Green Cuisine: NYC's Healthiest Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 01/09/2013
Courtesy, Peacefood Café
460 Amsterdam Ave., 212-362-2266, Upper West Side, Manhattan
Sincerity is the code of conduct here, where the young staff is voluble about how much they love the vegan food and baked goods on offer. Peacefood Cafe is always busy and lively, so much so that it's branching out downtown (41 E. 11th St.), opening a slightly larger space late this month or in early February. Trying to change your relationship with food? This is a good place to start. Indian-spiced chickpea fries are a swell snack, as are the pan-seared mushroom and chive dumplings with ginger-balsamic dipping sauce. The fluffy quinoa salad with sprouts, corn, onions, peppers and fanned-out, perfectly ripe avocado slices could become a daily craving. The many facets of each dish breed indifference to animal protein. They do the same thing for refined sugar, expecially when it comes to raw cacao mousse pie in a walnut-coconut-date crust.