First Look: Cava Grill Opens First NYC Location

By Emily Siegel  |  August 29, 2016
Credit: Cava Grill

Photos courtesy of Cava Grill

The gist: Founded by childhood friends Ted Xenohristos, Ike Grigoropoulos, and chef Dimitri Moshovitis, DC mini-chain Cava Grill opened its first location in 2011. The concept has since expanded across the region and to Los Angeles, bringing customizable Mediterranean fare to the masses in a casual, affordable environment. Last week, the chain opened their first location in NYC's Union Square, offering their traditional Community Lunch as well, a "free" option from 11AM – 2PM that asked for suggested donations instead of a set price; proceeds went to non-profit partner Grown to Learn in hopes of planting a garden at every school in NYC.

The food: The customizable menu will offer more than 50 ingredients, including crazy feta, spicy lamb meatballs and cauliflower quinoa tabbouleh. Offerings rotate frequently based on what's available from local farms and vendors — lamb from James Beard-recognized Border Springs Farm, greens from Satur Farms on Long Island, cookies from Brooklyn’s Ovenly Bakery — while maintaining a consistent Mediterranean theme. The best news? Just about anything can either be wrapped in a pita, dropped in salad or put in a bowl. 

The space: The 38-seat spots gives visitors the option to dine in or carry out. It's both sleek and clean, mirroring the many daytime offerings in the neighborhood. 

The details: 143 4th Ave. The restaurant is open 11 AM – 10 PM daily.