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Sunday, May 30, 2010

ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL NEW YORK CITY EXPERIENCES


YOGI'S KITCHEN

182 Lexington Avenue, New York City

http://www.yogiskitchen.com/

FOOD: 5 Stars out of 5

SERVICE: 5 Stars out of 5


As some of you may know, I spent the last week in New York City attending BEA.

Of course, I have alot of blogging to do about my experiences both in New York City and, more specifically, at BEA, but I wanted to start off my blogging with one of my favorite New York City experiences - discovering a great, great new Indian Restaurant - which offers WONDERS OF WONDERS - AYURVEDIC MEALS!!!



Now, before you all head off to grab a dictionary - Ayurveda is both extremely complex and simple - in its most basic form - it is an ancient Indian philosopy whereby one may prevent unnecessary suffering and live a long, healthy life through the proper foods, medicines, etc.

It is not very well known in the US and Canada, but it is a very interesting way of looking at how we eat and more specifically, what we eat.



One of the goals I had, for my visit to NYC, was to visit the Ayuverda Cafe - which specializes in serving this type of food. I was happy that I did actually make the trek to the restaurant and enjoyed my visit there, although it is way up on 96th street (very far from where I was staying).

However, the BIGGER surprise came when I discovered that a brand new Indian Restaurant, by the name of YOGI's KITCHEN, had just opened around the corner from my hotel. I chanced upon it while walking on Lexington Avenue - there it was!

I decided to have dinner there on Friday night (the night before i left). What a treat!!!!

Yogi's Kitchen was one of my best New York City moments. To enter, you walk down a few steps and are immediately in the restaurant. The decor is soothing and the entire restaurant is extremely clean. The owners, a wonderful young couple, were extremely welcoming with bright smiles (even though one of the owners was extremely, extremely pregnant). They immediately made me feel welcome as they showed me to my table.

They carefully explained the menu to me and I selected a delicious meal called YOGI THALI - which I felt was the best meal, based on my body type (Ayurveda works with body types).



The meal was served and each and every bite was perfect. The food is made entirely on site and is always fresh - and the restaurant's philosophy is that they do not use oil on anything, absolutely nothing - which means no fried foods and no unwanted fat.

The portions were just right - I felt well fed after my meal, without that feeling of having overeaten.


They also served me a very, very tasty Cardamon tea with milk - which I will attempt to reproduce (although I am skeptical about my success rate).



Throughout, the owner and I discussed the food, Ayurveda and how powerful it can be, my New York City experiences and the imminent birth of their first child.


The owners also mentioned that they are planning many interesting events, at their restaurant, in the next few weeks/months - including a consultation with an Ayurvedic practioneer, as well as a more detailed focus on the Ayurvedic doshas.

The prices were very reasonable and I loved, loved this restaurant.

If you are in New York City - run to YOGI's KITCHEN - you will be happy that you did.


Please stay tuned for more NYC and BEA experiences :)








4 comments:

itsJUSTme said...

Wow! Sounds great! I never get into the city anymore. I wish they would have something around here (Ithaca) we do have good Veggie restaurants. and Indian, Thai, etc. I would like to know exactly what was in your dish?

Laura Fabiani said...

Is there such a restaurant in Montreal? I really like the concept. Looking forward to hearing more experiences from your BEA trip.

Tina said...

Hi Wendy:

In Ayurveda, each meal must contain 6 various tastes - including bitter and sweet - which is why the menu seems like there is a lot of food - but really, they are small servings of each "taste".

Vegetable of the day
Dal - Traditional North Indian boiled lentils with mild spices
Kadhi – Traditional Gujarati Yogurt soup
Basmati Rice - Steamed rice
Roti - 2 fat-free whole wheat breads
Papad - Roasted Thin wafers
Raita – Yogurt with mix vegetable
Achaar – oil free carrot pickle
Sprout Salad
Dessert of the day

Tina said...

Laura: Unfortunately, I haven't found a restaurant in Montreal that serves this yet - still searching :)

 
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