Spring Natural Kitchen - UWS

4.2
300 reviews
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Spring Natural Kitchen is the sister restaurant to SoHo institution Spring Street Natural founded in 1973. The philosophy of both our restaurants from the beginning were to serve good, wholesome, unprocessed cooking from scratch, everything homemade from all-natural ingredients. That philosophy has been our inspiration for the last 39 years and just so happens to be all the rage today.

In that great American tradition we take favorites from cuisines from around the world and make them our own. All our preparations are bound by one unyielding philosophy - to serve healthy, carefully sourced and delicious food.

Reminiscent of our food, Spring Natural's space brings together the familiar and the time-honored with a fresh, new, modern sense.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

I had a bad Valentines day dinner at this place! We weren’t greeted or acknowledged for a good 15 minutes. I ordered a wild stripped bass and it was serve undercooked!!! I had a bite and it was cold, raw inside and very fishy! Told the manager and they took it back . 15 mins later and it’s still taste very fishy!!!! Turned out it was not even a wild stripped bass!!!!!! The manager did take the fish off the check. It was a very disappointing experience to say the least.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 4

The service seemed a little disjointed and inexperienced

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Our server at Spring Natural Kitchen messed up our order and brought non-vegan items to a vegan table.

With menu items like burritos, it can be really tricky to tell the difference without first taking a bite. We ended up learning pretty quickly that a burrito we received was not vegan - when we flagged this with our waiter, he blamed us for the mistake, insisted we ordered incorrectly, and didn't want to replace the item. He actually intentionally left the non-vegan plate on the table so he could go back to the kitchen, place an ad-hoc order for a vegan burrito, and swap the items so he wouldn't get in trouble for this mistake.

*He admitted that this happens all the time to him.*

As someone who cares a lot about dietary restrictions, this was very troubling to me. If this was an allergen, our waiter's behavior could have been even more problematic.

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N
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food at Spring Natural Kitchen is always good. With vegan and non-vegetarian options, there is something for everyone. The service at lunch was not very attentive. From the moment I walked in the door, I had to wait while the person talked to everyone but me and then had to tap them on the shoulder to get them to notice me and be seated. The wait staff was friendly but also needed to be flagged down to order, get more coffee etc. Other times, the service has been better. Hopefully, this was just a fluke.

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LO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

My friend ordered a bowl of soup and I ordered a salad. The server brought my friend’s soup immediately and after 20 minutes I still had not been served my salad. I had to ask several times what happened to my order and by the time my salad came my friend was almost finished with her soup. We essentially watched each other eat! The staff were all very nice but completely inadequate and the place was nearly empty so there was really no excuse for such awful service. They did comp us a dessert and a coffee but it did not make up for the fact that the overall dining experience was stressful.

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d
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

ate there in january on a sunday morning. the menu looked fantastic but i was very disappointed in the execution of my salad (which was my 3rd choice because they had run out of choices 1 and 2, surprisingly on a sunday when they know to anticipate a sizable brunch crowd and should order accordingly). service friendly but very very spotty and erratic. would not rush back.

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BG
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Some noisy kids, obviously not the fault of the restaurant, but the tables are very close together, so it’s difficult if you get caught next to you me. Service was pleasant and attentive despite the close quarters. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. Biggest annoyance besides the noisy child next to us was the refusal to seat me because my companion wasn’t there yet, despite having a reservation. This is a policy guaranteed to annoy customers. What is the point of reserving if you can’t be seated when you arrive?

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H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have eaten here many times. Food is on the healthy side, but there is something on the menu for everyone; from hamburgers to fish to pasta and dinner salads. Meat is hormone free. The restaurant is fairly large and simply decorated, but pleasant looking. Restaurant is usually very busy, so reservations are suggested.

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YM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spring is my go to favorite place on the upper west especially now that I am on a gluten and dairy free diet. They stall knowledgeable and cognizant of the diet and go out of their way to make sure I don’t violate it. And the food is fantastic!

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m
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were 3 different menu options: vegan, gluten-free and carnivore. There were good choices for each.
The G-F carrot cake was shared by all, and highly rated!

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S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Decent choice for mixing vegetarian and meat eaters in one place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything was just okay. Nothing memorable or special.

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UW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Delicious all natural food prepared without any fuss

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J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE this place. I eat a restricted diet (no oil added plant-based whole foods) and they have THE healthiest options on the UWS. I usually have one of the salad or hot bowls without the dressing. They are very flexible with special requests. The food is fresh, the space is open and bright, the staff pleasant. Great spot!

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LK
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As a long-time devotee of Spring Street Natural, it was fun to dine in this updated incarnation. The space is warm and inviting, and there is something for everyone on the menu, from vegans to carnivores. The space is warm, but uncluttered, and has seating at booths, tables, and banquettes for every size group or occasion.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My daughter is GF, Vegan. The options were and quality of food for us were exceptional.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Meeting a friend for brunch he suggested to go here. Drinks where great food was amazing

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am strictly Organic daily, so I am usually nervous about restaurants that claim partially organic, or "natrual". Thebfood here was great though, great quality. So this will be a new regular for me!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. The service was excellent from start to finish. The food was delicious. My son has several food allergies and they were able to accommodate us without making us feel like it was an inconvenience. The menu has so many options. My husband was able able to get his steak and I had a vegan curry dish while the kids had burgers. Highly recommend.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A simple but inspired menu, delicious cocktails and friendly service. They let you linger. Love this place and will certainly be back!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I took my wife to Spring Natural Kitchen before a show. We chose Spring Natural Kitchen based on a recommendation that they accommodate for allergies which my wife has a severe dairy and soy allergy. Upon seating we told our waiter of the allergy and he insured us that the meal choice would meet our needs. We double checked twice while it was being prepped and even after food came out we check once more. The waiter continued to say it was dairy and soy free; until my wife took a bite then he came over and removed the plate from in front of her. Turns out it’s neither soy or dairy free; which ruined our night as we had to go back home to get medication to avoid an allergic reaction. Subsequently we missed the show. Tremendous disappointment, I would give this a 0.0 review if I could.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Its just okay. Nothing bad, but nothing to remember this place by.

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FP
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Spring Natural Kitchen was truly disappointing. I was not made aware prior to making my reservation that the dinner menu is ONLY available after 5:30pm. This is autrociously inconvenient for pre-theater dining. Also, the bread was cold, my salad under dressed, the gaucumole appetizer extremely small, the lentil burger so oily, that the texture was terribly gummy, and the quinoa veggie bowl was something panera bread could have thrown together. For the cost, it was totally terrible. Sadly, with their shift changing over at 4:30pm, there was no one was at the door to greet or seat us properly. Visit again, I won't.

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C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Brunch with. 2yr old! Staff was great, very supportive. Really noisy and boisterous, with music played on top- a little too much for Sunday brunch, but the food was fantastic

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w
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was full when we were seated. It didn’t impact the level of service. Love the choices of organic wines. The tuna tataki was outstanding as was the Trout. Excellent meal. Unpretentious atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Super fresh and yummy. Great service

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B
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was my first trip to Spring Natural Kitchen. Though the service was a bit slow, I and my friend very much enjoyed the food and the restaurant itself. I will certainly return here and recommend it to my friends.

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SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Half off wine bottles on Tuesdays! Let’s start there! Score! Food was interesting and delicious. We had a great time - even saw Marilou Henner (Taxi) at the next table

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

the veg burrito was basically a pound of brown rice wrapped in a tortilla...how do they expect people to eat that? really terrible meal.

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MD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ingredients were obviously fresh and prime, and servers were ultra courteous!

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l
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Everything was fresh and creatively prepared. As tourists for the week in NYC, this was the quintessential NYC spot with great people watching and neighborhood atmosphere.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service!
This is one of my favorite healthy minded restaurants and my first thought for entertaining an out of town guest for the holiday!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Had to wait for AGES to be served - they got our order wrong - didn’t bring us bread even though they went to the trouble of asking us if we wanted bread. Burger was overcooked, banana pancakes were hardly edible. Really disappointing as I’ve been here before and had an ok experience. But definitely not good for brunch!! Too many people, too many tables packed too tightly, and not nearly enough waitstaff to be able to handle it.

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RB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Wasnt impressed with brunch. They open late, were very slow, and the food was meh.

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JH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

As in so many restaurants nowadays, the noise level is impossible, unless you intend to scream across the table, and risk losing your voice. Food is consistently quite good for the money. Efficient bar service as well, drinks are great. Nice local establishment.

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AC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 8, 4 kids included. All our dinners were fantastic! Special accommodations for our gluten free/dairy free son as well. We would definitely return.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spring Natural Kitchen is consistently great. Excellent grass fed burger. They always have really good seasonal specials, too.

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F
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Mediocre food. Poor service. AND the bill for two persons was $90.00 including tip. Not worth the visit. Much better restaurants with better food for the price.

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Y
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great options for families, diners with various diet restrictions (gf, vegan, etc). Service a little slow on a busy Saturday night but overall good experience.

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EG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was really good but noise level made it really hard to hear. And we weren't a huge group!

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