As we are still in the first half of January 2017, many of us are still following the New Year’s resolutions which we had announced in late December 2016. For the Downtown readers still looking to dine out and be sociable, it may seem challenging to find healthy fare at great New York City restaurants.
However, five great New York chefs are helping to prove that food can be both fun and healthy when chosen correctly:
- Le Coq Rico’s Chef Antoine Westermann
- Left Bank’s Chef Laurence Edelman
- Industry Kitchen’s Chef Braulio Bunay
- Flinders Lane’s Chef Chris Rendell
- Rider’s Chef Patrick Connolly
Chef Antoine Westermann’s signature Westermann’s Baeckeoffe and the Friday plat du jour Vegetable Baeckeoffe are two recommendations. Both dishes combine all-natural, ethically raised lean protein and fresh, flavorful vegetables for the ultimate cold weather comfort meals that still manage to respect your New Year’s food resolutions.
Some people may think that eating seasonally means eschewing their favorite salads during the colder months, but at Left Bank in the West Village, Chef Laurence Edelman has created a crisp and bright Winter Caesar that is seasonal, refreshing, and delicious. Over a base of endive leafs and razor-thin slices of kohlrabi, Chef Edelman using a healthy dressing of egg yolks, garlic, anchovies, lemon, and water to create a clean alternative to heavier winter indulgences.
Although it’s known for its wood-fired pizzas, Industry Kitchen offers a healthy Winter Kale Salad — priced at $13 — that tastes just as indulgent. Do your body good with this delicious mix of quinoa, pomegranate, watermelon radish, pickled red onions, persimmons, feta, candied almonds and cider vinaigrette.
Many of Flinders Lane’s modern Australian dishes draw inspiration from the bold flavors of Asian cuisines, including their Chicken San Choi Bau, a popular Aussie spin on lettuce wraps. Bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts give the light, yet satisfying dish a healthy dose of crunch while fresh ginger and Vietnamese mint add brightness. The San Choi Bau pairs perfectly with the restaurant’s Spiced Carrot Margarita, a smoky and delicious cocktail made with fresh Carrot Juice, Tequila, Mezcal, Chili, Cardamom, and Lime.
The brainchild of James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly, Rider is a contemporary American bistro that serves sophisticated cuisine in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From skate wing schnitzel to squash agnolotti to a hot fried chicken sandwich, Rider serves food that is simple and iconically American yet textured, dynamic and globally-inspired. The menu’s clean-eating stand out is surely the Vegan Gemelli Pasta made with mushroom bolognese, black truffle tofu, and gremolata. It’s satisfying, textured, and deceptively simple to make at home. It also happens to be vegan, though it’s rich enough that you’d never know.