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Inexpensive eats — NYC


  • Top pick: Studio Cafe,* 8th floor of Whitney Museum, near High Line. — Accessible with museum admission. Tips: Casual. Pay what-you-wish admission, 7-10pm Fridays. Great views of city and High Line, indoors and outdoors.
  • Otto pizza (by Chef Mario Bitali), West Village, 1 block from Marlton Hotel. There is casual seating in front and formal dining room in back. There is a casual menu — don’t see it on the website. Nearby: Le Pain Quotidien cafe fare is next door to the Marlton. Japonica has good lunch specials and is also a popular neighborhood pick.
  • Cafe Bouchon, Shops at Columbus Circle, third floor — Gourmet French-American, casual, coffee, soups, sandwiches. Counter service and cafe seating (not dining room).
  • Momofuku noodle bar (opened or will open soon on same floor)
  • District (first floor) and Hudson Eats (2nd floor, nice indoor and outdoor views seating) food courts — Brookfield Place* by World Financial Center +

East Village


  • Superiority Burger (veg “hole in the wall,” by a chef who left a gourmet resto)
  • 00 pizza
  • Dunwell Donuts
  • Van Leeuwen ice cream


Put on your warm clothes for these
  • Broadway Bites,+ Herald Sq. (near NY Penn Sta) — Street food stands from the world over and cafe seating.  Casa Toscana is the best for coffee, pastry between meals. Our run group goes to the by Col. Circle.
  • Chelsea Market,+ Chelsea — Buy stuff inside and eat outside on wooden benches/recliners on High Line, with views.* A few CM recs: Chalait, Ninth St Espresso (both also have good coffee/tea), Beyond Sushi (veg, warm combo menu), Nam Pung Sandwich shop, Berlin Currywurst, Los Mariscos (separate entrance). High Line visitor info.
  • Another coffee spot to warm you up nearby at Blue Bottle Coffee, 15th St.
  • Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) Central Park locations — two: close to West side and East side (by scenic boat pond) 72nd st entrances. This is best nearby place to go if visiting Met Museum of Art too.

* Nice views from seating outside.

+ Review the food court maps before you enter — can be a bit overwhelming 🙂

I can give more specific recs depending on type, specific ethnic areas (J-town, K-town) and location. So many! There are more delish nice food courts. If it’s a nice day and enough time, I also recommend taking a Citibike around Central Park.


Happy Eating!

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Favorite eco-friendly meal subscription service in NY/SF?


Photo:  via Purple Carrot


There are plenty of sites comparing the major players such as Blue Apron and Plated, but not many focusing on the eco-friendly (e.g., sustainably/responsibly sourced, organic, great selection of plant-based meals, healthy, eco-friendly packaging, delicious, interesting) aspect. After reading about the cost-effectiveness of meal subscription services for busy foodies, I would like to try a basic plan for my partner and myself! The appeal of trying new recipes, curated by chefs/nutritionists is also a plus. I’m looking at:

Green Chef

Purple Carrot


Sprig (SF)

Terra’s Kitchen


  • What is your favorite eco-friendly meal subscription service in New York City and/or San Francisco bay area?
  • If you only tried one: Which one was it? Was it worth it? Did you like it and would you subscribe again?


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Green cuisine in Emeryville, CA

Urban Emeryville, CA became our new neighborhood a few weeks ago and I immediately set out to look for local places that serve organic and/or vegetarian-friendly food. There were only a few restaurants listed in the SF bay green business directory. I did some investigating, and was surprised to discover quite a few places tucked into a land dominated by warehouses, businesses, and former factory spaces converted into dwellings.

Organic and vegetarian offerings
Arizmendi bakery +  — A workers cooperative associated with the famous Cheeseboard pizza collective. Offers coffee, food and ingredients made with fair trade and sustainable practices. The rich chocolate cookie made with chocolate chips and a hint of mint was divine. (It happens to be vegan.) The bread made with cherries and dark Guittard chocolate is also recommended for chocolate lovers.
Cafe Biere — In addition to an extensive beer menu, Biere offers organic greens and food from local sources.
Manzanita macrobiotic restaurant — The food here was fresh, nourishing, and thoughtfully prepared mostly vegan fare.

Vegetarian-friendly places
(recommended by friends)
Wally’s Cafe — A tiny, hidden place serving Mediterranean food near the Bank Cafe. Yelp reviewers reported that a poster for the film “Wall-E” by Pixar hung on a wall, and that its employees frequented the place. (The company is a few blocks away.)
Hong Kong East Ocean — Mainly a special occasion banquet and Dim Sum place with a nice view of the bay.
Pamir Afghan cuisine — It’s in the Emeryville Public Market+
I’ve only eaten at Manzanita and Arizmendi so far. I look forward to trying the rest of the places on the list!

Back to Earth +
Paulding +
Amiee Alan

Grow your own

Photo: J. Hanson, via flickr.com

Photo: J. Hanson, via flickr.com

Emeryville Organic Community Garden
I was told by a community member that she’s been on the wait list for years! I plan to sign up for a plot and wait patiently.

Beyond Emeryville: Recent finds in the East Bay
— Best freshest organic falafel I have ever had. Tasty salads too. The menu says: Chickopeas uses over 90% compostable utensils. Organic ingredients when possible. The menus are printed on recycled paper.
Thai Thai — Best Thai food I’ve tasted in the East Bay. Wild brown rice available. Fresh and organic. Take-out only. It is located in the Epicurious Garden building.
Berkeley Bowl West (BBW) market — “About one-quarter of the produce section is organic, with much of it coming from family farms.” Natural and organically raised meat too. Source:“Berkeley Bowl West Opens,” sfgate.com
Tofu Yu vegetarian and organic cafe — Located one block from BBW.
Note: Also see post reviewing Ajanta+ & Zatar+ restaurants in Berkeley.

Burma Superstar, Temescal — Most dishes can be made vegetarian upon request. When I visited, the food was lighter (less oily) and more delicious than the SF branch.

Kaiser Oakland Farmers’ market — I usually shop at the all organic farmers’ market in Berkeley, which was closer to my former home. I found the webpage for Kaiser Oakland organic farmers market, which is closer to Emeryville.

Bon appétit!

+ Denotes places listed in the SF Bay Area Green Business Program directory. These “local businesses comply with all environmental regulations and take actions to conserve resources, prevent pollution, and minimize waste.”


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