Clean Cuisine & More in New York City!!
Fresh & Co
One of my favorite quickie lunch spots, Fresh & Co has the most incredible tasting chopped salads (soups too!) I’m particularly fond of their Falafel Chopped Salad with Tahini Dressing. The secret to their sensational salads is that they are chopped, chopped, chopped. I can’t tell you the difference chopping makes in the taste of a salad. It makes all the difference.
By the way, I noticed the guys preparing the salads at Fresh & Co all chopped their salad ingredients with a super special chopper called a mezzaluna. I have since purchased a mezzaluna for myself and now make my own Fresh & Co-“copy cat” chopped salads at home. Do try this at home: take any favorite salad combination and then use a mezzaluna to finely chop the ingredients. Then taste the difference. You might never settle for an un-chopped salad again….
Pure Food & Wine
No visit to NYC would be complete without stopping by Pure Food & Wine, an upscale, sexy gourmet raw vegan restaurant that will blow you and all your meat-loving friends out of the water. The first time I went to Pure Food and Wine I was highly skeptical of “raw” food in general and pretty certain that raw cuisine would a) consist mostly of salad, b) not taste good and c) leave me starving. My first meal at Pure Food & Wine was so over-the-top incredible that I left the restaurant thinking I might want to turn my oven into a shoe rack for extra storage—-that was until I found out how much time and effort it takes to prepare gourmet raw food. It is neither easy nor fast.
After buying many raw food cookbooks and trying my hand at numerous raw-food recipes I now have a very solid appreciation for the extensive time and preparation that goes into true gourmet raw cuisine. Sure, anyone can make a salad and say they are eating raw food but trust me, making Sweet Corn and Cashew Tamales with Chili Spiced Portabella (which is one of the entrees I love most at Pure Food & Wine) with raw ingredients that also tastes amazing is no easy feat.
Since my first visit to Pure Food & Wine I have since researched raw food rather extensively and have learned a tremendous amount about the health (and taste!!) benefits of eating more raw foods . Of course I still eat plenty of cooked foods (and my oven has not been converted into a shoe rack) but I do now make a conscious effort to include more raw foods in my daily diet than ever before. I can thank Pure Food & Wine for this…
For ultra-fresh, casual Mediterranean Clean Cuisine at a super fair price Anatolia NYC is the place to go. Most of the items on the menu are grilled and you can get an abundance of salad, hummus, vegetables, beans and seafood. One thig is for sure, you won’t leave hungry! The Branzini is considered the best on the Upper East Side and the robust simplicity of their bean salad is brilliant. I’m also crazy about their babaganush, char-grilled smoked eggplant with tahini, a touch of garlic and olive oil. Mmmmm….
Not exactly a restaurant, Liquiteria is New York City’s original & cold pressed juice bar. I can’t leave this one out because I partially attribute my quick healing from a major surgery to my daily Liquiteria greens drink fix. Like an ice-cream shop, you can get an enticing assortment of fresh-pressed juices but I pretty much stuck to my “vanilla” order of ALL GREENS made with kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, celery and cucumber. As much as I love the Big Apple, I never feel as fresh and clean in the city as I do on the beaches in Florida but I will say having a Liquiteria greens drink does wonders for helping me feel renewed and refreshed in the not-so-clean city.
Also, a BIG thank you to my friends Tara Quinn and celebrity trainer Jeff Bell (of BellLeon Body Fitness) for bringing me my daily Liquiteria while recovering from my surgery at The Hospital for Special Surgery. And for cheering me up too 😉 XOXO
Open since 1971, Souen is an organic macrobiotic restaurant serving home-spun, nourishing food in a neighborhood-style restaurant. With three locations (USQ, Soho, and the East Village), Souen is a favorite of locals who love good, simple healthy food. The word “macrobiotic” intimidates a lot of people but really, the food is not fringe or strange in anyway. The menu features warming dairy-free soups, an abundance of vegetables and salads (including a variety of seaweed salad), plenty of seafood entrees (the black cod is to die for), beans, home made whole grain corn bread, brown rice, sushi and plenty of enticing and creative vegan dishes. If you aren’t familiar with what macrobiotics is all about you can read more about it HERE. Oh, and not to worry, dessert is on the menu! My favorite is the dairy-free cocoa creamy parfait. YUM!!
If you have a favorite NYC Clean Cuisine-friendly restaurant suggestion I’d love to know!! Feel free to leave a comment and make a recommendation. Thanks so much!!