Haute Health Food: New York

Eight great restaurants in New York that place as much emphasis on nutrition as they do on high design and ambience—without skimping on flavor. 

Thomas Schauer
OF 12


Set in a rustic, bi-level space in the West Village, Almanac bills itself as a micro-seasonal restaurant, with each dish created around one ingredient in peak season. Helmed by James Beard Award winner and Bouley alum Galen Zamarra, the farm-to-fine-dining concept offers three tasting menus, ranging from three courses to eight, with an option to add on wine pairings (from $75). Dishes change often, but each is plated with the finesse of an impressionist: colors swirl, dollop, and streak in vivid contrast. On a recent visit, the flavors were lithe and unexpected, though the distinction between micro-seasonal and just seasonal remained dubious.

28 Seventh Ave. South; 212-295-1795; almanacnyc.com.