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Hu Kitchen will open on the Upper East Side in 2015

Hu Kitchen
(Photo: Yelp)

Popular Paleo eatery Hu Kitchen is heading uptown in 2015, with a second New York City location set to open on the Upper East Side next summer.

The “food-for-humans” hotspot debuted its concept just west of Union Square in September 2o12 and has since become the go-to spot for downtown’s health-conscious eaters day and night. Barry’s Bootcamp and The Movement both now sell its packaged meals, and some devotees even send UberRush to pick up their almond-crusted organic chicken tenders.

Owner Jordan Brown says he’s been hunting for a second location for a while, but that the tough real estate market made it a long search. He finally landed an uptown space on Third Avenue, next to the movie theater between 86th and 87th Streets.

The space is bigger than the first and comes with three floors, one of which will house a much larger area for food prep. “That’s the beauty of it, because right now, the kitchen here is just not big enough,” he says. And you can expect a design and menu that are similar to the original, possibly with just a few tweaks. “We learned a lot from this [original] location, so we’ll apply it to the new one.”

While the new area isn’t nearly as saturated with boutique fitness studios, Hu will be just blocks away from healthy neighborhood spots like Pure Yoga, Exceed Physical Culture, and SoulCycle, and adjacent to the soon-to-open Whole Foods. “It’s great synergy,” Brown says.

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