Okay, so you all know that I have been on a major health kick for months and one of the most requested topics I get is where to eat in NYC.
Personally, I found that it has been really hard to be able to be social and go out to eat while trying to stay healthy, eat clean and obviously low fat. If you know me, you know how much I love to eat and even more, I love to go OUT to eat. I am the kind of person that HATES bringing lunch to work and order in or go out all the time.
Anyway, I was tipped off on an amazing new place in New York. Unfortunately, they don't have any other locations but if you are a New Yorker, head on over to Lena. It's a hybrid between fast food and high end cuisine. The food is latin, one of my favorite cuisines and its SUPER healthy. The atmosphere is really great, they even have a wood burning grill.
They have wraps, salads and sandwiches but I got the salad with fish. I also love steak but didnt try that yet. The salad was one of the best I have eaten in a LONG time, the dressing was SO tasty. The fish was great too, light and flaky. I was with 4 friends, and three of us got the fish and my friend Amanda got the chicken. She loved that too. Best of all? They have fresh squeezed juices, which are all the rage right now.
Since, I ate so healthy I treated myself to one of my FAVORITE deserts ever, a traditional Latin cookie called "Alfajor". I dont know if any of you have ever tried this,but its basically a dulce de leche inspired cookie. It was SO good, literally I kept saying the whole time to my friends "You have to try this."
Best part about this healthy fare? Inexpensive, fresh and friendly service, a major feat in Manhattan as any of my fellow NYC-ers must know. Usually in the city if you are looking for inexpensive food... it TASTES LIKE IT! Gross. Not this, SO fresh and good! Majorly impressed and I am a totally foodie that tries every restaurant in the city!
I highly recommend checking this place out for lunch if you are in the Midtown, chelsea or garment center area. If not? I believe they deliver!
If you see the owner Ronnie, say Hello and tell him Dara sent you!
PS: I am always looking for great lunch spots, so let me know yours!