Garden City is home to first of many sweetgreen healthy restaurants coming to LI


A national chain of healthy eateries has taken root on Long Island.

Sweetgreen, a fast-casual restaurant that specializes in salads, opened a new location in Garden City last week.

It’ll be the first of many sweetgreens (the company keeps it brand all lowercase) to come to Long Island, a spokesperson for sweetgreen confirmed. They said the company has plans for a location in Woodbury and a spot inside the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington.

“Sweetgreen’s mission is to connect people to real food and transform fast food by providing a healthy, satisfying and convenient option,” the spokesperson said in an email. “Our most recent expansion includes entering suburban neighborhoods to provide young professionals and families with meals they can feel good about.

“The active community in Garden City made it a natural next location for sweetgreen,” the spokesperson added.

Among the chain’s most popular menu items are the guacamole greens bowl loaded with roasted chicken, avocado, tomatoes, red onions, tortilla chips and a lime cilantro jalapeño vinaigrette. There’s also the Buffalo chicken bowl featuring blackened chicken, pickled celery and carrots, tomatoes, cilantro, blue cheese, za’atar breadcrumbs, sweetgreen hot sauce and Caesar dressing.

The location also serves sweetgreen’s fall menu, which includes its curry cauliflower bowl with warm quinoa, arugula, cilantro, shredded cabbage, raisins, blackened chicken, curry roasted cauliflower, sweetgreen hot sauce and peppercorn tahina dressing. There’s also sweetgreen’s chicken and brussels bowl with blackened chicken, roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potato, toasted almonds, apples and cranberry maple vinaigrette. There’s also the curry roasted Buffalo cauliflower side dish made with cauliflower from upstate Turek Farm, crispy rice, Caesar dressing and sweetgreen hot sauce.

The 2,600-square-foot Garden City location features indoor and outdoor dining at 191 Seventh St., Suite B. The company donated a meal to Island Harvest food pantry for every meal sold in the Garden City location on its opening day.

The company, founded by Nicolas Jammet, Nathaniel Ru and Jonathan Neman, opened its first location in Washington D.C. in 2007. Since then, the company has opened more than 150 locations across the United States.

Top photo: Exterior shot of sweetgreen’s new Garden City location. (Courtesy image).