Last night I had the pleasure of dining at The Pump on Pine St in the Financial District. Adam Eskin, the CEO, and other employees graciously invited a group of dietitians for dinner to see what their restaurant was all about.
My Nutrition Entrepreneurs group, hosts local meetings on a regular basis. It’s a great way for us who mostly work alone, to network, see what each other are up to, and to bounce ideas off one another. The group of dietitians is smart and enthusiastic, and I always leave motivated with lots of new ideas!
The Pump has been around since 1997. Typically known as a place for body builders and gym rats to go, the menu was completely fat free, mostly takeout, and you felt like you were inside a gym. A lot of people associated it with bland, health food. In 2006, it was bought by Adam Eskin. He revamped it to make it appeal more to the general public. They improved the taste of the food, without sacrificing nutrition, and even brought an RD on board! The look of the Pump made a complete 180 and is now a place you would want to sit down and enjoy a meal.
At The Pump they claim you can “Eat with no worries.”
When you order, you choose your base (wrap, brown rice, or salad). Then you add a protein, vegetables/legumes, and fat.
Everything was very clean and you could taste how fresh the ingredients were.
My salad bowl included:
- marinated chicken breast
- balsamic marinated portabellos
- sweet potatoes
- roma tomatoes with basil
- grass fed cheddar
I got balsamic vinaigrette on the side. The salad was delicious! In NYC there are TONS of salad bars, but usually I’m disappointed by the lack of freshness and flavor.
The chicken was tender and extremely flavorful. I loved the balsamic marinated portabellos, they were sliced thinly and had the perfect amount of sweetness from the balsamic marinade. The mushrooms in combination with the roma tomatoes made the salad! The tomatoes were perfectly fresh, no mealiness here, and the basil added a nice pop of flavor. Everyone seemed to like the food. Next time I want to try the lean braised beef or the bison meatballs on top of brown rice — YUM!
- The folks at The Pump were kind by giving us some coupons for a FREE PLATE!
- I will be giving away 3 COUPONS (expire 9/3/09)
- You must live or work in NYC to enter this contest
- Leave a comment telling me what you would order at the Pump
- I will randomly pick 3 winners Friday 8/21 at 5pm