Food Is Not Your Enemy

How to Find a Healthy (And Tasty!) Restaurant in NYC
May 6, 2009, 10:40 am
Filed under: Books, Restaurants | Tags: , ,

I’ve had some bad experiences eating at so-called “healthy” restaurants in New York. One restaurant that shall go unnamed I vowed never to return to after being served what looked and tasted like globs of Elmer’s glue accented with lawn clippings.

But now there’s a handy guide detailing where to eat out in New York if you care about both your health and your taste buds. It’s called “Clean Plates N.Y.C.” and it was put together by Jared Koch and food critic Alex Van Buren. It won me over right away when I saw such restaurants as Five Points and Gramercy Tavern in there–this is definitely not the list you’d expect.

So how did Jared and Alex select the restaurants? In addition to taste, they took into account such issues as whether the meat being served is hormone and antibiotic free, the produce is purchased from organic or local purveyors, and the water is filtered. There’s a much longer list of criteria you can see in the book.

“Clean Plates N.Y.C.” is out now, and available at,, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and other book stores.


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any that you recommend? there’s a slight chance we’ll head up to ny some time this summer…haven’t been to nyc in yeeaars, but my 3 favorites were sou-en (near union sq), zen palate (also near union sq), and bamiyan (3rd ave)

Comment by Beverly Tomov

I tend toward the restaurants that aren’t considered “healthy restaurants,” per se, with the exception of Spring Street Natural. Otherwise, I love places like Gramercy Tavern and Chipotle (!) which also made the list.

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