I came into my dinner at abcV a bit hesitant. Eating a complete meal (in ABC, a home decor shop) with just veggies? Especially when my favorite meal is dinner? I didn’t know just how impressive a vegetarian meal could possibly be. Restaurateur and Chef Jean-George Vongerichten is the genius that teamed up with ABC Carpet CEO and Creative Director Paulette Cole to change your outlook on what a dinner focused on the vegetables can look like. With the right pairing of flavors, experimenting with spices or roasting vegetables in butter, the team at abcV knows exactly how to make you forget about meat. You will be too preoccupied with the creamy green chickpea hummus and raving about how the roasted beets are the best ones you’ve ever had to even miss chicken or beef. abcV is a place meant for sharing plates so definitely bring a friend or two. I also suggest that you take a chance and forgo the cocktails for one of the juices or tonic drinks both of which are refreshing and pair excellently with dinner. No matter which way you decide to conquer this vegetarian menu, you will leave feeling full, satisfied and so excited to come back to try the rest of the menu.
38 E 19TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10003
Green chickpea hummus, Thai basil, fresh pita or crudité
There’s a fair amount of Korean tapas spots in NYC including Atoboy but this restaurant is doing something different on their menu. Although the dishes are on the finer side with minimalist design and subtle Korean influences, they still make a clear statement that this is the future of relaxed Asian fine dining. The menu allows you to choose any 3 dishes on the menu for only $36 which, is one of the best deals you’ll score for dinner at a fine dining restaurant in the city.
The Chicken dish with a spicy peanut butter sauce and braised leeks with walnuts will remind you of the Korean dishes you see on a menu in K-Town but at Atoboy the twists stem from various popular international flavors ranging from shredded cheddar, truffles, poblano peppers to even good old cheesecake.
43 E 28TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10016
LEEK- Doenjang, Cheddar, Walnut
It’s difficult to focus on how you are eating when you are so much more focused on what you are eating. Steph Jensen, whose background is rooted in health and wellness, is well aware of this. In an effort to educate others on why focusing on how you eat is important, she started a whole dinner series focused on mindful eating called The Gramercy Garden Eating Club.
For her club, she teams up with local New York City chefs to bring her guests a “mind-to-table” experience right in her own private NYC patio. The dinner I attended was cooked by Micah Fredman who has cooked in incredible NYC restaurants including Gramercy Tavern and Eleven Madison Park. The night was full of an incredible paleo/pescatarian menu, approachable guests and eating tips that are simple enough for any foodies to follow.
All ingredients used for this dinner were picked from the farmer’s market the morning of the dinner, so the freshness of the vegetables really stood out during the meal.
Chilled squash soup- The chilled squash soup was perfect for a hot summer night, with its smokey finish from spices. It was a great opener to the rest of the courses leaving you not too full but instead, excited for what’s to come.