Farm-to-table fare is no passing fad, and thanks to these top notch players in the green food movement, there’s nothing more delicious. Dive into Luxury Attaché’s top organic food picks for a palate-pleasing meal that’s not just good, but good for you as well.
There’s a new kid on the block, and this one’s as fresh as they come. Originally hailing from Washington D.C., Sweetgreen emphasizes swiftly prepared food that is not only healthy, but organic and locally sourced, proving that those two things can in fact work together. Success they have found, and quickly, just take one look at that huge line around the block outside the NoMad Hotel, the location of their newest--and 20th, no less--outpost. The interior space is as natural as they come as the Sweetgreen team’s commitment to “keeping it real” applies not only to the food, but to their overall aesthetic and the relationships they’ve forged with the community at large. Delightfully fresh favorites include everything-but-the-kitchen sink salads (try the “guacamole greens”), wraps, pressed juices and even organic frozen yogurt. With sustainable, environmentally-friendly packaging to boot, this truly is a sweet deal.
1164 Broadway, between 27th and 28th Streets
2 ABC Kitchen
While organic is not a word that immediately comes to mind when paired with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, it should. He’s been churning out stunning plates of farm-fresh fare to consistently packed houses for years with no signs of stopping. Seasonality is the name of the game with locally sourced, sustainably grown ingredients that headline both the light and bright cocktail program and the immaculate shared plates. With an unrivaled freshness and quality, standouts include roasted beets with housemade yogurt, fried organic chicken with rainbow chard and housemade ricotta with strawberry compote.
35 East 18th Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue
3 Spring Street Natural
This neighborhood gem first opened its doors in 1973, offering fresh, accessible food to the masses. Now, while the casual, rustic charm still resides, the focus is on the quality and freshness of ingredients. Everything from organic wheat pie crusts to the organic seitan screams of wholesome, minimally processed food. The menu is increasingly changing to ensure innovative takes on such healthy, simple concepts and whether brunching outside on the sidewalk, or tucking in next to one of their huge square windows to escape the rain, palates from every corner of the spectrum will find themselves far more than pleased. Eclectic inclusions like vegan macrobiotic plates and malaysian braised tofu play well alongside free range chicken and incredible, housemade, seasonally-changing pastas.
62 Spring Street at Lafayette Street
These days, coming in first is increasingly more difficult. Not here, it seems, as Gustorganics is not only the first fully certified organic restaurant in NYC, but is the only restaurant in the nation to use entirely 100% certified organic ingredients. Their motto, “good, clean, fair” says it all and there is truly no other place to go for that authentic, green as they come experience, especially when their doors are open for every meal, 365 days a year. With roots in Argentina, clean, flavorful, Latin-inspired menus change daily and are out of this world delicious. The success of this organic tour de force comes in the eclectic mix of easy to eat dishes like avocado-chickpea bruschetta, homemade pappardelle with pesto or sizzling fajitas--which can be made, of course, with tofu.
519 Avenue of the Americas at 14th Street
5 The Green Table
This sustainable eatery and wine bar, born from the city’s premier green caterer, the Cleaver Company, is a hidden gem in the heart of Chelsea Market. Perfect for a quiet lunch or a glass of (sustainable, biodynamic) wine, the wooden-adorned spot is as charming as is the rotating menu of organic, fresh, locally grown fare, the best part of which is their famed flaky-crusted chicken pot pie and stellar artisanal grilled cheese. Mary Cleaver, who helms the entire operation, has made it her commitment to provide only the most top notch, fortified fare, and, understanding that she’s got quite a discerning group of NYC diners to please, she hasn’t failed yet. Trust us, hunker down to enjoy the Harvest Salad made with North Fork greens alongside a spicy puree of golden beets and top it all off with a spoonful of herbaceous rosemary ice cream. Take a treat for the road to prove that going green never tasted so good.
Chelsea Market | 75 Ninth Avenue, between 15th and 16th Streets