THE EDIBLE WORD features Dylan Richards (Dylan's Lunchbox host) and our traveling food critics who will be reviewing healthy restaurants, markets, food trucks and more.
We will be reviewing the best of: Farm To Table, Farm To Fork, Organic, Raw, Vegan, Supporting local Farmers, Supporting Local Fisherman, Fresh Juices, Healthy Desserts, Hormone and antibiotic free Dairy, Grass Fed Beef, Farmers markets, Gluten Free, Healthiest World, Healthy On The Go.
Location: Check twitter for updates on the truck’s loction
Food: vegan with a gluten free option
Paige Agrella, Nick Brovender, Stephen Zaro, Jaime Cantor
When you hear the name ‘Cinnamon Snail’ you most likely picture a restaurant that is laid back and offers it’s own exceptional food choices—and you’d be right! The Cinnamon Snail is an NYC food truck that is all vegan and organic. This lunch truck operation was started by a group of close friends, whose passion for creativity, pureness and food lead them to the establishment of The Cinnamon Snail, one of New York City’s most acclaimed and loved lunch trucks.
60 W 23rd St New York, NY 10010
Financial District:100 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
Food: Vegan with a gluten free option
It’s been getting easier to find organic food in the city, and it’s certainly not hard to find fast food. Thanks to a place called Terri though, vegan “fast food” is now a convenient and healthy option. Located in two places, the Financial District and Chelsea, Terri was created by two friends with a mission to form an entirely organic and vegan restaurant. The concept behind Terri is quick service—much like a typical fast food restaurant—with a healthy and organic twist. Customers have the option of eating in Terri or taking it to go, making it a fast food restaurant without all of the preservatives and health risks normally associated with fast food chains.
There are plenty of restaurants in New York City, but nothing like Riverpark with its unique farm to table stance. Riverpark is home to one of the largest urban gardens in New York City since 2011, sustained by their partnership with the Alexandria Center for Life Science – New York City. The kitchen has the luxury of receiving the freshest herbs and vegetables within minutes of being picked from their roots, which adds to the flavor of each dish. The other night I was lucky enough to get a personal tour of the grounds by farmer Zach Pickens.
Although Pip’s Place has only been open for a little over a year, you would never be able to tell because the gluten-free cakery filled with decadent desserts and goodies. The best part is that you cannot even tell that any of the baked goods are gluten-free. Their texture and consistency are identical to that of regular sweets, so you will love this place whether you are sensitive to gluten or not! To top it off, Pip’s Place has a unique policy: no employee is allowed to bring in any food that contains gluten, so there is absolutely no chance of cross contamination!
When we checked out one of Bareburger’s many locations in NYC, we weren’t sure what the expect. Sometimes people are scared to of words like organic and all-natural, because like me, they think if somethings healthier, it probably doesn’t taste as good. But Bareburger proved us wrong when they provided us with a delicious and all-natural meal that we won’t be forgetting anytime soon. And they have options for everyone!
11 Bleecker St. New York NY 10012
Owner: Paolo and Federico Manfredi
Food: Organic Italian
We were delighted to make a second trip to 11 Bleecker Street to visit Quartino Bottega Organica. For those of you who didn’t see our profile of Quartino on Dylan’s Lunch Box, we decided to revisit the restaurant because it’s just that good!
Just a few blocks away from Grand Central Station is a restaurant dedicated entirely to mac-n-cheese, and they do it right. S’MAC not only serves just about every combination of mac-n-cheese you could ever dream of, but they also have gluten-free, vegan, and lactose-reduced options. If none of the menu options satisfy your cravings, you have the option to build your own. They believe that anyone who wants a great mac-n-cheese should be able to get it, and they do a great job of catering to everyone.
Are you in need of energy boost but not in the mood for a hot cup of coffee or a sugary soda? Not long ago we wouldn’t have known what to tell you, but recently we tried out Frava, a drink that provides the taste of fruit juice with the boost of natural caffeine. They only use green coffee beans, so you get the energy from the caffeine without the taste and chemicals in coffee and energy drinks.
Lucky for you they taste just as good. Try it as a healthy alternative to the traditional mashed potatoes.
By Carla Losak
Siggy’s is my new favorite lunch spot for "clean" food. Siggy's focuses on being both nutritious and delicious! It offers a wide arrange of options such as salads, sandwiches, and burgers that are all locally sourced and 100% organic. That means no antibiotics, fertilizers, hormones and GMOs. Siggy's understands how it important it is to treat your body right by eating the right foods. What is great about Siggy's menu is that they cater to all different types of eaters. Listed on the menu they have "Gluten-free, Vegan, and Dairy-free" next to each item.
Teaming up with ABC Carpet & Home and Executive Chef Dan Kluger, Jean-Georges Vongerichten has done it again. With a focus on fresh and local ingredients, Vongerichten has created another superb dining experience. Together, they created a true farm to table experience providing the best local and organic ingredients in every dish. ABC invests in keeping up with constantly changing trends of sustainable farming.
By Amanda Edell
248 Broome St.
Owner: Erin McKenna
Area: Lower Manhattan
Tucked into the streets of Lower Manhattan, Babycakes NYC is a hidden gem for those with nearly any dietary restriction you can think of, or even just for those who are looking for a healthy treat. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, sugar-free, or even kosher, you can find something for you among Babycakes menu options. When we stopped by their NYC location, we were amazed about how many options they had, and we were surprised at how much we enjoyed the sweets we got a chance to try.
112 East 23rd Street
Owner: Stathis Antonakopoulos
Area: Flatiron/ Gramercy
For a quick, affordable, and HEALTHY meal, Stix is the place! Whether you are going for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there are tons of healthy options for any type of eater. Owner Stathis Antonakopoulos, has put a creative spin on Mediterranean food that fits well in New York’s Flatiron district. He opened the restaurant in December of 2012 after many years of working in the restaurant industry. When I asked Stathis why he got into the food industry he answered by saying “It was normal for me”, and it is easy to see how normal it is for Stathis from his hospitality and general ease of interacting with his clients. His family owned a restaurant back home in Greece and he also worked as a waiter when he moved to NYC to get his Master’s degree.
My name is Carla Losak and my passion for food and restaurants is unmatched. Finding new and exciting restaurants, healthy cuisine alternatives, and sharing my new findings with friends and family are just a few of the ways in which my passion can be viewed. As someone with a food allergy to tree nuts, it is important for me to find restaurants that cater around my needs. Many “health” food places these days substitute ingredients with nut products, so I understand the limitations of other allergies to gluten or dairy. Throughout my blog with the Edible Word, I will be divulging all my restaurant reviews with you, so that you yourself my find all of the healthiest, trendiest, and downright good tasting restaurants the New York City metro-area has to offer. I hope you enjoy my blog and please tweet at me with any restaurant recommendations!