Restaurant Review: ReViVer, Wild, Back Forty

Restaurant Review Blog
ReViVer, Wild, Back Forty
By Laura Cipullo and the Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services Team

 

Sometimes it can be hard to find a balanced choice for dinner or lunch that is delicious and consciously prepared. Luckily, the team at Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services has found 3 wonderful restaurants that fit the bill. Read on to learn where to go and what to get on your next meal out.

 

ReViVer
(934 8th avenue between 55th and 56th street)
www.revivernyc.com

 

ReViVer is a great pick-up and go place located near Columbus Circle. If you’re in need of fast food that’s actually nutritious, then look no further. The restaurant’s mission is to have “the perfect union of culinary art and nutrition science.” The menu was developed with the help of a Registered Dietitian to provide balanced dishes that meet certain nutritional pre-requisites – and it actually tastes good! When I ate there, I noticed there were many options for the carnivore or vegetarian.

At Reviver, there are four core Food Principles: Balance, Nutritious, Clean, and Pure. Each dish is balanced to have proportions of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Each dish is nutritious in that it promotes vegetables, fruits, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. They also have a futuristic technology they use to cook their antibiotic-free and hormone-free proteins, which is used to prepare the mahi-mahi tacos.

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Think of ReViVer as your go-to for a quick lunch or dinner. It’s something you would make at home, but just don’t have the time to do. The restaurant is also now on seamless, making your dinner plans that much easier.

Eating at ReViVer is every New Yorker’s dream for healthy take-out. Your palate will be satisfied and your heart will be happy and healthy.

 

Wild
(535 Hudson Street between Charles St. and Perry St.)
www.eatdrinkwild.com 

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It’s time to go wild over some delicious pasta, pizza and veggies. Wild in the West Village offers many conscious options for diners. It’s a great place to eat-in or pick-up for lunch and dinner. Wild’s mission is to “give people a positive environment to eat nourishing, yummy food, and offer true piece of mind.” There are three locations: West Village, Williamsburg and now, Las Vegas.

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The Skinny B*tch Pizza is more than just a brazen name. Served on a gluten-free vegan crust, it’s made to taste more like a cheese-less flatbread than a pizza, most definitely worth ordering. The eggplant and squash have a great deal of flavor, which paired well with the house-made tomato sauce. We also sampled the Wild Mushroom Herb Pasta served with wild arugula. That was delicious. The only setback here was we were hoping to try the Spaghetti Limone Parmigiano (basically a lemon pasta) that was featured on the online menu, but it was not available when we got to the restaurant.

If you’re looking for a simple and solid salad, the Wild Arugula is a safe bet. More adventurous eaters may opt for the Quinoa salad (with curry) or the Kale Salad (with smoked tofu).

Finally, we discuss the sweets. Wild caught our eye when we saw they had a Kale Cupcake. Now, we’ve seen kale in just about everything. But, a cupcake? This we had to try. Alas, that wasn’t available either. We opted for the vegan and gluten-free coconut brownie that was very fudgy and rich.

Even though there were a few menu inconsistencies, Wild is worth a visit. Your body and mind will thank you.

 

Back Forty
(190 Avenue B #1 between 11th and 12th street)
www.backfortynyc.com 

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If you’re looking for a cozy farm-to-table experience, Back Forty has got you covered. The food is very fresh, and they source their veggies from local farms upstate.

You can’t go wrong with the halibut. Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Service clients say this is one of their favorite dishes there. As we expected, the menu changes with the seasons. If you can, try and sit in the garden while the weather is still pleasant. According to the website, Back Forty is a burger joint deep down, but a consciously sourced one at that. There are also plenty of options for vegetarians to enjoy.

They also have a Westside location on Prince Street, for those unable to venture into alphabet city. This summer Back Forty is offering Crab Boils in the East Village location if you’re looking for a chef-driven way to celebrate the season.

Be Hip and Healthy at NYC’s Top Chic Restaurants

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.

Bacaro
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.

Hudson Clearwater
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!

The Smith
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!!

Sorella
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.