It is no secret that we have hearty appetites here at Miz Mooz, and while we’re no strangers to bagels and corner slices, we still try to keep it healthy. Sometimes. Thankfully in NYC there are plenty of options for the Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Macro, Micro, Paleo, Food Fad of the Week, what have you, among us. Let’s discuss.
Warm weather and fat wallet? Head to Pure Food and Wine to sit in the beautifully lit back garden and have your fill of their raw vegan fare. The ingredients are fresh and local, the plates beautifully presented, and the dishes are inventive and tasty. Even as a steak enthusiast, Pure Food and Wine is high on my list of favorite restaurants. Looks delicious, right?
It’s cold out and the coffers are empty? Cocoron in the LES has you covered. One of the few places I’ve found that offers soba and noodle soups with a vegetarian base that is just as rich and delicious as its pork filled counterparts, and the adorable cartoon characters used throughout are almost enough to make you forget the dreary winter for a moment. There is also plenty of meat to be had elsewhere on the menu, you know, if you or your date is into that kinda thing.
Over 21 and thirsty? Pine Box Rock Shop is the best vegan bar in the city- and probably in the whole world. They make their own vegan spirits if you fancy a dairy free Irish creme, and serve empanadas that taste like they are full of cheese in a crust loaded with butter. It’s magic- or witchcraft – I don’t care either way because YUMMY.
If this isn’t doing it for ya, stay tuned- next time I promise to explore food that will certainly cause heart ailments and premature death.
Photos by Daniel Krieger for nycgo.com and Michael Nagle for the NYT