavors and textures. This is the kind of food I could eat daily! And I love the subtle hints of Indian spices, so yum.
The second bowl I tried was the Mindful Bowl, which is similar to the first bowl I tried but it has sweet potatoes, some kind of guacamole and some kind of smoked cabbage. The fun thing is that with this bowl you get a free Mindful meditation class. A nice addition!
I absolutely love this place! The food is fresh, super delicious and super healthy. I couldn't ask for more in a lunch. It's also quite different because of the Indian cuisine influences, which I like a lot. If you're into healthy and vegan food you should definitely give INDAY a try!
>> 1133 Broadway at 26th St.