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Jan 2, 2008 10:07 AM

Healthy dinner UWS

I'm meeting a friend for dinner on Saturday night and she is on a health kick for the new year. Any suggestions for a healthy dinner (salads, veggie options, fish, chicken etc) around W85th or generally UWS? Any cuisine is fine and would prefer less than $20 entrees. Thanks!

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  1. Perhaps Josie's (Amsterdam and W. 74th) would meet your needs?

    300 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: floretbroccoli

      Josie's is the perfect spot for health food uptown.

      1. re: JungMann

        BTW JungMann: (love that name!!)
        I just googled Josie's menu and I really have taken to it. I will be getting myself up there one of these days. Thanks for adding yet another healthy place to my list.

    2. Blossom - tasty vegan cuisine on columbus around 82nd st. or so.

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      1. re: harrison

        A perfect spot for a health person happens to be right at 85th & Columbus -- Zeytin -- a Turkish delight!
        I was there last Friday and had a deeeeelicious meal. Highly recommended.

        Of course there is always Le Pain Quotidien at 66th & Columbus which specializes in organic soups, sandwiches, salads and has some fine pastries.

        On the Upper East Side, do consider a dinner at Fig & Olive, a Mediterranean restaurant which also is dedicated to good healthy food (they use no butter, for example).

        1. re: idia

          Josie's certainly, or for something new (or to avoid the cold) you could hop on the 1 train and check out Community Food on Broadway at 112th.

          1. re: idia

            Interesting choices. Can you explain how Zeytin is more of a healthy option than any of the other restaurants in that area? Also I'm curious what you'd recommend at LPQ since, as far as I can tell, their popular offerings of croissants, chocolate breads, and tarts are what sets them apart in the neighborhood.

            1. re: JungMann

              Isn't there an UWS Zen Palate? Definitely fits the healthy description

              1. re: JSHAFT78

                It closed and is being converted into a Fatty Crab: a paean to pork fat and salt.

                1. re: JungMann

                  schwing! I like the sound of that.

              2. re: JungMann

                They have salads and healthy-ish open-faced sandwiches at LPQ.

                As for Zeytin, it's probably the healthy aura of Mediterranean cuisine more than anything else.

                1. re: piccola

                  Zeytin does have grilled or baked fish and shepherd's salad, to be fair. Of course, you're right that not all the options are healthy. (I love the strained, full-fat yogurt, served with fatty schwarma!)

                  1. re: cimui

                    Oh, I didn't mean anything against Zeytin - especially since, as you say, there are enough healthy items on the menu. Just that it isn't instrinsically healthier than another Turkish restaurant.

                2. re: JungMann

                  Yes JungMann, (love your name!): I can explain why I feel Zeytin is a healthy option (but please note, I never once used the words "than any of the other restaurants in that area".) I am sure there are plenty of other options as well.
                  Shade used the words 85th on the UWS. That is exactly where Zeytin happens to be, which I maintain is certainly considered healthy Mediterranean food (although not every single solitary thing on their menu is likely to be 100% healthy). I have no doubt there are many other healthy restaurant choices in or around that area but I can only speak about what I am familiar with.
                  As for Le Pain Quotidien, I am puzzled by your statement that "croissants, chocolate breads and tarts are what sets them apart." Have you had any lunches there because their menu literally screams organic salads, soups and sandwiches as well as health drinks?
                  Their pastries and breads happen to be very nice too, but this person was referring to sitting down and having a meal, and I believe that anyone who cares about organic foods would be thrilled to dine there.
                  However, I must admit that, unless I wanted something more like snacks than a full dinner, I would likely opt for LPQ for brunches and lunches or after-theater snacks only.
                  Does this answer your question a little bit more fully?

            2. Kefi has some excellent, healthy options on their menu: lots and lots of different salads and a couple of grilled fish and calamari dishes. It's a top notch restaurant even if you aren't trying to be healthy. Order a few small plates to share and it shouldn't be too hard to stay under $20 / person for the food. Wines aren't wonderful, so if her health regimen entails teetotaling, you're also in the right place.

              Josie's is a pleasant neighborhood spot (and good for celeb spotting), but it's not somewhere I would personally seek out for the food.

              1. Try Community Food and Juice--their brown rice bowl with veg and chicken is very good. Further up than you asked for, though--it's at 112 and Bway.

                1. Just had the whole trout at The Mermaid Inn ( Amst btw 87 & 88) and it was delicious. But beware of the great potatoes they served with it!