HEALTHY EATER­IES: THE LAT­EST BUZZ IN NYC GLOBETROT

It’s all about dis­cov­er­ing eater­ies that serve fresh, sea­sonal, nu­tri­tious food that’s also de­li­cious

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Time Out - GEETIKA JAIN

Piles of fresh co­conuts, gin­ger and turmeric were never a com­mon sight in New York un­til now, and the lo­cals, es­pe­cially the Mil­len­ni­als, are in the grip of a rag­ing healthyeat­ing tor­nado. It makes com­plete sense to cou­ple rig­or­ous work­outs, boot­camps and yoga ses­sions with smooth­ies and sal­ads packed with nu­tri­ents. New York­ers are cu­ri­ous about the ex­act con­tents of even the small­est snack, and the in­for­ma­tion no longer hides in diminu­tive print. The buzz is all about dis­cov­er­ing the new eater­ies that serve fresh, sea­sonal, nu­tri­tious food with­out com­pro­mis­ing on de­li­cious­ness. Delv­ing into the realm of well re­searched, good­ness­loaded, veg­e­tar­ian friendly, multi-in­gre­di­ent of­fer­ings proved to be not just a fun learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, it also eased my mind and buds into ac­cept­ing rad­i­cally new recipes, many of which fol­lowed me into my kitchen; frapped green juice of kale, kiwi, aloe and lemon at break­fast paired with seed and sprout in­fused ce­real and a shot of cold pressed al­mond milk have be­come as ev­ery­day as pop­ping toast. March­ing with the rev­o­lu­tion, my cousin Simi and I set off one morn­ing to ex­plore some des­ti­na­tion eater­ies in lower Man­hat­tan.

SOHO

Start­ing our ex­pe­di­tion at By Chloe, a small, hip and ex­clu­sively ve­gan res­tau­rant at 240, Lafayette Street in Soho, we ex­am­ined the line-up of some pretty alien drinks on dis­play — ac­ti­vated char­coal wa­ter in many flavours, fizzy kam­bucha, cold macha …as well as new fan­gled kelp noo­dles and chia pud­ding. Our hot break­fast of soft, whole wheat tor­tilla bundling scram­bled tofu, spicy sei­tan chorizo, av­o­cado and black bean salsa was in­cred­i­bly de­li­cious, as was the (milk free) cof­fee, topped with al­mond and cashew milk. Bizarre no­tion, nice taste, eas­ier to digest, much more nour­ish­ing. Tak­ing-in the im­pres­sive wrought-iron fa­cades of Soho, we stopped next at Pressed Juicery, at 103, Mercer St. The tiny shop is packed with a daz­zling ar­ray of freshly made, short-shelf life drinks that detox, cleanse and en­er­gise. We were of­fered tri­als of a host of cit­rus and green juices, and the vanilla al­mond milk (lightly sweet­ened with dates) be­came an in­stant favourite. “Drink your veg­eta­bles is my new mantra,” said a cus­tomer, spot-jog­ging as she shopped. On­wards to Chobani Cafe, on 152 Prince Street. The ge­nius of this com­pelling spot, of­fer­ing mainly Greek yo­ghurt bowls with a se­lec­tion of top­pings, is truly laud­able. It’s all about the as­sem­bly rather than cook­ing. Savoury selections are im­bued with the likes of hum­mus, zatar, av­o­cado, spinach, feta and harissa. now men­tion the nu­tri­ent score as well.

NUT MILK - Soaked nuts such as al­monds and cashews frapped with wa­ter. The drink looks like milk, but has no dairy what­so­ever.

SEI­TAN - Ja­panese chewy wheat gluten; veg­e­tar­ian sub­sti­tute for meat.

PRO BIOTICS - bac­te­ria that are good for you, found in kom­bucha (a fer­mented, ef­fer­ves­cent Ja­panese tea made from kon­bucha sea­weed) and tem­peh (a Ja­panese veg­e­tar­ian soy­bean prod­uct rich in pro­tein, fi­bre and vi­ta­mins)

MACHA - A nu­tri­tious Ja­panese green tea

fresh­ness of the sea­sonal pro­duce such as heir­loom to­ma­toes, zuc­chini flow­ers, honey and maple nec­tar and in­gre­di­ents are the ba­sis of in­spi­ra­tion.

CHELSEA

A short stroll away, Eataly, a mas­sive in­door mar­ket and eatery cel­e­brates the food and drink of not just Italy, but also lo­cal pro­duce such as the de­li­cious un-ho­mogenised milk from Ron­ny­brook farms. In the vicin­ity of Chelsea’s clus­ter of art gal­leries, we stopped at Or­ganic Av­enue, a small res­tau­rant that com­bines freshly made, scrump­tious smooth­ies (packed with pro-biotics and vi­ta­min shots) light meals, a hand­ful of flavours of kam­puchtea on tap, and healthy snacks. Around the cor­ner, For­agers com­bines a small gro­cery store filled with fresh finds, fresh food counter and res­tau­rant. These were just a hand­ful of dis­cov­er­ies over half a day, oth­ers are sprout­ing all over the vast city. For eons, restau­rants have solved for taste alone, these brave new eater­ies are lead­ing the charge in con­coct­ing de­li­cious recipes us­ing the most nu­tri­tious in­gre­di­ents known to mankind.

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Farm greens topped with pro­tein-rich foods at Dig Inn Long queues at Sweet Green at lunchtime

A de­li­cious yo­ghurt con­coc­tion at Chobani Cafe in Soho

Freshly made, short-shelf life drinks that detox, cleanse and en­er­gise

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