As most of us are aware, fashion week is here. What does that mean for the pavement pounding everyday New Yorkers? Besides ever increasing lines at Starbucks while designers suffer silent nervous breakdowns and even longer lines at supposed “healthy” destinations, it also means we feel obligated to do a little blurb about delicious and healthy (somewhat) places to dine.
Whether you want to be a part of Fashion Week, or be like us and quietly bitch under our breath about the mild inconvenience it may cause us, if you cant beat them, then sadly we must be forced to join them. We’ve put together a few spots that we think are both excellent and don’t make us self conscious about our summer physiques.
If you’ve been to Union Square recently than you most surely have come across Pokéspot, its got nothing to do with Pokémon (trust us, we checked). But what it does have is Poké, a Hawaiian tradition that means “to slice or cut”, utilizing the freshest fish and ingredients it is quickly becoming an increasingly popular spot. While the idea is simple in theory, pick your protein, additions and grains and watch them be deliberately and meticulously placed into large to-go bowls.
Healthy and delicious – Our review “YUM”
Aesthetics wise, the interior is somewhat reminiscent of a canteen. Clean and bright, almost sterile feel, everything streamlined for quick service. Which is why this place functions so well, the line may be intimidating at first, but you move along it fairly quickly and once you’re at the counter you’d better act quick lest you be bowled over by the person behind you.
As we’ve mentioned, build your own bowl is the go to here, but they do also offer some signature bowls of their own. As we were a bit overwhelmed by the whole process we went ahead and ordered the Pokéspot Special which consisted of snow crab (the real deal, no surimi BS here), sliced raw salmon, green onion, seaweed salad, furikake (a common seasoning sprinkled over rice to boost the flavor), dry roasted seaweed, onion crisps and Siracha aioli. We also asked for the addition of zucchini noodles, which we did not regret. Everything was very fresh, crisp and refreshing. Like eating a giant hand roll, very satisfying.
Pokespot Special- $12.70
The other dish we snagged was the Miso Spicy, another fish laden bowl. Tuna, salmon, hiijki seaweed, fish flakes, onion crisps, lime ponzu and more furikake. The end result being another well balanced meal from the crunch of the onion crisps to the buttery tuna and salmon.
Miso Spicy $10.75
As far as quick service goes, this was a lovely spot to finally stumble upon, the staff are well informed and polite and the ambience doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re eating fast food. Concepts that can nail this are few and far between in my opinion. You really cant go wrong with anything you order here.
Yum yum yum – 120 4th Avenue Union Square NY, NY – 10003 | 212-933-0971
Located in the heart of the East Village, Superiority Burger has taken the vegetarian scene by storm. The chef/owner Brooks Headley, formerly of Del Posto has taken a small, six seat establishment and is pushing out food that changes on a daily basis. Another place that always has a line (and rightfully so, after Pete Wells from the NYT gave it such a glowing review last year), it is definitely worth the wait.
Superiority Burger – $6
The burger, which when it was unveiled blew a lot of people expectations. All the satisfaction of a meat based patty, but entirely plant based. Not much larger then my Macbook charger, but surprisingly satisfying and rich. Hinting of nuts and grains, it’s almost as good as the real thing, almost. Nevertheless, I was not disappointed. Moving on to the next item, my friend David decided to order the “Sloppy Dave”, which we both found more amusing than we probably should have. It didn’t have the same satisfactory eat similarities as the burger, and was a bit messy to eat. But it was still interesting, if not making us crave its original pork filled relative.
As a side, we opted for the burnt broccoli, which was a miassive hit for us. Spicy red chilies, burnt eggplant, and these exquisite marinated nuts, the broccoli was charred beautifully and had just enough crunch and none of that mush that one often associates with poor vegetable cookery.
Burnt Brocoli Salad – $4
Finally to wrap it up, we got the gelato/sorbet, todays offering was sweet corn and vanilla. This was probably the highlight, for four dollars we were amazed. Both paired so well with one another and were the absolute perfect consistency
Sorbet – $5
Now as we all know, Fashion Week wouldn’t be complete without denying ourselves the joy of food and instead reverting to an all juice “cleanse”. As of late there are multiple different locations to choose fro in NYC we decided on Pure Green ,
All the colors of the rainbow…
A fairly new contender to the Manhattan juice scene, Pure Green offers a lot of what one comes to expect in a cold pressed juice shop. Clever names like the “Soul Kick”, packed with ginger, apple, pineapple and lemon is guaranteed to get your morning started with a pep in your step and also totes that it’ll help tighten up that loose tired skin.
If you’re running around fashion week we recommend going to 60 E8th Street, which also offers smoothies and Acai bowls, which if you haven’t heard about, acai is one of the best fuels for your body.
Head to our top 3 spots to ensure your NYFW is healthy & delicious