The husband works at Google in Mountain View so during our recent trip to New York, visiting the New York Google cafeteria was a must. Unfortunately he forgot the address to Google, but he at least remembered the intersection. He figured when we got there we'd just start looking for Google badges. Thankfully it all worked out and after going through a lot more security than in Mountain View we made it inside (the stickers for guests also include a picture taken on the spot).
Google in New York isn't like Google in Mountain View. Instead of a campus, Google in New York occupies a couple floors of a huge building. We wandered around those floors looking for the cafeterias. The corridors were so long we ended up riding razor scooters.
This review is for Hemispheres not 5 Borough Bistro. We first stumbled into 5 Borough Bistro and it was pitiful. It resembled a salad bar restaurant instead of a Las Vegas buffet, which let's be honest, Google's cafeterias (at least in Mountain View) are like (the Vegas buffet I mean). So after 20 minutes of searching we finally ate at Hemispheres.
Hemispheres has big pictures lining the walls of guest chefs that have come to cook at Hemispheres for the day. The menu is divided into different sections like grill, spa, flour, Home: Midwest (maybe just for that day's menu?), earth and water, raw, antipasti, and 4 wells (a.k.a. soup).
The salads and side dishes and the desserts at Hemispheres were particularly good. They also do the fruit infused water thing like in Mountain View. My favorite dishes were the feta potato patties and the chocolate raspberry torte.
The menu changes daily but here are some of the dishes we ate:
--tomato salad (with heirloom tomatoes)
--hummus with toasted pita
--jumbo lump crab cake sliders (much better after I removed the overwhelming giant bun)
--low fat orange julius
There were two different watermelon salads, sesame watermelon and watermelon/feta/mint/honey. The one with feta opened a can of whoop ass on the one with sesame watermelon.
My favorite things about Hemispheres other than the food:
--The view of the Meatpacking District from the 8th floor balcony of the cafeteria
--The framed and labeled pictures of the different Google cafeterias in Mountain View
Google Cafe Rankings (all in Mountain View unless noted):
1) No Name Cafe
2) HEMISPHERES (New York)
5) Cafe Moma
9) Lunch Box
111 8th Ave
New York, NY 10011
Katya’s Google Café Reviews Part I: No Name, Andale & Oasis