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Dec 3, 2007 11:56 AM

Eating healthy in the city.

Where do you go?

What do you order?

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  1. Check out: Chop't, Just Salad, Energy Kitchen

    1. what do you mean by healthy? there are places as mentioned above plus pump.

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      1. re: fein

        By "healthy," I mean common-sense, balanced diet sort of meals. Nothing fanatical.

        I eat pretty well when I make stuff at home. But when I go out to eat, (and I've been eating out a lot more in the past year) I generally go for the cheese fries, foie gras, fried chicken, etc. ;-) I think everything is fine in moderation.

        In general, salads bore me. I'd never look at the "Dieter's Section" of a menu. The other day, I popped into a cafe that was attached to a gym in midtown (wish I remembered the name) where they had *designer healthy food* with no fat and no taste. Blech! What I'm looking for are some well-balanced meals that are TASTY and interesting.

        1. re: Little Cupcake

          I suppose you already thought of this, but Sushi can be very healthy and very interesting. Just try and stay away from the rolls with mayonaise/fried items (which can be hard!) There are so many good sushi places in NYC, just do a search and I'm sure you'll come up with plenty.

          1. re: Little Cupcake

            Better Burger (air fries, organic burgers etc) for fast food. Josie's is another healthy option.

            1. re: Little Cupcake

              The Pump may not interest you, but I must say I I love most of their plates, and the soups, and the protein pancakes, and sweet potato pie...

              Hoave you tried Souen? They have some great stuff.

              Also, like Eva's. Egg whites, the Chicken Coop plate, and my bf loves their hummus and baba ghanoush plate.

              Josie's -- blackened tuna, steamed dumplings, healthy organic pancakes...

              FreeFoods -- wild mushroom soup, miso/tofu soup, roasted salmon, artichokes dish, make-your-own-salads (i know you skip salads, but it's nice the way they do it by theme...)

              Effy's Cafe -- good and non-pretentious-- frittata, chicken wrap, chicken and veggie couscous

              Bunchberries -- Chicken Marsala (or their equiv), egg whites, Tofu and Kale bake, wraps

              1. re: Emme

                good recs - it's been years since i've thought about bunchberries. [emme, since when do you do nyc? :)]

                when i lived there, the pump was my favorite for quick, cheap & healthy; energy kitchen didn't exist yet but it seems comparable. i also used to love all the salad places where you could choose your add-ins [tossed, chop't, etc.], but i guess that was primarily for lunch takeout.

                josie's was my #1 pick for healthy food in general...and they now have 3 locations, plus 3 better burgers, their original place josephina [italian], and citrus for southwestern.

                you might also want to check out angelica kitchen, organique, candle cafe, and pure food & wine.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  i go back and forth to nyc quite a bit... i have a lot of friends there, some work, and a relative who commutes weekly...

                  last time i was at angelica, it was really bland and the service really off, but maybe it was just an off day, or has it declined?

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    OK, so I agree with all these, and I'm throwing in Westville - get the market plate, it's full of fresh veggies cooked with a little bit of healthy oils (most of them anyway, keep an eye out for the exceptions).

                    Also, most Chinese restaurants let you order dishes steamed with the sauce on the side. It's actually pretty tasty.

            2. Korean food can be very healthy...try Dosirak on 13th/UnivPl...

              Balthazar can be healthy: the trout/spinach dish, some oysters, a glass of wine

              1. Try Hampton Chutney--interesting Indian food, good prices, and definitely healthy...The soups are especially good.

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                1. re: crinkle11

                  Eat fish! Pearl's, Ed's Lobster Bar, Shaffer's, Dock's - oysters are awfully good for you. I eat much healthier when I'm out than in as I don't like preparing vegetables so fish and veggies is the way to go.

                2. for lunch at work, i usually order from energy kitchen, the pump, tossed, or i get sashimi.

                  energy kitchen has these protein heavy, carb light philly cheese steak wraps...they have mushrooms and onions and i swear i dont believe their as 'light' as they proclaim but they taste pretty damn good for health food. i get the one with bison burger or chicken breast.

                  at pump, i usually order a plate of grilled chicken and steamed vegetables...with non fat mozzarella. it tastes like rubber but ive had worse.

                  tossed...i get a light a tuna nicoise or greek salad.

                  sashimi is the way to go if you want to eat well.