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Where to Eat Vegetarian

Whether you’re a vegetarian yourself or dining with a vegetarian, it’s often difficult to find a ‘normal’ restaurant in Manhattan that provides a significant number of delicious all-veggie options – too many restaurants just put a no-meat dish on the menu as an after-thought or focus exclusively on making all-veggie food taste anemic.

In honor of summer, ‘healthy living,’ and trying to stay cool, here are my top 10 options for where to eat vegetarian:

1. Dirt Candy
2. Devi
3. Snack Taverna
4. ABC Kitchen
5. The Fat Radish
6. Blue Hill
7. Barbuto
8. Blossom
9. Fig & Olive: Uptown
10. Taim



Josie’s East: All the Single Ladies

Josie’s is a funny sort of place. It occupies an interesting niche in Murray Hill. The healthy dinner spot on 3rd Avenue caters almost exclusively to the young, weight-conscious, and well-heeled female population of Murray Hill. In the numerous times I’ve eaten here, whether just picking up grub for myself or with friends (always female), I think I’ve only seen a man once (I kid you not).

The vibe is relaxed and serene with a cool contemporary look, calming music, and quiet conversation. Josie’s, despite the rushed whisper-like chatter of waifish girls, is the anti-thesis of clamorous. The service is decidedly mellow, often resulting in long gaps in time between seeing your waitress. Despite it’s rabid popularity in Murray Hill, Josie’s is decidedly un-Murray Hill in its eschewing of a loud fratastic environment. Don’t get me wrong – Josie’s is still very much a scene, with skinny mean girls, athletic types, and those clearly on a mission to drop a few all hobnobbing together for the ‘natural’ fare.

For the good restaurant-starved neighborhood, the food is actually pretty good. Josie’s isn’t vegan or vegetarian, it’s just more health-conscious than most eateries. Wholesome and flecked with all sorts of international inspiration, the offerings fill the belly with satisfying tweaks on Asian and American cuisine. It’s not haute cuisine nor is it uniformly delicious; however, when you’re looking for something easy and reliable, Josie’s pulls through. Expect such Asian fusion delights as Thai Chili Seared Wild Shrimp with guacamole, mango salsa, and tortillas, Ginger-Grilled Calamari, a too-good-to-be-healthy Warm Macademia-Crusted Natural Chicken salad stuffed with mango, tomatoes, avocado, orzo and cucumber, and a variety of burgers, faux burgers, pastas, and stirfries.

There’s something for everyone, whether you prefer to go veggie all the way or to eat your beef burgers healthy. Recommended dishes include the natural filet mignon medallions with truffle-infused mashed potatoes for a stunning $19.50, the organic angel hair with turkey meatballs (a satisfying twist on spaghetti and meatballs), and the chicken breast teriyaki stirfry chock-a-block with cremini mushrooms, broccolini, zucchini, and organic tamari brown rice. In light of the myriad of spectacular burger joints in New York (Zaitzeff, Old Town, Burger Burger, Five Guys), steer clear of Josie’s cardboard-like offerings.

Josie’s has its flaws (the irritatingly bird-like clientele, slow service), but it fills a necessary niche in image-conscious Murray Hill. The food is good enough to support a large group of loyal regulars, and the fast takeout makes it great for a light meal at the end of a long day. Check it out with your girlfriends for a mellow dinner out or chill out alone with a glass of white and your current read.

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It’s a New Year, New You, blah blah blah, Eat Healthy!

If you guys don’t know about Vitaljuice, and you’re looking to stay on top of healthy food trends in New York, you must check out this healthy living website/blog/newsletter immediately.

Today, they released the NY Skinny Black Book: Nutrition, a quick look into where to buy the healthiest foods and where to eat out if you’re looking for organic cuisine or a gluten-free menu or just plain and simple healthy offerings!

It’s short, but it definitely offers some food for fodder if you’re looking to keep the ‘new resolution’ buzz going through February!

Jamba Flatbreads!

For all you Jamba Juice lovers (I walk the 15 blocks to my ‘local’ Jamba Juice for my healthy smoothie fix – sorry Energy Kitchen, you just don’t cut on the smoothie front!), the fresh fruit and healthy smoothie hub is now going to offer ‘California Flatbreads’ in 18 New York locations!

With each crispy flatbread coming in under 330 calories, you can now satisfy a more substantial calling while picking up a yummy (and healthy!) blended beverage!

Check it out at Jamba Juice!