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Muscle Maker Grill – Healthy/Sandwiches – Tribeca
December 2nd, 2011 by donuts4dinner

I know it’s awful to talk about dieting on a gluttonous food blog, but the truth is that when I’m not shoveling sweets into my piehole at fancy restaurants, I’m trying to avoid carbs at home. Not being much of a cook, it can be rough trying to find anything for lunch, so I was pumped to randomly type “low-carb” into Seamless.com‘s search function and find Muscle Maker Grill. With a menu full of items made from lean meats and low-fat cheeses and served on low-carb and whole wheat wraps, this is the kind of place that makes me feel guilty about the food I’m eating until I remember that it actually fits into my diet.

Muscle Maker Grill Rocky Balboa Wrap
Rocky Balboa wrap

With grilled chicken breast, turkey meatballs, reduced-fat mozzarella, and marinara, this is like a pizza in a wrap. And pizza is the thing I miss most while low-carbing, so this is one of my favourite items. I would never guess that the cheese is low-fat, and the marinara is present enough to flavor the wrap but not so obvious that I feel like I’m eating a bunch of sugary tomatoes.

Muscle Maker Grill Turkey Meatball Parmesan Wrap
Turkey Meatball Parmesan wrap

I ordered this on my friend Ash‘s recommendation and found it to be a great substitution for the bready meatball parm sandwiches I love so much. It was so gooey-cheesy and well-seasoned, and they didn’t skimp on the meat at all. I actually didn’t like this as much as the Rocky Balboa nor the XXL Cheeseburger wrap, though, because both of those have two different kinds of meat, so every bite is diverse. (The XXL Cheeseburger with its turkey bacon and BBQ-esque sauce is my very favourite thing to order.)

Muscle Maker Grill Turkey Meatballs
turkey meatball side item

All of the wraps come with a side of baked potato, brown rice, cucumber salad (cucumbers with herbs, Ash says), steamed broccoli, pasta salad, rice & beans ($1 extra), turkey meatballs ($1 extra), or turkey bacon ($1 extra). I love the option of broccoli but sometimes don’t feel like being quite so healthy, so the meatballs are a favourite. They’re well-seasoned, a little spicy, and a lot better than most of the meatballs I’ve had from non-healthy restaurants downtown.

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Muscle Maker Grill is one of those places where you eat the food and think, “Why am I paying $10 for this? I could make it at home for much cheaper!” But you can’t, and you won’t. All of the ingredients are much more flavorful than you’d make them, and you’d never know that the cheese is low-fat nor the bacon is turkey here. On a scale with every restaurant everywhere, I’d obviously want to eat at the places with more butter and more sugar, but I have to give this place four donuts for making healthy food craveable.

My only problems with it are that they charge extra for low-carb wraps ($.79) and delivery ($1.50). I know that neither of those amounts is significant, but I find it pretty audacious to charge for delivery when I can only name one other restaurant in the city that does. It bothers me enough that I only let myself order from Muscle Maker once a week; I wouldn’t order from them at all on principle usually, but the food is just too good.

Muscle Maker Grill
10 Murray Street
New York, NY 10007 (map)

and

92 8th Avenue #1
New York, NY 10011 (map)


4 Responses  
  • Jessica R. writes:
    December 2nd, 20113:05 pmat

    That doesn’t look healthy at all, but it does look yummy!

  • Cassie writes:
    December 2nd, 20114:25 pmat

    OK, so keeping with the fact that it’s cheap and easy, I love that you keep it in the plastic container and photograph it.

    Yet, it still looks fancy.

    Carbs: 0, Ett: 1

  • Mrs. Bachelor Girl writes:
    December 6th, 20115:49 pmat

    Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have a place like that in Shreveport. But in The Land of Red Beans and Rice, a low-carb restaurant would go over like a lead balloon.

  • Rodzilla writes:
    December 8th, 201112:03 amat

    I’m actually always really interested by what other food reviewers eat outside of the tasting menus, etc.

    I’ve read about this place before and that wrap looks awesome. The calorie counts can still get quite high, but there are definitely moderate options, and more desirable ingredient/macronutrient breakdowns.


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