Above image: Polipo at Galli
You glugged the nog and scarfed the stollen—now it’s time to pay for all your gluttonous sins. But before you trade in that sleek new watch for a Jenny Craig membership, we’ve compiled a selection of healthy ways to hit the town, with some or our fave New York City restaurants serving up surprisingly scrumptious dishes for the post-holiday calorie conscious.
Langham Place New York takes it totally holistic, with a Pampering Pre Fixe package that includes a 60 minute treatment—Swedish or Deep Tissue massage, HydroPeptide Facial, etc.—at the Spa at Langham Place, paired with a prix fixe lunch at Michael White’s exalted Ai Fiori restaurant in the hotel. Order the signature Crudo di Passera and Insalata di Astice. (The cool Sunday jazz brunch can be substituted for lunch.)
Power breakfasting and lunching after the holidays can also be had without the usual culinary swagger. At the Conrad New York’s stylish ATRIO in Battery Park, morning dealmaking happens sensibly over the Steel Cut Oatmeal, the House Made Almond & Red Quinoa Granola or Herb and Egg White Frittata (pictured above) from the restaurant’s Healthy Choice Menu. Garnish with a side of Catskill’s Smoked Salmon.
Now surely one doesn’t think of Italian when on a quest to drop a few kilograms. But consider then, why everyone looks so healthy on the streets of Rome and Milan.
NYC is a playground for Italophiles, of course; and Chef Steven Gallo’s hip Galli charmers in Soho and the LES offer whole wheat and gluten-free options of every one of their pasta dishes, a rarity in the city Try the Integrale Pasta, whole-wheat spaghetti, escarole, cannellini beans, cherry tomato, and garlic oil brodino. If you prefer the fruits of land and sea, do the Grilled Veal, with olive oil, garden seasonings, and grilled organic vegetables, or the Polipo, seared octopus on a chickpea puree with garden seasonings.
Also in Soho, one can skip the steaks at the sexy new Il Mulino Prime for a smart dinner of Frisee Salad with pear, tomato, gorgonzola and walnuts, followed by Tuna Carpaccio (pictured above) with olive oil and lemon.
And going Mexican can actually be an act of caloric responsibility. Even at Serge Becker’s unceasingly fashionable and decadent Bodega Negra (at the Dream Downtown) one can dine without a worry on Banana Leaf Roasted Snapper with salsa veracruzana, the Grilled Corn Salad with jalapeno, queso fresco, and lime vinaigrette, or the Veggie Tacos with grilled kale, roasted mushrooms, rajas, queso Oaxaca and pico de gallo.
At the West Village’s buzzy Horchata, wave off the burritos for the Ensalada de Col Rizada, with black kale, roasted butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, and lime vinaigrette, or the Ensalada de Quinoa (pictured below), with quinoa, radish, watercress, avocado tempura, and cilantro vinaigrette.
Nearby, in The Jade Hotel’s comely Grape & Vine, romantics can make googly eyes over Buckwheat Noodles, with grilled Chinatown king oyster mushrooms, bok choy, and miso, or Pan Seared Fluke, with olive and caper relish, herb panisse, and baby carrots.
Even the usually decadent ‘21’ Club cares about your health. Chef Sylvain Delpique’s Vegetable Tasting dish encompasses butternut squash and parsnips, layered with puffed black quinoa and a lemon-pumpkin pesto. Or try his creatively realized Octopus Carpaccio, layered with pomegranates, purple cress, kalamata olives and a Za’atar vinaigrette.
Cocktails, as well, can help to assuage your holiday guilt. At the Gerber Group’s LCL Kitchen & Bar, one can knock back a 133 calorie Green Dream (pictured below), made from Liquiteria Grasshopper juice blend, organic apple cider and fresh squeezed lemon juice, with Crop Harvest Organic Cucumber vodka…or the 153 calorie Seeing Red, with Michter’s Rye whiskey, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, Liquiteria Beets me juice blend, fresh squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup.
And the newly sexed up Gansevoort Park Rooftop has partnered with Juice Press for a selection of organic, cold-pressed juice cocktails. Check out the “Tequila Fireball,” made with Ginger Fireball (orange and lemon juice, ginger, cayenne extract, and oil of oregano) and Avion Silver Tequila, or the “14 Hours,” made with 14 Hours (red apple juice and maca extract), candied ginger, and Brugal Rum.
Or keep it simple and hit up one of Just Salad’s 17 Gotham locations for a New Year’s Resolution (430 calories), with kale, red cabbage & romaine, Turkish figs, goat cheese, seedless cucumbers, and walnuts, tossed with balsamic vinegar.
Here’s to a beautiful 2015 and a beautifuller you!