Dining

Green Cuisine: NYC's Healthiest Restaurants

by Julie Besonen, 01/09/2013

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  • Phayul
    37-65 74th St., 718-424-1869, Jackson Heights, Queens
    The authentic Tibetan food found at this simple spot is not overtly healthful, but it feels good for the soul. Located on the second floor of a no-frills building, the space's decor consists of vintage black-and-white photos of Lhasa, Tibet's capital city, and windowed vistas of low-slung Jackson Heights businesses. The quiet, contemplative team in the open kitchen stretches and slaps dough by hand to make momos, steamed dumplings filled with vegetable-flecked potatoes, beef or chicken. Dab them with fiery hot sauce, sure to clear your sinuses. For just $4.99, eight come in an order. Meatless dishes include fried string beans with black bean sauce and tofu with garlic, ginger and spring onion. Get a cup of butter tea to drink (which doesn't sound too good for you until you hear it helps prevent chapped lips).

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