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The Pump Energy Food (Comments / Philosophy)

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The Pump Energy Food (Comments / Philosophy)

David Greenbaum | Dec 11, 2002 11:44 AM

I've seen a few threads on The Pump Energy Food ("The Pump") on this site, but I wanted to post my own opinions and thoughts on the subject.

I have been eating at The Pump (on West 55th; there are additional locations in the East 30s and the East 20s) regularly for the last three months, ordering lunch daily and dinner every once in a while. I'm a bit of a health nut (and an obsessive-compulsive) so it fits nicely.

Generally, the food is very good. Some people complain about bland taste - I agree with this sometimes, but a little hot sauce always solves the problem. The best thing about The Pump: the food is fresh and made-to-order. I also tend to believe their claims that it's good for you, too - for those with limited self control, it's tough to order something "bad" off The Pump's menu.

The menu can be somewhat daunting. Here are my recommendations for a healthy, tasty lunch:

#24 - Chicken & Spinach Pizza (made on a "crust" of pita bread)

#41 - Chicken & Spinach Pita (with tomato sauce - also if you ask them to substitute turkey burger for chicken, that is good as well)

#43 - Turkey Burger Sandwich Pizza Style (turkey burger in a pita with non-fat mozzarella and tomato sauce)

#49 - Rookie Steak Burger (lean steak burger with tomato sauce, mozarella, etc. in a pita)

#50 - New Yorker Sandwich (meat/hummus/vegetables in a pita)

#58 - Lean and Mean (chicken on top of steamed vegetables)

#65 - Felafel & Hummus Salad (they have great baked felafel)

#80 - Pump Omelet

#89 - Egg Combination Sandwich (egg whites, broccoli, tomatoes, meat in a pita)

The restuarant is very very small inside; it's only really appropriate for takeout. Orders take 15 to 20 minutes to prepare.

The only negatives about The Pump are, in my opinion:

1) The food can contribute to digestive, um, discomfort
2) It's not super-cheap
3) There is no hard "proof" that the stuff is really good for you, though if you do the math on the ingredients, it works out

Anyone have additional thoughts?

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