With the New Year, comes new resolutions for a fresh start. For many of us, on top of that list of fresh starts, is weight loss. As our WMDSF Team showcases in other articles this month, your health is not so much about dieting. Dieting, as we all know, can be thrown off like a roller coaster ride with emotional eating and social gatherings with friends and family. No, instead of dieting it’s time for a lifestyle readjustment.
Many of us get complacent in our lives, myself included, with the hustle and bustle of everyday life we can sometimes forget about the first most important thing in our lives, our health. Without good health we are no good to our children, our jobs or our families but most importantly we’re no good to ourselves!
As a busy New Yorker, cooking at home 5-7 days a week can be a bit impossible or tedious to say the least. So to help keep you on track for your new Healthy Lifetstyle (on the go) we have listed 5 of The Top Health Food Restaurants in NYC. Hope they are to your liking, although food is the body’s energy source, it should also be enjoyable.
A folkloric concept, “kefi” – or the bliss that accompanies bacchanalia – is a word deeply tied to the cultural ethos of Greece.This is what inspired acclaimed chef Michael Psilakis and partner Donatella Arpaia, when they re-opened beloved Kefi Restaurant in its brand new, larger space on the Upper West Side. The menu of favorites straight from Psilakis’ childhood consists of Kefi’s authentic signature dishes, like Baccala, Grilled Octopus, Hilopita, and Tsoutsoukakia (voted New York’s Best Meatballs in 2007 by New York Magazine and featured in The New York Times). Most importantly, however, Kefi brings you Chef Psilakis’ award-winning Greek cuisine at reasonable prices, with appetizers all under ten dollars and main courses at just ten to eighteen dollars.
505 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024
The perfect restaurant for our Vegans, even better for those looking for a new experience. From people who have never tried Pure Food and Wine, you sometimes hear, “Oh, I’m a meat and potatoes guy (it’s usually guys saying this!); I don’t think it’s for me.” On the contrary, there are lots of regular and repeat guests who eat plenty of meat and potatoes and also regularly come for dinner, dessert, and takeaway. In fact, we think (though it’s hard to confirm) that most of the guests are not strictly vegan or raw. Also, if you’re sensitive to dairy or not a big fan of gluten, you’ll be especially happy (particularly with the desserts and ice cream) since they don’t use dairy or gluten products*. Finally, there is also no tofu, tempeh, or seitan anywhere on the menu.
The first and only certified organic restaurant in New York, and the world’s first certified restaurant using all organic ingredients. The greenest restaurant in New York, and one of the greenest restaurants in the world. The first and only USDA certified organic bar on the planet. This restaurant is a certifiable choice for meat-eaters and vegan’s alike. With reasonable prices and taste to match, how could you go wrong? From Empanadas to Mushroom Risotto you won’t be disappointed!
519 Avenue of the Americas @ 14th street
New York, NY
For all our Indian food lovers, this is the place for you. All organic and delicious, perfect for take out or grabbing a quick bite to eat with some friends. Their dosas are delicate and flaky (only 189 calories and 3g of fat), and totally excellent with the vegetarian masala filling and mango chutney – Just as fresh and delicious ordered in.
68 Prince Street
Cheers to Good Health and a New Healthy Lifestyle!
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