Living in NYC is about working hard and playing and who are we kidding, being our best. So while out on the town, Laura Cipullo, will give you her favorite healthy dishes at this urban’s oasis of fun summer restaurants.
Escape the scene and the heat and go underground to this cool bar and restaurant hidden on Division street. This is one restaurant where you can eat the pasta. Opt for the whole wheat linguine with sardines. Skip apps and dessert because you will be filled by the high fiber carbs and healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
We love the garden at this West Village restaurant. Once a bike store and now a fave of the healthy and hip! Go around the corner to find the sneaky entrance. Get your antioxidants with the calacas cocktail made from beets and lime. It looks healthy but I assure you this is no juice cleanse. Start with the lentil and braised fennel salad and then mindfully move to the entrée of Blackened Sea Bass with the most delicious array of fruits, veggies and even pesto. Hip and healthy could not be better sold!!
North End Grill
Super sleek and super sexy especially for the Wall Street Crowd. So many “yes” choices” at this restaurant. With the focus on fish appetizers and organic foods, you can come here multiple times and get a different meal favoring the healthy side every time. What’s even better is you can walk home along the Hudson River après dinner. This RD’s favorites include Heirloom Cucumbers, Hakurel Turnips, Thai Basil with black pepper and lemon juice with the King Salmom, quinoa entrée. The chicken for two is delicious sans the skin!
After work hit the scene uptown or downtown! Start with oysters to share for the table. Low calorie and high protein so it will not spoil your appetite. Get the trout for your best bet of omega-3 fatty acids and moderating carbohydrates. The trout is served over vegetables and frisse. The trout has a kick to it, so beware!! Also, this is not the trout on Menu Pages!! Want to go vegetarian pub style? Choose the vegetable bibimbap. Vegetarian doesn’t mean lick the bowl clean so practice portion control!!
Support the slow food movement at Emma Hearst’s new eco-fabulous restaurant. You just feel good being there, admiring the plants growing on the walls. The focus is on seasonal food so the menu will be ever changing. Instead of thinking what is lowest in calories, think like Buddha. Center before your meal. Order what you want, eat mindfully with respect to your body and don’t skip dessert. You can walk away feeling good knowing the food was made with love and locally grown.