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Sep 8, 2007 01:27 PM

Healthy Recommendations All Around Town

Hey Ch'ers! Here's the deal. Myself and a companion will be visiting NYC Sept. 20- Sept 26. We already have reservations for three relatively indulgent meals throughout the week. I am hoping to keep the rest of the food we consume while in town relatively healthy as I will continue traveling the two weeks post NY in Mississippi and North Florida before landing in IN and having to wear a second skin bridesmaid dress. Aagh! Naturally, I have no interest in being deprived and I am CERTAIN there must be flavorful, satisfying, and healthy options all over town. I know for certain we will be spending one day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art so I would really appreciate a healthy recommendation hopefully within a 40 minute walk of the museum(part of the stay slim plan being hoofing it as much as possible, haha). We are also looking for recommendations of really good and healthier places to hit in and around Chinatown and Greenwich Village. Price is not super important, but considering the three reservations we've made are at more expensive places I'd like to keep it as reasonable as possible. We love all food, especially Thai and Indian, but are not crazy about sushi. I have perused previous threads for healthy restaurant rec.s and one that came up repeatedly was Angelica's for lunch. Is this place worth checking out? We fully intend to be on the go 24/7 while in town and will basically go to any length for good and healthy food. All help is greatly appreciated!

Also, if you recommend a specific dish at a restaurant definitely let me know.

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  1. Here are two healthy and delicous recommendations that won't break your purse.
    1. Fig & Olive: A small Mediterranean based walk-down dedicated to no butter cooking and which depends on olive oil for good flavor and -- trust me! -- it is wonderful.
    2. Zeytin for excellent Turkish dishes under a charming tent, with outdoor dining too.

    1. There are lots of great healthy options in the city that will suit your search...I like Angelica Kitchen very much- fresh/healthly food that is nicely composed (especially the specials). It is one of the health food pioneer restaurants in NYC and definitely worth visiting. I would also recommend 'Gobo' on 6th Ave. which is an Asian/vegetarian restaurant w/an organic juice bar (especially fun to split lots of 'small plates' tapas style here). If you want to splurge a little, 'Pure Food and Wine' is an upscale raw vegan restaurant in Irving Place w/really creative raw food. The food is very light and delicious. If the weather is nice there is a pretty garden out back. Uptown by the Met, you may want to try 'Candle Cafe'- on 3rd Ave. on the UES. Great salads and main dishes- it is vegetarian and mostly organic (esp. yummy desserts here). Happy dining!

      1. definitely hit one of the restaurants owned by josie's. the original location is on the uws, but there are 3 now. great menu, tons of healthy items. that restaurant is one of the only things i miss about nyc! they also own citrus bar & grill, another place worth checking out for healthy southwestern options, and josephina, a healthy italian place near lincoln center.

        you can see the menus on their corporate website...

        or at

        and for a healthy alternative to fast food, definitely try any of the many locations of 'the pump' or 'energy kitchen.'

        you can see all the locations & menus for both places at

        300 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

        565 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10016

        Citrus Bar & Grill
        320 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

        Josie's Kitchen
        1614 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

        Josephina Restaurant
        1 Broadway, New York, NY 10004

        1. Candle Cafe and Candle 79: vegan, healthy, upscale, and near the Met museum.

          1. If you find yourself near Bloomingdale's, or anywhere in east midtown, Heartbeat in the W Hotel is a good option. 49th and Lexington. Sophisticated, upbeat atmosphere, and an upscale healthy menu (definitely geared toward women, I'd say). I heard that they recently re-worked the menu towards a Latin flavor, but the philosophy and decor are the same. They even make custom "lighter" cocktails.

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            1. re: vvvindaloo

              oooh, good call, i forgot about heartbeat!

              149 E. 49th St, New York, NY 10017