New York is a buzzing, vibrant city full of cafes and restaurants and our guest blogger Alison Vickery recently had the chance to visit! It is impossible to do justice to all the Paleo, or farm-to-table restaurants in NYC, but if you want to know what is happening on the NYC food scene these three are a good place to start in this foodie paradise.
If you spend even one day in New York City you will realise that eating is a way of life here. New Yorkers live in small apartments, so any socialising or eating is typically done outside the home. Even standing in line is a social experience.
I asked native New Yorkers for their “go to” Paleo Foodie recommendations and here’s was their top three recommendations.
Hu kitchen is the Paleo destination in New York. Whilst it is easy to eat Paleo in New York this is the dedicated Paleo restaurant.
Unlike other restaurants, where the marketing is about “the chef” here it’s about “the ingredients.” At Hu kitchen’s mantra is
we make food for humans
You will not find exotic ingredients or even unfamiliar dishes here just ingredients your body recognizes. Nor will you find canola oil, GMO modified foods, or pre-prepared foods.
I could have eaten here every day but I ate here twice. Once for breakfast, and once for lunch. Each time I chose the daily specials.
For breakfast I had the primal breakfast bowl (with root veggie mash, seasonal vegetables of Swiss chard and carrots, and a scrambled egg) the eggs were cooked to order. It was what it said it was. Good honest real food.
For lunch I had a ¼ rotisserie chicken, with a side of seasonal vegetables, which was a mixture of the Swiss chard and carrots. The rotisserie chicken was done on the premises, was definitely organic, and was tender and flavorful.
Whilst I did not try them there was also a large range of “snacks” with a mixture of juices, smoothies, raw food treats and chocolate, and then there was the kale.
Kale is the new burger. Americans have adopted it and it is everywhere. If you really want a treat try one of Hu Kitchen’s flavored variety; covered in raw cacao, covered in trail mix with coconut oil, and just about any of the five taste sensations. Its amazing what you can do with kale chips!
My verdict: This is good honest Paleo cooking which is fast, convenient, and affordable. My only complaint, and it is a small one, is the lack of disclosure on whether nuts and seeds are activated.
Hu Kitchen. 78 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Burgers are an American institution. I could not really do a review on NYC restaurants without telling you where to grab one.
Bareburger is a new concept in restaurants. It allows you to build your own burger from the bun up making this not only a Paleo friendly restaurant but an allergy friendly one too.
The food is organic. The ingredients are sourced locally. A nice touch was on each table there was a card outlining the details of key ingredients; including was it “natural” or “organic”, and on their website they disclose the exact supplier of their ingredients.
The focus in this restaurant is the protein. The selection of burgers stretched to turkey, wild boar, elk, bison, and ostrich. You can also get that on a lettuce leaf instead of a bun.
The only real negatives here, is that ingredients are chosen because of their taste, rather than their health benefits. The French fries, for example, are fried in peanut oil, there is definitely sugar in some of the ingredients. So do ask!
Is it possible to have a Paleo burger though? Yes it is. I had a delicious lamb burger with toppings wrapped in a lettuce leaf and it was cooked to perfection.
My verdict: About as Paleo as you are going to get to a burger and a great place to try some rare game. Also a good place if some of your companions are part-time Paleo. The serves are huge so do consider sharing.
Bareburger is in various locations and expanding rapidly.
The Juice Press
Whilst not strictly a Paleo place, more a raw vegan organic food, these chain stores demand a mention. The food is 100% organic. What’s more it is absolutely delicious, and on the cutting edge of the raw food scene.
The only real negatives is that agave is used in desserts but it is fully disclosed and purposeful. Their nuts and seeds do not appear to be “activated” which is a common problem, and you cannot get a juicy steak.
That aside, I developed a slight obsession, with Juice Press. Here are some of the things to watch for:
- Cold-brewed Coffee. Cold-brew coffee was great. Cold-brewed coffee is 70% less acidic that hot-brewed coffee (so is better tolerated by a compromised gut) and has a smooth rounded flavor (so no sweeteners or mylks are needed).
- Mother Earth Juice. This is their most popular juice and is a delicious well rounded alkalizing mix of cucumber, celery, kale, Swiss chard, dandelion, parsley, lemon, and ginger juice.
- Raw Chia Pudding. I have eaten a lot of chia puddings in my time but this was perfection and totally addictive. You have been warned! Tried to work out what the secret sauce was and I think it is as simple as sea salt lifting the chia, cashews, dates, coconut oil, walnuts, and vanilla to almost a caramel quality.
- Kale Salads. If you are looking for a kale salad, or some inspiration on yours, then this is the place. Juice Press have 3 kale salads to choose from; a kale Caesar salad, a marinated kale salad, and a For The Love of Kale Salad.
My verdict: Ok its raw food but so is a salad. If you want to see someone who is pushing the envelope on healthy organic food then this is place is impressive. The flavor that they manage to get into simple ingredients will challenge your concept of flavor.
Juice Press is in various locations and expanding rapidly.
It is impossible to do justice to all the Paleo, or farm-to-table restaurants in NYC, but if you want to know what is happening on the NYC food scene these three are a good place to start in this foodie paradise.
Alison is a board certified holistic health coach based in Byron Bay. She specializes in helping women with auto-immune conditions including pharmaceutical drug and histamine intolerance, achieve good health and well-being. She writes regularly on Paleo issues at www.alisonvickery.com.au.