82 Christopher St
Bt Bleeker and 7th Ave
212 414 8880
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I’m on day 18th of a 21 day cleanse and feeling pretty good. It’s the third time I’ve done this cleanse and I think the familiarity with the routine (buying vegetables & fruits in bulk), the daily preparation, and the new raw recipes are making it a lot easier. When in a bind for time, the salad bar at Wholefoods and some Indian vegetarian restaurants are great places to get decent prepared meals.
The problem is that after the cleanse, I tend to drift back to poor eating habits such as not continuing the levels of fruit and salad, and having probably way too much fried food. As a preventative measure I watched Fast food Nation and Food Inc over the past week so hopefully that should cut down on fast food, ground beef and more incentive to buy local and organic. (Still going to eat the new Burger King Pizza though – hey, it’s for the sake of the blog right? haha)
But I also think having a better awareness of alternatives is going to help. Prior to the cleanse, I checked out Energy Kitchen in the West Village. Sure it’s still ‘fast food’ but it’s well prepared and the menu has many ‘healthy’ options, and they claim nothing is over 500 calories. I tried the Thai chicken wrap ($7.99) which includes grilled chicken, carrots, baked Chinese noodles, and cucumbers with a spicy peanut sauce. I thought it was very good and not very heavy on the sauce which can be a problem when ordering wraps. For $3.99 I got 2 more sides: garden salad and mashed sweet potatoes. All together my meal with sides was a little over 800 calories but that’s still lower than any 2,500 calorie BK Pizza!]]>
331 W 4th St (@ Jane St)
A / C / E Train to 14th & 8th
New York, NY 10014
Phone: (212) 242-9502
Fax: (212) 242-9502
So I work with a lot of foodies. We love to talk about food, talk about places we’ve been, exchange recipes, go out for meals, and on the first Monday of every month it’s baked goods Monday. On Fridays, there’s wine and cheese starting at 4:30 pm or so. I love it. Recently Alyssa started (or I should say revitalized) the Burger Fridays club where we take an extended lunch at famous burger joints in NY. So far we’ve tried Le Parker Meridien’s Burger Joint, Five Guys Burger, Prime Burger, and Island Burgers. Those are all great places in midtown but now we’re ready to branch out to other famous places in the city. We have Shake Shack and JG Melon coming up soon, but last week’s excursion was down at Corner Bistro.
Corner Bistro is one of those bars where people come for the food as much as they come for a drink – and why not because what other way is better to enjoy a nice burger? The only issue is that it’s a very popular place, the grill is quite small, and because it’s a bar, people tend to linger around for awhile. We waited at least 45 mins just to get a table then an additional 30 mins for the food. Fortunately, unlike Five Guys, the menu is quite simple – just burgers, cheeseburgers or the bistro burger which comes with bacon. The fries are crispy and I think they add bacon fat into the oil because there’s a slight bacon taste wth the fries.
About the wait – yes the burgers are worth the wait, but do plan ahead unlike I did. If you closely examine the photo on top, you’ll see my computer keyboard in the background and that’s because I had to jet out of there for a meeting and eat my burger back at the office! Just clear your calendar if you intend to come here for a work lunch or do what my coworker Paul suggested – show up late. Late at night, go in for a beer and order the burger. It’s the best thing before passing out on the train home.]]>